Fort Pierce Central Army Junior Reserve OfficersTraining Corps (JROTC) hosted its 27th Annual Military Ball recently. The evening began with a reception line. Student cadets in uniform or floor-length dresses greeted senior officers and guests before finding their assigned chairs. The Cadet Color Guard Posted the Colors, and ceremonies began,  including an address by Assistant Superintendent Kevin G. Perry, and the night ended with a traditional dance. JROTC cadets at Fort Pierce Central spend five hours of class time, plus homework and a test, learning etiquette to prepare for the ball, according to LCT Al Nevarez, the senior program instructor. This includes instruction on appropriate dress, forms of address and place settings. Military balls have their origins before the Civil War, as social events on isolated posts on the midwestern frontier, according to Nevarez. Pictured, from left, are Army instructor 1SG Darin Randall,  teacher Michele Nurse, teacher Arin Terwilliger, Kevin Perry, Mrs. Williams, LTC Nevarez  and Fort Pierce High School principal Todd Smith.

This Article was written by the FPC Battalion Public Affairs Officer Cadet Captain Gene Moore Jr.