LRHS canned good collection tops 2012

Julia Harrison – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Thanksgiving is here and for LRHS students that means time for gratitude and generosity.

Mustangs participated in the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Campaign from Nov. 11 to Nov. 21 and donated 3,163 nonperishable goods to the cause.

Quill and Scroll has orchestrated the can drive for the past five years. This year they allied with the LRHS chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) and the Student Government

Association (SGA) and managed to collect 1000 more cans than the in 2012.

Quill and Scroll adviser Candy Delazzer said, “Without the help of these two clubs this years’ drive would not have been as successful.”

The Mayor’s Feed the Hungry Campaign is a joint effort from the mayors of Bradenton, Palmetto, Sarasota, Longboat Key, Venice, and county commission chairs from Manatee County, Sarasota County to feed the hungry this holiday season.

Delazzer said, “The Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Campaign is a good way to give back to the community for Thanksgiving and help those in need.”

Students were asked to donate cans to their first period teacher. There was a competition among these classes for the most donations.

Science teacher Mark Napier’s first period class won with 180 donated cans. The class will receive a donut and juice party.

Next year Delazzer hopes to collect 4,000 cans and get on-campus clubs involved in the competition.

Mustang football looks forward to 2014

Natalie Earp – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)-The friday night lights were finally turned off as the LRHS Mustang football season came to a close.

The varsity team finished the season 5-5. They had a lot to celebrate and much to reflect on in preparing for spring football and the next season.

Head Coach Shawn Trent said, “We had a great season of course we can improve but I am happy overall with our performance.”

LRHS junior wide receiver/running back Cameron Pearcy said,“We became closer as a team, we did a great job on listening to coaches and working better as a whole.”

Assistant varsity football coach Anthony Littlejohn said, “We had an inconsistency in our plays and our players, the whole year. Of course we can improve, but we played hard throughout the year.”

Closing their 2013-14 season with a loss the players felt that they could have improved in certain areas but together they played well as a whole.

Varsity football player Mark Simat said, “We worked hard, and played hard.”

Throughout the year the team had a total of 13 injuries ranging from torn ACLs to dislocated shoulders.

“We had 13 injuries this year, which definitely hurt us, but again we pulled through and made the best of the situation we were put in,” said Littlejohn.

Assistant coach Bryan Richards said, “we were weak offensively but dominated defensively, we could have defiantly improved in many areas.”

Littlejohn and Richards praised key players defensive back Brandon Lewllen, Pearcy, along with running backs A’Shawn Angel and J.T. Fisher.

The Mustangs are already getting ready to tun the lights back on as they get ready for 2014.

Mustangs help out 150 of the less fortunate

John McGovern – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS Student Government Association (SGA) Angel Tree Christmas fundraising event ends today.
Angel Tree helps children who can’t afford to have Christmas get what they wished for.

There were 150 angels on the tree this year. Each angel had a wish list of certain gifts that they want. All 150 were claimed by donors.

The tree was in the school the cafeteria where students signed up, took an angel and pledged to make a child’s Christmas special.
The presents will be collected Dec. 2 in room 541 by the Salvation Army. The recipients’ parents will wrap the gifts.

SGA Adviser Kent Rinquist stated, “One thing thats always been fortunate about the students at Lakewood Ranch is that they’re willing to give.”

Sophomore Tristan Jones said, ” I am stoked for the kids to get their gifts and to have a splendid Christmas.”

Mustang alum shows up in new “Hunger Games” film

Olivia Fiebig – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – “Catching Fire,” the second installment of the popular “Hunger Games” series, opens today on over 4000 movie screens nationwide.

This film has an LRHS connection. Lucas Thompson, a 2010 graduate, is an extra in the picture.

“It was really awesome being part of such a huge project,” Thompson said. “All of the cast, crew and all my fellow scene partners had so much fun together and I think it shows on the screen.”

In this chapter, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) must adjust to the celebrity status she earned after winning “The Hunger Games” while facing the wrath of President Snow (Donald Sutherland), who is angry with Katniss for what he calls “cheating” the games.
Katniss is also struggling to find where she stands with her best friend, and potential love interest, Gale (Liam Hemsworth) who is unsure of whether to pursue a relationship with Katniss after witnessing the chemistry ignited between her and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). 

Katniss and Peeta are both placed in the Victor’s Tour, but become endangered by President Snow.

Also, District 12 Escort, Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) and Hunger Games Commentator, Caesar (Stanley Tucci) must begin to take a more serious approach to their jobs as conflict arises in Panem. Another person who will be taking their career more seriously is Katniss’ beautician, Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), whose designs will begin to take on deeper meanings.

A new character to appear in the film will be Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), a previous victor of District 12 and accompanies Katniss and Peeta on tour.

Roberts rows all the way to Stanford University

Olivia Fiebig – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS senior Tracy Roberts has only been rowing since January, 2013, but due to her skills with Sarasota Crew, she will be rowing at her top choice school, Calfornia’s Stanford University.

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LRHS senior Tracy Roberts pushes herself to excellence on the course.

Roberts has officially qualified for a rowing scholarship and the amount it pays will be based on her time in the 2K race. If she posts a good enough time by June, her scholarship will cover 70 to 100 percent of the cost.

Roberts admits she tried playing basketball for awhile, but wasn’t getting great results. That’s when she switched to rowing, and discovered that the hard work she put into the sport led to outstanding results.

The rowing team participates in a 5K regatta every other weekend during the fall. In the spring, 2K races are held.

Roberts said, “Although rowing is a process that remains the same, the different ways to row, as well as the different speeds to row at keep it entertaining.”

She adds that the sport takes great commitment, “Rowing has taught me to never quit. When you’re on the water, you can’t take off stroke. You constantly have to push yourself every time.”