Port St. Lucie High School’s Jaguar Battalion took an educational, but exciting field trip to Patrick Air Force Base. The cadets experienced how the men and women of the U.S. Air Force live and work. They were able to view a standard dorm room for an enlisted member of the Air Force. The cadets went to an active fire station, ventured to the education center to learn about some of the programs the Air Force offers, and travelled to an active security forces station where cadets used the firearm simulator to test their skills on different scenarios. We look forward to the next opportunity to participate in another fun event. Pictured are the cadets inspecting the U.S. Air Force’s Stryker fire fighting vehicle.
The Port St. Lucie High Jaguar Battalion Color Guard presented the colors at Northport K8 School’s holiday concert performed in the high school’s auditorium. The ceremony was presented by Northport’s department of instrumental music. The Color Guard gave a professional presentation of the colors to begin the ceremony. Pictured are Cadet Command Sergeant Major Chaz Pollino holding the national flag, Cadet Major Kayla Figueroa carrying the state flag, and Cadet Second Lieutenant Cole Herndon and Cadet Captain Anissa Cruz posted as the guards. All who attended greatly appreciated the superior performance by the Jaguar Battalion Color Guard. Photo by James Williams.
TC-MOAA 5K Run-Walk
By: Sarai Narvaez
The Treasure Coast Military Officers Association of America (TC-MOAA) conducted a JROTC premier 5K race and walk. The purpose of this event was to promote excellence in JROTC programs in St. Lucie and Martin Counties, community involvement, Veterans programs, and membership of the TC-MOAA. Three of our cadets participated in 5K race and walk. Eleven JROTC high schools competed in the race which were Fort Pierce Central, Fort Pierce Westwood, Port St. Lucie, Centennial, Treasure Coast, Jensen Beach, Martin County, South Fork, Lincoln Park Academy, and John Carroll. Joshua Gonzalez came in 3rd place. This premier race which is expected to become an annual event was a safe and enjoyable for community participants. It consisted of successful planning, preparation, execution, and close out of all race events and tasks. We would like to thank retired LTC Bobbie Williams for making this event possible.
Four cadets from Port St. Lucie High School’s Jaguar Battalion presented the flags for the dedication ceremony of the United States Federal Courthouse in Ft. Pierce. The ceremony was a major event in our community whose audience included prominent public figures like Senator Bill Nelson and various congressmen, including Honorable Thomas Rooney. Participating in the Color Guard were cadet Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Jacobson, cadet First Lieutenant Andrew Miller, cadet Second Lieutenant Jeremy Dardon, and cadet Corporal Chaz Pollino. The cadets spectacularly presented the flags during the ceremony, and they received numerous accolades from the spectators. We appreciate the opportunity to execute a Color Guard for such a monumental ceremony and anticipate future chances to participate in ceremonial events. Pictured is cadet First Lieutenance Andrew Miller.
Port Saint Lucie High School’s JROTC took first place in four out of five events, and placed second in the fifth, at the recent annual Treasure Coast Drill Meet hosted at their school. Participating were Okeechobee High, Fort Pierce Westwood High, Treasure Coast High, Fort Pierce Central High, and Port Saint Lucie High schools. The competition consisted of five events: Male Unarmed Squad, Female Unarmed Squad, Male Color Guard, Female Color Guard, and Mixed Unarmed Platoon. The Jaguar battalion took first place in each event except for the Female Color Guard, in which they placed second. Pictured is the team.
The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion showed their pride at the recent annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day parade in Fort Pierce. The battalion formation was led by the Jaguar’s Color Guard led by Cadet Second Lieutenant Cole Herndon carrying the national flag. Cadet Staff Sergeant Crystal Ortiz carried the state flag and Cadet Second Lieutenant Glynn Auger carried the Jaguar Battalion Flag. Cadet First Lieutenant James Williams and Cadet Second Lieutenant Taylor Chaney posted as Guards. Following behind the Color Guard was the Battalion Staff and shortly after that, the company formations. The cadets preformed with the utmost excellence showing the heart and pride of the Jaguar Battalion. Also pictured are Cadets Ryan McCarthy and Jaclyn Yearta carrying the battalion banner. Photo by Clay Lesniak.
