And now presenting… Two FHS seniors will be presented at the Winter Ball

Two Frenship High School seniors will be formally presented as young ladies during a Winter Ball and Debutante Presentation put on by the Lubbock Symphony Guild.

To be eligible for the program, the girls had to participate in volunteer work with the Lubbock Symphony, primarily including usher services at performances of the symphony. They also painted childrens’ faces during the family symphony week.

Girls in the program must take part in lessons on manners and etiquette, as well.

Clare Hicks and Bailey Peterson, seniors at FHS, will be presented first at a tea on Sunday, then at the debutante ball on Feb. 5.

Peterson said she got involved in the debutante program because she watched her two older sisters take part.

“Both of my sisters got to, and it was fun for them,” said Peterson.

For Hicks, committing to the Lubbock Symphony Guild debutante program for three years was a pleasure. She played violin as a child and she said it is still her favorite sound. Even when she is not ushering for the symphony, she said she attends the concerts just to hear the music.

Peterson said she enjoyed each time she was able to usher at the symphony because she could hear the music.

“It really opened my eyes to what it was exactly,” said Peterson, adding that she had not been exposed to the symphony before her involvement with the debutante program.

Wearing the white dress and gloves and being presented will be fun, Peterson said, but it is just a part of the larger rite of passage, one of a few she’ll be taking part in this spring as graduation draws nearer.

Being presented as a young lady means she has more responsibilities, and the things she does do not reflect as much on her parents, but on herself now. For instance, Peterson said, in the past, getting good grades was to please her parents.

“But now, it’s all for me. I get to plan my future,” said Peterson. “I get to plan my dreams, be on my own.”

Hicks said the debutante ball is just another sign that she is crossing a threshold into adulthood.

“It’s just making your own choices,” she said of her impending adulthood. “I’m ready to take that adventure.”

Taking part in the debutante program exposed both girls to more training in manners and etiquette.

“It definitely exposed me to the proper etiquette that you don’t get in normal life,” said Hicks. She hopes to attend Yale next fall, and she said learning some of those etiquette rules may help her in the Northeast.

“Even if I don’t end up going to Yale, I’ll probably go somewhere Northeast,” said Hicks.

Peterson said she already knew most of the manners lessons presented through the debutante program, but the rules on what to wear were very helpful.

“It taught me how to look professional,” said Peterson, adding that it will be helpful in future job interviews.

Girls involved in the symphony debs had to dress very conservatively, she said.

“We’re not allowed to wear strapless dresses to the symphony; if we did, we’d have to wear a shawl or a jacket over it. Very, very conservative,” she said. “You couldn’t show your toes, and you had to wear hose.”

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