The Camellia Ball recently held its fiftieth dance for area high school students at the Montgomery Country Club on April 6, 2019. The Camellia Ball was founded in 1969 by Mrs. Anita Folmer to “foster interest among its honorees in social responsibilities.”

The Chairman of this year’s Camellia Ball was Melissa Chapman, who worked tirelessly throughout the year to make the evening an exciting and fun-filled night for all in attendance. The decorations Chairman Layne Roth commissioned Lauren Ladner to transform the Ballroom of the Country Club into a perfect “Spring” venue using colors of a springtime pallet.

Glenn Crumpton, for the second year, served as Master of Ceremonies and introduced the Camellia Ball members as they walked on stage through large urns overflowing with fluffy white hydrangeas, Belles of Ireland, Pink Garden Roses, and orchids, white stock and elaeagnus. The seniors honorees were presented first, followed by the juniors, then sophomores. Wendy Sylvest and Suzi Huffaker assisted the honorees with lining up for the grand presentation. Publicity Chairman Marilyn Bopp arranged for Nick Drollette to photograph the honorees as they were presented.

The Camellia Ball honorees for 2018-2019 were:


Mackenzie Elizabeth Avant (Mackenzie), Lacy Trammell Brown (Lacy), Kathryn Brooks Cawthon (Katy), Emma Elaine Cleary (Emma), Lucy Meriwether Chapman (Lucy), Caroline Hamilton Easterling (Caroline), Kenslee Michelle Harrison (Kenslee), Hannah Virginia Hale (Hannah), Bradley Ann Hicks (Bradley), Martha Adelaide Howard (Adelaide), Anne Price Kelley (Anne Price), Elizabeth Anne Livings (Liz Anne), Hannah Virginia Maddox (Hannah), Mary Katherine Main (Mary Katherine), Georgia Hilton Mracek (Georgia), Catherine Mathison Parma (Catherine), Roma Million Pirnie (Roma), Mary Ann Pittman (Mary Ann), Emily Dunn Poundstone (Emily), Anne Carlson Sylvest (Anne Carlson), Emma Elizabeth Teel (Emma Beth), Hayden Randolph Tipton (Hayden), Ann Elaine Fitzpatrick Williams (Lainey), and Lucy Emerson Williams (Lucy).


Emilee Gail Arrington (Emilee), Brooke Avery Avant (Brooke), Isabella Blanche Baker (Isabella), Ivy Elizabeth Bopp (Ivy), Emma Grace Broach (Emma Grace), Lucille Ellison Cawthon (Lucy), Melanie Beth Cawthon (Melanie Beth), Elizabeth Malone Cowden (Elizabeth), Lucy Beatrice Edwards (Lucy), Anna Catherine Hixon (Anna), Hannah Alise Keene (Hannah), Emma Marie Pittman (Emma), Olivia Catherine Radzinski (Olivia), Annie Burks Roth (Annie), Anna Grace Scott (Anna Grace), Mary Julian Setzer (Mary Julian), Hannah Grayson Shoemaker (Grayson), Mary Gray Turner (Mary Gray), Miller McClellan Williams (Miller), and Lucy Estes Wilson (Lucy).


Mary Virginia Anderson (Virginia), Elizabeth Camilla Barber (Camilla), Mary Davis Bricken (Mary Davis), Madisyn Annette Caddell (Madi), Merrily Jeannette Capouya (Merrily), Anna Cobern Chapman (Ann Cobern), Makenzie Kay Corley (Makenzie), Abigail Grace Duggar (Abby), Rebecca Elizabeth Herndon (Rebecca), Emma Tyson Howard (Emma), Mary Virginia Huffaker (Mary Virginia), Laine Avery Martin (Laine), Madalyn Kay Materna (Maddy), Margaret Healey Mathison (Healey), Calli Walden McAdams (Calli), Caroline Marie Owen (Caroline), Morgan McKinley Parish (Morgan), Bradley Catharine Pirnie (Brabee), Addison Marie Ratliff (Addison), Lilly Elizabeth Schroll (Lilly), and Garrett Christine Scott (Garrett).

Honorees and their guests enjoyed the lemonade and water station, as well as the sweet station, where glass jars were filled various chocolates and candies in the Colonial Room. Tables were draped with white linen tablecloths, and adorned with glass-fluted vases filled with stunning arrangements of garden roses, white orchids, and stock as well as the Belles of Ireland. Small glass candle lanterns topped the standing tables where guests could gather during the presentation.

Band Chairman, Jennifer Crumpton, was extremely pleased as honorees and guests danced the night away to the music of Blackberry Breeze. The non-stop, high-energy cover band entertained the crowd with a variety classic rock, country and hip-hop music.

Prior to the dance, the Dinner Chairman Winks Kelley welcomed the honorees and their invited guests, as they dined in the Country Club’s formal dining room prior to the Ball. The teens enjoyed roulade of beef, chicken fingers, green beans, tater-tots, Caesar salad, and brownies and warm cookies for dessert!

Earlier in the year, the mother’s of the Camellia Ball honorees had a meeting at the beautiful home of Board member Kimberly Baker, where the Board Chairman, Melissa Chapman summarized the details of this year’s dance, and where the mothers were given the 2018-2019 Camellia Ball/ Squires directory as well as their Camellia Ball t-shirt.

The 50th Camellia Ball would not have been possible without the planning of the many officers including Chairman, Melissa Chapman, Co Chairman, Kimberly Baker, Treasurer Angela Keene, Secretary Katie Hubbard, Membership Vicki Parma, Membership co-chairman Gina Schroll, Invitations Chairmen Susan Owen and Erin Tipton, Decorations Layne Roth, Band Chairman Jennifer Crumpton, Publicity Chairman Marilyn Bopp, Leadout Chairmen Wendy Sylvest and Suzi Huffaker, Coat check Chairs Milla Howard and Julie Cowden, Dinner Chairmen Winks Kelley and McClellan Williams.

Many fun and lifetime memories were made as everyone enjoyed the 2019 Camellia Ball.