The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion presented the colors for the season opener for Jaguar softball at its district game against Westwood High School. The Color Guard was led by cadet captain Ashlee Seipel carrying the national flag. Cadet captain Allison Miakisz carried the state flag while cadet second lieutenant Cole Herndon and Jaffrey Murankus posted as their guards. The Color Guard gave a great presentation for the opening ceremony. Great Job cadets! Pictured, from left, are Jaffrey Murankus , Ashlee Seipel, Allison Miakisz, and Cole Herndon. By Catherine Zukowski.
The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion Color Guard opened the school baseball team’s first season game, presenting the flags during the National Anthem. The Color Guard was led by cadet Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Jacobson, accompanied by cadet Second Lieutenant Jeremy Dardon, cadet First Sergeant Troy Conover, and cadet Corporal Robert Hobkins. A moment of silence was held during the presentation to honor the late Mr. Mike Picano, one of the original Jaguar teachers, who recently passed away. Following the baseball game, the Color Guard presented the colors during the National Anthem for the Jaguar Softball Team. The cadets performed outstandingly in both events, demonstrating a reason why the Jaguar Battalion has always been a successful unit.
The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion once again displayed its prowess for ceremonial color guard events during a ceremony for the annual Caribbean American Festival held at Sportsman’s Park recently. The festival is a friendly competition between Caribbean-American residents in Port St. Lucie. The color guard, led by cadet 1st Lieutenant Andrew Miller, consisted of cadet Corporal Robert Hopkins, cadet Corporal Chaz Pollino, and cadet Corporal Tyrone Salazar. The Caribbean American Festival’s participants greatly appreciated the excellent performance by the Color Guard and anticipate next year’s event.
The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion School presented the colors during the National Anthem to open the Jaguar Baseball Team’s first game of the season. Assistant principal April Rogers threw out the first pitch opening the game for the season. The Color Guard was led by Cadet Major Devynn Rhodes, who was accompanied by Cadet Second Lieutenant Tyler Lynn, Cadet Second Lieutenant Ashlee Seipel, and Cadet Staff Sergeant Allison Miakisz. These cadets displayed outstanding professionalism and have done an amazing job. We wish the best of luck to the baseball team as they journey on into their season. Pictured, from left, are Cadet Second Lieutenant Ashlee Seipel, Cadet Major Devynn Rhodes, Cadet Staff Sergeant Allison Miakisz, and Cadet Second Lieutenant Tyler Lynn.
What does it mean to be a winner? For the Jaguar Battalion Drill Team, it’s the pride of knowing that hard work and dedication pay off. Port St. Lucie High School hosted the annual Treasure Coast Drill Meet, with four other schools competing. There were eight different events, and the Jaguar Battalion took first place in each one. The following is a list of the commanders that led their teams to victory: cadet Corporal Ashlee Seipel, cadet Second Lieutenant Andrew Miller, Cadet First Lieutenant Devynn Rhodes, cadet First Lieutenant Gerard Delgado, cadet Captain Amanda Mabry, cadet Captain Sean Scott, and cadet Captain Ryan Monday. The cadets displayed excellent dedication, and competed outstandingly in all events.
On February 10th, the Jaguar Drill Team competed in the Seminole Ridge High School Drill Meet. Competing in the wide variety of events included: platoon, squad, color guard and exhibition. Both the male and female teams performed admirably. The Jaguar Drill Team placed first in the overall meet — winning all eight of trophies!
Student musicians in St. Lucie Public Schools returned early to begin practicing and refining their craft in preparation for musical performances for audiences throughout the District this fall.
