Eleven make their bows to society

December 29, 2010

For nearly 60 years, The La Cañada Thursday Club has sponsored young women from our community in the "Bal Blanc de Noel" presentation of Les Fleurettes debutantes.

This year, the Thursday Club will present 11 young women to society at a black-tie gala to be held Thursday night at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The Bal Blanc de Noel is the culminating event which celebrates their completion of a 16-month program of social and community service, as well as cultural education, personal development training and etiquette instruction.

The presenter for the evening will be La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Donald Voss. During the ceremony, the Thursday Club will present the traditional camellia charm to each debutante as a gift from the club. Following the presentation, the debutantes will dance the traditional first waltz with their fathers.

Denise Greenawalt is chair of the debutante program and the Bal Blanc de Noel. Lorie Mackenzie is the Thursday Club's board of directors liaison for the debutante class. Jeanie Kay is the group's provisional chair.


Les Fleurettes provisionals who will be presented as debutantes are: Celine Marie Aenlle-Rocha, Kristin Ellen Brisbois, Katharine Grace Cooper, Haley Corina-Camille Herkert, Mackenzie Suzanne Hobby, Charlotte Susan Kay, Elizabeth Duey Malchione, Therese Jeannine McGuigan, Elizabeth Leslie Miller, Lauren Elizabeth O'Leary and Alexandra Hanson Preiss.

Celine Aenlle-Rocha

Celine Marie Aenlle-Rocha is the daughter of Fernando and Valerie Aenlle-Rocha and the granddaughter of Anthony and Cornella Green of Ontario, Calif., and Fernando and Ada Aenlle-Rocha of Miami, Fla. She is a senior at La Cañada High School.

Celine is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and is an advanced-placement scholar. She was a finalist in the National Merit Hispanic Recognition Program, and is a Commended National Merit Scholar.

Celine's love of music began in elementary school when she learned to play the flute. She remained involved in band throughout middle and high school and is a four-year member of the LCHS marching band. Celine has a leadership role on the student band council and has traveled with the band to perform in Spain and New Orleans.

Celine has studied flute and music theory at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles and was a member of the 2008-2009 Colburn Youth Ensemble. She participated in the Idyllwild summer music program and was a member of the Symphonic Band.

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