Eskett ends 21-year career

Jenelle Bayor- Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- After 21 years of teaching English teacher Mary Ellen Eskett will be retiring at the end of this school year. Teaching has been an important part of Eskett’s life. Collectively she has taught at five schools over the course of 21 years, with seven of them being here…

Mustangs recognized for flag football success

John Osborne – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Many flag football Mustangs were recognized this year as among the best in their sport.  The girls were honored by a vote of local coaches. Senior Tyanna Smith was voted as the second-best defensive linebacker in the country and was voted to the first team All-Manatee…

Honor society sends teachers “thank you” video

Savannah Else – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Wednesday morning every LRHS teacher and staff member received a “thank you” video from the school’s National Honor Society (NHS) chapter. Since Teacher Appreciation week began on Monday, May 3, the NHS officers and their adviser, LRHS English teacher Tracy Gregory, had been working on an…

Class of 2021 starts collecting senior gear

Jordan Heffner – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) — Announcement boxes, graduation photo frames, and other graduation items ordered by senior Mustangs became available Wednesday. Seniors can pick up their orders by stopping by room 572 before or after school or during their lunches. Stay updated on important LRHS news a nd share what you…

“Mortal Kombat” faithful to games

Ryan Javate – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)-The new “Mortal Kombat” movie is a martial arts fantasy based on the popular 90s video game franchise. There were two movies previously released in the 90s, “Mortal Kombat” and “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation”, yet they were shunned due to their terrible quality. This movie is a reboot of…

Bright futures changes face Class of ’21

Jennifer Schillinger – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS class of 2021 faces some changes in Bright Futures scholarship eligibility. The Governor’s Emergency Order on Bright Futures eligibility extends and testing deadlines, along with changes to volunteer hour requirements. Senior Mustangs must earn at least the minimum required SAT and ACT scores as…

Silent auction raises money for cheerleaders

Savannah Else – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- On Saturday, May 1 the LRHS cheerleading program held their annual silent auction, raising around $8000 for the program. Each Mustang cheerleader brought in about five items each, including themed baskets, gift cards, food items, and much more. Overall, about 360 items were put together by cheerleaders…

Moody ready to wrap up rewarding career

Maya Rengifo – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS’s science department is saying farewell to Advanced Placement (AP) chemistry teacher Alicia Moody. Moody started at LRHS in 2001 and will complete her 33 years of teaching by the end of this school year. The AP Chemistry program that she started in 2006 will be…

Track stars set school records

Cameron Madison – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS track field program has been breaking school records recently. Senior pole-vaulter Eli Newman is making noise in the state track and field tournament. Newman is committed to Eastern Illinois University to continue pole vault. Newman cleared a whopping 4.58 meter (15 ¼ feet), landing…

Textbook return instructions released

Reva Gandhi– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Mustang textbook returns will begin early May and will look different this year. Mustangs cannot drop off textbooks at the counter. All Mustangs must wait for the library staff to check materials back into the school’s “Destiny” system and to clear fines. Failure to return textbooks could result…

Girls win regional track title

Ryan Hanson– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS girls track and field team won the 4A-2 Regional Championship on Saturday. Mustangs placed in the pole vault, javelin, shot put, discus, 300 hurdles, 400-meter, 1600-meter, 3200-meter, 4×800 meter relay, and 4×400 meter relay. Coach Kristin Wikstrom said, “This group is such a special, hard-working, and…

Band celebrates seniors in song

Marissa Briggs – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS Mustang Marching Band hosted a senior celebration Saturday, April 24 at the LRHS football stadium. The celebration started with a show-and-tell from next year’s Marching Mustangs of their new performances followed by a lunch provided by the Ranch hand parent volunteers. Stay updated on important…