Every year, the Jaguar Battalion at Port St. Lucie High School holds an awards ceremony to recognize their best cadets for excellence. At this year’s recent event, many special guests from various civic organizations presented awards to deserving cadets. In addition to the representatives from numerous civic organizations, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell, Principal Bridgette Hargadine, and Assistant Principal Brooke Wigginton presented key leadership and academic excellence awards. Congratulations to all the cadets who earned awards. The special guests that attended the ceremony are appreciated for their support and the Jaguar Battalion thanks each and every one of them for taking the time to present awards at the ceremony. Pictured is Jay Wise, left, representing The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and Sons of the American Revolution, St. Lucie River Chapter, presenting cadet Lieutenant Colonel William Benagh with the Sons of the American Revolution award.
The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion recently participated in an orienteering team competition where they took second place. After the competition, the cadets headed to a camp out where they climbed up a 74 foot high canopy walkway.
The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion recently held its fourth Outstanding Cadet Board of the year. The board is a competition between cadets in which they answer many questions on various subjects ranging from the JROTC curriculum and uniform wear to drill and ceremonies. The top cadets from each company are selected compete with two winners overall — one winner from the junior cadets and one from the senior cadets. Every cadet gave it their all in an attempt to win, and the two that came out on top were cadet Corporal Taylor Moore (left) and cadet Corporal Allison Miakisz.
The Port St.Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion held its annual Military Ball recently at the Port St. Lucie Community Center. The Military Ball is an event in which cadets participate in a formal dining-out, followed by an informal dance. To begin the events, cadets and their guests proceeded through a receiving line and were greeted by the cadet leadership, led by Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Mabry and Cadet Command Sergeant Major Byron Cruz. After the receiving line, an array of speeches and toasts were made, and the traditional grog bowl ceremony took place. Once again, cadets had a safe and entertaining night, and look forward to next year’s ceremony. Pictured are cadets enjoying the formal ceremony.
The Port St. Lucie High School JROTC Raider team recently competed in the District Raider meet. Forty-five teams with eight cadets per team from 16 schools competed in five physical and academic
events. The raiders’ male A-Team placed second overall in the 3-mile run with a time of 19:26. Mixed team placed second overall in the cross country rescue course. c/CPT Devynn Rhodes placed third overall in the individual female P.T. test with a total of 51 push-ups and 86 sit-ups. Congratulations to all of the Jaguar Battalion Raiders for competing in the Area III Raider Meet and thanks to everyone who came out and supported the Raiders.
The cadets of Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion recently helped sponsors of a triathlon event at Club Med in Port St. Lucie. The cadets arrived at 5 AM to prepare for the day’s event, and helped guide and motivate the participants throughout the course. The triathlon was divided into two competitions, the Olympic and the Sprint. Thierry Rouillard, a Certified Race Director who organizes races all over the state of Florida, in particular was very impressed with the performance and professionalism demonstrated by the cadets. He requested Port St. Lucie High School’s Jaguar Battalion to support the next four races. The battalion is honored to collaborate with Club Med and looks forward to future events and cooperation with the organization. Pictured are the cadets who participated in the event. Photo by Kimberly Benagh.
Several Jaguar Battalion cadets conducted an expanded Color Guard for the Honor Flight ceremony, which honors the many veterans in the St. Lucie community. Participating in the Color Guard were cadet Colonel Diamond Salazar, cadet Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Jacobson, cadet Command Sergeant Major Mason Propst, cadet Captain Amanda Mabry, cadet First Lieutenant Andrew Miller, cadet Staff Sergeant Anthony Fusco, cadet Staff Sergeant Arlene Mabry, cadet Corporal Chaz Pollino, and cadet Private First Class Daulton Macklem. The cadets presented the national and state flags, Prisoners of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) flag, and one for each service branch. Each cadet felt honored to have the opportunity to participate in this ceremony, and they were met with great appreciation from the various spectators.
