The National League of Junior Cotillions – Faulkner County Chapter held its annual Holly Ball on Dec. 5 at the Brewer-Hegeman Center. 

Dressed semi-formally, the sixth through eighth-grade students participated in the elegant evening, complete with dance cards, contests, prizes, corsages and boutonnieres. 

The Holly Ball gave these Cotillion members the opportunity to put into practice all the dances and etiquette that they learned during the past half year in Cotillion classes. They danced the night away doing the foxtrot, cha cha cha, swing and the Cotillion Stomp. 

Prizes were awarded to Miss Lauren Osburn, Sam Freedle, Miss Morgan Mourot, and Cole Tollett for the foxtrot contest; Miss Melodie Moore, Carter Free, Miss Daniela ichter, and Jay Barber for the swing contest, and Miss Mary Nail, Carter Lewis, Miss Logan Tolliver, and Tanner Thone for the cha cha cha contest. Winners of the Snowball Elimination Dance, which required holding a ball between their heads while doing the foxtrot and cha cha cha, were Miss Nancy Oliver, Ralph VanCleve, Miss Anne Henry Maggio, and Archie Jones. 

The Jingle Bell Elimination was won by Miss Rileigh Bush, Miss Tori Owens, Miss Emily Weaver, and Luke Sexton. Prizes were National League of Junior Cotillion sports bag. Parents who chaperoned for the evening were Karen Scott, Monica Pinkett, Laura Shelton, Rebecca Cloyd, Kendra Giffin, Ginger Wood, Leann McEowen, Pam Henry, Tina Davis, Cindy Lichtenwalter, Jami Smith, Susan Jenkins, Jeanna Coleman, Meleah Arnold, Leigh Castleberry, Karla Cook, Saba Harris, Karla Wooley, and Cristy King. Serving as the program’s assistants for the year are high school students Miss Anna Sikes, Miss Natalie Oliver, and Douglas DeKunffy. 

The local Cotillion began in 1993.  The seven-month program gives sixth through eighth grade students instruction in etiquette, proper manners and social dances.  Skills taught include table manners, correspondence, proper introductions, good first impression skills, good posture, paying and receiving compliments, opening doors, assisting with coats, and the like. Membership is open to any interested sixth, seventh, or eighth grade student in the county.  For information, or to get your child on the list for the 2010-2011 Cotillion program, call  Susan Humphries at 1-800-484-9232, code 5054.