MEDINA TWP. — In its early days, the annual Spring Leadership Ball was considered a cotillion, a formal coming-out affair to present young women to the Medina County community.
Now, it focuses more on leadership, academic achievement and school and community involvement.
Preparation for the annual gala is no small feat.
“We start back in November with the process to choose the 30 girls and they go through their application and then we sit down as a committee and read all their applications,” said Shannon Harvey, co-chair for this year’s leadership ball.
The 61st annual Spring Leadership Ball is Saturday at Weymouth Country Club, 3946 Weymouth Road, Medina Township. Teenage girls from all over the county will be recognized for their academic achievements and community involvement.
Harvey said the board reviews the applications without the names. Each section of the application is rated and the 30 applicants with the highest scores are those selected to attend the event.
But the process doesn’t stop yet. The schedule picks up from there.
In February, Salon Rootz has a pampering day for the teens. The shop donates its employees’ time and talent. After this, the young women get to practice etiquette and interviewing skills.
They also attend a tea at Williams on the Lake. This year, Sandy Hinkle of Feeding Medina County was the keynote speaker. In addition, the girls get involved with Feeding Medina County including efforts to collect peanut butter for local food pantries. The week leading up to the event consists of three dress rehearsals.
The Leadership Ball is a way to honor and recognize the 30 teenagers for their achievements.
“Honoring the girls,” said Harvey. “I think that’s a benefit that these girls get to know that they were chosen for their leadership and how hard they’ve worked.”
The night of the Leadership Ball starts formal portraits done by Lifetouch followed by a cocktail hour.
The girls are presented at 6 p.m. by their date and their father or another important male figure in their life.
There are 350 reservations for the ball. All of the proceeds go to Feeding Medina County.
Susan Beier, Medina
Audrey Calvin, Our Lady of Elms, Akron
Culley Emerson, Buckeye
Grace Fischer, Highland
Bailey Freeland, Cloverleaf
Jenna French, Medina
Makayla Grecenuk, Highland
Kelsey Heichel, Highland
Allison Horner, Medina
Grace Kaylor, Medina County Career Center, Medina
Kaylie Kenne, Highland
McKenna Kilbane, Brunswick
Emily Kretschmer, Buckeye
Hanna Kunzler, Highland
Alena Law, MCCC, Medina
Madison Luthy, Medina
Audrey Miles, Brunswick
Abigail Montgomery, MCCC, Medina
Sadie Nayman, Highland
Katherine Neate, Medina
Payton Nielsen, Medina
Ella Rasper, Medina
Margaret Selva, Medina
Kenlynn Sundby, Medina
Emilie Thomas, Medina
Elizabeth Whetstone, Buckeye
Grace Winrod, Cloverleaf
Addie Wisniewski, Highland
Abigail Yates, Medina
Melanie Zammarrelli, Brunswick