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NJROTC holds second Military Ball

Students and faculty honor 241 years of navy and marine corps.

Ramota Olatunji

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Students and faculty  from the NJROTC program gathered at The Excelsior Grand for a memorable night of celebrating the Navy and Marine Corps’ 241st birthday. This was Curtis’ second annual Military Birthday Ball, and over 150 people came out.

The ball  was very traditional. After a speech from the education specialist for NYS naval recruiting district, Dr. Mellanie Miller, and lots of dancing and celebrating. “One of the traditional parts of the ceremony is the passing of a piece of cake from the oldest cadet present to the youngest cadet present to symbolize handing on the tradition of military service,” said lieutenant commander Kay Reeb.

Along with the traditional aspects of the ball, students had the opportunity to be in a formal setting. “In 2016 there’s few opportunities where students have the opportunity to be in a formal setting. This ball was an opportunity for students to learn things like what utensils to use and how to dress properly for formal events,” said Master Sergeant Wiggins.

Students were more than happy to be a part of such a meaningful and informative event. “It was more than I expected and everyone was having fun,” said Matthew Colon

“I can’t wait to start planning the next one for next year!” said Cydney Daquila.

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NJROTC holds second Military Ball