PSLHS JROTC Accreditation Inspection

PSLHS JROTC Accreditation Inspection

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.

PSLHS JROTC 2019 Awards Ceremony

PSLHS JROTC 2019 Awards Ceremony

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.

PSLHS Jaguar Raider Team Dominates Area III

PSLHS Jaguar Raider Team Dominates Area III

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.

PSLHS Jaguar Battalion Honors Veterans by Presenting the Colors at St. Andrews

PSLHS Jaguar Battalion Honors Veterans by Presenting the Colors at St. Andrews

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. 

PSLHS Jaguar Battalion Celebrates 23rd Annual Military Ball

PSLHS Jaguar Battalion Celebrates 23rd Annual Military Ball

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.

PSLHS Jaggernauts Compete in Robotics Competition

PSLHS Jaggernauts Compete in Robotics Competition

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!

PSLHS Football Honor Guard

PSLHS Football Honor Guard

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.

PSLHS – Digital Innovation Winner

PSLHS – Digital Innovation Winner

Port St. Lucie High School’s TV Production students created this promotional video highlighting the school’s programs, opportunities, and culture.  The Jaguars took top honors in the SLPS Digital Innovation Challenge.

Congratulations!

PSLHS – Digital Innovation Winner

PSLHS – Digital Innovation Winner

Port St. Lucie High School’s TV Production students created this promotional video highlighting the school’s programs, opportunities, and culture.  The Jaguars took top honors in the SLPS Digital Innovation Challenge.

Congratulations!

PSLHS Attends Florida State Raider Competition

PSLHS Attends Florida State Raider Competition

On November 16, 2019 the Port St Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion Male and Female Raider teams competed at the state level at Boy Scout Camp Flaming Arrow in Lake Wales, FL. The teams went through physical and mental challenges and overcame a lot of different tasks to get through the competition.  Many of our teams persisted on even when they were past their breaking points. They performed with the most effort and determination to accomplish their tasks. The events they competed in were Rope Bridge, Cross Country Rescue, Tire Flip, Team Run, and finally Obstacle Course. Each were very challenging, and in the end, the female team placed 4th overall on the state level and the male team placed 3rd overall at the state level. This article and photography were produced by Cadet Sergeant Seaira Swain, Cadet Major Alexis Morris and Cadet Sergeant Rico Rovito.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSLHS Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion’s Raiders Conquer Jupiter High

PSLHS Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion’s Raiders Conquer Jupiter High

On Saturday, October 13, 2018, Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion’s Raider Team attended the Jupiter High School Raider meet. Our male and female teams competed in each of five different obstacles: Sand Bag Carry, Rope Bridge, Cross Country Rescue, Team Run, and Tire Flip. In Sand Bag Carry, our first male team ranked 4th, our second male team ranked 9th, and our female team ranked in 3rd. In Rope Bridge, our first male team ranked 4th, our second male team ranked 6th, and our female team ranked 3rd. In Cross- Country Rescue, our first male team ranked 1st, our second male team ranked 3rd, and our female team ranked 3rd. In the Team Run, our first male team ranked 1st, our second male team ranked 5th, and our female team ranked 1st. Lastly, in the Tire Flip event, our first male team ranked 2nd, our second male team ranked 7th, and our female team ranked 3rd.  Overall, the Battalion’s first male team had twelve points and ranked 1st place. The second male team accumulated 30 points and ranked in 6th place. And the female team totaled 13 points and ranked in 3rd place.  The lowest score wins.  

PSLHS Army JROTC Change of Command Ceremony

PSLHS Army JROTC Change of Command Ceremony

On April 26th at 6PM, the Port Saint 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 welcomes c/LTC Veronika Patti to command and led the Battalion on a successful path.

Pictured below is Mr. Jerry Earley as the Commander performing the tradition of “Passing of the Colors.”  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.

