JROTC plans summer program

Jess Husel – Mustangs Ahead

 (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) is having a summer prep program for Leadership Education and Training (LET) 1 students, or incoming freshmen, to learn about JROTC.

Students can sign up for the program by contacting LRHS JROTC instructor Lt. Col. Richard Roller.  The program runs August 1-3.

Attendees will learn ranks, chain of command, proper uniform wear, movements and complete cadet challenge. Becoming a part of JROTC is a great opportunity to learn more about America’s military.

Junior Morgan Lingle has spent three years in JROTC and said, “This program allows cadets that come to the prep program to learn the JROTC basics and get a step up against the other cadets before the school year starts.”

HT Preps honors spring Mustangs

Nick Maxham – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The Sarasota Herald-Tribune has released its issue honoring all the excellent spring athletes. LRHS was represented well in track and field; coach Mark Napier won Coach of the Year, seniors John Rivera and Sam Jackson made the all-area team.

Mustang senior Sophia Falco won Player of the Year for women’s track and field. She won the state long jump and triple jump titles while finishing second and third in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes respectively.

Napier said, “This is an honor for the whole team.  It’s been a privilege to work with this outstanding group of young people and athletes this year.”

Baseball was well represented as well with junior Pablo Garabitos winning player of the year, junior Dylan Buck being selected to the all-area team and senior and University of Florida commit Colton Zimring was named honorable mention.

Softball had a successful season this year this year, making it to the regional final. Coach Maggie Sharrer won coach of the year.  Freshman Avery Goelz and seniors Denali Schappacher, Logan Newton, and Kinsey Goelz made the all-area team.  Seniors Morgan Cummins and Mackenzie Meyer were honorable mentions.

“It’s a privilege to coach these girls and it’s a total team effort to the whole staff and I wish the award went to all three of us,” said Sharrer.


Who you callin’ chicken? Maybe LRHS FFA

Taylor Butler – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS FFA was recently approved for a grant that will fund the chapter’s new chicken coop and chickens.

The new chicken coop is an anticipated addition because it extends the learning of the chapter to poultry and how to show meat pen chickens.

The chapter gets the coop Monday, but they will get the chickens over summer and start learning and working with them next school year.

LRHS freshmen and agriculture student Tyler Searles is happy to get chickens at the school.

“I believe it will be a great learning experience and it will be nice to do something different and expand my horizons on other animals in the ag industry,” he said.

LRHS agriculture teacher and FFA adviser Janyel Taylor is excited to get a chicken coop, explaining that the classes and chapter now have another hands-on learning experience.


Mustang FCCLA elects new leaders

Jamie Tarriela – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – On Monday the LRHS Family, Community, Career Leaders of America (FCCLA) held their End of the Year Banquet at the Ranch Grill in Lakewood Ranch.

At the banquet, the members were recognized for their achievements throughout the school year, and the new club officers were installed for the next year.

The new officers are:

  • Sidney Oake – President
  • Morgan Kirchman – President Elect
  • Kelly Kisida – Secretary
  • Samantha Zelitt – Vice President of Chapter Achievement
  • Taylor Trevithic – Vice President of Competitive Events
  • Ashley Bruneman – Vice President of Public Relations

Junior Trevithic said, “The banquet very fun, and I loved spending time with all my friends in FCCLA. I’m extremely excited for FCCLA next year with all the new chapter officers.”