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King cadets celebrate at military ball and honor retiring Captain

April 25, 2018

This month, King High School’s Naval Junior ROTC program joined many other units across the county and around the country by hosting a military ball for its students. The annual formal function, essentially a military prom, includes a reception hour, awards, a dinner, dancing and the crowning of a cadet king and queen.

King’s event also included a special tribute to Capt. Darrell Russell, who is retiring this June after a 26-year Navy career and 18 years of leading the King JROTC.

Russell and Senior Chief Christopher Blake, who died in 2017, were the original instructors in King’s Naval JROTC program, which was established in 2000. Students in the program earn life skills, perform community service and travel to locations such as San Diego; Norfolk, Virginia; Annapolis, Maryland; and Washington, D.C.

Check out the video above for a look at this year’s military ball.

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