ROTC Honors

Our NJROTC was recently awarded the “Unit Achievement Award” for the 2018-19 school year.  All of the cadets and especially our outstanding cadet staff including Commanding Officer Victor Pagan-Cordova (future Army Officer with a 3 year scholarship to FSC), Executive Officer Mariely Sanchez (future Army Officer with a 3- year scholarship to FSC), Operations Officer Joilee Colvin (attending Travis Tech to be a dental assistant), Administrative Officer Colton Pratt (future Air Force airman), Community Service Officer Maria Chavez (Commanding Officer for the 19-120 school year) and Blake Cayson (Drill Team Commander and Executive Officer for the 19-20 school year) deserve a lot of credit for their hard work throughout the 2018-19 school year.

Here is the short list of our accomplishments:

  • Over one third of the unit, 51 cadets, on the honor roll.
  • 1,139 hours of community service, including the school’s recycling program.
  • Field trip to Kings Bay Naval Base in Georgia (submarine base).
  • College ROTC visits – Embry Riddle and FSC Lakeland.
  • Participation in two drill meets.
  • Participation in three orienteering meets.
  • Participation in five academic meets (“brain brawls”).
  • Hosted and participated in the Polk County Cadet Challenge athletic meet.
  • Participated in eleven rifle matches (Division Champion — Polk County Western Division, 3rdplace Polk County, and 6th place NJROTC unit in Florida).
  • Hosted and took 3rd place in the State VFW Rifle Match.
  • 39% of cadets passed the Physical Fitness Test (1 mile run, push-ups and sit-ups).
  • Two cadets, graduating seniors Victor Pagan and Mariely Sanchez, received 3-year Army ROTC scholarships to attend Florida Southern College in the fall of 2019.
  • Eight cadets served in Student Body Leadership positions.
  • Presented the colors for 18 events requiring a color guard.

Congratulations to our Hounds!

Please join me in congratulating the cadets of Auburndale High School for their outstanding accomplishments!


Congratulations to NJROTC cadet Victor Pagan Cordova on receiving a three-year Army ROTC scholarship to Florida Southern College worth approximately $120,000!  He now has joined Mariely Sanchez who also received a three year scholarship to Florida Southern and Jared Foster (a previous NJROTC cadet) who graduated from Auburndale in 2017 and will be finishing his Bachelor’s degree at Florida Southern.  Go Hounds!


Even more exciting news to share, as another one of the AHS Digital Cinema Production short films (produced by AHS film student Matthew Petroff) has been selected for Screening and Competition at the 2019 Gasparilla International Film Festival – High School Competition in March 2019 in Ybor City! Please congratulate Matt on his accomplishment and wish us luck in the competition! The film will be screened at the AMC Muvico Theatres in Ybor City right before Spring Break. Go Hounds!

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District Solo & Ensemble Results

The AHS band earned 55 superior ratings at District Solo and Ensemble and 20 excellent ratings. Please congratulate the students below:

Superior Ratings:

Raquel Aguilar (2), Maria Chavez, Diana DeJesus, Kephtania Jean-Hiljaire, Anna Katherine Jones (2), Isabella Molin (2), Serena Rousch, Jordan Russel, Maya Sosa, Samara Stroman, Sierra Thompson (2), Shayla Agosto, Ashley Evans, Jason Marvin (2), Kyle Singletary, Daniel Tackett (2), Ryan Grant, Te’Von Addison (2), Caleb Mossgrove, Jeriel Garcia (2), Mickenson Saint-Vilus, Thierry Gerdine (2), Trevor Hayes (2), Katelynn Bollard (3), Jake Myers (2), Tyler Ervin, Andre Fernandez, Hailey Allred, Autumn Riddley, Denzel Quinones Vega, Kaytlyn Parker (2), Jacob Nix (2), Avery Stewart (2), Haleigh Shelton, Jadon Kowlesar, Randal Sanchez, Adreonna Fraser, E.J. McCombs, Conner Lagg, Logan Favro (56)

Excellent Ratings:

Maria Chavez, Serena Rousch, Maya Sosa, Ashley Evans, Wayne Weed, Isabel Ramirez, Richard Gold (2), Jeriel Garcia, Jake Myers, Jacob Nix, Alvin Negron (2), Caleb Mossgrove, Brandy Fox, Destiny Williamson, Cierra Lamb, Andrew Jones, Sierra Pearson, Berchley Bain (20)

Qualified for State:

Raquel Aguilar (2), Maria Chavez, Diana DeJesus, Kephtania Jean-Hiljaire, Anna Katherine Jones (2), Isabella Molin (2), Serena Rousch, Jordan Russel, Maya Sosa, Samara Stroman, Sierra Thompson (2), Shayla Agosto, Ashley Evans, Jason Marvin (2), Daniel Tackett (2), Te’von Addison (2), Jeriel Garcia, Theirry Gerdine (2), Katelynn Bollard, Jake Myers, Hailey Allred, Kaytlyn Parker, Jacob Nix, Randal Sanchez

Digital Cinema Productions News

Exciting news from our HDTV and Digital Cinema Production programs! Three AHS student short films have been selected for Screening And Competition at this year’s Sunscreen Film Festival in St. Petersburg! The 3 films, Reset, Voodoo, and Social Mind will screen at the AMC Theatres Sundial in St. Petersburg during the final weekend of April. It’s AHS’ first year at Sunscreen, and Mr. Oxford is very proud of his awesome students. Go Hounds!

AHS A-Team finishes the season strong

Congratulations to AHS’ A-Team on their great season!

L to R: Daniel Luna, Ambrosia Gardner, Stephinee Gardner, Shaleya DeLoach, Diamond Grant, Jeremy Rodriguez, and Devante Galarza


2019 Polk County Youth Fair results

Congratulations to our own Auburndale High School FFA and the accolades they earned at the 2019 Polk County Youth Fair:

  • Horticulture Judging team of Philip Shaske, Tyler Brannan, Bailey Swanson and Taylor Buchanan
    • 1st place and Philip Shaske was the overall high point winner (he identified all the plants, citrus and vegetable correctly for a perfect score of 200)
  • Rabbit Judging team – 4th pace
  • April Diaz was the 2nd highest overall high point winner
  • Hannah Reteneller  –  Holland Lop Rabbit – Breed champion  tri-color award.  3rd Place Senior Showmanship
  • Allison Jackson – Hog – 4th place in its weight class
  • Philip Shaske – Black Cochin male chicken – Champion male Bantam, Overall Grand champion of the poultry show. 2nd place in senior showmanship.
  • Breanna Thornton – Grand Champion for her Braford Heifer
  • Taylor Buchanan – 2nd place in class for her Oberhasli  goat, Bambi


Allison Jackson
Taylor Buchanan