The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Raider Team recently travelled to camp Ah-Ba-Lu-Fa, to apply their survival skills. Cadets must complete three objectives to effectively survive throughout the night: build a shelter, make a fire and construct a trap/snare. Cadets were split into groups of three or four per group. Each group would have to make one group shelter that would be able to properly shelter them through the night. Cadets would also demonstrate fire craft by making a sustainable fire, with one match. Lastly, each group would need to construct a trap/snare that could provide food for the group. Each group demonstrated mastery of their survival skills and graduated survival training the following morning. Great Job Raiders! Pictured is the Jaguar Raider Team. Photo by Booster parent Tammy Lynn.
Port St. Lucie High School held a candlelight ceremony recently in honor of fellow student and ROTC cadet Hunter Henry, who tragically died earlier this month. Hundreds of Jaguars came together to share stories about Hunter and to help each other through this difficult time. Several of Hunter’s peers and friends said a few words about him to his family. It was a beautiful ceremony that touched everyone’s heart. The ceremony ended with Cole Herndon playing taps.
The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion recently participated in a Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park. The cadets stood along the side of the park in formation to show respect and support for this ceremony. Several of the cadets, led by c/LTC Amanda Mabry, performed TAPS, which is a silent armed drill. Two cadets also participated in the presenting the colors. It was an honor for the Jaguar Battalion to participate in this year’s ceremony.
The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion Color Guard participated in the recent Northport K-8 School Black History Month ceremony. The Color Guard was led by Cadet Sergeant Major Robert Hopkins carrying the national flag. Cadet Second Lieutenant Cole Herndon carried the state flag, while cadet Second Lieutenant Taylor Chaney and Jaffrey Murankus posted as their guards. The school gave a wonderful welcome to the cadets, who gave a respectful presentation for the ceremony. The Jaguar Battalion thanks Northport for the special invitation to be a part of their ceremony. Pictured, from left, are Jaffrey Murankus, Robert Hopkins, Cole Herndon, and Taylor Chaney. Photo by Tyler Lynn.
The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion proudly supported the Port Saint Lucie Veterans Day Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park recently. Jaguar cadets preformed a variety of functions, from providing an Honor Formation during the ceremony, Color Guard, and TAPS ceremony. The Jaguars worked in unison with other JROTC units and various civic organizations for the posting of the colors. TAPS is a series of armed drill movements which was commanded and executed by Cadet Captain Tyler Lynn. After the main portion of the ceremony, the Jaguar Battalion formed an Honor Cordon to honor veterans as they moved to the unveiling of the city`s new Fallen Soldier Memorial at the park. Jaguars salute all veterans, both past and future. Photo by Cadet First Lieutenant Robert Gallimore.
Port Saint Lucie High School JROTC presented the colors for the Daughters of the
American Revolution annual meeting recently. Cadet Captain Devynn Rhodes led the Color Guard presenting the U.S. flag, cadet Staff Sergeant Andrea Harrell presented the state flag, and cadet Corporal Lily Durst and cadet Lieutenant
Colonel Amanda Mabry were the guards. Each of the students on the Color Guard were
asked to tell the Daughters of the American Revolution what their roles in
JROTC are and what their plans are after they graduate from high school. The Jaguar
Battalion cadets appreciated the opportunity and were honored to interact with the ladies of DAR. Pictured, from left, are Cadet Corporal Lily Durst, Cadet Captain
Devynn Rhodes, Cadet Staff Sergeant Andrea Harrell, and Cadet Lieutenant
Colonel Amanda Mabry.
The cadets of the Jaguar Battalion from Port St. Lucie High School presented the Colors for the Senior Awards Ceremony recently at Indian River State College from three programs — Educational Talent Search, St. Lucie Upward Bound, and Upward Bound Math and science. The ceremony began with the presentation of the Colors, by the Jaguar Battalion, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. The cadets that participated were cadet Staff Sergeant Robert Hopkins as commander holding the National flag, cadet Corporal Lily Durst holding the State flag, cadet Staff Sergeant Cole Herndon and cadet Sergeant Tyrone Salazar as the guards. Pictured, from left, are cadet Staff Sergeant Cole Herndon, cadet Staff Sergeant Robert Hopkins, cadet Corporal Lily durst, and cadet Sergeant Tyrone Salazar.
