On November 1st, 2019, Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion cadets participated in a parking detail honor guard for our last home football game against the Centennial High School Eagles. They directed traffic to the appropriate parking lot, carrying out their task efficiently and effectively in one of our busiest games against our rival school. The cadets ran this event smoothly and independently without additional administration. Presenting the colors prior to kickoff was Cadet First- Lieutenant Angel Flores accompanied by Cadet Second- Lieutenant Mayoliv Hernandez as State Flag bearer, Cadet Sergeant Riley Riccard as State Guard, and Cadet Sergeant First- Class as National Guard. This article and photography were produced by Cadet Major Alexis Morris and Cadet Sergeant Seaira Swain.
The PSLHS Jaggernauts ranked 48th out of 64 teams at the First Robotics Competition in West Palm Beach, including international teams. The students learned the value in collaboration, and they will keep building from it! Prior to their arrival, their robot worked at 70% of its attainable project. Combined with the selfless dedication of other teams, they assisted in getting the robot to 100% of the envisioned robot.
Cheers to the future engineers of PSLHS!
2017 Military Ball
By: Sarai Narvaez
The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion hosted their 23nd annual Military Ball at the Saint Lucia River Club. This night is dedicated to a long line of military time honored traditions. The Military Ball is a formal celebration for cadets followed by a time for the cadets to enjoy building camaraderie and dancing.
The evening started with the Battalion Color Guard presenting the colors. The Color Guard was led by Cadet Major Adam Pagan carrying the national flag and Cadet Command Sergeant Major Damilola Jolaogun carrying the state flag. The guards were Cadet Sergeant Major De’ vonte Cousar and Cadet Staff Sergeant Marco Nadar. Following the presentation of the colors, the formal portion of the evening began with the history of the Military Ball, the symbolism of the traditional grog bowl, and a speech from our guest Specialist Hugo Gonzalez. Specialist Gonzalez gave a speech about leadership that inspired and motivated all the cadets who were present. The Saint Lucia River Club crew prepared and served a delicious meal for dinner.
The cadets are grateful for their instructors and the Jaguar Battalion Booster Club Parents and thank them for the tremendously successful evening.
The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion had the honor of presenting the colors to pay homage to veterans at Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church located at 295 SW Prima Vista Blvd. in Port St. Lucie. Pastor David Dangerfield appreciated the Port St. High School Jaguar Battalion coming out and displaying their professionalism in drill and ceremony along with bringing the attitude of patriotism and service to his congregation.
The color guard was commanded by Cadet Sergeant First Class Lawrence Moleon-Mathews, accompanied by Cadet Major Joleen Kalinowski as State Flag Bearer, Cadet Second Lieutenant Justin Locklar as Right Guard and Cadet Sergeant Joseph Locklar as Left Guard.
The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Raider Team traveled to South Fork High School to compete in the Area III Regional Raider Meet State qualifier. They competed against 22 teams from nine other schools in five physically demanding events. The events consisted of Cross Country Rescue (team had to answer questions on first aid, treat a simulated 120lb casualty with supplies from 30lb ruck sacks, and then move the casualty and supplies one mile to the safe zone), 100 meter 300lb tire flip.
To complete the Raider Fitness Challenge, the team was required to complete a course consisting of a 10 yard low crawl, a 40 yard 20-30lb sandbag carry, an obstacle to either go over or under, a speed agility maze, a 120lb object to carry approximately 50 feet, a turnaround point to repeat the course in reverse, traverse one Rope Bridge, and complete a 5K team run.
The Female Team placed first overall. They placed first for Cross Country and Fitness test as well as second in Rope Bridge, Team Run, and Tire Flip. Female Team members are as follows: Jamie Triplett (Commander), Syanna Graham, Kaylee Zuidema, Guadaloupe Quinones, Diana Velez, Joleigh O’Connar, Sarai Narvaez, Allison Wilhoit, Savannah Cymbal, Tesa May, Hayley Pollard, and Victoria Diaz.
The Male Team placed first overall. They placed first in Cross Country Rescue and Team Run as well as second in the Fitness Test, Rope Bridge, and Tire Flip. The team was made up of Josh Gonzalez (Commander), Angel Reyes, Nick Donaldson, Ansari Khan, Malver Casanas, Demilola Jolaogun, Alex Nieves, Justin Miller, Alyis Cardenas, Jonathen Geronimo, Tyler Weaver, and Anthony Steiner.
The Mixed Team placed first overall. They placed first in Cross Country Rescue as well as second in Fitness Test, Rope Bridge, and the Team Run along with third place in Tire Flip. The team consisted of Lawrence Riccard, (Commander), Kaycee Rhodes, Joleen Kalinowski, Destiny Swain, Michelea Luyao , Crystal Suarez, Daniel Neives, Hunter Payne, Cameron Lennard, Matthew Simmons, Tyler Reynolds, and Travis. During the Cross Country Rescue Travis Cetin tripped while carrying the back of the litter and fell face first into the ground and log, after falling he got right back up and the team finished the race and came in first place. After finishing the race, he was rushed to the hospital where he received two staples.
