Each year, Leonard’s awards three $1000 college scholarships to deserving graduating Seniors from St. Johns County High Schools. This year’s recipients each embody the spirit of Mr. Tucker’s ingenuity and love for yearbook, photography and digital design. This year, each also participated in their high school yearbooks as a type of editor. The following were awarded their scholarships at their high school’s awards ceremonies.
Bethany Baratelli, senior at Creekside High School was the yearbook editor-in-chief and a member of the dance team. Her goal is to pursue a career where she can combine her loves of travel, writing and photography in the graphic design field. She will be attending Florida State University with a focus on graphic design and hospitality.
Jamie Gillespie, senior at Allen D. Nease High School was the photo editor for the yearbook for the last two years, a member of the Varsity Cheerleading squad, and a member of the Communications Academy. Her goal is to work in the photojournalism or movie industry as a film editor. She will be attending Florida State College of Jacksonville and work to obtain her Arts degree.
Charles Schonder, senior at Pedro Menendez High School was the editor of the yearbook, a member of the Vystar Business Academy, and a member of A.V.I.D. Last summer, Charlie applied and spent part of his summer interning in digital design. He plans to attend the University of North Florida and major in computer science.
Congratulations to all of our applicants and especially to our winners! If you need more information, please contact Lisa Urban at firstname.lastname@example.org or (904) 671-3179.
It’s time for your senior pictures! You may be asking, what do I wear? What do I bring? Well, don’t worry, because we are here with a Senior Photo Shoot style guide!
Follow the tips below to get the most out of your Senior photos!
Keep your outfits visually simple
Solid colors and simple patterns look best on camera! Avoid busy patterns and large logos or words. Textured fabrics such as cotton and wool are great options, stay away from silks or satin.
Have an outfit plan
Your number of outfit changes will depend on which session you choose. Always plan out your outfits ahead of time and bring extra ones! You may change your mind once you see the backgrounds and sets in person.
Don’t be afraid to be diverse with your outfits
You may be tempted to just bring your favorite everyday outfits, but be sure to bring something a little dressier. Variety is key!
Apply your makeup normally
Powder, eyeshadow or lipstick with glitter or shine may cause a reflection from the flash so try to stick to matte finishes. Matte powder is your friend! Bring it with you even if you did your makeup, you may need to reapply to avoid shine.
Stick with hairstyles you know
Your hair needs to be styled in a way that you are comfortable with, so don’t try a new hairstyle for your shoot. If you need to get your haircut, try to go at least a week in advance to give your hair time to adjust and look normal.
Pay attention to details
Check your nails for chipped polish and go with simple colors that won’t distract from your outfits. Try to avoid going out in the sun for long periods of time right before your shoot. Nobody wants sunburns or tan lines in their senior pictures!
Hats, belts, jewelry, shoes, props… these items can be very important. They help show off your personality and make your photos all about you!
This week’s Senior Spotlight is Senecia from Ocoee High School. She participates in Flag Football at Ocoee and also volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club in her spare time. Senecia’s passions include dance and writing. She told us she has been choreographing since she was thirteen!
After graduating, Senecia plans to continue her passions by attending FSU to study Dance, Choreography and Journalism. She also hopes to open her own dance studio someday.
We asked Senecia if she has had someone influential in her life and she told us “India Demings taught me everything I know”.
Senecia it sounds like you are quite the star and we look forward to hearing about your successes in Dance and Journalism!! Enjoy Senior year!
This week’s Senior Spotlight is Taelor from East River HS! Taelor is involved in numerous activities at East River. He participates in Spanish Honor Society, Soccer, Track & Field, Engineering Club, Cru, Hip Hop Club and Band! In his spare time outside of school he is an OCPS Additions Volunteer. He will be graduating with a Scholar Diploma and Honor Awards.
After graduation, Taelor hopes to attend one of three schools, Duke, University of Alabama or Purdue. He is going to study Civil Engineering and hopes to become a Civil Engineer and develop new buildings, roadways and railways for big cities.
When we asked Taelor who inspires him, he told us “My parents have inspired me to persevere in the face of adversity and to strive to bring honor to God through my actions”.
Taelor also told us he is most looking forward to experiencing his independence after graduating and getting to experience new facets of life.
Taelor you are obviously a very dedicated student and have an awesome plan for your future! We wish you all the best in everything you do!
Our Senior Spotlight this week is Dylan from Seminole HS. Dylan is involved in Bright Futures and Baseball at school and he also does community service at the Lake Mary Prep concession stand. He also rides BMX in his spare time. His favorite book is Hunger Games and his favorite movie is Transformers.
