The National League of Junior Cotillions, Fort Mill/Tega Cay Chapter, hosted its first event of the season Tuesday, May 13. The annual Parents' Reception, lead by local Director Celia McCarter, was a wonderful opportunity for parents to learn more about the organization and register their child for membership.
McCarter gave a brief overview of the company history, spoke about subjects the students will learn over the course of nine months (including manners, social skills, common courtesies and ballroom dancing) and then talked about the exclusivity of the NLJC's programs like the "Ten Best Mannered List."
In addition to meeting McCarter and the Advisory Board members, the parents were asked to walk around the room to look at the five display tables. The displays gave the parents further insight on the curriculum the students will learn including tips on Netiquette (Internet etiquette), telephone/cell phone and text messaging manners, formal place settings and NLJC standards. Also, letters from past winners of the Ten Best Mannered list were displayed which included Payton Manning, Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Dole, Bill Gates, Tony Blair, Prince William, Jan Pauley, Rick Warren ("The Purpose Driven Life"), Pope Benedict XVI and Muhammad Ali.
Guests were offered two long tables full of fruit, vegetables, desserts, cheeses and drinks. Liz and Lorna Burns provided chamber music from the balcony of the Spratt Building.
For more information, contact McCarter at 548-7248 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reynolds sisters crowned recently
Allisa Reynolds, 13, and her sister Ashley, 15, of Fort Mill, competed recently in the Sunburst Beauty State Pageant held at the Charlotte Marriott Executive Park.
Both girls were previously crowned in the local competition held in Rock Hill, earning the privilege to represent Rock Hill in the state pageant.
Allisa was the fourth runner-up to the overall queen in her age group. Allisa won the Best Personality award. Allisa placed in the top five for swimsuit, model search, and school wear categories.
Ashley was the third runner up to the overall queen in her age group and won the Best Smile award. She placed in the top five for talent, swimsuit, model search, school wear, composite, portfolio, and photogenic categories.
Both sisters had a great time meeting other teenagers from around the state of South Carolina. Together they brought home 16 trophies - and a lot of wonderful memories for their family.