UNION COUNTY — The Union County High School Yellow Jacket Battalion held its thirteenth Annual Military Ball at the Union National Guard Armory on March 19, 2016. Welcoming the cadets in the receiving line were Cadet Battalion Commander (Fransisco Ramirez), CSM Doug Gilliam and Mrs. Gilliam, Mrs. Trakas (UCHS Principal), C/1LT Skylar Senn (Adjutant), our guest speaker Ms. Tommy McKelvey and her guest Daniel Gosnell.
C/Major Les Wentz served as master of ceremony for the evening. Other cadets participating in the program included C/MSG Kolby Riddle playing Mess call on the trumpet, C/FSG Bobby Bedore providing the invocation, C/MSG Ivanna Bell singing the national anthem, and C/PFC Randy Riddle leading the Cadet Creed. The Color Guard was commanded by C/SSG Dimitri Dean, and consisted of C/SSG Blake Johnson, C/PFC Xavier Nelson and C/PFC Michael Taylor.
This year was the 100th year anniversary of JROTC. We honored this special event with a ceremonial cake cutting.
The guest speaker, Tommy McKelvey, was a cadet in the Yellow Jacket Battalion all four years of high school. She was the Battalion Commander her senior year.
Following a delicious dinner catered by Apple Blossom and served by a large group of supportive parents; cadets, parents and their guests danced the night away. The evening concluded with the singing “God Bless the U.S.A.” by C/1LT Shelby Summers. C/PFC Randy Riddle offered the benediction.