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ROTC Military Ball Highlight for Cadets

An evening of fine food, fun, and dancing was had by all at the 2011 Air Force Junior ROTC Military Ball held at Rolling Hills Country Club on Friday, February 11.  The prom-like setting was attended by Junior ROTC cadets from Piedmont, Porter Ridge, Monroe and Parkwood High Schools. Cadets enjoyed dinner, dancing, and military ceremonies.    The JROTC cadets voted for the King and Queen of the Ball along with their Court.  Recipients of these honors were: King and Queen - Seniors Justin Crump and Laura Tadeo; Prince and Princess -  Juniors Brad Hinson and Savannah Helms; Duke and Duchess - Sophomores Teodor Tutelya and Lizeth Ordonez; and Baron and Baroness - Freshmen Stephen Snider and Laura Ordonez.

The military ceremonies at the ROTC Ball involve activities such as the Grog Bowl. This involves calling out a cadet for inappropriate behavior or behavior not compliant with ROTC standards. The cadet then has to drink the “Grog”, which is a distasteful concoction of beverages and “other” food items. There was also a guest speaker. A retired ROTC Colonel from Virginia   addressed the cadets about the impact of ROTC on their lives. Cadet 1st Lieutenant Justin Crump, a Senior at Piedmont, has attended the ROTC Ball for the past three years. According to Crump, “Other than competition, the ROTC Ball is the highlight of the year for cadets.”
The AFJROTC mission is to develop citizens of character, dedicated to serving their nation and community. The goal of the program is to instill in high school cadets the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment. The ROTC at Piedmont is under the direction of Captain Louis D. Werder, who is the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor (SASI), and MSgt Heinz Schweinsberger, who is the Aerospace Science Instructor (ASI)  and teaches Leadership Education.
New students are always welcome to Air Force Junior ROTC.  While the ROTC Ball is an annual highlight for cadets, students are also involved in numerous extracurricular activities, drill competitions, and field trips should they desire. While there are advantages to taking Junior ROTC should students desire to pursue a career in the military, the ROTC instructors are not recruiters. They can refer students should they seek guidance, but the ROTC mission is to build leaders and develop citizens. 

Written by: Donna Helms, Web Editor
Posted: Feb 16, 2011 by Donna Helms

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