Alexa Harvey, Staff Writer – Crystal River High School [CRHS] hosted Citrus County’s annual Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps [JROTC] military ball Saturday, December 9. Members of the JROTC programs at Lecanto High School [LHS], Citrus High School [CHS], and of course CRHS attended along with their guests.
The required attire was formal, meaning long dresses, suit and tie, or class A or B JROTC uniform.
Many students were excited for the event, each for different reasons.
“It is a night when almost everyone in JROTC can go out and enjoy themselves and just have a really nice time with [their] friends,” said sophomore Kaleb Schubert.
“All my friends are going to be there,” said junior James Fiorenza.
Many LHS JROTC students wore the class A uniform to the ball.
“Class A is one of our nicest uniforms. Wearing it represents our school a lot better. [It] shows that we can perfect our uniform and look nice at the same time,” said Schubert.
Like homecoming, the military ball had a court, but it consisted of freshmen through seniors instead of just seniors. CRHS and CHS had students in the court both schools crowned a king and queen.
Several panthers were upset that LHS had no court, but, in the end, the unified spirit of the dance shone through.
“It’s fun with all the [J]ROTC kids and it’s better when we have all the programs together,” said junior Krysta Milidantri.
The military ball is held at a different school in the county each year; next year’s will be hosted by CHS.