Port St. Lucie High School’s Jaguar Band found a beautiful day to harmonize with Mother Nature and rehearse on the field under beautiful blue skies.
The Port St. Lucie High School Raider team recently competed in a regional event at South Fork High School in Martin County. The competition consisted of 17 schools vying for victory in five demanding events, beginning with a physical fitness test which consisted of two minutes of push ups and sit ups. Following the physical fitness test, the Raider Team endured a grueling three-mile terrain run. The Raider Team’s third event was a cross country rescue where cadets carried a 120 pound litter and three 30 pound rucksacks on their backs for one mile. Afterwards, they took a skills test consisting of first aid and land navigation. When the Raider Team finished their skills test, they participated in the rope bridge competition. For this event, the cadets had to construct a rope bridge over a fifty foot obstacle without any errors in their knot or while they were traversing the rope bridge. The team earned a third place trophy in the event. The commander of the male team was cadet Command Sergeant Major Mason Propst, and mixed team leader was cadet First Lieutenant Devynn Rhodes. The Jaguar Battalion raider team put forth a strong effort in all events and anticipates next year’s competition at South Fork High School.
The Port Saint Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion went to Morningside Elementary School to take part in the school’s CSI night. The leaders of the night were the School Resource Officers from Morningside and Port Saint Lucie, Officer White (Morningside). The objective was to use investigative skills taught by the SRO’s to find clues and evidence that they could use to capture the thief of the children’s gifts. The cadets acted as the arresting officers and the students from Morningside Elementary were the investigators.
This was a great experience for the students and cadets to further their knowledge of law enforcement. The Jaguar Battalion thanks Morningside Elementary for letting them participate in the event.
Port Saint Lucie High School’s JROTC Raider Team traveled to Atlantic High School and competed in a Raider Challenge. The competition consisted of 500 push-ups, 500 sit-ups, 75 pull-ups total for the whole team, a ½ mile 150lb litter carry, a tire flip with weight ranging from 250lbs to 500lbs, a Rope Bridge, and 32 sandbags. Port Saint Lucie High placed in 3rd against 14 other teams with a time of 32:40. It was a close competition with the difference between us and 1st place was only 5 seconds. It was a tough course but our raiders did amazing.
Port Saint Lucie High School’s JROTC Raider Team traveled to Atlantic High School to compete in a Raider Challenge. The competition consisted of back to back events starting with Rope Bridge and a physical fitness test (PT). During the PT test the team had to complete a total of 500 push-ups, 500 sit-ups, and 85 pull-ups. The rest of the events consisted of a ¾ mile litter carry with 80lbs of weight, move 40 20lb sandbags from one point to another, flip a 350lb tire 100 yards, and finish by running a mile to the finish line. Port Saint Lucie High finished with a time of 29:36 securing the first place win by 46 seconds. It was a tough course but our raiders did an amazing job.
Port Saint Lucie High School’s JROTC Raider Team traveled to Atlantic High School to compete in a Raider Challenge. The competition consisted of back to back events starting with Rope Bridge and a physical fitness test (PT). During the PT test the team had to complete a total of 500 push-ups, 500 sit-ups, and 100 pull-ups. The rest of the events consisted of a ½ mile litter carry with 80lbs of weight, move 6 30lb dumbbells and a log of over 250lbs from 200 yards, flip a 300lb tire 100 yards, and finish by running ½ a mile to the finish line. Port Saint Lucie High finished with a time of 28:18 securing the first place win by 27 seconds. It was a tough course but our raiders did an amazing job.
The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar Battalion Orienteering Team recently ventured to Woodpecker West, a part of Ocala National Forest, to test their navigation skills against other Orienteering teams from across the state of Florida. This competition was the first real challenge for the Orienteering Team this year. Each team is sent out into the woods with nothing but a map and a compass to find several points and make their way to the finish line as fast as possible. The Port St. Lucie High School’s four teams placed first, second, seventh and eighth overall in the competition. The Jaguars look forward to thier next competition in March.