Thanks to Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8058, students had the opportunity to enter an essay contest and win cash prizes. Students who enter can win at various levels, excel to the national competition, and possibly win $30,000 and a free trip to Washington D.C. Voice of Democracy is the theme of these essays. This year, the prompt asked, “Is there pride in serving in our military?” Cadet Sergeant Kayla Figueroa, left, and cadet PFC Courtney Neve, both from Port St. Lucie High JROTC, placed first and second respectively. Sergeant Figueroa earned $250.00 and a gold medal, and PFC Neve won $150.00 and a silver medal. The cadets greatly appreciate the opportunity to participate in this contest hosted by VFW Post 8058. Pict
Some of the favorite ceremonies for the Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar cadet color guard in which to participate are those that honor veterans. Recently, four Jaguar cadets conducted a color guard ceremony at the Ballantrae Yacht Club in Club Med honoring Staff Sergeant John Quincy Adams, a veteran injured in Iraq. The color guard, led by cadet Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Jacobson, consisted of cadet Captain Alex Seipel, cadet Captain Ryan Monday, and cadet Colonel Diamond Salazar. The cadets executed flawlessly and received numerous words of encouragement and appreciation from the spectators.
The Port St. Lucie High School JROTC Raider Team finished the season strong by “surviving” the recent annual Raider campout. The Jaguar Battalion Raider team spent a hardy night out at Camp Ah-Ba-Lu-Fa in Fort Pierce. Throughout the over night campout, the Raiders exhibited their mastery of survival sills. On the first day, the primary concentration was on shelters and fire building. With the use of their Army survival books, the Raiders learned about the different types of fires and the easiest ways to build them. The team built fires by using many different techniques available. The team also constructed shelters from the natural vegetation and basic survival packs and slept overnight in the shelters they created. The second day the Raiders learned how to correctly pack for venturing into the outdoors and how to dress in survival layers. Afterwards, the Raiders displayed the shelters, fires, and traps they built the previous night. The cadets then showed their shelters, traps, and fires to the rest of the team. This final event concluded the survival campout. The team enjoyed the campout and learned many useful survival skills. They have all passed their final test as Raiders and are now proud to be known as such. Becoming a Raider is not easy but the Jaguar Battalion Raider team worked hard to grasp this accomplishment and showed how committed they are to the team. The Jaguar Raiders proved that in any situation they lead the way.
The cadets of Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion showed their support and paid their respects to missing and captured veterans. This ceremony is to show appreciation for individuals’ defense of the US and to recognize that they have not returned home. Present at the ceremony was a table set for one. This table symbolizes missing military. The cadets also formed an “Honor Cordon” at the entrance and down the stairs to the memorial. The cadets were proud to have participated in the remembrance ceremony, which was appreciated by all those who attended.
Port St Lucie High School’s Odyssey of the Mind team placed first in the recent regional academic competition, and will advance to state competition. Pictured, front row, are Kendall Spurr and Maeve Tucker. Back row, from left, are christian Vaccaro-gallo, Justin Rudisal, Zoe Tucker, Vincent Altvater and Adriana Garcia.
Port St. Lucie High teacher Valerie Arendas escorted 22 students in her Forensics, Paralegal & Criminal Justice program interested in a pre-law course of study recently to Keiser University for a fun, interactive and educational field trip. Students met the judge presiding over a mock case and were sworn in as witnesses, and a jury deliberated the case presented to them. Pictured are the students in the college reception area.
On Saturday, September 29, 2018, the Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion Color Guard presented the nation’s colors at the 7th annual Wounded Warrior Surf Day.
Leading the parade along with St. Lucie County Fire Rescue Bag Pipes and Drums, the Color Guard proudly marched wounded warriors and their families to the beach. PSLHS’s Color Guard included Cadet Captain Brianna Harris as National Flag Bearer, Cadet Sergeant First Class Lawrence Moleon-Mathews as the State Flag Bearer, Cadet Second Lieutenant Justin Locklar, and Cadet Sergeant Alexis Morris as Guards.
