Class of 2019 Senior Spotlight: Jefferson Walls

Help us welcome Jefferson Walls from Lake Highland Prep to the Senior Spotlight Hall of Fame! 👏👏👏

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Jefferson is an honor student and accomplished athlete with Varsity Letters in 3 sports, Football, Track and Baseball. He says that learning to persevere in sports has taught him to do the same in academics as well as everyday life. He also is a member of the Robotics Team and has been taking Mandarin Chinese for the past 5 years!

Outside of School, he volunteers for several organizations, including He Got Up! A charity that helping wounded veterans in his community. Jefferson’s passions include memorizing sports stats and caring for all living things.

Though Jefferson is not sure where exactly he wants to attend college, he does know that he wants to major in either Business, Finance or Pre-Law. He is also looking forward to the freedom that comes with college life!

Jefferson says that the beauty of a picture is that it keeps a memory for a lifetime. Well,
we are so happy you chose us to help you keep your Senior memories for a lifetime! Congrats on being a member of the Class of 2019 and keep up the amazing work!

Class of 2019 Senior Spotlight: Ruby Johnson

spotlight-Edit-2This week’s Senior Spotlight comes to us from Edgewater High School! Everyone say hello to Ruby Johnson!

Ruby is a well rounded student, participating in all kinds of extracurricular activities! She is a member of the Basketball team, debate club, Edgewater Chorus,  as well as the Flag Football team! Ruby loves to sing and preform and uses her talents to help her community. This past summer she entertained the older generations at nursing homes through a youth program!

Though she is not quite sure which college she would like to attend, Ruby does know that she would like to major in Criminal Justice and Business. Her ultimate career goal is to become a Lawyer, own her own law firm and eventually serve her community as a political leader. She’s looking forward to college life, making new memories and meeting new people.

Working as a crew member at McDonalds has helped Ruby learn the importance of time management and organization. She also believes that it’s important to always have a friendly attitude and bring a genuine smile to every situation.

Thanks for letting Leonard’s be a part of your Senior Year, Ruby and best of luck in all of your future endeavors!

Class of 2019 Senior Spotlight: Janelly Bazil

Senior Spotlight.pngWelcome back! This week we are shining a spotlight on Lake Nona High School Senior, Janelly Bazil!

Janelly is an honor and dual enrollment student who will graduate High School with her Associates of the Arts Degree. She’s an active member of both the Key Club and the Beta Club! Janelly says that helping people has always been one of her passions, so outside of school, she volunteers with Give Kids the World, an organization that helps kids in need.

After she graduates from Lake Nona she plans on attending Florida State University to study Human Biology. Janelly’s ultimate Career goal is to become a successful plastic Surgeon.

She credits her mom for motivating her to always work hard, stay dedicated in school and teaching her to be independent. Janelly believes in the importance of loving yourself, not comparing yourself to others and staying positive no matter the situation.

Thank you for sharing your uplifting outlook on life with us, Janelly! We can tell you are a motivated student with a bright future, best of luck to you in your senior year and all your endeavors!


Class of 2019 Senior Spotlight: Chandler Caudill

This week’s Senior Spotlight features Crooms Academy of Information Technology Senior,  Chandler Caudill!


Chandler is a very involved student participating in activities like, Student Government, the student ambassador group, and the Golf team! Outside of school, he volunteers as a mentor for kids in the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

He will graduate high school with his AA degree and plans to attend either Flagler College or Florida Southern with a major in Sports Management!

You might be able to tell from his senior pictures, but Chandler is a huge Nascar fan. Racing might be his favorite, but he enjoys all sports and has a back of memorizing game and player statistics. In the future he hopes to actually work for a sports team!

He would like to thank his first technology teacher at Crooms, Ms. Fisher, for making him feel comfortable entering High School and encoring him to always be the best version of himself.

Best of luck to you in your Senior Year, Chandler! We are looking forward to seeing what you do in the future!




Class of 2019 Senior Spotlight: Autumn Rhoden

064 copyHello again! We have another Senior Spotlight for you as we head into September. This week we would like to recognize West Nassau senior, Autumn Rhoden!

Autumn is a Biotech honor roll student, a CNA program member and Varsity Cheer State Champion!  She volunteers in her community with the BETA club and has a special interest in working with children.

She plans to attend FSCJ for nursing, with her ultimate career goal of becoming a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

Through working with her father’s construction company and watching her mom go back to school to become a nurse, Autumn knows and appreciates the value of hard work!

She’s looking forward to senior year and everything it has to offer! We are so proud of you, Autumn, thank you for letting Leonard’s be a part of this special time in your life!

Class of 2019 Senior Spotlight: Viviana Rivera

Hello everybody, We have the first Senior Spotlight for the Class of 2019! Meet Viviana from East River High School!

Viviana is an honor student with a 4.0 GPA and was named “Most Outstanding Junior” this past year. She is a drum major of the East River Band and involved with the National Honor Society.  Viviana also consistently volunteers at her local elementary and middle schools as well as the Ronald Mcdonalds House.

After graduating from High School, Vivianna will most likely attend UCF. She is currently looking at biology, anatomy and pre-med programs but she also has an interest in dermatology and pediatrics. She is very excited to further her education and get out into the “real world!”

A few fun facts about Viviana, she loves Harry Potter books, La La Land and Brendon Urie!

Congratulations to Viviana and best of luck to her in her Senior Year, Leonard’s is rooting for you!







2018 Leonard’s Scholarship Recipients

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.



C_SchonderCharles 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 or (904) 671-3179.

What do I Wear to a Photo Shoot?

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.

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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.

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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!

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Senior Spotlight: Senecia

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!

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Senior Spotlight: Taelor

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.Taelor Morris 2 edit

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!