Statement and Purpose
Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and
lean not unto thine own understanding .In all thy ways acknowledge him and he
will direct thy paths.
For years, young ladies and young men have been presented to the GMWA
community through the Debutante Cotillion/Beautillion. This program
promotes and cultivates in the young ladies and young
men elegance, scholarship
Since the Cotillion/Beautillion's inception the Gospel Music Workshop of
America has used the program as a means of awarding scholarships dollars
to young people for their scholastic achievement, community service;
fundraising, and overall participation in the program.
Program Objectives of the Debutante/Beautillion Cotillion
To encourage the development of young ladies and young
men into good citizens by our example.
- To promote high ideals and character building for young ladies and
young men during their formative years.
- To help young ladies and young men acquire social graces and good
citizenship through group activity.
- To promote understanding and friendship between the members of the
organization and others
- To develop new friendships, provide volunteer service; engage in
structured leadership; etiquette; and educational workshops that will
enhance their educational and social skills
- To benefit young ladies and young men who have the dedication,
ambition, motivation, and drive to pursue fully to the end, a career that
will enable them to make a contribution within their community .
National Chair - Cotillion/Beautillion
Elder Michelle L. Spence
Derrick J. Witherspoon
Jerry L. Davis
Bishop Albert Jamison, Chairman of the Board-GMWA, Inc.
Rev. James Cleveland, Founder
Must be 3 - 9 years of age
Must be 14-19 (not 20 before or during National Convention)
Ladies of Valor
Must be 20+ (past contestants/Debs)
Must be 20+ (past contestants/Beaus)
RULES & REGULATIONS
All Deb/Beau contestant must be single, never divorced
or had a marriage annulled, nor have children. (Does not apply to Pre Deb or
Ladies/Men of Valor)
All contestants should be in school, an active
member of a church and of good Christian character.
All contestants must be a resident of the state
they are representing and a member of their local GMWA Chapter.
Each contestant must be approved by their local
chapter representative. Each chapter must submit a registration fee of
$100.00 for each
contestant. Registration can be paid early by check or money order. Only
certified funds will be accepted during the National Convention for
registration. (Cash, Money Order, Cashier Check)
There are no height or weight restrictions.
However, contestants should be youthful and in good health.
Debs & Beaus must furnish all garments required
for the Christian Cotillion/Beautillion. These garments must be of good
Christian-Youthful taste. Garments that you are uncertain about can be
reviewed by the National committee. All participants must have black pants
and black long sleeve shirts that do not expose body parts for opening number.
All contestants should attend all Cotillion/Beautillion
rehearsals, but are required to attend three in order to prepare
for the National presentation.
Any Deb. needing an escort or Beau needing a
Belle for the National Cotillion/Beautillion must inform the National
Committee by the second rehearsal. (Tuesday)
Escorts and Belles should
attend the last rehearsal and the dress rehearsal.
There are no set amounts for cash prizes or
Judges for the National Cotillion/Beautillion
will be selected from a wide selection of Convention workers and staff, as
well as non-Convention guests. Judges need not be an expert in any of the
given categories and may or may not know a contestant. Each Judge must be
approved by the National Committee. Any other areas of concern or suggestions
should be submitted to the National Committee.
National Cotillion/Beautillion Competition and
(100 Point System)
PROJECTION & PERSONALITY (20 PTS)
Contestants will introduce themselves by giving their name, city, community
activities, church, pastor’s name, church activities, school, and future plans.
Contestants will be judged on good speaking voice, clarity, and expression.
Contestants with highest points will be named Miss
Personality / Mr. Personality.
TALENT (20 PTS)
Contestants must furnish their own props, (other than piano) if needed. Talent
limited to singing, interpretive/liturgical dance (no disco), drama, monologues,
and instrumentation. (Others in good Christian taste.) Talent must not exceed
3 minutes. Contestants judged on creativity. Contestant with the highest
points will be named Miss Talent / Mr.
& BOW (25 PTS)
A fresh, wholesome, and youthful appearance. Bow should show poise and
grace. Contestants will be judged on appearance and bow execution.
Contestant with the highest points will be named
Miss Charm / Mr. Debonair
QUESTION & ANSWER (15 PTS)
To express general knowledge and opinion, not to include exact figures or
ratios. Articulation and coherence are important. Contestant will be judged on
reaction under pressure. Contestant with the highest points will be named
Miss Expression / Mr. Expression.
MISS INDUSTRIOUS / MR. INDUSTROUS ( 20PTS)
Beaus reporting the highest amount of funds for the current session. (Ads for
souvenir journal, Tee-shirt sales, Ribbons, etc
contestant receiving the highest total number of points (all categories added –
100 possible points) will be crowned
GMWA – Miss Christian Debutante / Mr. Christian Beau.
*There will be second and
first runner-up categories, as well.*
MISS CONGENIALITY / MR.
Participants will vote among themselves to select the female/male with
warmest and friendliest attitude during the sessions.
Each contestant will
receive a Certificate of Appreciation
category winner will receive a Trophy and Certificate.
Christian Debutante & Mr. Christian Beau will receive a Crown, Trophy,
Certificate, and a cash award.
and Belles will receive Certificates of Participation.
Send pictures, bios and
Elder Michelle Spence
328 Dexter St. -
Chesapeake, VA 23324
For more information, please contact:
Merdean Fielding-Gales, National Chair, Cotillion/Beautillion
831 Coulange Court - St. Louis, MO 63141
Michelle L. Spence, National Coordinator
328 Dexter Street - Chesapeake, VA 23324
Rules & Regulations Form