Special to the News-Journal
Longfellows presented five young women as debutantes Saturday during the organization’s 37th annual Debutante Ball.
Longfellows formed years ago to enhance Longview’s cultural environment through an annual ball in which the debutantes would be presented. Since then, more than 200 daughters and granddaughters of members have been presented as debutantes.
Debutantes have completed their freshman year of college. They have been active in school organizations and volunteered in the community.
Miss Emma Elizabeth ClarkEmma Elizabeth Clark is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Shannon Cory Clark of Longview. Her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Michael George Liverman of Longview and Mr. and Mrs. Claude Allen Clark of Jefferson. Emma’s great grandparents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Orvil Wayne Crisman, and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael George Liverman, were charter members of Longfellows. Her father is an entrepreneur who is involved in several businesses. Emma’s mother, Camille Liverman Clark, was presented as a Longfellows debutante in 1993 and is actively involved in volunteering in the community. Emma was presented as a junior attendant in 2010.
A 2018 graduate of Longview High School, Emma was in the top 6 percent of her class. She served as the head Lobo mascot for two years and was an UCA All-American Mascot recipient. Emma served as the creative director for the Longview High School Spirit Committee and was a member of the Technology Student Association and the National Honor Society.
While in high school, Emma spent much of her time participating in service activities in her community and through the First United Methodist Church youth group. She served four summers with Service Over Self in Memphis, Tennessee, and traveled to Belize and Antigua on mission trips. In Longview, Emma served on the student board of Longview Community Ministries. She also volunteered at Newgate Mission, Buckner Family Services and Havertys Angel Tree at Christmas for many years.
Emma has completed her freshman year at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she is pursuing a dual major in business and political science. During her freshman year, she has been part of the Wesley Foundation and was a project leader for the University of Arkansas Volunteer Action Center.
Emma is a member of First United Methodist Church in Longview. Her interests include sewing, embroidery and graphic design and participating in art shows. She was escorted by Cory Michael Clark, her brother who was a Longfellows junior attendant in 2013.
Miss Katherine Grace MobleyKatherine Grace Mobley is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Lewis Mobley of Coppell. She is the granddaughter of Longfellow charter members Dr. and Mrs. John Carl Griffin of Longview and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Marion Mobley of Kilgore. Her father, Stephen, is vice president of operations of world trade cargo and logistics, and her mother, Kimberlee Sue Griffin Mobley, is an active Coppell community volunteer and board member of the Coppell Education Foundation. She was presented as a debutante in the first Longfellow Ball in 1983, and her aunt, Keely Ann Griffin Barbe, was presented in 1985 as a Longfellow debutante. Her grandfather, Dr. John Carl Griffin, served as president of Longfellow in 2000. Grace’s brother, Griffin Lewis Mobley, was a junior attendant in 1998; her cousin, Rodgers Connor Barbe, was a Longfellow escort in 2013.
Majoring in elementary education, Grace has completed her freshman year at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, where she received the Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program scholarship and Provost Scholar. She is a METP Fellow in the College of Education and was named to the Chancellor’s Honor Roll. She is active in the Christian organizations RUF and Cru and Rebelthon and is a member of Kappa Delta-Alpha Mu social sorority.
A 2018 graduate of Coppell High School, Grace was a member of the National Honor Society, the Principal’s Leadership Advisory Committee, Teen Leadership Coppell and Ready Set Teach. She was active in YoungLife, Coffee Talk and Campaigners, as well as being a WyldLife leader. During her freshmen and sophomore years, she played volleyball and softball, earning the Fighting Heart award in both sports.
Grace is a member of Valley Ranch Baptist Church in Coppell, where she was active in volunteering with VBS and the Christmas store and served as a Refuge leader. Her community activities include volunteering with American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Special Olympics and the Coppell Animal Shelter. Grace will be representing Coppell this fall as a 2019 duchess in the 86th Texas Rose Festival.
Grace spent eight summers in Timpson at Camp Huawni, where she was a member of the Tejas tribe and was part of the Running Deer program. During final year, she was chosen as princess of the Huawni tribe. In her free time, she loves spending time at the Kappa Delta house and summers at Lake Cherokee, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.
Grace was escorted by her cousin, John Carson Barbe, of Beckville, the grandson of Longfellow charter members Dr. and Mrs. John Carl Griffin.
