Faith Miller – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Friday the LRHS Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) held its annual Military Ball at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club.

The event was special for the program.  It was the first JROTC Military Ball since January of 2020.

Many traditions took place during the ball, including the formal receiving line, the Fallen Comrade ceremony, the recognition of selected school and county officials, the dinner, and the dance.

Senior Battalion S-5 (Public Relations) Sean Conerly was put in charge of compiling the annual Mustang Battalion showcase video, which detailed some of what the battalion had accomplished within the past year.

Conerly said, “The Military ball went well, and we got good reception on the showcase video I created. What we’ve learned about hosting this year (for the first time since January 2020), we will be able to pass on to the future leaders of this program.”

The JROTC battalion staff and command group worked for months to prepare the event and ensure its smooth operation.

Senior Battalion Command Sergeant Major Mudathir Osmann said, “I believe the Military ball went very well! The color guard practiced for weeks, and they did an extraordinary job, and the staff all exceeded in their roles.

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“All the stress, planning, and hard work that we put into preparing for this ball really showed. Everyone had a wonderful time and I’m glad to have helped set this up,” continued Osmann.

The battalion and outer-community reception for this event was exceedingly positive.

The LRHS JROTC will host the annual Manatee County JROTC Ball on Thursday, March 9.

The monthly Mustang battalion newsletter can be found on the JROTC website.

Mustangs interested in participating in the JROTC program can contact Major Shawn O’Dea or Master Sgt. William Cassidy.