Local woman crowned Miss Debutante

LAWRENCEVILLE - Morgan Kaya Prime was crowned Miss Debutante 2008 of the 5th Biennial Debutante Cotillion and Scholarship Ball.

The event was put on by The Upsilon Alpha Omega Graduate Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and its nonprofit affiliate, The Gwinnett Pearls of Service Foundation.

The ball was the culminating activity of six months of enriching activities including mentoring, self-esteem building workshops, self-empowering workshops, numerous social outings, serving as "Page for a Day" at the Georgia State Capitol and a Mother/Daughter Luncheon.

Chapter members also named Courtney Alexis Mason as the first runner-up and Atia Scott as the second runner-up. In addition to crowning Miss Debutante and her court, Mi'Lisa Patton was named Ms. Congeniality Jr. Escort Jordan Patrick was named Mr. Congeniality, and Prime was presented with the academic award - she holds a 4.1 grade-point average at Holy Spirit Preparatory School.

Proceeds from the pageant will benefit the Beauty P. Baldwin Scholarship Fund. Upsilon Alpha Omega Graduate Chapter awards scholarships to college-bound female students each year. This year the chapter will also award an additional Beauty P. Baldwin scholarship to a male student in their efforts to embrace and educate males in Gwinnett County.

Park wins award

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation won the Excellence in Aquatics award from the National Recreation and Park Association.

The award recognizes the county's aquatic centers and leisure pools, along with the programming that serves all ages, services provided, training, water safety and staff involvement on a local, state, regional and national level.

Parks and Recreation operates 17 swimming pools that include two indoor and seven outdoor leisure pools, five indoor competition pools, two indoor instructional pools, and one outdoor pool.

Parks and Recreation offers more than 1,500 private, semi-private and group swim lessons annually for all ages, from structured classes to private and semi-private lessons.

They also offer 17 lifeguard training/lifeguard instructor/water safety instructor classes annually, which led their lifeguards to win a state lifeguard competition consecutively in 2006 and 2007.

For more information on county pools, call 770-822-8866.

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