Mustang track stars may have to dash from prom to states

Kailyn Scully – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Prom is a night of glitz, glamour, and unforgettable memories. However, for some Mustangs heels aren’t the only shoes they will need that night.

LRHS track athletes have their Class 3A State Championship Meet the morning after Prom.  With the meet being held in Jacksonville, which is approximately four hours from Lakewood Ranch, many Mustangs are contemplating whether or not prom is worth the trouble.

Junior Anna McDaniel said, “Prom is already stressful with finding the perfect dress and planning out your schedule for the night, but now I also have to consider states. Qualifying for states would mean that I would have to leave prom early and find a ride to Jacksonville since the team bus is leaving Friday afternoon.”

Even with these roadblocks, a majority of the state-bound track athletes are planning on taking on both prom and states.

McDaniel said, “Track is really important to me not only because I love competing, but also because of the great friendships that I have gained from being a part of such an amazing team. However, Prom is something that I don’t want to miss. I know that doing both will be difficult, but I have a feeling that it will be worth it.”

The running Mustangs faced the same dilemma last year.

Senior Talia Falco is the reining class 3A state champion for the high jump and triple jump. Last year she attended the LRHS Prom and then drove through the night in order to arrive in Jacksonville in time for the track state competition to begin.

Falco said, “Going to Prom last year was completely worth it in my eyes, and it didn’t seem to negatively affect my performance at states.”

LRHS hosts voter registration drive

Cate Eschmann and Emma Stock – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Thursday was a good day for Mustangs registering to vote…in fact the registration process came to them.

A Mustang prepares to practice his democratic rights.
A Mustang prepares to practice his democratic rights.

Michael Bennett, supervisor of elections in Manatee County, held a seminar on the importance of voting, and gave students the opportunity to register for next year’s election.

This seminar allowed students to register for voting and opened their eyes to the true meaning of voting.

“Speaking about the importance of voting is important because they’re our future,” said Laura Panico, supporter and volunteer for the program.

Juniors and seniors who are not yet 18 could preregister with some sort of ID and the last four digits of their social security number.

LRHS NHS recognizes 93 new members

Mati Limbach – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Nearly 100 Mustangs were welcomed this week as new members of the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS).

Ninety-three students were accepted into the prestigious organization with a symbolic carnation at a ceremony in the school’s auditorium.

LRHS NHS adviser and physics teacher Hollis Morantes spoke at the induction ceremony along with LRHS assistant principal Mike Mullin.

Inductees were thrilled to be members of NHS.

“The NHS induction was great. I look forward to the next school year and what I plan on accomplishing,” said Remee Farah, a Junior at LRHS that attended the  induction ceremony.

Junior Nicole Wurster was also very excited.

“The Induction was really cool,”she said, “It was a great experience I got to share with the other inductees, I’m super excited to be involved in this program.”

Who says there’s no free lunch? Just wait until summer

Ashley Barr – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – For Mustangs school and school work ends on June 5, but for the LRHS cafeteria staff summer picks right up with the start of the Summer Lunch Program on June 8. 

Free lunch will be provided for all LRHS athletes and club members on campus.  The Manatee Parks and Recreation Summer Blast Program is also a part of the free lunch program. The YMCA orders meals from the school which will also be free for members.  Also, a number of schools, community centers and churches will be able to benefit from the summer lunch program.

The Summer Lunch Program will run five days a week all summer.  

LRHS cafeteria manager Caroline Henderson said this is the second year for the program.

“It was a success last year,” she said, “and were looking forward to seeing the success this summer.”

This year the staff for the LRHS Summer Lunch Program has high hopes provide the opportunity to even more people than last year.

“We are all more than happy to service the east side of the county,” said Henderson.

Anyone who needs more information regarding the summer lunch programs can visit

Mustang Cross Country + Carrabba’s = $$$

Kailyn Scully – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The 2014-15 school year may be coming to an end, but preparations for next year’s cross country season are just beginning. The running Mustangs will host their annual Carrabba’s Fundraiser on Saturday, May 9 in hopes of raising money for new uniforms, meet entry fees and travel. 

LRHS cross country coach Bryan Thomas said, “In the past, the team normally raises between $700 and $1000 with this fundraiser. Our goal this year is to raise at least $800.”

Tickets for the Carrabba’s fundraiser are on sale now for only $10, which includes the choice of grilled chicken breast or penne pomodoro, Caesar salad, bread and herbs and a beverage. The LRHS cross country team will receive 50% of the profits, as well as any additional money earned for selling homemade desserts.

Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket can ask a cross country member or Coach Thomas in room 585.

“A successful fundraiser will help lead to a successful season,” said Thomas. “Hopefully, both the boys and girls teams will make it back to the state finals this year. It will be challenging since we have lost many of our top runners over these past two years and because we are moving up to Class 4A, but we have many young and dedicated athletes who I know can get far.”