Miss Kelsey Lynn RathbunKelsey Lynn Rathbun is the daughter of Ms. Stacy Lynn Rathbun of Longview. She is the granddaughter of Longfellows charter member Mrs. Richard Byril Rathbun and the late Mr. Rathbun. Mrs. Rathbun is chief financial officer of Community HealthCore. Kelsey is the great-granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Melton, who were Longfellow members. Kelsey’s mother, Stacy, was presented as a debutante in 1993 as was her aunt, Kelly Leigh Rathbun Jennings, in 1988. Kelsey was presented as a Longfellows junior attendant in 2009, and her cousin, Richard Melton Jennings, was presented as a Longfellows junior attendant in 2015. Kelsey is a sixth generation Texan, five of whom have resided in Longview. She was presented by her godfather, Mr. Hawkins Dunlap of Bali, Indonesia. Kelsey has completed her freshman year at The University of Arkansas School of Business at Fayetteville with a major in marketing and sports management. She aspires to be associated with a major professional sports league upon graduation. Kelsey is a member of Phi Mu social sorority where she is a member of the House Committee, Sisterhood Committee and Intramural Sports Committee. She has participated in Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ fundraisers.
A 2018 graduate of Trinity School of Texas, Kelsey was a member of the National Honor Society, having earned Honor Roll of Distinction every year . She graduated third in her class and was voted by the faculty as the Outstanding Female Student of the Trinity Class of 2018. Kelsey lettered in four sports at Trinity and was recognized as Female Athlete of the Year, Scholar Athlete of the Year, Volleyball Most Valuable Player and 1st Team All-District. Kelsey was proud of being a member of “The Fab Five” basketball team her freshman year that won district with only five members. She also received the Basketball Hustle Award and Titan Spirit Award in Golf. Kelsey tied for fifth place in state in golf and was a member of the state-winning Trinity golf team in 2016 and 2017. She was chosen basketball team captain, named to the TAPPS 2nd Team All-State, TAPPS Academic All-State and 1st Team All-District and was named the district’s most valuable player. In track, Kelsey placed third in regional and fifth in state in shot put. Kelsey played soccer for 11 years and was a starter on ETUFC and East Texas Wildcatters SC, Arlington League club teams. Kelsey also served as secretary of the Student Council, senior class secretary, early childhood mentor and staff member for The Titan Torch and was a four-year member of the Zonta Club and a hydration specialist for the Titan football team.
Kelsey is a member of the First United Methodist Church. Her community activities include volunteering at the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission, Faith Flip, Windridge, church softball team and Zonta Club-sponsored activities. Kelsey served on the student board of Texas Bank and Trust, Spring Hill State Bank, the Longview Museum of Fine Arts and the Gregg County Historical Museum. Kelsey enjoyed 10 summers at Camp Waldemar in Hunt as a camper where she was a member of the Tejas tribe. She will return this summer for her third year as counselor. She also is a recruiting representative for Camp Waldemar at the University of Arkansas. While a camper, Kelsey received the American Archer Award, the highest award presented by the American Archery Association, and was an elected member of All Tribe Council. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys traveling, playing sports, spending time with friends and family and “Calling the Hogs!”
Miss Morgan-Taylor Jetton ThomasMorgan-Taylor Jetton Thomas is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Darren Scott Thomas. She is the granddaughter of Longfellows charter members Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Louis Morgan. He is a past president of Longfellows. Her paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Wayne Thomas of Hurst. Her father is the Texas Department of Public Safety patrol sergeant in Gregg County, and her mother, Holly, is a middle school teacher. Morgan-Taylor is a seventh-generation Texan and the descendant of Col. Leonard Williams, who helped facilitate several Indian treaties while he served in the Texas revolutionary army as an Indian interpreter. Morgan-Taylor was a junior attendant in 2009. Her mother was presented as a Longfellows debutante in 1989; her aunt, Claire Morgan Maestri, was presented in 1998. Her uncle, Ross Britton Morgan, served as a Longfellows escort in 1989 and 1992 and is a former member of the Longfellows Board of Directors.
Majoring in journalism and English, Morgan-Taylor has completed her freshman year at The University of Texas at Austin. She is in the UT Discovery Scholars Program and is a member of Delta Gamma social sorority where she has been elected to serve as Director of Lectureship Fundraising. Through her sorority, she volunteers at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Morgan-Taylor is also a member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
A 2018 graduate of White Oak High School, Morgan-Taylor was in the top 5 percent of her class and in the National Honor Society for three years, maintaining Scholastic Honor Roll status all four years of high school. She was selected as Miss White Oak by the high school student body. In high school, she participated in many extracurricular activities. She was the UIL debate regional champion and state qualifier and the UIL poetry district champion and regional qualifier. Morgan-Taylor served on the newspaper and yearbook staffs for three years and was assistant yearbook editor her junior year. She received two Interscholastic League Press Conference Top in Texas awards and two ILPC state gold medals for yearbook secondary coverage and sports feature story, and she received two ILPC state silver medals in yearbook and newspaper.
