Schools officials happy with Chick-Fil-A fundraiser

Cate Eschmann – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS Mustangs flooded Chick-Fil-A Thursday night for Spirit Night. Twenty percent of the money raised by all of the school’s documented sales came back to the school.

Chick-Fil-A is a popular restaurant, especially among students, making it the perfect place to hold Spirit Night.

Drivers pull into Chick-Fil-A to support LRHS
Drivers pull into Chick-Fil-A to support LRHS

“It was fun,” sophomore Morgan LaMarc said. “A lot of students go there regularly, so if we were to have another Spirit Night to raise money for the school, it would be smart to hold it at Chick-Fil-A again.”

LRHS Assistant Principal Dr. Melinda Lundy said the school was pleased with the results.
“We were thrilled by the overwhelming response,” she said. “We saw so many kids and their families. And the drive-thru stayed busy the whole time. We eagerly anticipate seeing what our totals are.”
School officials say they’ll know the donations total early next year.

Chick-Fil-A raises money for multiple schools in Manatee County, having raised over $7,000 so far.

Puerto Rican Mustangs address misconceptions and misinformation

Jennifer Miranda – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- A variety of people make up the LRHS student body. Whether it’s culture or ethnicity, students have their differences. One specific group of people are not really understood by others…Puerto Ricans. Are they American? Are they foreign? The uncertainty may be puzzling to some, but to Puerto Rican Mustangs it’s downright irritating.

Puerto Rican sophomore Alexandra Banks, who moved to the United States at the age of 5, is regularly confronted by that confusion.

“People call me Mexican and they think I’m too white to be Puerto Rican,” she said.

While it’s true that the first language spoken in both Mexico and Puerto Rico is Spanish there are minor differences.

“Although I do get comments from people calling me Mexican, I don’t feel left out or weird,” continued Banks, “I’ve lived in the U.S. for ten years now so I’m used to it.”

Freshman Eduardo Méndez hasn’t had much trouble with the transition from Puerto Rico to the mainland U.S. since he moved at the age of 10.

“I grew up in Guaynabo,” said Méndez. “My whole family still lives there and we go visit them every summer and during the holidays.”

When asked about his adjustment, Méndez replied, “Speaking English every day was kind of weird but not hard since it’s our second language. We start to learn it in pre-school.”

Puerto Ricans do get frustrated when asked about their citizenship.

“I just keep trying to explain that Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and that makes us American citizens,” declared sophomore Myriam Cintrón, born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico.

Sophomore Alexandra Banks agreed.

“People always joke about saying that they own us and they have control over us,” she said, “but the U.S. and Puerto Rico relationship is more of a partnership.

“Puerto Rico has its own laws and governor just like other states. And people pay more attention and focus there to the governor than President Obama, but we also don’t need a passport or need to get papers in order to fly to the U.S. because we are citizens.”

The United States and Puerto Rico have their differences in culture, but Puerto Rican individuals have the same benefits as people who born in the states and play an important part in creating the Mustang community.

Courtyard tables go “undercover”

Olivia Schult – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS students were surprised recently by the installment of umbrellas on the tables outside the cafeteria.

During lunch, Mustangs can enjoy cafeteria seating inside as well as outside. However, it is no secret that the Florida sun and heat can be uncomfortable at times, so the Parents Association is helping students beat the heat.

“The association was first approached by (LRHS Assistant Principal) Dr. (Melinda) Lundy about the idea of purchasing umbrellas.” said LRHS Parent Association President Karen Arnold. “She mentioned that she noticed the kids lacked protection from the sun, looked sweaty and ultimately we knew we needed to do something about it.”

With the this new purchase ranging just below $1000, Mustangs now enjoy the shade and cooler temperatures the new umbrellas provide.

Arnold said, “We have received some great feedback from Dr. Lundy, she said the students are really appreciating them.”

LRHS freshman shares sewing talent with community

Macs McAdoo – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – For LRHS freshman Grace Sever, sewing is a passion. Her talent for weaving dreams and creating masterpieces with a needle has been one of her many talents for years. On top of providing her with a form of entertainment, Sever also sews, knits, and crochets for others.

When she was young, Sever received a sewing kit and instruction book from her grandmother. Since then, she’s been creating amazing pieces of art.

She said, “Knitting has always been there, it’s always been a part of my life. Ever since I was a kid, it was a form of comfort, almost. I really enjoy it.”

Of course, one has to wonder how much a talent like this can benefit society. Sever has figured out several. One way is by volunteering at a local hospice, knitting with and for residents.

“Its kind of sad, of course,” Sever said, “spending time with people who don’t have much longer. But it makes them happy to see that some of the things they really enjoyed growing up, like sewing, are still alive in today’s youth. That’s why I do what I do.”

Although her craft extends beyond home, she still finds many ways to help those around her. In the Sever family, There’s no such things as a ruined shirt or pair of pants. If there’s a rip, tear, misplaced thread or distress of any kind, she can guarantee a quick fix.

“My family actually loves that I can sew,” Sever said. “They don’t have to throw out clothes nearly as much because of silly things like a hole. I’m always busy fixing patches, hemming and more. Especially with my older brothers, its unavoidable, but I’m happy to help.”

Sever’s work represents how art and entertainment don’t always come from a page, canvas or a screen.

“I think its sad how things like sewing get lost as time progresses,” Sever reflected. “I wish we could all learn to enjoy the simpler things.”

Mustangs React – Favorite holiday show?

Megan Spranger – LHRS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Christmas break is a mere day away, everyone is busy holiday shopping, wrapping gifts, and getting into the spirit of this joyful season. A large part of the holidays are snuggling up with a warm blanket, drinking hot cocoa, and watching seasonal films with family and friends. With the thought of films in mind, Mustangs are not shy to share their favorite classic holiday movies.

“My all time favorite Christmas movie is ‘Home Alone,'” said senior Kahlie Bickerstaff, “however I only like the first and original version because it’s a classic,” Bickerstaff adds. “Home Alone” is a movie that is sure to appear somewhere on TV in the month of December. The family film is filled with laughter and a sprinkle of suspense.

Junior Danielle Campbell talked about her love for an older classic featuring a round jolly man with a famous white beard, a few reindeer, and a red nose, “I really enjoy watching ‘Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer’ when the holiday season arrives,” Campbell said. This film really teaches you that being a little different is a good thing and that you’re always be able to overcome your insecurities.

“My favorite Christmas movie to watch during the holidays is ‘Elf,'” said sophomore Ashton Groover, “it’s just so funny and always gives me a laugh.” This holiday comedy starring Will Ferrel is exciting and packed with adventure and the hope of being with family for Christmas.

Freshman Ben Brenes said, “‘The Polar Express’ is without a doubt one of the best Christmas movies out there.” The adventure and heart warming feeling you experience while watching this movie does surely touch many, including Brenes who adds,”This movie reveals the power of friendship and gets you into the spirit of believing.”