Mustangs row, row, row their boats to state titles

Tyler Gordon – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Several LRHS students placed in the FSRA Sweep Championships held at the Sarasota Crew facility in Nathan Benderson Park this past Saturday and Sunday. Six boats placed, and four of those finished first.

Sarasota Fourth Varsity crew relax after winning the state championship

“Going through states for the first time and winning the state title was so exciting,” said sophomore Hailey Todoroff.

Senior Tracy Roberts who will attend Stanford University on a Crew scholarship next year, rowed in the varsity eight that finished first in their race.

Junior Katie Molinari finished second in her race in the second varsity boat.

Sarasota’s freshmen crew celebrate their championship

Junior Natalie Earp and sophomores Todoroff and Ashyn Macaiag rowed in the fourth varsity boat that finished first in the state.

“We have been working since August for this, to be able to show off our hard work to our selves and the other teams was a great feeling,” said Earp.

Junior Courtney Peenes rowed in the sixth varsity boat, placing third in the fourth varsity race.

Freshman Sydney Wright and Marley Price won states in their Freshman eight boat. The Freshman eight boat consists of the best freshman in the club.

“Our race was really close,” said Wright, “but we hung on and proved to Winter Park and Plant that we were the better boat.”

The Sarasota Crew won the state club championship, receiving the most points out of all the other clubs.

Latin for Mustang testers – Niteo (look it up)

Julia Harrison – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – “The results are in. Congratulations to the fourteen Latin students at LRHS who won certificates and medals on the National Latin Exam given in March,” said LRHS Latin teacher Dr. Susan McDonald.

Overall, LRHS students won one gold medal, six silver medals, four magna cum laude certificates and three cum laude certificates among 154,000 other Latin students from every state.

In the Latin I category senior Chloe Hayes and sophomore Danielle Wilson earned a silver maxima cum laude medal while sophomore Carly Palkovich won a cum laude certificate.

In the Latin II category sophomores Chloe Gingerich won a silver maxima cum laude medal, Connor Hetterich won a magna cum laude medal and Tiger Sullivan earned a cum laude certificate.

In the category of Latin Prose, senior Chun-Rung Chen earned her third gold summa cum laude medal, and seniors Vincent Franco and Kaitlin West won a silver maxima cum laude medals. Juniors Amanda Eastmond and Craig Thomas and senior Tracy Roberts all earned a magna cum laude certificate. Senior Ashlyn Falahee won a cum laude certificate.

“Kudos to these fine students,” said McDonald.

Lakewood Leaders bring the “Dead” to “Life”

Olivia Fiebig – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life fundraiser will be held May 3-4 at the Lakewood Ranch YMCA. The event consists of theme-related laps around a track during which participants are encouraged to dress in appropriate costumes.

This year’s theme is movies, and Lakewood Leaders will participate for their eighth year in Relay for Life as members of “The Walking Dead.”

In past years, Lakewood Leaders have raised between $2,500 and $4,000 for cancer awareness. LRHS career advisor Michelle Todoroff encourages students to participate.

“Relay for Life is A fun event for a great cause.”

Mustang girls race to track success

Kailyn Scully – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS showed off their girl power at the 2014 Class 3A- Region 3 Championship by not only winning, but dominating.

With a team total of 77 points, LRHS almost doubled the score of the second place team which was 44 points.

Senior Michelle Last was estatic.

“I couldn’t imagine my final year with this team going any better,” said Last. “We have all been training extremely hard in order to make it this far, and hopefully our hard work will pay off at states.”

A dynamic duo, known to LRHS as the Falco sisters, dominated at the Regional Championship Meet. Freshman Sophia Falco not only won the long jump, but she also finished second in the 100 meter dash and helped both the 4×100 and the 4×400 meter relays qualify for states. Her older sister, Talia Falco, is also moving on to states for getting first in the triple jump, second in the high jump, and third in both the long jump and 100 meter hurdles.

All three girls relay teams, which include the 4×100, 4×400, and the 4×800 meter qualified for this years state competition.

The 4×100 meter relay team consisted of freshman Sophia Falco, sophomores Anna McDaniel and Olivia Ogles, and junior Rheya Jackson. They finished second place for their time of 48.83 seconds.

The 4×400 meter relay team ran a 4:03.30, which broke the previous school record and got them second place. This team was built up of one runner from each grade: freshman Falco, sophomore Kailyn Scully, junior Jackson, and senior Carolyn Super.

The 4×800 meter relay team snagged the last state qualifying spot, fourth place, with a time of 9:54.46. Seniors Last and Emily Perez teamed up with sophomores Scully and Julia Ortiz in order to make this feat possible.

Talia Falco said, “Lakewood has really come together as a well-rounded track team this year.”