When we asked Dylan if he had an influential teacher in his life that inspired him, he told us “Yes, my 8th grade science teacher set me on the right track”. He certainly seems to have continued on with that inspiration because he has a definite plan for his future.
After graduating High School Dylan hopes to attend either SSC, UCF or UF and plans to go into General Contracting and study Architecture so that he can be just like his dad!
We wish you the best Dylan and hope you have a wonderful Senior year!
This week’s Senior Spotlight is Essence from Wekiva HS. Essence is in AP Classes and participates in AP extra curricular activities as well as volunteers in the library and often does community service projects after school as well.
She hasn’t completely decided on which school she plans to attend after High School but she does have a few options on careers that she is considering. She would like to either go into the Navy, go into Law and become a Judge one day or possibly go into Finance and Accounting.
Essence has not always had it easy. She has chosen to persevere despite complications such as her mom getting into a car accident during her Freshman year and becoming paraplegic. She then took off school for a little while but she came back and excelled with all honors and AP classes. She told us “not allowing myself to get dragged behind was my most challenging obstacle along with having so many outside distractions.”
Essence it sounds like you work very hard to overcome obstacles that try to get in your way and we hope you continue to do so as you work towards a bright future! We hope you have a wonderful Senior year!
We are so excited to announce our first Senior Spotlight for the Class of 2018, Emily from Seminole High School!
Emily is involved in several school activities which include, the Science National Honor Society, Multicultural Club and UNICEF. She also volunteers at CF Regional Hospital and at local food banks in the area. She will be graduating this year with Honor Cords and medals in French.
After graduation Emily plans to attend Florida State University to study Medicine. She hopes to get her PA in Trauma/ Emergency Medicine.
Emily also shared some personal interesting facts about herself with us. She is one of fifteen grandchildren, she is a natural redhead and she is 5’11”.
We also asked Emily if she had any influential teachers in her life and she told us, “Mr.Galindez- U.S. History. He made school exciting and allowed me to express my personality”.
We wish you the the best with you Senior year and your endeavours after graduating Emily and congrats on being our first spotlight for the Class of 2018!
Prom season is upon us! What better time to bring back Friday Fashion Debate??
Prom fashion seems to have a longer shelf life than regular fashion. I’m not saying my prom dress from 10 years ago would work now but you can make some fashions work over a several year span. That doesn’t mean there aren’t certain styles that appear to be the top trend each year. We are going to touch on those specific ones today.
The number one trend this year in prom fashion is set to be the two piece dress. This isn’t a change from the last year really but it seems to still be forecasted as the most commonly seen prom trend. I really like this trend. I think it is young and fresh and allows you to show off a variety of styles with patterns, etc.
The second biggest trend projected for this year is wine shades. This typically refers to burgundy red or dark purples shades. These two color families are extremely flattering on most skin tones and a definite favorite in my book for dramatic formal attire.
Another trend we expect to see a lot of this year is high neck lines. It seems like the typical formal fashion a few years ago used to be extreme plunging necklines. It stepped away from that but kept a more normal v-shape neckline for a couple of years but this year we are seeing necklines that are very high. The exception is sometimes you will see a lower neckline but they are illusion styled where there may be lace, etc but there is actual fabric in the “open” space.
We also have another returning trend this year, florals. If we went back several years, florals were not big in formal wear. You would see them in beading and accents but definitely not full floral pattern skirts. I have to say, I absolutely adore this trend. Floral formals are so feminine and fun. The addition of florals in the formal world opened up the option to have so much color and drama in your prom look. This is a definite yes in my book and I hope this trend sticks around!
This is not to say that there aren’t a ton of other styles out there that are great prom looks. These are just a few of the trending looks for 2017. We would love for you to share some of your favorite prom styles with us or send a pic of your dress for this year!
To all of our 2017 Seniors who are nearing the end of their High School careers, we hope you have a wonderful time at prom and enjoy the rest of your Senior year!
Our Senior Spotlight this week is Jordan from West Orange High School. Jordan participates in Bowling and Woodshop at school and volunteers at the Mosaic Church youth group in her spare time.
Jordan’s aspirations after graduating High School are very unique. She would like to attend Lake Sumter State College in Clermont where she plans to study Business Management. The unique twist to Jordan’s career plans is the fact that she would like to use her Business Management Degree to own her own aerial arts studio. She would like to become a professional aerialist. She also told us she hopes to be in professional shows such as Cirque Du Soleil or Le Reve in Las Vegas.
When we asked Jordan who the most influential person in her life was, she told us “I really look up to my aerial teacher Ms.Jen. She loves working with people and is nice to everyone”.
Good luck with everything Jordan! Make sure to let us know when you make it big with your aerial arts dreams and remember to enjoy the rest of your Senior year!