Port St. Lucie High School recently hosted the Region III Skills USA carpentry competition, in which three students from Port St. Lucie High School took top honors. Cody Gosa won first place, Diamond Salazar finished second, and Christian Nowacki completed the sweep for the Jaguars with a third place finish. Cody, who is a senior, will represent the region at the state competition next month. Skills USA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. Pictured is automotive technology teacher Bob Rosbury who also serves as a SkillsUSA state advisor trainer, with Cody Gosa, Diamond Salazer and Christian Nowacki.
Biology students from Port Saint Lucie High School recently visited the Brevard Zoo to expand their Florida history and evolution curriculum. Students started the morning with a presentation on Florida’s fossil past and then spent the rest of the day exploring different evolutionary adaptations animals have that allows them to be successful in their environments. Comparisons of different biomes and animals that occupy them were embedded in the day. For many students, this was their first trip to a zoo.
Students from several science classes at Port Saint Lucie High School recently ventured into the Everglades to explore this fragile ecosystem and learn about the history of Florida’s water flow and its effects on native flora and fauna. Students began the morning with an airboat tour through the river of grass and concluded with lectures and exhibits on the Florida alligator, panther, a variety of turtle species and many others.
Students in Patrick Madden’s advanced drama class at Port St. Lucie High School visit St. Lucie West K8 School daily to work with students in Mindy Tsunoda’s sixth grade drama class. Pictured is St. Lucie West K8 student Savannah Simmons taking stage direction from Port St. Lucie High students Cristy Dill, Sarah Machesko, and others.
Port St. Lucie High School honored its graduating seniors at the recent Senior Scholarship Night event. Collectively, the graduating Jaguars earned over $2,971,934 dollars in scholarships from colleges and universities. From left, Ponce Oliver Montejo, Katelyn Lambert, Nickolas Vinson, Sheneen Soares, Skyler Jacobson, Matthew Jacobson, Alyssa Hedrick, Robert Fritz, Micky Braga, and Tyler Beauregard.
Port St. Lucie High School had its second game of the season at 7pm, Friday night on August 24, 2018. Our Cadets set out for the parking lots around 5pm to collect fees and welcome our guests. Our Jaguar Battalion’s JROTC Color Guard kicked off the night with the presentation of the colors commanded by Sergeant First Class Lawrence Moleon-Mathews, with Sergeant Justin Bennett as the state flag, Corporal Alex Nangle as state guard, and Sergeant Justin Locklar as national guard. Our Jaguars went head-to-head in a heated game with the Lake Placid Dragons. The score was 21 to 28. Pictured are: Cadet Sergeant Nangle, Cadet Sergent Bennett, and our color guard for this event.
On 10/11/19 the Port St. Lucie Jaguars faced off against the Okeechobee Bulls. The Port St. Lucie Jaguar Battalion accomplished many tasks to see that the game went smoothly.
Honor Guard: Cadet First Lieutenant Lila Meade
Directing Traffic: Cadet Command Sargent Major Lawrence Moleon- Mathews,Cadet Major Alexis Morris, Cadet Sergeant First Class Alexis Wilson
Presentation of Colors: Cadet First Sergeant Isaiah Hilton
Saber Guard: Cadet Sergeant Major Lawrence Moleon- Matthews, Cadet First Lieutenant Mayoliv Hernandez, Cadet First Sergeant Isaiah Hylton, Cadet Sergeant First Class Alexis Wilson, Cadet Major Alexis Morris, and Cadet Second Lieutenant Noah Cook
Battalion Commander: Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Simmons
Homecoming Court: Emmalyne Lewiston
Produced by Cadet Major Alexis Morris and Cadet Sergeant Seaira Swain.
Students in the Carpentry and Drafting Programs at Port St. Lucie High School were provided an overview of constructing a home from land prep to closing. The students were educated by Joe Stein and Richard Bukowski, both construction managers from GL Homes. Joel Dramis, Building Code Administrator for the City of Port St Lucie, provided expertise on the permitting process while Jim Brann of the Porch Factory talked about the traits he desires in employees, as well as scholarships provided by the Treasure Coast Business Association.
Faculty, staff, students and invited guests were witnesses to an event dubbed the CO2 Races at Port St. Lucie High School. Students in Mr. John Picchiarini’s class designed the cars using AutoCAD 2018.
The designs were then 3D printed on site. Two by two, the cars were lined up at the starting line and powered along fishing lines by CO2 cartridges.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.