Green named this year's 'Miss Fantasia'
5/4/2014, 7:26 p.m.
This story was supplied by the Tealight Foundation and the Kappa Mu Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Khadriene Rose Green was crowned Miss Fantasia 2014 during “One Enchanted Evening,” the biennial debutante ball sponsored by the Tealight Foundation and the Kappa Mu Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
On April 26, 2014, Khadriene became the 22nd Fantasia Queen, and her $10,877 effort to raise money for the sorority will support the sorority’s community outreach.
Khadriene and eleven other debutantes were presented by their families to a crowd of over five hundred at the Holiday Inn in Joliet. Family, friends and supporters watched the girls and their escorts dance the foxtrot and bop to the music of the hit song, “Happy.” The monies raised will be used by the Sorority in their scholarship and philanthropic efforts.
Last year alone the Tealight Foundation awarded seven college scholarships and provided volunteers for programs that served the greater Joliet community. By presenting these young women at the debutante ball, the Tealight Foundation gives them opportunity to polish presentation skills, to develop character, and to participate in community service. The girls attended a series of workshops on these themes. Commitment and practice begin months before the actual event.
The new Miss Fantasia, Khadriene, is the daughter of Janette Bishop and Jeffrey Green and is a senior at Lockport Township High School. She was escorted by Emile Wisdom.
The first runner up was Tyashia Pierce, a senior at Joliet Central and the daughter of Monte & Betty Moore and Darnell Pierce. Her escort was Tre’vion Neal. She raised $9,911.
The second runner up was Kayla Norris, Minooka High School, the daughter of Christine and Erik Norris. Her escort for the evening was Derrick French. Her fundraising efforts brought in $7, 239.
Sarah Hale, a senior at Plainfield East High School, was awarded the Lorrayne Cornelius Scholarship. She is the daughter of Bryan and Sherri Hale. Her escort was Trenton Roberson.
Kayla Norris of Joliet was voted Miss Congeniality by the contestants. Emile Wisdom was voted Mr. Personality. He is the son of Sarah Jackson and is a student at the College of DuPage.
Senia Towner took first place in the memory book competition. She is the daughter of Dennis and Dr. Rhonda Towner and is a junior at Evergreen Park High School. Her escort was Morton Foster. Kayla Norris was second and Tyashia Pierce in third in the memory book competition.
As part of the Tealight Foundation’s commitment to community service, it awarded Ralph Bias the Vivian Pennymon Community Service Award. Mr. Bias has a long history of service including fundraising efforts for the Daybreak Shelter and for the Warren Sharpe Center in Joliet.
The other debutants and their escorts included: TaLaya Adams, a Joliet West junior, daughter of Tanyan James and Perry Adams, Sr., escorted by Mark Boykin, Jr.; D’amecia Franklin, a Joliet West senior, daughter of Searcy Simmons and Darrick Franklin, Sr., escorted by Braxton Conway; Kjadejah Hurd, a Joliet Central High School junior, daughter of Kewa Kirkland and Demetrious Hurd, escorted by Jacob Klima; Kyla McDaniel, a Joliet Central junior, daughter of Clara and Wayne McDaniel, escorted by Dre’Vion Grant; Ashley Reynolds, a Joliet West senior, the daughter of Daryl and Dana Reynolds, escorted by Kiryn Coleman; Anais Rodriquez, a Joliet West senior, the daughter of Irlanda Rodriquez, escorted by Darrick Franklin; and Megan Winfrey, a Joliet West senior, and the daughter of Edward and Michelle Winfrey, escorted by Marcus Love.