In the past, LRHS has always been known as more of a distance school, but this year broke that mold. There are now elite jumpers and sprinters to add to the mix of distance runners. This has ultimately created a strong track foundation for years to come.

Girls coach Kristina Bratton shared, “It is amazing to see how the track team has grow over the years. I am very proud of what the girls have already accomplished this year, and hopefully we will have just as good of a showing at states.”

Qualifying Mustangs will saddle up and head to the state competition May 3 at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

There were many additional Mustangs that placed at the regional meet…

Olivia Ogles (100 meter dash- 13th place)
Carolyn Super (400 meter dash- 7th place)
Michelle Last (800 meter run- 10th place)
Brianna Bujnowski (100 meter hurdles- 10th place)
Savannah Turner (high jump- 6th place)
Cree Lotterer (pole vault- 5th place)
Rheya Jackson (triple jump- 11th place)
Savannah Sears (shot put- 12th place)

Brandon Luckett (100 meter dash- 5th, long jump- 7th place)
Mitch Arnold (3200 meter run- 11th)
Couper Braun (110 meter hurdles-12th place, 300 meter hurdles- 14th place)
Nathan Minic (4×100 meter relay- 5th place)
Davion Thomas (4×100 meter relay- 5th place, 4×400 meter relay- 13th place)
Craig Bain (4×100 meter relay- 5th place)
Josh Napeir (4×100 meter relay- 5th place, 4×400 meter relay- 13th place)
Kris Haller (4×400 meter relay- 13th place, 4×800 meter relay- 6th place)
George Dabbiero (4×400 meter relay- 13th place,4×800 meter relay- 6th place)
Roman Wright (triple jump- 15th place)

Mustang seniors have a golden opportunity

Jenna Greenfield – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Seniors are getting the chance to “go for the gold” as winners of the coveted Golden Herald award. The awards ceremony is schedule for May 8.

The Golden Herald award is a scholarship program that was established by The Bradenton Herald in 1978.

The program has 15 categories catered to varying interests, with awards and scholarships granted to a first place and honorable mention in each category.

LRHS seniors who applied were excited about the scholarship.

LRHS senior Cassie Rankin practices her interview skills to prepare for the Golden Herald.

“I think it’s a good opportunity,” said senior Michele Bohlmann, who hopes to win in the art category. “I like that they have a broad range of categories so a lot of people can compete.”

Senior Christina Rothenberger agreed, “You have to put 100 percent into it, it’s not he luck of the draw. You just have to put yourself out there and the effort is up to you which is different from other scholarships.”

Many entered for subjects they are passionate about. Senior Sabrina Gallien is competing in the speech and drama category.

“I’ve done theater for the past four years of high school and I think it’s a really valuable part of the community,” said Gallien.

Senior Chris Pearcey, who entered the athletics category, had a unique reason for applying.

“The reason I applied was because my dad won it when he was in high school for foreign language,” said Pearcey.

Senior Joseph Grosso hopes to stand out by entering the foreign language category for sign language.

“I really liked sign language to begin with and since you have to take two years of a foreign language, I didn’t want to take something dull.”

Grosso was also fond of the scholarship itself, “The scholarship gives local students great opportunities and showcases their talents as individuals.”

Senior Lindsay Wheeler entered the science category and hopes to win a scholarship for engineering.

“I have a lot of friends at Southeast who entered it. It’s just nice to be recognized in the community for doing service.”

LRHS English teacher Candice Delazzer has coordinated the LRHS Golden Herald program since the school’s first graduating class. She’s proud of all those nominated.

“I think everyone who’s nominated is a winner really because it means they’re the best of our school.”

Delazzer also feels as if this scholarship will help the community as a whole.

“I think it’s wonderful to be able to recognize teenagers who do the right things,” said Delazzer. “The nominees do so much to help others and I think acknowledging them can encourage others to become more involved.”

The winners of the Golden Herald Award will be announced at a ceremony held at State College of Florida Manatee/Sarasota’s Neel Performing Arts center Thursday May 8 at 7 p.m.

The following Mustangs have been nominated for the Golden Herald Award:

  • Briana Boese – Social Studies
  • Michelle Bohlmann – Art
  • Katie Ciemniecky – Speech and Drama
  • Sabrina Gallien – Speech and Drama
  • Joseph Grosso – Foreign Language
  • Andrew Hoskinson – Social Science
  • Michelle Last – Athletics
  • Nathan Miller – Computers and Technology
  • Gabrielle Morford – Citizenship
  • Michaela Oglesby – Computers and Technology
  • Chris Pearcey – Athletics
  • Aimee Petersen – General
  • Cassie Rankin – Vocational
  • Heather Reynolds – Journalism
  • Tracy Roberts – Foreign Language
  • Christina Rothenberger – Vocational
  • Lindsay Wheeler – Science