PSLHS Army JROTC Attend Competition

PSLHS Army JROTC Attend Competition

On Saturday February 16, 2019, Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion’s Marksmanship Team attended a competition held at Jupiter High School. The Jaguar Battalion’s “sharpshooters” competed against nine other Army JROTC programs in the area. Cadet Captain Simmons shot an outstanding 207 out of 300 points, scoring the highest out of our nine cadets.  Our Marksmanship Team  includes: Cadet Sergeant First Class Cook, Cadet Captain Simmons, Cadet Corporal Moad, Cadet Corporal Lewiston, Cadet Private Arrabe, Cadet Private O’Hare, Cadet Private Svoboda, and Cadet Private Funez. This meet is meant to prepare the cadets for the Regional AREA 3 Marksmanship Competition coming up on April 6, 2019. The level of which our cadets preformed at this meet shows that they are more than ready for the regional competition!

PSL Mayor Visits Palm Pointe

PSL Mayor Visits Palm Pointe

Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition’s third grade students had a special visit from Port Saint Lucie’s Mayor, Greg Oravec.  Mayor Oravec talked to the students about what government means and how the different levels interact with each other.  He supported their learning by having discussions regarding the different branches of government along with how citizens can make a difference.

PSL Jaguar Battalion Field Day

PSL Jaguar Battalion Field Day

Jaguar Battalion Field Day

 

Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion conducted their own field day on May 6, 2017. The JROTC unit uses field day as a way to reward the cadets for their hard work and achievements, as well as, to use the teamwork and leadership skills they learned in the program. Activities consist of ultimate Jag – a form of no tackle football, soccer, kickball, dodge ball, Tug O’ War and pedal car races. The pedal car race was our new event this year. It was introduced and supplied by the Florida National Guard. Each of the companies competed against each other and the overall winner was Alpha company.

After the events, our supportive booster club parents prepared the cadets a barbecue. When the fun day was coming to an end, the senior cadets received their JROTC cords, coins, and gave their inspiring speeches to the upper and under classmen cadets. Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Travis Cetin finished the event by informing the cadets of their new duties, positions, and responsibilities for the upcoming year. We look forward to the success that await us in the next year.

PSL Jaguar Battalion 20th Annual Award Ceremony

PSL Jaguar Battalion 20th Annual Award Ceremony

Jaguars Award Ceremony 2017

By: Sarai Narvaez

The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion held its 20th Annual Army JROTC Awards Ceremony. This ceremony awards cadets for their outstanding excellence both inside and outside of the program. This ceremony could not be possible without the support of local civic organizations like the American Legion Post 318, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and our special guest Hugo Gonzalez, a Wounded Warrior who has served our country with honor.

The Ceremony was opened by the presentation and posting of the National colors by the Jaguar Color Guard led by cadet Sergeant 1st Class De’vonte Cousar presenting the National flag. Following was cadet 1st Sergeant Morgan Emerson presenting the State flag; and cadet 1st Sergeant Tesa May along with cadet Sergeant 1st Class Marco Nadar as guards. Also standing on the stage was our proud Principal Adrian Ocampo and cadet Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Triplett, who presented the Superior Cadet awards to cadets Joleen Kalinowski, Morgan Emerson, Damilola Jolaogun, and Jamie Triplett.

The ceremony provided the opportunity to congratulate the cadets for their unrelenting service and loyalty to the Battalion, School, and Community; their professional appearance and character; their ability as leaders and knowledge of the JROTC values, program, and curriculum.

The Jaguars give a special thanks to all the organizations that participated and supported the ceremony.

PSL Army JROTC Attacks Florida Institute of Technology Challenge Obstacle Course

PSL Army JROTC Attacks Florida Institute of Technology Challenge Obstacle Course

On Saturday, September 15, 2018, cadets from the Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion joined four other high school Battalions at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) in Fellsmere, Florida. The cadets negotiated through various obstacles that tested their skill, strength, and ability to overcome hardships. Cadets participated in a hands-on experiences including Marine and Aerial Assault obstacle courses. Each consisted of vigorous activities testing their balance and fear of heights.  Some of these elements included Low Belly Over, Belly Crawl, High Step Over, and Confidence Climb.

The cadets overcame many fears and saw their potential as they ran through the development in addition to bonding with other cadets. Pictured below: Cadet Captain Breanna Smith, Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Veronica Patti, Cadet Addison C. Searcy, and Cadet Sergeant Justin Bennett as they navigate through set obstacles.