The stars are set to shine Saturday night.
Precious Pearls Ardmore will host their annual Debutante Scholarship Ball at 6 p.m. Saturday at the American National Bank Operations Center.
The night will serve to showcase the seven girls in the Precious Pearls Program this yearL: India Monique Albert-Clark, Yurisia Garcia, Kiya Halstied, LaTavia Monique Jackson-Brown, Emani Noland, Alizaya Walbarger and Jamie White.
“The goal of the event is just to affirm the self-esteem, self-aspiration in the girls, and their families and communities can see the progress the program has made in their lives and the impact it has,” Daphne Adair, literacy coordinator for the  Grace Center, a homelessness prevention program. “It’s to let them feel elegant and to show their etiquette skills, life skills and social skills are all on display. The girls are really enjoying even the practices. I’m excited about seeing them actually put everything into action and to work.”
Precious Pearls is run out of The Grace Center, so Adair has one-on-one contact with the participants. The skills the young ladies learn through the program, the said will benefit them into adulthood.
“They’ll know how to conduct themselves in an interview, conduct themselves when they’re doing college applications and resumes,” Adair said. “They’ve already done their resumes to get jobs. Some haven’t had jobs before, so we taught them how to write a resume without having previous job experience. It’s beneficial for them to know how to converse with people and just practice social skills.”
Albert-Clarkis a freshman at Ardmore High School and the daughter of Naomi Albert and Charlie Clark.
Garcia is a sophomore at Ardmore High School and the daughter of Ruben and Blanca Garcia.
“In the future I’d like to be a pediatrician because I am great with kids,” Garcia said. “My mother is such a great inspiration to me. She motivates me to do my best and to accomplish my goals.”
Halstied is a freshman at Ardmore High School and the daughter of Violet Halstied.
Jackson-Brown is a freshman at Ardmore High School and the daughter of Michael and LaToyia Brown.
“After graduating high school, I want to attend Oklahoma State University,” she said. “My future aspirations are to become an actress or a professional basketball player.”
Noland is a freshman at Ardmore High School. She is the daughter of Amanda Noland and Michael Williams and was raised by Inez and Butch Gunsolus.
“After graduating high school I plan to attend college and major in sports medicine,” she said. “I am also interested in working at a St. Jude Children Research Hospital because I enjoy helping kids in need.”
Walbarger is the daughter of Beverly Roberts. She was born with punctured lungs and polycystic kidney disease.
“Over the past several years the hospital has become my second home,” she said. “The doctors told my mom that I had only three years to live, but here I am today (at 15). As the years have passed, my health has been good and bad, and my family has never allowed me to give up.”
After graduating high school, she hopes to attend law school.
White is is the daughter of Terri White and granddaughter of Lena and Bobby White. She attends high school at Epic Charter High School and is a dancer at the Shannon Crites School of Dance in Ardmore.
“My favorite styles of dance are ballet, contemporary and hip hop,” she said. “I aspire to dance professionally, to be a dance teacher and help teach dance to students across the United States.”
Tickets for the event, which includes dinner, are $20. Proceeds go to paying for the event itself, with the remainder going to proceeds for the girls scholarships to college. For questions or to buy tickets, contact (580) 768-0999.