ILION, NY – Members of the Navy National Defense Corps of Cadets at Central Valley Academy enjoyed their first ever military ball Saturday.
All thanks to the Ilion Elks Lodge.
The Elks hosted the event and provided the food.
All the students had to do was show up.
The male cadets were required to wear full military dress uniforms, while the female cadets had the option of wearing prom-style gowns.
Central Valley’s Naval Science program is in its third year, and the cadets say it’s making a big difference in their lives.
“At first, before I joined ROTC, I was very quiet,” Says cadet commander Mitchell Clark.
“I didn’t like talking in front of people. I didn’t like leading or taking charge. Now, after 2 and a half years, I’m more of a leader. I can stand up and talk in front of more people now.”
There are about 60 students currently in the Navy National Defense Corps of Cadets program at Central Valley.