Equestrian club forms for Mustangs (and horses)

Lilly Okland – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS Science teacher Alexandra Schauble has decided to sponsor the LRHS Equestrian Club. She has been involved with horses for a while, and was on a riding team when she was lived in New York and is currently is a proud horse owner.

Anyone interested in joining the club needs to meet from 2:30 to 3:00 Dec. 2 in room 556,.

LRHS students who own or ride horses, or who are simply horse enthusiasts, are highly encouraged to join this club.

“There are lots of students in this area around Lakewood Ranch who have an interest in horses, and I feel that this is a way to join people who have similar interests, to build friendships, and to be involved in the community,” said Schauble, “Students who join the club will be involved with horse rescue organizations and handicapped riding programs. We hope to form a competitive team through the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA).”

Early childhood ed – where the boys aren’t!

Kaili Easton– LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Maybe it’s not surprising, but boys in the LRHS Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program seem to be scarce. While it may seem to some that boys are not interested in the course, many are passionate about kids and desire to learn more about how they grow and develop.

Elaine Bowling has been teaching the course for 16 years of her 37 years in education. As well as teaching ECE, she runs the school’s Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) club and the Mini Mustang Voluntary Pre-K program.

Bowling has 13 boys on her roll for the 2014/2015 school year, out of 258 students total. Sophomore Arnie Oakes is an ECE 2 student.

“I took the first year because kinds are enjoyable,” he said. “At first it’s a lot of book work, but during the second year it gets a lot better when you get to teach and play with the kids. It’s a really fun class.”

There are four total years of the ECE program. The first year focuses on learning basics about children by watching educational videos and reading the ECE textbook. The second, third, and fourth years are taught through interaction with the Mini-Mustangs, writing lesson plans, and creating activities for the Mini Mustangs.

Along with the book work, videos, and interacting with the children, ECE students participate in an online Program for Child Care Certification.

Bowling suggested, “I think boys shy away from taking this course because they don’t understand what it’s all about.”

Bowling stated that taking Early Childhood can teach boys to be better dads in the future. Girls play with dolls and play “house” throughout their childhood and acquire a love and understanding for children, and most boys don’t. This course tries to break that stereotype.

Children may be more accustomed to their mothers being the primary caregiver; the first face they see when they are born, feeding them, putting them down to sleep, etc. Mini Mustangs Killian (4-years-old) and Emily (3-years-old) see no difference between male and female teachers. They both said that with either, they would play power rangers, play pretend, Mario games.

Bowling encourages more boys to take part in this course to prepare themselves for future parenthood, or to just explore new things.

LRHS chorus helps the world sound, smell better

Lilly Okland – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS chorus students are selling what they say are the perfect holiday gift, candles.

“We are selling these candles for choir supplies and some of the kids are selling them to pay their bills, if they owe a dress or choir fee,” said choir director Lori Pike.

The candles come from the KISS Candle Company, an environmentally friendly and vegan company. There are tons of attractive scents, such as “sweet strawberry,” “pumpkin spice,” and “spanish lavender.” In honor of Christmas peppermint scented candles are being sold as well.

“The candles will be on sale until December eighth, and will be in before Christmas for delivery,” said Pike.

These $12 clean burning candles are made out of 100% soy wax.

“I’m really excited about selling the candles”, says choir student Lindsey Chandler, “They smell super good and are supposed to last twice as long than paraffin candles.”

Ranch Reflections – Sports injury hurts more than the body

Kailyn Scully – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Everyone has something that they are passionate about in life – a hobby, a job, a lifestyle. For me, I pour my soul into sports.

My life completely revolves around athletics. My summers are filled with workouts and conditioning, my weekends are consumed by tournaments and competitions, and my weeks are full of practices. “Free time” was only a distant memory to me, or at least it was.

Two months ago I got an avulsion fracture in my right ankle, and I haven’t competed since.

I didn’t mind crutches or a swollen ankle or ice-baths; the one thing that bothered me was my inability to compete.

My cross country season? Gone.

This was my first year running cross country at LRHS. I worked all summer in the scorching sun in order to prepare for the season. After workouts five days a week all summer long, my hard work was only shown in one meet. It was heartbreaking knowing that a simple tweak of an ankle ended my season.

Since then I have had lots a excess time. For the first time in years I don’t have practices or games everyday. Although I go to physical therapy, that is only an hour out of my week. It may seem strange, but I feel kind-of lost without daily practices.

As my team continued to run strong throughout the season, I wished more than anything that I could run alongside them. Not being able to compete with my team hurt more than my fractured ankle.

I eventually accepted the fact that I am out for the cross country season, but basketball season has just begun.

This is my third year on the LRHS varsity girls basketball team, and because of my ankle I might not be performance ready in time for the first game.

I have been playing the game of basketball since I was seven years old, and I love it. The saying “ball is life” reflects upon my life almost perfectly. My teammates this year are some of the same teammates that I’ve been playing with for years. They are like my second family, and family sticks together no matter what.

Even on crutches, I continued to attend the basketball practices. Watching the girls that I grew up with playing the sport I love when all I could do was sit on the sideline and watch was excruciating.

After four weeks on crutches, I finally began “walking” (more like limping). Over the weeks I gradually increased the amount of drills and workouts I participated in as my ankle began to heal. Honestly, that was even harder than just sitting on the sideline. When I knew that I couldn’t do anything, I didn’t expect anything. However, as I began being able to jump and jog, I wanted to just jump back into the swing of things. Unfortunately, my ankle had different plans for me. My hope would rise, then my ankle would hurt, then my heart would break; it was a never-ending cycle.

Every athlete feels the wrath of an injury at some point in their life,but my ankle is only a small setback for a big comeback. I plan on dominating the basketball court this winter because I have two-months worth of competitive juices flowing through my veins ready to be set free.

Mustangs anticipate new “Hunger Games” release

Jennifer Miranda – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- November is filled with exciting events such as Veteran’s Day and Fall Break with Thanksgiving, but ever since 2012 it has also been known as the “The Hunger Games” movie premiere month. The third movie release for the popular series, “Mockingjay Part I,” will be premier Friday, Nov. 21.

Junior Sheira Mendez has been waiting for this premiere since the release of the previous film in the series, “Catching Fire.”

“I’m super excited,” she said. “I read all the books and I’ve waited a long time to finally see the story on screen,” said Mendez.

Mendez continued, “Although they’ve cut important scenes from the books, the movies still do a great job at getting the story across. There is a reason to why some things don’t make it on the screen.”

Senior Shannelle Carter has also been looking forward to this day for the past year and is glad that the premier is finally just around the corner.

“Although I haven’t read the books, I do still love the movie productions of it and I feel like they have an attractive cast, especially with Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson,” said Carter.

“Mockingjay Part I” is the first half of the third and final book in the “Hunger Games” series.