Criminal Justice Academy Hosts Lee County Sheriff

The East Lee County High School Criminal Justice Academy played host to Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott yesterday. Sheriff Scott spoke about his experience in law enforcement and took questions from the Criminal Justice cadets as well.

East Lee Medical Academy

The Medical Academy at East Lee County High School is one of nine Career and Technical Education programs offering students an opportunity to receive college readiness and career training in a specific field of study. We spoke with the instructor in the Academy, Sandra Grage, as well as some of her students, to find out more about this successful program.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks


By: Yaneliz Matos

October 11, 2014, greeted Southwest Florida with clear blue skies, dewy grass, and degrees reaching humid temperatures that attract northern birds south. Though the ones who were out and about on such a beautiful morning weren’t winter folk seeking warmer weather. No! It was SW Florida’s very own residents. Now the question is, why were they up in the early hours of Saturday, when they could be snuggling under covers? The answer is simple. They were seeking to support a cause, and they did just that every step of the way during the 11th Annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks.

Gathering at Estero Community Park, hundreds came together to show their support through donations, which help fund research and increase awareness. Haley Shurack, who works with early childhood development, commented on how she was honored to be a part of such an important cause, and how through donations, the organization gets to do projects, such as special camps that allow kids with behavioral challenges find a place where they can enjoy themselves.

Present at the event was Lehigh Acres’ very own East Lee County High School students, a group composed of both National Honor Society and Student Government Association members with their sponsor, and teacher at East, Mary Jo Potter. The group integrated their bodies, minds, and souls into the event as they walked along side many people who shared the same desire to make a difference. As East Lee County’s students prepared to commence their walk, they intercepted the rising business, Autism in Motion, which offers therapy and recreational programs to individuals with autism. These jaguars got their blood pumping as they struck a pose with Sue Lacono, one of the directors of Autism in Motion, as she instructed them in a yoga session. Arms raised and smiles wide, East Lee County’s kids were eager to return for another session after their mini workout. After some time, the walk finally began and hundreds strode with purpose as they didn’t just talk the talk for Autism Speaks, but also walked the walk.

One Book, One School


By: Zion Young

Here at East Lee County, all of our students and the majority of our teachers have gathered together to read one book called, “Life As We Know It,” during our school’s designated DEAR time (meaning Drop Everything And Read). “When a meteor hits the moon and knocks it closer in orbit to the Earth, nothing will ever be the same. Worldwide tidal waves. Earthquakes. Volcanic eruptions. And that’s just the beginning.” Sounds interesting right? Well, I took the liberty of going around asking some students and teachers how they felt about the new novel the whole school has been reading this quarter.

One of our Spanish 2 teachers, Ms.Persing, said, “It’s interesting, and it makes you wonder how it’d feel if the world ran out of supplies.” Several other teachers had similar responses, finding the book to be thought-provoking and an exciting read. Many students agreed with this, claiming that the book kept them interested and wanting to know more. Tu Long, a student at East, said, “It’s a good book and keeps me wondering how we’d live day to day if such a catastrophe were to happen.”

Not everyone is enjoying this book choice, however. Some students complained, “We just can’t get into the book; it’s hard to read something when you aren’t really interested in it.” This just goes to show that we all have different interests. Even though we may not all like everything the book has to offer, it is allowing the entire school to unite and participate in discussions on one topic with which we all are familiar.

Homecoming Pep Rally

Jag Artists Featured at Reverie and Rock Art Gallery

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 ( 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.


Softball Season Starts with New Coaches

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.


Jags Wrestling: A New Season

By: Samantha Campbell, Sports Reporter

Jag 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.

East Gets Iced

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.

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.