Students from Rappahannock High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC), the Raiders Battalion, held their fifth annual military ball at CJ’s Banquet Hall. The students ate well, plates full of chicken and mac and cheese, greens and dessert prepared by the staff of the banquet hall. They entered the building, dressed in their formal wear, under a walkway of their peers holding sabers aloft in the air, before shaking hands with special guests: including Superintendent Greg Smith, Principal David Ferguson, Lieutenant Colonel J. Michael Hobson, and Major Dovia Williams, the speaker for the night.
“Every year, we get all the cadets together to show their abilities for common courtesies and military traditions that the active army does,” said Hobson. “And allow them to become familiar with those same traditions.” He said there are 71 active cadets in the battalion.
The battalion was started in 2013 and was officially accredited by the army two years ago as Hobson came on.
“Cadets plan the ball,” he continued. “They do the coordination for ball. It teaches them to plan, work together, and have a good coordinating effort to have what you see right now. We simply want to motivate them to become better citizens, and that’s it. To be productive once they complete high school.”
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