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Lee's Sumit Air Force Junior ROTC Military Ball

Lee's Sumit Air Force Junior ROTC Military Ball

November 24, 2012

Male cadets from Lee's Summit West,
Lee's Summit North, and Lee's Summit
High Schools serenade female cadets
and guests with "You've Lost That
Loving Feeling" during the AFJROTC
Military Ball.

Tribune Photo/Martha Bowles

By Martha Bowles

The military ball for the cadets of the Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp from Lee’s Summit West, Lee’s Summit North and Lee’s Summit High School took place on Saturday, November 10 at Adams Pointe Convention Center in Blue Springs, Missouri. 

The event was filled with ceremony, inspiration, reflection, community spirit, and fun. 

The evening began with a formal introduction of each cadet as they entered through an Arch of Sabers.  Before dinner began, a small table was set to honor our POWs and MIAs. 

The words spoken and ceremony conducted around this table touched the hearts of those in attendance. 

A highlight of the evening was guest speaker Major William F Storms from US Army Command & General Staff School at Ft Leavenworth, Kansas. 

He spoke on how leadership must first begin with learning how to follow and challenged each cadet to take advantage of the learning opportunities they have in school. 

The formal portion of the evening was ended with thoughtful speeches by Cadet Colonel Loren Davies from Lee’s Summit West, Cadet Colonel Alex McCarty from Lee’s Summit North HS, and Cadet Colonel MilissaHilker from Lee’s Summit HS. 

Each spoke of their experiences in the AFJROTC and reflected on the past, present and future of the Corp. 

After dinner plates were cleared and speeches were over, music began and cadets from 3 schools came together for a celebration of dancing and friendship. 

The sense of community spirit among the cadets was evident, and if it hadn’t been for the slight differences in their uniforms, you wouldn’t have been able to tell they were from different schools.

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