COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Hundreds of people crowded the St. Luke Ministry Center for the 2018 JROTC Military Ball.
The annual event has seen more than a thousand JROTC Cadets from a multicultural cross-section of Columbus throughout its history.
Muscogee County representatives say that this ball helps those who are young start to prepare for adulthood by teaching them proper etiquette and mannerisms for a better future.
"It builds much more than just character, but the things that we teach the kids in the classroom and outside the classroom will carry them for the rest of their lives," said Judson Gee.
More than 15 high schools around Columbus, Fort Benning, and other areas were in attendance. Many students say they are happy to be a part of the JROTC Experience.
"I've started this year, it's my junior year. I'm starting off pretty late, but it's pretty. The expectations are very high, but that's any ROTC," said Northside High School student Jeremiah Bunch.
News Leader 9's Barbara Gauthier was also in attendance as the keynote speaker and helped crown the 2018 JROTC Queen.
"The military ball to me is sort of our JROTC passage into adulthood. We really emphasize that social etiquette aspect, proper behavior, gentleman treating ladies properly. The ladies treating gentleman properly," explained Roger Barros, with the Lighthouse Brigade ROTC.
Orchestrators say it's an event that students and parents will carry with them for the rest of their lives.