3 Frenship senior girls presented at LSO Winter Ball
Three Frenship High School seniors took part in a ritual presentation: the Lubbock Symphony Guild Winter Ball.
Hannah Grice, Eden Henry and Mackenzie Pierce were among 30 debutantes of the Lubbock Symphony Guild presented on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.
Each of the three girls was required to volunteer with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra at least three times a year, handing out programs and showing patrons to their seats.
In the past few weeks, they’ve taken part in a tea and the Winter Ball as their time in the debutante program came to a close.
For Hannah Grice, the debutante program was a positive force in her life.
“I learned about different culture and music and art through it,” Hannah said.
Before being exposed to classical music, Hannah said, she didn’t really appreciate it.
“I think it’s very beautiful. And I think after getting to listen to it, I have listened to it at home. And it opened my horizons, listening to music that I would not normally listen to,” Hannah said.
In addition to learning about the symphony, Hannah said she enjoyed meeting different girls from the Lubbock area.
Her mother, Linda Grice, said she appreciated that her daughter widened her social circle through the debutante program. Some of the same girls she met will be at Texas Tech next year when Hannah starts school there.
“For me personally, it’s the end of her childhood era,” Linda Grice said of the Winter Ball and presentation of Hannah as a debutante.
“I’m excited for her, I think she’s a beautiful young woman and she’s going to do great things in her life,” Linda Grice said.
When Eden Henry’s older brother escorted a girl to the Winter Ball a few years ago, Christina Belle-Henry said she wanted to know how to get Eden into the same program.
“I think they teach them different skills on how to be a lady, like poise and how to present themselves,” Belle-Henry said.
She said Eden really had most of those skills already, but it’s always nice for a teen to hear it from someone else besides a parent.
“Thank God someone else is telling them,” Belle-Henry said, adding that it’s nice to get some reinforcement.
“I think I have learned a lot of manners through this. It was coming from the point-of-view of a lot of other people,” Eden said. “I learned to develop my communication skills when we were ushering.”
Eden said she met some great people and got to know Hannah Grice and Mackenzie Pierce better through the deb program.
“Some of the girls were really, really nice. Some of the people, I wouldn’t have really gotten to know,” Eden said.
In particular, Eden said she loved getting exposure to the symphony and its music.
“I really enjoyed the volunteering. The symphony people were awesome,” she said.
Her mother, Belle-Henry, said she appreciates the program’s emphasis on volunteerism.
“I think it’s good to get involved and volunteer, just so they make being a part of their community and service a lifelong habit,” Belle-Henry said.
Volunteering as an usher and passing out programs helped to make the symphony a more pleasant experience for patrons, Mackenzie Pierce said.
“I think it made their experience a lot easier,” she said.
She enjoyed meeting new friends and learning about the symphony.
“I love getting to meet all the new girls from all over Lubbock. I’ve gotten to meet a lot of new girls,” Mackenzie said. “I think it has exposed me to all kinds of different music, and it’s helped me to learn how important volunteering is.”
Her mother, LaDawna Pierce, said she also loves that her daughter has learned more about volunteerism and culture.
Being presented as a debutante means Mackenzie is ready for college, LaDawna Pierce said.
“She is ready to be a young lady out on her own,” LaDawna Pierce said.
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