The winners of the Spray Off from the Make A Difference Day event have had some exciting opportunities open up since winning the contest. Their art from the event is on display in the Reverie & Rock Art Gallery and were mentioned online as a highlight for the Dec 6th Art Walk (http://www.fortmyersartwalk.com/). The Alliance for the Arts invited them to paint murals to display along McGregor Blvd and the three will be painting on-site for the January 3rd Art Walk. Jose Guzman did a fantastic job and represented ELCHS. In addition, East will have two teams, possibly three, competing in the Chalk Block event and a few have entered pieces for the Art Under 20 Show at Art Fest in February.
Samantha Campbell, Sports Reporter
East Lee County High School is happy to announce that there are new coaches that are part of the Varsity Softball team. The head coach, Todd Alley, and the two assistant coaches Michelle Nachman, and Deanna Irwin are hard at work making softball greats. There are three starting seniors as well as multiple underclassman starters marking up a squad of 19 players. Coach Alley’s main goal is to add a new focus for success and make up for loses from past years. For the first time in school history Alley will start documenting statistics for school records. Alley’s motivation to coach the team is because “It’s an opportunity to coach bright girls who want to improve themselves in athletics, academically and to add leadership.” In addition, Alley feels that the team is “a family. The girls have a special bond.” They are counting on that bond to strengthen the team. Softball is usually not one of the most visual sports compared to Football or Basketball. As a result, the coaches and team were surprised to find that their schedule had been cut back. Assistant Coach, Michelle Nachman, said that “It’s discrimination that we don’t have as many games as the baseball players do.” The schedule was dropped down to 13 games from 17 games including being dropped from a tournament. However, despite their schedule, the Softball team is ready to take on their opponents and make it a winning season. “From the first day of practice, the girls have gotten a lot stronger; I believe they have a lot of skill.” Nachman said when she was asked her opinion on the girls. All three coaches are excited for the girls to succeed and encourage all Jag students to come and support the team this season.
By: Samantha Campbell, Sports Reporter
Jag Wrestlers have gone through many transitions this school year. East Lee County High School is now a contender in Wrestling. With a team record of 5-3 and its first appearance at regionals in school history the team is garnering attention .
The new viewpoint is the embodiment of new Wrestling Coach, Jerriel Filler. His philosophy centers around success and only success. All of the wrestlers have done extraordinarily well, but three of them in particular have been standouts. The three top wrestlers are Senior Chris Vasquez with a record of 13-5, Louis Williams with a record of 15-3, and Freshman Casco Monix with a record of 13-7. In addition, fastest pin standouts Louis Williams and Abdiel Castro are forces to be reckoned with in terms of speed and agility. Coach Filler is proud of his team and their accomplishments.
This challenge has been done by many across the country, from famous celebrities to even past presidents. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a challenge made to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is an illness that causes muscle weakness and impacts physical function. Everywhere around the country people have been doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and here at East Lee County, we are also helping to support this cause. Friday, September 12, 2014, we held a pep rally in which we had teachers and one student participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
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.
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.
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!
On 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.
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.