Frenship senior to be presented at Lubbock Symphony Guild Winter Ball

The Lubbock Symphony Guild Winter Ball will present a Frenship senior this year.

The Lubbock Symphony Guild Debutante Program is a volunteer opportunity for high school girls in the area. The girls serve as hosts for the Lubbock Symphony at least three times per year for three years, culminating in their presentation during the Winter Ball in their senior year.

This year, Hannah Evitt is the sole debutante from Frenship High School.

Hannah said it is poignant for her to be presented as a deb because her own mother was a Lubbock Symphony Guild debutante.

“It’s kind of like a family tradition,” Hannah said, adding that several of her cousins have also been symphony debs. “I think it’s really cool for her, that she went through that experience when she was younger.”

Michelle Evitt, Hannah’s mother, said volunteering and giving back into the community is a positive experience for high school girls.

Jill Blue, co-chair of the Winter Ball, agreed with Evitt that it’s important to teach teens to volunteer.

“I think one of the things that’s so beneficial for the girls and their moms is that it establishes a pattern of volunteerism,” Blue said. She said she also hopes it instills a love of music in the girls.

The deb program allows mothers to spend special time with their daughters at a luncheon, and for fathers to spend time with their daughters at a dinner and during ballroom dancing lessons for the ball.

“It’s kind of an honor that she wanted to follow in my footsteps,” Michelle Evitt said.

When she was presented back in 1988, Michelle Evitt said neither the event nor the dress was quite as fancy.

“It’s become a little bit more extravagant,” the mother said. “They have more activities now.”

The expansion of the debutante ball to include other activities, including a tea the week before the ball, allows more of the debs’ friends to come and support them, Michelle Evitt said. Also, mothers have more of a role in the activities than when she was a teen.

She hung on to her own deb dress and it remained in a closet until Hannah was a child.

“She was being very quiet” one day, Michelle Evitt said, and she found her daughter, age 9 or 10 at the time, wearing the dress and twirling in front of a mirror.

Hannah said volunteering for the symphony guild was a good experience.

“I really like getting dressed up. It will be fun getting to be a princess for a day and being with all my friends,” Hannah said.

Hannah describes herself as “musically challenged,” noting that she cannot play any instruments. But she said she enjoyed listening to the symphony during her volunteer work.

She also conceded that while she cannot play music, she can dance to it. She is in her second year on the FHS pom squad, and also spent two years at FHS as a cheerleader and a volleyball player.

Hannah is also involved in the ABC Pro Rodeo Sweethearts, DECA and Young Life.

She has applied to Texas Tech, Texas A&M and the University of Colorado. She hopes to study biology or allied health, and aspires to be a physical therapist or an aquatic vet someday.

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