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.
Thanks to the generous donation of an alumni, the Port St. Lucie High School Jaguars have a lot to cheer about as homecoming week festivities kick off on Monday, October 10. A supersize spirit mural featuring the Jaguar mascot in an 18’ x 144.5’ display will send a roar of school pride across the campus in a ceremonial unveiling on October 14 at 6:55 pm before the homecoming game crowd.
The custom mural, valued at $18,900.00, was designed and will be painted by Douglas Hancock, Vice President of Sign Pro of North Florida, Inc. Hancock is a 1995 graduate of Port St. Lucie High School who wanted to give something special back to his alma mater. When talking about the design of the jaguar in mural, Hancock said, “I wanted a powerful and strong look without it being menacing. After many revisions I think we nailed it.” He added that the lettering was also unique and completely hand rendered for this project.
“Our students and staff have a vested interest in this as well. When we received word of the generous offer, excitement spread and questions poured in asking what was needed to support the project. The cost of the paint is $1,400; we will continue to collect donations to cover the materials cost, and we are hoping that this starts a trend towards painting additional murals throughout the school,” explained Principal Adrian Ocampo. Financial support for this project can be sent to Port St. Lucie High School, c/o Frances Millar, 1201 SE Jaguar Lane, PSL 34952.
The mural will be featured on the high school’s athletic building greeting fans as they approach the school’s on-site athletic fields. Spanning 2,619 square feet, it is perhaps the largest high school mural in the area.
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.
The Florida College Access Network (FCAN) and the American College Application Campaign (ACAC), selected Port St. Lucie High School to receive ACAC’s inaugural School of Excellence award for their work around the Apply Yourself Florida college application completion campaign. Only one school from each state across the USA is being recognized with this award, and Port St. Lucie High School has been nominated and selected as the Florida school to receive this honor.
Port St. Lucie High School was nominated for serving as an exemplary model for Apply Yourself Florida this past year. Port St. Lucie High School’s partnership with Indian River State College to take assisting students with college applications further than the one-day College Application Day, ensuring students’ questions get answered and they are prepared for school next fall demonstrated the commitment to student success.
The goal of the ACAC and Apply Yourself Florida is to increase the number of first-generation students and students from low-income families who pursue postsecondary education by assisting high school seniors as they navigate the college admissions process, ensuring each participating student submits at least one college application.
Congratulations to school counselor Monica Brooks and the entire PSHLS team for this incredible achievement!
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.
From left to right: C/SSG Marco Nader, C/SFC De’vonte Cousar, C/CSM Damilola Joloagun, and C/MAJ Dalla Reyes
Picture by: Sarai Narvaez
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.
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!
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.
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 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 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.