Ulysse Completes U.S.
Navy Basic Training

Navy Seaman Recruit Claudine Ulysse, daughter of Claudius and Marie Ulysse of Lehigh Acres, Fla., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Ulysse completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.
The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations”. This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ”Navy” flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor.
Ulysse is a 2014 graduate of East Lee County High School, Lehigh Acres, Fla.

2014 Graduation Photos

IMG_97642014 Graduation Photos click here

ELLA Grant Teachers Recognized

Mr. Mangan surprises Mrs. Smith with her award.

Mr. Mangan surprises Mrs. Smith with her award.

Today the ELLA Academy awarded two amazing ELLA teachers with the “ELLA Kernel Recognition Award.” Tiffany Bailey for Quarter 3 and Jennifer Smith for Quarter 4. These two instructors have embraced the new Leadership curriculum and have effectively integrated the 7 leadership values into their core classrooms.

Mr. Mangan congratulates Tiffany Bailey on her award.

Mr. Mangan congratulates Tiffany Bailey on her award.

East Lee Public Safety Kickball Tournament a Success!


The Honey Badgers-Teacher’s Team
Motto: Sweet but Deadly

Criminal Justice and Fire Academies held their First Annual Kickball Tournament on Saturday, March 29th at East Lee County High School.  Support for this event was attributed to the many athletes and teachers that competed for first place and bragging rights around the school.  The teacher’s team headed by Amey Williams surprised students by holding out until the quarter finals and taking third place. In addition to kickball fans were treated to hamburgers, hot dogs, and other delectable delights as they watched their favorite teams compete.  Fun was had by all and this wonderful event will surely become a tradition at East Lee.   Congratulations to all the competitors for a job well done!


The A-Team
Winners of the Tournament





Fort Myers Art Walk to Feature East Students

artwalkOn Friday, April 4th from 6 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Fort Myers will have their monthly Art Walk.  East Lee County students will be featured as part of their cultural theme this month.  Art Walk is free and they are encouraging everyone to attend.   Choirs, video artists, circus performers, digital artists, performance artists, actors, musicians and painters will be featured. Bring your families and friends and encourage and support our Jag Artists.

Debate Club Attends Eva Schloss Event at the Westin in Cape Coral

Debate Club from left to right- Kyle Betty, Rachel Cardero, Jaili Ipaarraguirre, Mrs. Sowers, Icis Shufford and Estrella Camacho

Debate Club from left to right- Kyle Betty, Rachel Cardero, Jaili Ipaarraguirre, Mrs. Sowers, Icis Shufford and Estrella Camacho

East Lee County High School Debate Club attended the Eva Schloss event sponsored by Chabad of Cape Coral at the Westin Resort on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.  Students Kyle Betty, Rachel Cardero, Estrella Camacho, Jaili Iparraguirre, Icis Shufford and their sponsor Milagros Sowers learned a great deal more about Anne Frank and her step-sister Eva Schloss.  Mrs. Schloss survived her own ordeal at Auschwitz and told a harrowing tale of hiding, betrayal, and finally survival. Her mother’s marriage to Otto Frank after the war lasted 27 years and provided a unique family legacy.  The students were also treated to an art exhibition by local artist Myra Roberts and a visit to a local art gallery.

Eva Schloss - Anne Frank's Step-sister----

Prom 2014: Masquerade Ball

prom  By:  Pamela Leonard and Westerloune DeAugste – Staff Reporters

It’s that time again.  Time for beautiful dresses and dapper tuxes.    Mrs. Johnson, one of the Junior Class Sponsors,  let us know that “This year’s prom will be held on the Captain J.P. Cruise ship in downtown Fort Myers.  The ship will be docked and ready at 7:30 p.m. and it will leave at 8:00 p.m. and be headed to the Okeechobee River returning by 11:00 p.m.”.  It is the first time in school history that we have had a river cruise as a prom destination.  Here are all the details about our upcoming “Jagtastic” prom:

When:       Saturday, April 5th

Where :      Downtown Ft. Myers- JP Cruises

Theme:       Masquerade Ball

How Much:  Currently it is $35 and will go up $10 a month until right before prom. Ticket prices go up after February 14th.   Tickets max out at $60.00

Waivers:     Are needed for anyone that does not attend ELCHS and/or are over 21 years old.  They must have a Florida Driver’s License/ID.

Dress Code:    District Mandated and Strictly Enforced.  Formal attire is required.

Due to the venue tickets are limited to 400 so you must buy the ticket as soon as possible or you will not be able to attend. Masks will be sold at the school for $5 a piece and are encouraged to add to your magical evening.  There will be two disc jockeys and 3 floors on the vessel.  Make sure you don’t miss out on the hottest prom in town.


The Culture of my School Has Changed

By Jonathan Colon   Student – Editorial


What happened the other morning in the cafeteria at ELCHS was something remarkable! Before I delve further into the events that took place at that morning’s protest I would like to point out a few errors in my approach. East Lee County High School is very fortunate in that we have an extremely understanding, approachable, and fair principal. I regret not speaking to him before I wrote my first article and organized this morning’s protest. The senior section was filled completely; I was never more proud of my school. Although the turnout was remarkable and everything was going according to plan, I reflected on what was happening and realized that I gave him no time to react to what happened on Thursday; instead I hurled a peaceful demonstration at him the very next morning. In spite of my premature actions he remained extremely understanding and let us have our quiet demonstration, during which he explained to us how deeply moved he is that we all banded together for our fellow classmate and expressed our concern in a mature fashion. He asked that we please be fair to him and let him do his job.

The Million Dollar Question: Are Today’s Teens Ethical?

ethicsJessicalyn Paniagua, Editorial Reporter

Would you take a million dollars?  Simple answer, right?    However, what if there was one condition? The condition would be that  someone, somewhere in the world would die the minute you accepted the money.  Using this ethical scenario from the movie, The Box,  the Jag Journalism class was able to get into the minds of students at East Lee County High School.  After surveying the student body  most of them said that they would not take the offer. Junior Yeilys Matos said “Money isn’t worth a person’s life.” Sophomore, Mianah Pabon said “That it is unfair”. She also mused “I would wonder if someone else took the offer would you die?”  Other reactions centered around materialism.  Junior Arnol Escobar stated that  he was ” not a materialistic person.”  While Freshman Samantha Jordan said she would “go for it.”  The survey soundly proved that it really the situation was mitgated by many different circumstances and students overall were split on whether they would take the money or not.   Many times we have been told that teenagers are heartless and only care for themselves. However, it seems that maybe teens today are more ethical than otherwise regarded.

Time Line for Seniors Announced by Sponsors

Senior Sponsors Joanna Diamantino and Melissa LaForce announced the following timeline for the class of 2014.

If there are2014 any questions, please contact them at 369-2932.





Senior   Awards Thursday,   5/1/14 ELCHS   Auditorium 6:30pm
Baccalaureate Thursday,   5/8/14 TBA TBA
Senior   Breakfast Thursday, 5/15/14 Lee Civic   Center 8:30 am –   10:00 am
Graduation   Practice Thursday,   5/15/14 Lee Civic   Center 10:00am to   noon