All of the teams did outstanding and worked very hard. They took home a total 18 trophies — three overall and 15 event trophies. Not only did the team dominate nine schools, all three teams also qualified for the State Raider Meet in Lake Wales, FL to compete against the best Raider teams in the state of Florida.
On Wednesday March 28, 2019, Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion attended its 25th Annual Awards Ceremony. Guests from veteran associations collaborated with school staff and presented awards to deserving cadets. Cadets received awards for academic achievement, leadership qualities, and patriotism. Cadets were proud to receive recognition for their hard work. Starting the ceremony was the Color Guard commanded by Cadet Command Sergeant Major Victoria Diaz, accompanied by Cadet Major Joleen Kalinowski, Cadet 1st Lieutenant Lila Meade, and Cadet Sergeant Alex Nangle. The Master of Ceremonies announcing the awards was Cadet Major Dariel Parzych. Cadets featured in the images below are: Cadet Corporal Emmalyne Lewiston with PSLHS Principal Adrian Ocampo and Cadet Sergeant Isaiah Hylton with Senior Army Instructor Lieutenant Colonel Nevarez.
The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion achieved a score of 98.25% on its JPA inspection, allowing them to maintain Honor Unit with Distinction Award, represented with a yellow star worn above the name plate on the right-hand side. The day began with a Continuous Improvement and Service Learning briefing. Directly after each briefing, the Platoon and Color Guard drill evaluation was conducted followed by Cadet and Instructor Portfolios. The last event was the out brief where guest Mr. Denniston disclosed scores. The Continuous Improvement briefing scored a 32.75/35, the Service Learning briefing scored a 20/20, Platoon Drill scored a 14.75/15, Color Guard Drill scored a 14/15, Cadet Portfolios scored a 20/20, and Instructor portfolios scored a 60/60. The JPA Inspection is conducted every three years, and the PSLHS JROTC has been an Honor Unit with Distinction for the past 25 years.
On Saturday March 30, 2019, the Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion’s Marksmanship Team competed at Sebastian River High School in the inaugural American Legion 12th District 3P Air Rifle Match. Our cadets: Cadet Major Joleen Kalinowski, Cadet Captain Mathew Simmons, Cadet Corporal Emmalyne Lewiston, and Cadet Sergeant First Class Edward Cook competed against 12 other schools from three counties. The match was to help prepare cadets for the Area 3 South Regional Air Rifle Meet on April 6th at Atlantic Community High School in Delray Beach, FL. Cadet Corporal Emmalyne Lewiston scored a 431 and received a medal for Best Shooter at Port St. Lucie High School!
On Saturday April 13, 2019, Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion’s drill team took 32 cadets to compete at the State Drill Meet at George W. Jenkins High School in Lakeland, Florida. The drill team competed in five regulation events: Female Armed and Unarmed Platoon, Male Unarmed and Armed Squad, and Male Unarmed Platoon. The Jaguar Battalion Drill team also competed in six exhibitions: Female Exhibition Squad and Platoon along with Male Exhibition Squad and Platoon. Cadet Sergeant Alex Nangle placed 14th in the state in the Individual Category while Cadet Captain Alexis Morris and 2nd Lieutenant Lawrence Moleon Mathews placed 16th in the Dual Category. The Jaguar Battalion Drill team’s hard work, effort, and precision in drill and ceremonies culminated in a great showing for the final drill meet of the year!
On Thursday March 7th, 2019, select cadets from the Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion’s Raider Team went to Southport Middle School. Seven Cadets: Cadet Corporal Mayoliv Hernandez, Cadet Captain Mathew Simmons, Cadet Sergeant First- Class Edward Cook, Cadet Corporal Alexis Wilson, Cadet Sergeant Justin Bennet, Cadet Major Joleen Kalinowski, and Cadet Corporal Emma Lewiston joined Southport’s gym class periods 5, 6, and 7. Cadets showed students how to stretch and do 4-square exercises. To conclude the physical training, cadets and students played tug-of-war. At the end of each period, students gathered around the middle of the gym to talk about healthy eating habitats. The student that showed the most motivation won a $10 Tropical Smoothie gift card!
The PSLHS Marching Jaguar Band, under the direction of Band Director Mr. John McGallagher, recently competed in the 33rd Annual Crown Jewel Marching Festival in Vero Beach. They marched away with the following trophies in the Bronze Division: Best in Class Overall, Best in Class General Effect, Best in Class Music, Best in Class Marching, Best in Class Auxiliary, Superior Drum Major, and Outstanding Participation, After competing in Finals, they also took 2nd runner up in the Ruby Division.
