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Stephanie Raper
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2018 NNDCC Military Ball


Grenada High School Navy National Defense Cadet Corps held its 25th annual Silver and Blue Military Ball on January 27, 2018. Cadets, parents, and special guests received the royal treatment at the formal event. The special guest speaker this year was Lieutenant Colonel Sanford Bennett, Deputy Garrison Commander and Base Operations Supervisor MSARNG Training Center McCain. Lt. Bennett, a graduate of Grenada High School, has served 37 years in the military.

This year's ball took place in a new location, the recently acquired National Guard Armory. This year, the GHS NNDCC invited Greenwood High School NJROTC cadets to attend the ball. Both schools enjoyed a memorable evening of dinner and dancing catered by Leslie and Deborah Hughes with desserts by Rave Coffee House. Various door prizes were given away. Diamond Smith took home the grand prize, a 32" television!

The military ball allowed cadets to experience a formal event while also enjoying dancing and socializing with other cadets outside of the daily school routine. The addition of another school at the event this year also allowed cadets to network with their peers and share experiences that could help each company improve. One of the highlights of the formal affair is the election of a King and Queen of the Ball from each grade level. This year's honorees were:
• Freshmen: Queen Ashanti Rounds, King Kimhong Kangheng
• Sophomores: Queen Mallorie Bowden; King Fredarion Eskridge
• Juniors: Queen Nory Lorenzo; King Johnathan Forrest
• Seniors: Queen Lakesha Harbin; King Esa Ramsey

GHS NNDCC cadets will be on the move in upcoming months as they have several events scheduled. One of the events consists of a trip to the Camp McCain base in Elliott, Mississippi, to use the Humvee convoy simulator. This allows cadets to encounter real problems that military men and women might face during their service. While at Camp McCain, cadets will also make use of the obstacle course, testing their endurance and physical fitness, as well as preparing for upcoming competitions.

During February, the cadets will travel north to Lake Cormorant for the Northern Region Physical Training Meet. The cadets will compete against 15 JROTC schools from North Mississippi. The schools range in discipline from Army, Air Force, Marines, and Navy. The top three winners will go on to the State Championship held in Jackson in April. Last year, the GHS NNDCC placed first at the Northern Region meet.

There are over 80 JROTC schools in the state of Mississippi that compete for the state championship. In the past three years, the GHS NNDCC team has risen from 15th place in 2015 to 2nd place in 2017. This year the team is striving to place first and capture the state championship. The cadets have worked hard this year to reach their goal thanks to the leadership of Chief Reese Foreman and the help of many volunteers.

Currently, the cadets are seeking an air rifle coach; if you are interested in volunteering as a coach, please contact Chief Reese Foreman at Grenada High School. The NNDCC welcomes volunteers and donations at any time.