The cadets of Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion showed their support and paid their respects to missing and captured veterans at the annual POW/MIA ceremony hosted by the Chapter 556 of the Vietnam Veterans of America recently. The cadets formed an Honor Cordon at the entrance to the ceremony. Cadet Captain Devynn Rhodes, Cadet First Sergeant Arlene Mabry, and Cadet Corporal Ryan Culbreth participated in the ceremony by lighting the candles for the missing men and women from Desert Storm and Afghanistan. They lit the candles as the names of the missing from Florida were announced. The Jaguar Battalion was honored to be a part of this solemn ceremony. Pictured are the cadets in the candlelight ceremony. Photo by Jerry Lepinske.
The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion Color Guard performed a flag folding ceremony at Mariposa Elementary School recently. The Color Guard Team was led by Cadet Major Mason Propst presenting the U.S. flag with Cadet Byron Cruz presenting the state flag. Guarding the colors were Cadet Amanda Mabry and Cadet William Benagh. They presented and posted the colors, followed by a demonstration on the ceremonial folding of the national flag while explaining the meaning of each of the thirteen folds. The Jaguar Battalion concluded the ceremony with a question and answer session by the Color Guard Team for the students of Mariposa Elementary. All in all, the Jaguar Battalion was proud to teach the elementary students about the flag protocol and history of the flag. Pictured, from left, are cadets William Benagh, Mason Propst, and Byron Cruz.
The Port St. Lucie High School JROTC Raider Team finished off their season strong by “surviving” their annual Raider campout recently. The Battalion Raider team spent a tough night out at Camp Ah-Ba-Lu-Fa in Fort Pierce. Throughout the overnight campout, the Raiders exhibited their mastery of survival skills, shelters, trap and fire building that they have learned throughout the season. The raiders are grateful for the outstanding survival class taught by Amanda Thompson from the Oxbow Environmental Center. The team enjoyed the campout and learned many useful survival skills. Pictured are the cadets at their campout.
The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion took cadets for a tour of the Florida Institute of Technology campus recently. Master Sergeant David Beach, the ROTC instructor of the college, greeted the cadets with a tour of their ROTC facility and talked to the cadets about the opportunities ROTC has to offer the cadets. After the orientation, Mike Perry, the director of undergraduate admissions, guided and spoke to the cadets about the opportunities the college offers to the cadets after high school. Afterwards, the cadets were taken to ROTC’s off-campus COPE course where they successfully navigated the 30 foot high obstacle course. The cadets were thankful for the hospitality of the college and their ROTC instructors and cadets. Pictured are instructors and parent chaperones watching while a cadet navigated the course.
Cadets from the Port Saint Lucie High School JROTC program visited Palm Beach Atlantic University recently for their ROTC Leadership Day. The cadets participated in a scavenger hunt that helped them learn all about the campus, and leadership activities that were led by PBAU students. A PBAU administrator informed the students about enrollment criteria, grants, scholarships, and what PBAU has to offer them. There was also a panel of Vietnam veterans, ranging from a general to a junior enlisted, who told of their experience in the military followed by a question and answer session. The students felt that this was a very informative and memorable experience. Pictured, from left, are Cadet Second Lieutenant Timothy Kroell, Cadet Second Lieuteant Robert Gallimore, Cadet Sergeant Leilani Blackburn, Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Mabry, Cadet Staff Sergeant John Hunter, Cadet Captain William Benagh, and Cadet Sergeant Major.
The Port St. Lucie High School JROTC Air Rifle team wong first place at the American Legion Post 318 Invitational Air Rifle Match. Six four-person teams from three schools, including Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce Central, and Fort Pierce Westwood high schools competed for medals in each of the three positions: prone, standing, and kneeling. Port St. Lucie High’s Michael Hutchison scored the highest in the competition. Pictured, kneeling, Oscar Caceres, and standing, from left, Caitlin Landers, Ahmad Strong, Jeremy Dardon, David Oagles, Michael Hutchison, and Glynn Auger.