Cadets take lead in executing military ball


Christine Politte, Editor-In-Chief

JROTC put on its annual Military Ball on Feb. 8 at the Clayton Plaza Hotel. The event, complete with decorations, dancing and an appetizer buffet, was a chance for cadets and their guests to relax and enjoy the evening.
“The purpose is to get them in a social environment together and have a great time,” said Col. Thomas Henson, head of the JROTC program.
The event was entirely planned by the cadets, with the seniors taking the lead.
“The cadets came up with the theme and the decorations,” said Henson. “They got the list together, made posters and wrote the announcements.”
Elijah Hall, sophomore, enjoyed the evening, especially the food, which included mozzarella sticks, crab rangoon and fruit.
Hall noted that this was the first Military Ball attended by the program’s new Master Sergeant, Darrell Stewart. The cadets toasted Stewart at the event.
The ball was also attended by active duty military members from Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.
“They were really impressed by our cadets,” said Henson.
Henson considers the ball to be a success.
“I thought it was outstanding,” Henson said. “It took a little bit for everyone to get on the dance floor, but once it got going it was great.”


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