COLTS NECK, NJ- On March 14th, 2017, FRHSD NJROTC successfully completed our annual Military Ball. An integral facet of our yearly calendar since our unit’s inception in 2002, the Military Ball has continued to grow in size and stature proportional to our unit’s reputation, culminating in this year’s awe-inspiring attendance of approximately 500 cadets, veterans, parents, faculty, and military personnel. An event conducted to provide cadets the opportunity to learn about basic military social customs and courtesies, the Military Ball also bequeaths cadets an opportunity to more comprehensively understand the “social side” of military life and the various interactions that entails, whilst simultaneously enjoying themselves. Featuring a simulation of the Navy custom of welcoming dignitaries aboard a naval vessel, the Marine Corps tradition of entreating the Guest of Honor to cut the first slice of cake, and even the customary Parading of the Beef, our unit successfully integrated these and other time honored naval traditions into the context of our function, allowing us to both pay homage to those who have come before us, and provide a learning opportunity for each cadet in attendance. An event predominately orchestrated by cadet leadership, this year’s Military Ball was further esteemed by the presence of Captain Jay Steingold, the Commander of Earle Naval Weapons Station. A celebration defined as much by the distinguished nature of its guests, as by their diversity of backgrounds, our unit was also privileged with the presence of our principal, the Honorable Dan Simon, attending for the last time as the head of Colts Neck High School. FRHSD NJROTC would like to thank our tireless Parents’ Club for their undying support in making meticulous planning a magnificent reality, as well as our own Cadets Elizabeth Heeb and Taylor Schandall, whose diligent work was extraordinary in securing the success of this substantial undertaking. We are proud to illustrate our collective dedication to time-honored Navy values, the perpetual process of learning, and our significant commitment to uncomplicated fun. Well done cadets, the real challenge is making it even better next year.