March 2020
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Debutante Jasmin Prophete Envisions Future as Global Leader

Demarest, NJ: Holy Angels senior and budding activist Jasmin Prophete has officially been introduced to society at the Emerald & Ivory Cotillion, the culmination of the Debutante Leadership Program. Sponsored by the Essex County Chapter of The Links, Inc., this program welcomes outstanding high school juniors and seniors who demonstrate academic excellence and a commitment to service.

Established in 1946, The Links Inc. “is one of the oldest and largest volunteer service organizations for women who are committed to enriching, sustaining, and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African-Americans and others of African ancestry.” (Source: Essex County’s chapter was founded in 1986.

Prophete explained that her mother had been planning for her to become a debutante for several years. Prophete was amenable to applying for the program, particularly since the most recent theme, “Preparing the Next Global Servant Leader,” fits perfectly with her future career.

“I want to one day work for either the United Nations, the ACLU, or some other NGO focused on public activism, whether in the U.S. or not, and I thought (the leadership program) would be a good way to get exposure,” said Prophete, who envisions herself pursuing political science and/or social justice as a college student.

When she learned she had been accepted to the leadership program, Prophete said, “I was really excited because I had worked a lot on my application, and two of the other girls who got in were very old friends and it was nice to get to see them.”

She and the 19 other program participants met at least once a week for four months. Together, these young leaders participated in service activities, and prepared for the cotillion. Prophete said some of the service projects involved writing letters to female refugees in Africa, and collecting products for the S.O.F.I.A. Organization (short for Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates), which helps women and children who are escaping domestic abuse. Prophete was also invited to deliver a speech for S.O.F.I.A.

During the cotillion, Prophete and her peers performed a waltz for over 650 guests who assembled at the Marriott Whippany. She also danced with her escort, Jonathan Houston.

Prophete is a board member of the AHA Diversity Council, Building Bridges, Junior State of America, and the Black and Hispanic Cultural Society. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the French Honor Society, and is named to the Honor Roll every quarter. Her athletic pursuits include varsity soccer and fencing.

Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in Bergen County. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious high school serves young women from a broad spectrum of cultural and religious backgrounds. Over time, thousands of women have passed through AHA’s portals. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts, and athletics. The Academy’s current leaders continue to further the SSND mission to provide each student with the tools she needs to reach the fullness of her potential—spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically, by offering a first-rate education in a nurturing environment where equal importance is placed on academic excellence, character development, moral integrity, and service to others.

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