As a member of the White Oak Regiment of Roughnecks Band, Morgan-Taylor was drum major her junior and senior years, was a member of the auxiliary line for four years and was head twirler her senior year. During her senior year, she was selected as Band Sweetheart. She was the oboe section leader in the varsity concert band for four years and a UIL solo and ensemble state qualifier her senior year. Morgan-Taylor also was a five-time gold medalist and silver medalist at the UIL region solo and ensemble twirling contest and a four-time gold medalist and silver medalist at the UIL state solo and ensemble twirling contest.
Morgan-Taylor played volleyball and basketball and was a four-year member of the varsity track and field team. As a discus thrower, she was a UIL area qualifier and finalist three years and a UIL regional qualifier two years.
Her community activities include serving on the Gregg County Historical Museum’s Student Board and volunteering at their Landmarks of Longview Tour of Homes. She has participated in Volleyball for a Cure with her club volleyball team and has volunteered for Helping Hand, Newgate Mission, Ronald McDonald House and Mercy Manor through high school organizations. Morgan-Taylor enjoyed serving as a judge for the Gregg County Miss Juneteenth Pageant.
Morgan-Taylor spent 10 summers as a camper at Camp Waldemar in Hunt. She was elected by her Aztec tribe as leader and was the war canoe stern her Hilltopper year. She is a member of the Children of the Republic of Texas. As a member of First United Methodist Church of Longview, Morgan-Taylor participated in Methodist Youth Fellowship. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, traveling, playing with her cat and spending time with her friends and family
Morgan-Taylor was escorted by her brother, Stephen Scott Thomas, of White Oak, who was a junior attendant in 2012.
Miss Victoria Elise SchellVictoria Elise Schell is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Trent Schell of Plano. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Michael Clowers of Longview and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Lee Schell of McKinney. Victoria has deep roots in Longview. Her great-great-grandmother, Willie Bass Bodenheim, was a member of a pioneer family, and her great-great-grandfather, Col. Gabriel Augustus Bodenheim, was mayor during Longview’s formative period. Victoria’s great-grandmother, Mrs. Edwin Hobby Bodenheim, was the first director of the Longview Museum of Fine Arts and a charter member of the Junior League of Longview. Victoria’s parents own Torlex Construction and Marquis Homes, and her mother is a Realtor with Keller Williams Plano. Her maternal grandparents own The Clowers Company and have developed Longview-area real estate. Her paternal grandparents own Schell Construction and Development, and her paternal grandmother also owns an interior design company, Apropos Designs. Victoria’s mother was presented at the 1988 Longfellows Ball. Her aunt, Christina Clowers Flanagan, was presented in 1991, and her cousin, Erin Elizabeth Flanagan, was presented in 2018. Her maternal grandfather was the 10th president of Longfellows in 1992.
Victoria recently completed her freshman year at Texas Tech University where she is majoring in journalism with plans to pursue a career in social media marketing. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority where she served on the social media committee and volunteered with fellow members at a local elementary school to read to students. Victoria also represented Kappa Kappa Gamma during Homecoming Week as a parade member and in the Texas Tech University SO Sing competition.
A 2018 graduate of Plano West Senior High School, Victoria played volleyball and was a member of a district championship team her sophomore year. She also played competitive volleyball on a traveling team for two years with Lonestar Volleyball Club. Victoria was a member of the yearbook staff and was influential in creating the layout and theme of her sophomore year publication. She was a member of the Spanish Club and FFA as well as being active in creative writing, authoring many works, including poetry, short stories and biographies.
Victoria was a volunteer at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Plano. Throughout her high school year, she was a group leader at Vacation Bible School and a teen aide in weekly Faith Formation classes for pre-K through second grade. Victoria was often assigned to assist children with special needs who required extra attention. She also volunteered her time at two local charity stores, Frisco Resale Shop and Operation Once in a Lifetime, by sorting, organizing and displaying donations.
Victoria was presented by her father, Mr. William Trent Schell, and escorted by her cousin, Mr. Liam Michael Flanagan.