Two Elizabethton High School students have been invited to be among the Presentees at the 53rd annual Teen Board Presentation Dance.
The 2013 Teen Board Presentation Dance, which is scheduled for 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.
Whitney Alexis-Ree Guinn and Sydney Blake Whitehead, both rising EHS seniors, have been invited to attend this year’s dance.
Sydney is the daughter of Terry and Leslie Whitehead.
Her grandparents are Harry Keith and Debbie Williams and Carmon and Louise Whitehead.
She has a brother, Jarread Whitehead.
Sydney is a student athletic trainer for the EHS football team, member of HOSA, Student Government Association, National Honor Society, Clone Club and the yearbook staff. She also works as an anatomy tutor.
She enjoys spending time with family, snowboarding and participating in church youth group activities.
Sydney was picked to go to Lipscomb University in Nashville this year
for the American Legion Auxiliary Volunteer Girls State 2013 as a delegate. She was also part of the House of Representatives during her time at Girls State.
Sydney attends Watauga Valley Freewill Baptist Church.
She volunteers at Danny Smith’s Physical Therapy Services in Elizabethton.
Sydney will be escorted by Eric Andrew Carter, the son of Jason and Susan Carter.
Whitney is the daughter of Jeff and Angela Guinn.
Her grandparents are Vera West and Claude and Joann Guinn.
She has two sisters, Molly and Morgan.
Whitney is a member of the Lady Cyclone softball team and the EHS Women’s Ensemble. She has served as a sectional leader for the ensemble.
Whitney enjoys running, playing softball and singing. She is active with the youth group at Fairview Baptist Church.
She will be escorted by Joshua David Rasnick, the son of Tim and Debbie Rasnick.
They will be attending an annual Knoxville event that is emerging as one of the most elegant and auspicious occasions on the social calendar of the South.
According to Kendra Walker Patty, a co-director with the Teen Board of Knoxville, the dance is the one outstanding social event of the year. Walker noted that it is not just a dance or a social debut for teenagers. Walker said the Teen Board of Knoxville is building leaders for the future.
The Teen Board is a private, non-profit organization that organizes the dance solely for teenagers with adult help. Its purpose is to get the 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 12,000 hours were given to civic and welfare projects for charitable organizations.
After 50 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 thems
elves develop a public and civic responsibility they are carrying on as adults.
The Presentation Dance is intended as a reward for those local girls and boys who have completed their hours of service.
The Board honors selected girls from other parts of the country who are rising seniors, by inviting them to be presented along with the area’s outstanding teenagers.
The weekend starts with a party Friday evening, Aug. 2, at the Teen Center.
On Saturday, presentees will attend a practice and brunch (t
eenagers only), followed by the Mayor’s dinner, honoring the presentees and other important dignitaries.
The evening will continue with the presentation of the presentees and dance at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum.
Following the presentation, a black–tie reception will be held.