ABOVE: Miss Emerald contestants showcased their etiquette skills at the EHL Foundation Mother/Daughter Tea. Houston’s 1st Daughter, Ms. Ashley Turner, was the special guest along with her mother, Mrs. Cheryl Turner.
The Ethel Hedgeman Lyle Foundation of Texas (EHL) proudly presents the Miss Emerald Princess and Miss Emerald Scholarship Program and Competition to be held at Westfield High School Theatre Arts Auditorium on November 23, 2019 in Houston, TX.
Miss Emerald Princess and Miss Emerald Scholarship Program and Competition is designed to increase the self-confidence and social skills of young ladies as they enter adulthood and expand their awareness of community service and civic engagement. The Miss Emerald Princess Program is designed for ladies in grades 9 – 10 and the Miss Emerald Program is designed for ladies in grades 11 – 12.
Over the past 7 months, the 12 participants, whose names will be released after the competition have received invaluable life skills in the area of financial fitness, social graces, literary appreciation and a plethora of opportunities to serve the community. Historically, pageants focused on judging and ranking the physical attributes of contestants. Most pageants have evolved to include personality traits, intelligence, talent, and answers to judges’ questions. “The EHL Foundation has put a spin on the traditional pageant. In the past, young ladies have been presented to society, but we are preparing them for society,” says Kari-Gray Smith, General Chair of the Competition.
The competition will include aspects from your traditional debutante ball. Originating in Europe, debutante balls are rich with tradition and focuses on gracious manners and beloved rituals. African-American debutante balls are a major event in southern societies. Making your debut is a cherished experience, and is not only a proper way to be presented to society as a woman, but also a great way to build long-lasting friendships.
Miss Emerald Princess and Miss Emerald Scholarship Program and Competition committee members have been planning the competition for over a year. The concept evolved as members became more engaged. Committee members contacted schools in their service area to recruit young ladies for the competition. Over 35 applications were received. Event sponsors include Spring Independent School District and RC Smith Property Management, LLC.
The Ethel Hedgeman Lyle (EHL) Foundation of Texas is a non-profit 501 (c)3. Through community outreach, service and fundraising, the Foundation invests in the Houston community by awarding annual scholarships to students from the Aldine, Cypress Fairbanks, Humble, Klein, and Spring Independent School Districts. The foundation is committed to service. The organization’s goals target educational advancement and opportunities for young people in the Harris county area and beyond. As a nonprofit, the EHL Foundation invests all net income back into the community through educational grants.
For additional information or to become a sponsor, visit http://ehlfoundationoftexas.ejoinme.org.