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Showstopping jewels, great champagne and college prep make for an unusual night

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3 All-in-One Academics Houston June 2013 Erinn McMahon and John McMahon, Jessica Givens
Erinn and John McMahon, left, with Jessica Givens at the book signing at DeVille Fine Jewelry. Photo by Morris Malakoff
11 All-in-One Academics Houston June 2013 Tom Glanville, Liz Glanville of DeVille Fine Jewelry
Tom and Liz Glanville at the book signing at DeVille Fine Jewelry. Photo by Morris Malakoff
10 All-in-One Academics Houston June 2013 Robert Givens, Grace Givens, Mary Ann McKeithan
Robert and Grace Givens, left, with Mary Ann McKeithan at the book signing at DeVille Fine Jewelry. Photo by Morris Malakoff
9 All-in-One Academics Houston June 2013 Patrick Henry Gross, Dorit Feldman Kamman, Amanda Gross
Patrick Henry Gross, from left, Dorit Feldman Kamman and Amanda Gross at the book signing at DeVille Fine Jewelry. Photo by Morris Malakoff
8 All-in-One Academics Houston June 2013 Karen Scott-Jones, Dr. Dawn Lord, Laura Bhatia
Karen Scott-Jones, from left, Dr. Dawn Lord and Laura Bhatia at the book signing at DeVille Fine Jewelry. Photo by Morris Malakoff
7 All-in-One Academics Houston June 2013 John McMahon and Erinn McMahon
John and Erinn McMahon at the book signing at DeVille Fine Jewelry. Photo by Morris Malakoff
2 All-in-One Academics Houston June 2013 Chef Olivier Ciesielski provided classic French cuisine from L'Olivier
Chef Olivier Ciesielski provided classic French cuisine from L'Olivier. Photo by Morris Malakoff
6 All-in-One Academics Houston June 2013 Joel Bickley, Roland Maldonado
Joel Bickley, left, and Dr. Roland Maldonad at the book signing at DeVille Fine Jewelry. Photo by Morris Malakoff
5 All-in-One Academics Houston June 2013 Jamil Driscoll, Jessica Givens Driscoll, Grace Givens, Robert Givens
Jamil Driscoll, from left, Jessica Givens Driscoll and Grace and Robert Givens at the book signing at DeVille Fine Jewelry.   Photo by Morris Malakoff
3 All-in-One Academics Houston June 2013 Erinn McMahon and John McMahon, Jessica Givens
11 All-in-One Academics Houston June 2013 Tom Glanville, Liz Glanville of DeVille Fine Jewelry
10 All-in-One Academics Houston June 2013 Robert Givens, Grace Givens, Mary Ann McKeithan
9 All-in-One Academics Houston June 2013 Patrick Henry Gross, Dorit Feldman Kamman, Amanda Gross
8 All-in-One Academics Houston June 2013 Karen Scott-Jones, Dr. Dawn Lord, Laura Bhatia
7 All-in-One Academics Houston June 2013 John McMahon and Erinn McMahon
2 All-in-One Academics Houston June 2013 Chef Olivier Ciesielski provided classic French cuisine from L'Olivier
6 All-in-One Academics Houston June 2013 Joel Bickley, Roland Maldonado
5 All-in-One Academics Houston June 2013 Jamil Driscoll, Jessica Givens Driscoll, Grace Givens, Robert Givens

No summer slackers in the crowd that turned out at DeVille Fine Jewelry recently for college admissions strategist Jessica Givens' book signing for her Get Your Summer Strategy On!  The book provides teens (and their parents) with "a step-by-step guide to maximizing the potential of the summer months" and thereby enhancing their chances of getting into their preferred university.

Clearly no rest for weary high schoolers, whose parents are intent on adopting Givens' approach to college application success. Based in Houston, Givens is a much sought-after expert who helps students and their parents streamline the application process through small-group and one-on-one courses.

DeVille proprietor Liz Glanville pulled out the stops in her swank emporium for the evening by bringing in chef Olivier Ciesielski of L'Olivier to provide foodie inspirations and popping the cork on beaucoup bottles of champagne.

Dr. Rolando Maldonado was one of those scooping up copies of the book, his going to nieces and nephews. Others in the crowd included Erinn and John McMahon,  Joel Bickley, Amanda Gross with son Patrick Henry, Dr. Dawn Lord, Laura Bhatia, Jamil Driscoll (Jessica Givens' husband), Mary Ann McKeithan, Lynn Mathre, Randa Kennon and Tom Glanville.

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