Jaguar Cadets appreciated the opportunity to support the event, and look forward to continuing their aid of the Wounded Warrior Project. Cadets interacted with veterans and learned new surfing skills.
Pictures include St. Lucie County Fire Rescue bag pipes and drums band, our color guard and the Reverence Motorcycle Association members Scott Guntz, Linda Deslvo, Dan Milne, Donna Duffy, Jim Burg, Wayne Hanners, Harry Brewick, and Kerrie Santiago.
On October 11, 2018, the Port St. Lucie Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion participated in the 30th annual homecoming parade from Village Green Elementary School, down Lennard Road, and back to Port St. Lucie High School.
Congressman Brian Mast and leading cadets took turns calling cadences as they showed their pride carrying each state’s flag. Leading our Battalion was PSLHS’s color guard commanded by Cadet 1st Sergeant Andre Hannon, accompanied by Cadet Major Dariel Parzych and Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Justin Locklar and Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Mic heal Bourguillon as guards.
On April 26th at 6PM the Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion hosted their annual Change of Command Ceremony. Relieving the current Battalion Commander of his duty c/LTC Travis Cetin welcomed c/LTC Veronika Patti to command and lead the Battalion on a successful path for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.
The Change of Command is a simple, traditional event that is rich with symbolism and heritage. The distinguished guest for the ceremony was Assistant Chief Richard Del Toro of the Port St. Lucie Police Department.
Mr. Jerry Earley (Assistant Principal) is pictured with Cadet LTC Cetin, Cadet CSM Jolaogun and Cadet LTC Patti in the ceremonial passing of the colors from one commander to the other.
Sixteen PSLHS students competed at our District History Fair January 21st and brought home 3 first place awards, 1 second place, and 1 third place. Congrats to Jessica Fernandez (1st Individual Exhibit), Savannah Cymbal (1st Individual Website), Mark Alton, Ondra Lee (1st Group Website), Diana Nguyen (2nd Place Individual Website) HaileyVotino & Taylor Tetreault (3rd Place Group Documentary). We are “Jaguar Proud” and wish you success as you move on to compete at the State Fair in Tallahassee May 3rd-5th!
Julio Vazquez and Dan Kroger of the Florida Masonry Apprentice and Education Foundation demonstrated to students how to lay block, apply mortar and build walls. All students were engaged and excited for the hands-on experience.
The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion held its annual Service Learning event at the school. This year’s event was a Flag Retirement ceremony. The Jaguars retired unserviceable American Flags in the traditional military manner by burning. The Color Guard was led by Cadet Command Sergeant Major Chaz Pollino carrying the national flag. Cadet Private First Class Joshua Gonzalez carried the state flag, and Cadets Sergeant Major Robert Hopkins and Corporal Adan Pagan posted as Guards. The Jaguars band took part in the ceremony playing the appropriate music. The Jaguars Battalion gives a special thanks to all those who took place in the ceremony. Pictured is the Jaguar Battalion at the Flag Retirement Ceremony. Photo By Kayla Figueroa.
The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion presented the colors for the opening ceremony for the Jaguar baseball game against Fort Pierce Westwood High School. The Color Guard was led by cadet Sergeant Major Robert Hopkins carrying the national flag. Cadet Captain Tyler Lynn carried the state flag while Cadet Captain Ashlee Seipel and Cadet Second Lieutenant Jaffrey Murankus posted as their guards. The Color Guard gave a great presentation for the opening ceremony. Pictured, from left, are Jaffrey Murankus, Robert Hopkins, Tyler Lynn and Ashlee Seipel. By Kaleb Dover.
