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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Friday Fashion Debate: Thanksgiving

This week’s Fashion Debate is not about a specific trend or clothing item. This week we are going to debate what your family wears for Thanksgiving. For some people, Thanksgiving is a time to dress up. They put on their best outfits and sit down for a nice dinner with family and friends. For others, it is a day of relaxed fun and the more casual the better, such as your favorite sports jersey if your team happens to be playing on Thanksgiving (being from Dallas I am a Cowboys fan so our team always plays on Thanksgiving).

I admit, I like to step it up a notch on Thanksgiving but I definitely wouldn’t classify my attire as dressy. In fact, I have gotten more casual since I became the host of our Thanksgiving in Florida. It’s just not reasonable to wear my nicest outfits when I am going to be in the kitchen mixing, stirring, baking and preparing food all day. Plus you throw in the fact that it is usually somewhere around 80 degrees here and that tones down my outfit choices a bit. My husband undoubtedly will be sporting a Cowboys jersey every year. He even makes our dogs wear their doggy jerseys.

With all that being said, I think it’s great to go all out and dress up for this holiday. Thanksgiving is a special day where we look at everything we have to be thankful for an celebrate so I see nothing wrong with having your attire match the importance of this holiday.

I want to know what you wore for your Thanksgiving this year. Send us a pic or give us a quick explanation of which way you lean on this debate!

Hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving!!!



Friday Fashion Debate: Gold & Silver

FullSizeRender.jpgThis week’s debate is about a fashion question I have asked myself for years! Are gold and silver jewelry ok to mix? I always had an issue with it and stayed away until I jumped on the Alex and Ani bandwagon. My husband bought me and adorable gold owl and I had a silver one already and a silver one I had ordered on the way. The point being, when you are just starting your Alex and Ani collection, if you have three you better wear all three or it doesn’t have that adorable stacked bracelet look. I have now gotten used to the gold and silver mix on my wrist but it is very subtle. Ronaldo bracelets...would love to have them all                                                                                                                                                     More:
Well today, I read that the mix is actually considered one of the top Fashion Accessory trends for Fall 2016! To take it a step further, a lot of accessories come with mixed metals, no mixing on your part needed.

We see it a lot in bracelets because the stacked trend has continued to stick around and mixing metals gives a bit of added dimension and drama. However, this look can be included in any of your accessories which may include, necklaces, purse hardware, earrings, rings, etc.

How do you feel about mixed metals? Let us know your opinion on the matter!

Happy Friday!


Hurricane Matthew

In place of our usual Friday Fashion Debate, I want to talk about what we can all do to help our community. Hurricane Matthew hit our community hard and it will bounce back but not without help. So many lost their homes, all of their belongings or they received severe damage that will require time to rebuild before they can get back in their homes. You can donate items like clothing, toiletries, etc to those who are displaced or you can donate time by helping cleanup and rebuilding efforts or maybe you can just stop in some of our local shops and restaurants to shop and eat which keeps money flowing in to their businesses and helps them thrive during this difficult time. 

I will also be sharing information on our Facebook page as I research specific ways we can all pitch in. 

Let’s all do our best to be kind to one another and lend a hand to make our community whole again! 

Senior Spotlight: Tytianna

Our Senior Spotlight this week is about Lake Mary HS Senior, Tytianna. She participates inTytiannaKeyWM.jpg Dance and is a Cheerleader at her school and has also helped at community events such as her church carnival and volunteered to help feed the homeless.

She is still undecided on which college she plans to attend but she knows for certain that she wants to become a pediatrician. This field was a natural fit for her because she loves working with kids and feel she always knows how to make them laugh and feel comfortable around her.

When asked who the most influential person in her life is, she told us, “My grandfather taught me to never give up no matter what and that people believe in me”.

Tytianna is excited about her future after graduating as is looking forward to a new world she has yet to experience and getting the chance to do things on her own.

We wish you the best of luck Tytianna!

Friday Fashion Debate: Wearing White After Labor Day

For this week’s debate, I did even more research than usual. I wanted to understand where the “No white clothing after Labor Day” rule came from. Funny enough, after reading a handful of articles, it seems no one actually knows where this rule started. People do have their opinions on the matter though. Some say it goes back to the fact that upper class individuals always left their city lives for the summer and opted for “summer wardrobes” which consisted of linen fabrics (usually white) and floppy straw hats. After Labor Day they went back to the city and left their summer wardrobes behind which meant the white linen pants stayed in their vacation homes and they opted for darker colors to fit their Fall city lives.

Let’s face it though, no matter where this rule came from, it is outdated. One of the most popular trends continuing from past years is white pants with denim shirts. Sure, during the summer we may opt for white shorts and sleeveless denim but I don’t see anything wrong with a pair of white jeans, a long sleeve denim shirt, brown boots and a cozy scarf. If we followed the Labor Day rule, this look would not exist. Here in Florida we are still getting temperatures in the 90s and I am not likely putting on long sleeves or boots until MAYBE Christmas.

Denim shirts and white pants are not the only acceptable way to wear white after Labor Day. It just happens to All White // L.O.V.E.: be my favorite way to wear the look. 🙂

Who doesn’t love a big comfy sweater? Especially on those holidays filled with food! Winter sweaters look great with white pants! You 9769769ce54843c35af57deec1cd4575.jpgcan even take it a bit further and opt for all white. All white does not have to look like you are going to a fancy all white party in the city at a five star hotel. Throw on a pair of white skinny jeans with an over sized white sweater and white converse and you have a look to run around all day in!

Some of you may be reading this thinking, I have never followed that silly rule anyway. However, you would be amazed how many people still follow this out of date rule. There is another side of this. Maybe you are reading this and you completely disagree with me. The Labor Day rule is one you feel very strongly about and as of September 5th all white clothing items you wear have gone in a box and won’t be back until next summer.

Either way, share with us what side of the debate you are on. We would love to hear your opinions on the matter.

Happy Friday!!