The band executive leadership team is pictured, with trophies. From left to right are Jose Salazar. Drum Captain; Cole Herndon, Band Captain; Sonia Rivera, Woodwind Lieutenant; Sascha Gorbach, Brass Lieutenant; Maddie Krekelberg, Junior Drum Major; Alyshia Hogan, Guard Captain; and Steve Tobias, Senior Drum Major.
Parent Agency Collaboration Night
Please plan to join with others at
Port St. Lucie High School in the Media Center
Thursday, December 7, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Information and Resources: Students with Disabilities
Port St. Lucie High School is excited to present 𝘋𝘪𝘴𝘯𝘦𝘺’𝘴 𝘉𝘦𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘵 as its Winter Show.
This is is PSLHS’s 30th Anniversary, and that makes this show even more special!
For ticket locations: www.PSLHSDrama.com/tickets.
Here are the dates and the times:
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 * 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 * 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 * 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 * 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 * 12 Noon
Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 * 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 * 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 * 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2919 * 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 * 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 * 2:00 p.m.
Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion hosted a Raider competition at Port St. Lucie High School. Volunteer cadets for each company assisted in running the competition’s five events. The cadets performed tasks such as running scores back to H22 (the JROTC classroom), working the concession stand, and making sure tents posted around the school had water for anyone who needed it. There were 11 schools from four different counties with over 25 separate teams competing in three separate categories (Male, Female, and Mixed).
The teams participated in: Relay Run, Tire Flip, Cross Country Rescue, Humvee Push, and Rope Bridge. The Jaguar Battalion came in first and second place in the Male category and first place in the Female category and Jupiter HS won the Mixed category. The regional competition to determine who qualifies for the Florida State Raider Meet is on November 10, 2018, at South Fork High School.
On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, the Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion participated in its annual Service Learning Project of retiring unserviceable American flags. Cadets collected worn, torn, and frayed flags donated from various public places to be properly retired. In the class periods leading to the event, cadets cut the flags by the stripes to prepare them for the ceremony. The Cadets who spoke were Battalion XO Cadet Major Molly Sullivan, serving as Master of Ceremonies, and Cadet Command Sergeant Major Victoria Diaz. The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar band director Mr. Troy Wiley brought a small ensemble of eighteen students to play the National Anthem. The lead trumpet, Mathew Marquez, played Taps, Retreat, and Reveille. Cadets formed a single file line by company and received a portion of the flag to dispose of into the fire. To conclude the ceremony, PSLHS Assistant Principal Gerald Early addressed the battalion and thanked the cadets for a beautiful ceremony. The Jaguar Battalion takes pride in retiring the flags as mandated by the United States Congress.
PSLHS’s Battalion Honor Guard Sergeant Major Locklar was recently promoted to an Eagle Scout with his Boy Scout Troop 499. Becoming an Eagle Scout is a major accomplishment that is recognized by the military. Joseph can enter any branch of the military he desires as an Private First Class, which is two ranks higher then everyone else. He is actively involved with JROTC, Scouts of America, and his local church/ youth group. His ceremony will be held this November. During his time in the program he went on many camping trips and completed many requirements on his pathway to becoming an Eagle Scout.
On Saturday, March 2, 2019, the Port St Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion’s Drill Team competed in its AREA 3 Regional Drill Meet at Jupiter High School. This is the most important drill meet of the season because it determines if the team can advance to the state competition. Cadets participated in fourteen group events, and we are so proud to say the Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion won 1st place overall and will be moving forward to compete at the state level on April 13th! The teams proceeding on to the state competition are Male Armed Squad, Male Unarmed Squad, Male Unarmed Platoon, Female Unarmed Platoon, Male Platoon Exhibition, Male Squad Exhibition, Female Platoon Exhibition, Female Squad Exhibition, an Exhibition Solo performed by Cadet Corporal Alex Nangle, and a Duel Exhibition performed by Cadet Captain Alexis Morris and Cadet 1st Lieutenant Lawrence Moleon Mathews.
On Saturday, October 20, 2018, Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion cadets participated in a car wash held at O’Rielly’s Auto Parts. Cadets put together and took part in this fundraiser to support our award-winning Raider Team. Cadets spent four hours cleaning vehicles and building esprit de corps. Donations were given because of hard work and dedication to our Jaguar Battalion. Cadet Sergeant Shane Canady was the main coordinator in charge of this annual proceeding.
PSLPD came to read holiday stories to first graders for their holiday tea on December 20th.
Students enjoyed cookies, juice and a question/answer session with some police officers.
Southport’s PTO Vice President, Ruth Altvater and PTO Treasurer, Colleen Korpon pictured here are helping organize and wrap holiday baskets of food. There were 10 baskets made available to our Southport Middle families for the holidays. All the food was available through the PTO Food Bank and was courtesy of community donations and students and families of Southport.