Port St. Lucie High School at the District History Fair

Port St. Lucie High School at the District History Fair

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!

Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Selects New Battalion Commander

Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Selects New Battalion Commander

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.

Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion March 30th Annual Homecoming Parade

Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion March 30th Annual Homecoming Parade

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.  

Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Assist with Wounded Warrior Surf Day Project!!!

Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Assist with Wounded Warrior Surf Day Project!!!

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.  

Port St. Lucie High pre-law students visit college pre-law program

Port St. Lucie High pre-law students visit college pre-law program

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.

Port St. Lucie High JROTC remembers missing military

Port St. Lucie High JROTC remembers missing military

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 Jaguar Raiders survive the final test

Port St. Lucie High Jaguar Raiders survive the final test

 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.

Port St. Lucie High Jaguar color guard honors veterans

Port St. Lucie High Jaguar color guard honors veterans

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.

Port St. Lucie High Jaguar cadets win essay contest

Port St. Lucie High Jaguar cadets win essay contest

 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

Port St. Lucie High Jaguar cadets open DAR ceremony

Port St. Lucie High Jaguar cadets open DAR ceremony

The Jaguar Battalion Color Guard presented the colors at the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) ceremony recently. The team that presented the colors consisted of cadet Captain Amanda Mabry, cadet Colonel Diamond Salazar, cadet First Lieutenant Devynn Rhodes, cadet Sergeant First Class Sebrina Saladeen, and cadet Private First Class Austin Conkling. The four cadets demonstrated perfection with an outstanding presentation of the flags. Being a member of DAR, cadet Private First Class Austin Conkling was elated to be part of the team presenting the colors for the ceremony. The cadets all had a great time and felt honored to be a part of this event.

Port St. Lucie High Jaguar cadets compete for Outstanding Cadet honor

Port St. Lucie High Jaguar cadets compete for Outstanding Cadet honor

 The Port St. Lucie High School Junior ROTC Jaguar Battalion recently held the third Outstanding Cadet Board of the Year. The board is a competition between cadets on two levels. The first consists of junior cadets in their first year of JROTC. The second level contains senior cadets who have been in the program for two to four years. Two winners are selected: one from the junior cadets and one from the senior cadets. Every cadet competed well, but the two that came out on top were cadet Corporal Cole Herndon, right, and cadet Sergeant First Class William Benagh. Congratulations to the winners for their performance in the battalion as outstanding cadets.

Port St. Lucie High Jaguar cadets advance to state contest

Port St. Lucie High Jaguar cadets advance to state contest

The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion Drill Team recently participated with 15 other schools in the Area III Drill Meet at Fort Pierce Central High School for the opportunity to advance to state level competition, and four Jaguar teams were successful. The Male Armed Platoon, commanded by cadet Second Lieutenant Jeremy Dardon, and Male Armed Squad, commanded by cadet First Lieutenant Gerard Delgado, placed first in their respective categories. Male Unarmed Squad, commanded by cadet Second Lieutenant Andrew Miller, placed second. Female Armed Squad, commanded by cadet Corporal Ashlee Sepiel, also qualified. Every cadet performed remarkably, and congratulations to the teams going to the state competition!

Port St. Lucie High Jaguar battalion shines in homecoming parade

Port St. Lucie High Jaguar battalion shines in homecoming parade

The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion helped provide a warm welcome to the students, alumni, and friends of Port St. Lucie High School during homecoming events.  The parade began at Village Green Environmental Studies School and proceeded along Lennard Road to Port St. Lucie High School. The Jaguar Battalion was a distinguished group in the parade. The battalion’s Color Guard, consisting of cadet Second Lieutenant Jeremy Dardon, cadet Sergeant First Class Sebrina Saladeen, cadet Sergeant First Class Kyle Schenck, and cadet Second Lieutenant Andrew Miller, won first place for the parade.

Port St. Lucie High Jaguar battalion retires flags

Port St. Lucie High Jaguar battalion retires flags

The Port Saint Lucie High School JROTC conducted a Flag Retirement Ceremony as its annual Service Learning Project. The service learning is similar to community service, but the difference between the two is that after the service learning project, a reflection is done. This year, the Jaguar Battalion retired unserviceable flags. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell attended this ceremony, his first ceremony at a retirement of the flags. He was very
impressed at how the ceremony was conducted. It was a beautiful ceremony and it truly was a heart-warming sight to see. All the cadets who participated in this event were honored to be able to be a part of something as wonderful as that
ceremony. P9ictured, from left, cadet Staff Sergeant John Hunter, cadet Private First Class Edwin Oquendo, cadet Private First Class Anson Rivera, and to the far left in the back holding the flag is cadet Staff Sergeant Jaffery Murankus.

Port St. Lucie High Jaguar Battalion honors Dr. King in parade

Port St. Lucie High Jaguar Battalion honors Dr. King in parade

The Jaguar Battalion of Port St. Lucie High School participated in the annual parade honoring one of America’s greatest civil rights leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Jaguar Battalion received many accolades from the spectators during the event. The battalion was led by Battalion Commander Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Mabry, followed by the battalion Color Guard, the battalion staff and the three companies with their professionalism. Through the dedication of the cadets and the leadership of the senior cadets, the Jaguar Battalion remained loud and proud throughout the parade. Pictured are the cadets during the parade.

Port St. Lucie High HOSA students advance to state competition

Port St. Lucie High HOSA students advance to state competition

Four Port St. Lucie High School medical academy students in the Health Occupations Students of America organization placed in regional competition and have advanced to state competition to be held April 4-7 in Orlando. Pictured, from left, are Sarah Diebold, second place in Extemporaneous Speaking, Emily Sellas, third place in Prepared Speaking, and Tanesa Dowlat, fifth place in Pharmacology. Absent from the photo was Jennifer Donnelly, third place in Epidemology.

Port St. Lucie High history teacher wins state award

Port St. Lucie High history teacher wins state award

The Florida History Fair awarded Port St. Lucie High School history fair school coordinator and 10th-grade world history teacher Valerie Arendas with the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award, Senior Division, for her many years of dedication to National History Day activities at her school. The Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award recognizes outstanding National History Day educators. Each state selects a junior and senior-division recipient, who receive a $500 cash prize. The names of these individuals are advanced for competition at the national level. Junior- and senior-division winners of the national Behring Award each receive $10,000. Pictured, from left, are Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Kerry Padrick, School Board chairman Carol Hilson, Valerie Arendas, Supervisor of K-12 Social Studies Curriculum Tim Norfleet, and Superintendent Michael Lannon.

Port St. Lucie High history fair entry features St. Lucie County education

Port St. Lucie High history fair entry features St. Lucie County education

Port St. Lucie High School junior Jonathan Lane won first place in the documentary portion of the school-based History Fair.  Lane’s documentary titled “Building St. Lucie County’s Future” featured interviews with St. Lucie County School District leaders, l including Superintendent Mike Lannon and Associate Superintendent Dr. Owen Roberts. Pictured is Superintendent Lannon addressing students during the event.