VIENNA - The former queen crowned new royalty Saturday evening at Avalon Country Club at Squaw Creek in Vienna.
Howland High School student Lauren Ashley Williams smiled as Bre'Yonna Irene Langford, a Youngstown State University freshman and last year's queen, placed the silver tiara on her head at the Warren Civic League's Silver 25th Anniversary Debutante Ball.
"I was honored by the invitation to be one of the first debutantes (25 years ago)," said 2012 Debutante Ball co-chair Jacci Daniel Johnson. "We are proud to provide such a progressive vehicle for the young women and men of Trumbull County."
Lauren Ashley Williams of Howland High School smiles after she is crowned Outstanding Debutante at the Warren Civic League’s Silver 25th Anniversary Debutante Ball.
In her opening remarks, League President Gloria R. Rodgers said, ''We thank God for blessing us with the opportunity to 'introduce to society' such awesome debutantes and escorts these 25 years.
''The League continues today because our goal has always been to help enrich the lives of your people seeking to attain higher education and successful careers,'' she said.
The debutantes performed a waltz prior to the announcement of the night's winners, beginning with a tie for Miss Congeniality, Imani Renee Morris and Aminah Marie Wesley.
Outstanding Debutante was awarded to Williams, with first runner-up going to Ariana Ja'nae Davis and second runner-up Tiana Elaine Bell.
Williams is a member of the National Honor Society, and one of her goals is to complete the pharmacy program at University of Pittsburgh.
The debutantes were escorted by Shawn Cole Jr. of Ursuline High School; Dominic Davis of Harding High School; Howland High School graduate Christopher Ryan Smith; Jamil Stoutamire of Harding High School; and Harding High School graduate Timothy Williams.