Five Lakeway Area teens have been invited to be presentees at the 59th Annual Teen Board Presentation Dance.
The Teen Board Presentation Dance, Saturday, Aug. 3, is one of the largest teenage (black tie) dances in the country where teenagers and adults alike enjoy the same social occasion. Last year hundreds of leading teenagers as well as adults from various parts of the United States enjoyed the same event. One newspaper article from the Birmingham Post-Herald was complimentary about the occasion, saying, “Far more than any other social fling, the Teen Board Presentation Dance of Knoxville, Tennessee is emerging into one of the most elegant and auspicious occasions on the social calendar of the South.”
This is our one outstanding social event of the year, developing into more than a dance or social debut for young adults.
The Teen Board of Knoxville is a private, non-profit organization solely for teenagers grades 9-12, with adult help. Its purpose is to encourage teenagers to work and take the lead in civic and welfare projects, and to lift their social and moral life to higher standards. Last year more than 13,000 hours were given to civic and welfare projects for charitable organizations.
After 59 years, adults have seen results of this work in the good leadership in colleges and universities shown by former members. By learning to help those less fortunate at this age, in turn they have helped themselves develop a public and civic responsibility they are carrying on as adults.
This Presentation Dance is a reward for those local young adults who have completed their hours of service.
The weekend events start with practice and brunch, followed by the mayor’s dinner, honoring the presentees and other important dignitaries, then continues with the presentation of the presentees and dance at the Knoxville Convention Center. Following the presentation is a black–tie reception.
The five Lakeway Area presentees are:
Miss Anna Katherine Brady, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daryl and Traci Brady, of Morristown. She is a student at Morristown-Hamblen High School West. Her activities include Inaugural Youth Leadership Morristown Class of 2019 member; president of the Junior State of America Club; Astron Yearbook staff; Manley Baptist Church member; Fantasy of Trees volunteer; Food on Foot; Like 14 disability ministry; and member of the Elite Company, the competition team at Dance Elite.
Miss Anne Elizabeth Huffaker, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. R. Keith and Katy Huffaker, of Dandridge. She is a student at Jefferson County High School. Her activities include Jefferson County High School Honor Roll; JCHS Honors Chemistry II Student of the Year; National Honor Society; Beta Club; JCHS Service Learning Community volunteer; Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Class; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; JCHS volleyball team, 2018 All District; Club Unite Travel volleyball; and Jefferson Joins.
Miss London Riley Keller, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brian and Stacie Keller, of White Pine. She is a student at Lakeway Christian Academy. Her activities include Student Council; Advanced Choir; Sub-Deb; nationally ranked member of the speech and debate team; National Speech and Debate NSDA inductee; Sunshine Ambassador; one of 20 students world-wide and one of five Americans to attend The Julliard School summer program, French Woods Performing Arts Festival in New York; and is a founding member of Encore Theatrical’s Jr. Company in Morristown.
Miss Carly Elizabeth McKenna, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Mark and Allison McKenna, of Morristown. She is a student at Morristown-Hamblen High School West. Her activities include St. Patrick Church member; Young Life; volleyball at West as well as other traveling teams; mentor for middle school students with volleyball skills; member of Sub-Debs social club; and volunteers with Girls Inc. and Food on Foot.
Miss Christina Reese Ratcliff, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Christy Ratcliff, of White Pine. She is a student at Jefferson County High School. Her activities include captain of the Jefferson County Cheerleading Team; Jefferson County Youth Leadership; Jefferson County Service Learning, Jefferson County High School Honor Roll; Appalachian Outreach; Fantasy of Trees; Habitat for Humanity; Life Outreach Center; and the Boys & Girls Club.