Port Saint Lucie High School held its annual senior pinning recently at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. The
Jaguar Battalion presented the colors as part of the opening ceremony. The Color Guard displayed a wonderful presentation of the colors. C/CSM Cruz led the Color Guard presenting the national flag, C/SSG Pollino presented
the state flag, and C/CPT Benagh and C/PFC Renderos stood as the guards. principal Bridgette Hargadine spoke eloqently to the seniors to remember for their last year at the school. Congratulations to all the senior Jaguars of 2013 that were pinned at the ceremony. Pictured is the JROTC Color Guard presenting the colors.
On Saturday October 5, 2019, the Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion hosted a practice Raider meet. This meet is a warm-up for the upcoming Raider season. The teams got the chance to work together efficiently and effectively while also seeing how well each teammate performed under pressure. The competition consisted of different physical and mental challenges. Teams all started with the relay race and moved on to other sections of the competition such as a rope bridge, tire flip, cross country rescue, and a team obstacle course. Although it was just a practice meet, every team worked their hardest to perform their best. Port St. Lucie High School will also host two other regional level events on October 26 and November 9. Please come out and support the Jaguar Battalion. This article and photography were produced by Cadet Sergeant Seaira Swain and Cadet Major Alexis Morris.
Black History Month Color Guard
By: Sarai Narvaez
The Port Saint Lucie High School JROTC cadets were excited to present the colors and be part of the Black History month program at Port Saint Lucie High School. Cadet Sergeant First Class De’vonte Cousar led the Color Guard presenting the national flag, Cadet Commander Sergeant Major Damilola Joloagun presented the state flag, and standing as the guards were Cadet Major Dallas Reyes and Cadet Staff Sergeant Marco Nader. The Color Guard marched in honor to recognize the central role of Black Americans in U.S. history. Soon after the ceremony was followed by a presentation and a guest speaker, Michael Hill. We look forward to doing a Color Guard for the event again next year.
On December 7, 2018, Port St. Lucie High School’s Army JROTC Battalion’s Raider Team participated in an overnight Wilderness Survival Campout at Camp Tanah Keeta. Cadets who were invited participated in several activities including canoeing, rope bridge, roasting marshmallows by a bonfire, making tin foil meals, and playing team bonding games. Cadets enjoyed hot chocolate and sandwiches for breakfast before cleaning up camp to head home.
On Saturday April 27, 2019, 45 cadets from the Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion traveled to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay on an end-of-the-year trip. Thanks to all the support and funds provided to the cadets over the past several months, we were able to enjoy a day trip to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Cadets spent a day riding popular rides like the “SheiKra” and “Tigris,” dined at the many fabulous restaurants, and enjoyed a day with their fellow cadets. Despite being Army JROTC cadets, occasionally, we can take off the uniform and enjoy a day with friends and fellow cadets.
On Friday, August 17th at 7 PM, the Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion assisted the first varsity football game of the season. The new cadets who signed up were eager to help and see what these honor guards had to offer for them.
The cadets collected parking fees and donations as well as directed the guests into the parking lots. The cadets enjoyed themselves, got to know each other, and observed each other’s leadership skills shine through.
To start off the night, our proud color guard presented the flags during the National Anthem. A strong start led to a strong finish when our Jaguar football team pulled through and won 41 to 0.
On Saturday May 23, 2019, Port St. Lucie High School JROTC Jaguar Battalion’s Color Guard Team presented the colors at the Fenn Center for the Class of 2019 Senior Graduation. Seniors were excited to graduate and start their lives outside of high school. During the color guard the Port St. Lucie High School Chorus sang the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance. Commanding the Color Guard was National Flag Bearer Cadet Major Joleen Kalinowski accompanied by Cadet Major Dariel Parzych as State Flag Bearer, Cadet 1ST Lieutenant Lila Meade as National Guard, and Cadet Sergeant James Mikovsky as State Guard.
This article and photography was produced by Cadet Major Alexis Morris and Cadet Command Sergeant Major Lawrence Moleon- Mathews.