POLACCA, Ariz. - The latest event for the Hopi High School JROTC was their Seventh Annual Military Ball on May 2 at the Hopi High School Bruin Den/Gymnasium.
The evening started with cadets filling the Bruin Den with lots of laughter and joy. The cadets were in their Class "A" uniforms and looked as sharp as ever. They were anxious and excited to be celebrating their accomplishments and activities this way.
The receiving line began just after 6 p.m. and everybody greeted one another. When everybody was seated, the JROTC Honor Guard did the honor of posting the colors.
When they were finished, everybody was allowed to retrieve their meals. At 7:25, the 2009-2010 Battalion Commander, Command Sergeant Major and Executive Officer each spoke of their experience and future goals for the JROTC program. Then the new staff members were recognized and applauded for their excellent work that has taken place so far.
Later, Senior Army Instructor Major (retired) Phillip S. Taylor said a few words about himself and the program that he ran for eight years. He introduced his assistant, PFC Sergeant Kevin L. Nance, who said a few words and introduced the guest speaker, Capt. De Alva Honahnie, Chief Executive Officer for the Hopi Health Care Center.
Honahnie is a member of the PHS Commissioned Corp. She is a registered nurse and has served nine years as the Associate Area Director of Health Programs and two years as the Chief Nurse Officer for the Phoenix area. She attended Bacone College in Muskogee, Okla. as well as Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix.
Following that was the awards ceremony. There were numerous awards presented that night. They were: The American Veterans of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam (AMVETS), The Noncommissioned Officers Association, The Reserve Officers Association, The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemason, The National Sojourners, The Sons of the American Revolution, The Military Order of the World Wars, The Military Order of the Purple Heart, The Military Officers Association of America, The Association of the U.S. Army and the 14th Brigade Citizenship Award.
These awards were presented from the U.S. Army Cadet Command, Western Region, and the Hopi High School U.S. Army JROTC Program.
At 9 p.m., the Awards Ceremony finished and the Honor Guard retired the colors and was released to the dance. The dance was hosted by DJ Noyz of Phoenix. It lasted until 11:15 p.m.
The night was over by then, and it was definitely a night to remember for the cadets. They had fun and danced until it was over and time to go home.