Mustangs win fifth straight academic sports title

Maddison Krstec – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) announced today that LRHS won the Academic All Sports Trophy for the fifth year in a row.  This academic award is recognition for the school stating that only works hard in competitions, but also in the classroom.  To earn this award all teams must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on an 4.0 scale.

LRHS Athletic director Shawn Trent said, ” I think it’s special for any school to win it once.  This shows the commitment of our athletes and their academics. Also shows the importance of how much the teachers and coaches care about our student athletes academics.”

Mustangs also finished third in the Sunshine Cup, all sports trophy.  Lakewood Ranch High School has never been lower than third in five years. 

This is not the only award LRHS has won in the past years –

  • 2014-15 Third Place All Sports Trophy
  • 2014-15 State Champion Academic Sports Trophy
  • 2013-14 Third Place All Sports Trophy
  • 2013-14 State Champion Academic Sports Trophy
  • 2012-13 Third Place All Sports Trophy
  • 2012-13 State Champion Academic Sports Trophy
  • 2011-12 State Champion All Sports Trophy
  • 2011-12 State Champion Academic Sports Trophy
  • 2011-12 FACA Sports Program of the Year
  • 2010-11 State Runner Up All Sports Trophy
  • 2010-11 State Champion Academic Sports Trophy
  • 2010-11 FACA Sports Program of the Year
  • 2009-10 Fourth Place All Sports Trophy

LRHS class of 2015 enters the wide world

Chelsea Meehan – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS has bid farewell to the class of 2015.  The school’s

Mustang graduate Rebecca Deibert delivers her graduation speech
Mustang graduate Rebecca Deibert delivers her graduation speech

graduation ceremony was held on May 28 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center.  

Four-hundred-seventy-three  Mustangs crossed the stage following three speeches from students Bailee French, Kayla Butler, and Rebecca Deibert on the values of comradery, google, and failure.

The class of 2015 earned a total of $3-million in scholarships, and 49,700 community service hours.

French, Julia Nordhausen, and Katie Wray are all awarded Lakewood Legends for their leadership skills, citizenship skills, and dedication to community service.  Lakewood Legends is the LRHS student hall of fame.

LRHS Silver Stars schedule dance camp

Maria Gonzalez – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS Silver Stars Dance Team will host a dance clinic 10 a.m. – 3 p.m on June 27. The clinic costs $25. Lunch will not be provided so campers must bring their own lunches.

“I am excited to see everyone become a better dancer and how they develop new dancing techniques along the way.  As a team, we are hoping to see some of the new additions to next year’s Silver Stars Team,” say sophomore Silver Star Veronica Reid.

The members of the dance team will be running the session, going over dance skills such as –

  • Dance Techniques
  • Age Level Dance
  • Football Sideline Routines

At the end of the clinic, participants will have the opportunity to perform in front of their parents.

Clinic participants will receive a dance team water bottle and have a chance to take a picture with the LRHS Silver Stars.

For more information contact Silver Stars coach Kourtney Kalahar.

LRHS track alumni get together this weekend

Kaili Easton and Sammantha Rials – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The second annual LRHS Track Alumni Meet and Greet will take place 11 a.m – 1 p.m.,  June 6 at the LRHS track.

This event was created by LRHS long distance running coach George Dabbiero in the hopes of uniting track alumni with new programs here at LRHS.

The event is open to all past members of the LRHS track team. Head track coach Mark Napier stated that, “It’s to get them back attached to the school.”

This year, the event is taking the structure of a cook out. In time Napier hopes for the event to evolve into an organized track meet.   Last year only about eight people attended. The goal this year is to at least double that.

Mini Mustangs graduate amid cheers and tears

A Mini Mustang celebrates graduation with a hug from mom.
A Mini Mustang celebrates graduation with a hug from mom.

Mackenzie Pierce – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS Mini Mustangs said goodbye to the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten chapter of their lives on Wednesday when they graduated.   

The ceremony started with teacher Cass Schutte introducing each so-called Mini as they walked in one by one.  This was followed by the Minis singing two songs and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance for the last time as a class. 

The first song, “Count Your Blessings,” was taught to the Minis by classmate Quinn Krug at the beginning of the school year.  Krug sang the first chorus of the song by herself at graduation and then the rest of the Minis joined in.

Junior Sara Scott is a teacher in the LRHS Early Childhood Education (ECE) program and attended the ceremony.  She was touched by the song. 

“When Quinn sang it was very sweet; they’ve all come such a long way in the past year,” she said. 

The second song was a rendition of the seven dwarfs’ song “Hi-Ho” from Disney’s “Snow White,” but instead of “work” they’re going off to “kindergarten.” 

The 2015 Mini Mustangs' graduation included caps, gowns and diplomas.
The 2015 Mini Mustangs’ graduation included caps, gowns and diplomas.

“Hearing them sing the kindergarten song was by far my favorite part,” said Mini mustang parent and LRHS science teacher Hollis Morantes. 

After they sang, Schutte presented the Minis with their diplomas as teacher aide Christina Mohr symbolically moved their tassels from left to right. 

“It was amazing; it was very sad, but the parents were all very appreciative,” said Schutte. 

Morantes praised the program.

“Ms. Cass has really prepared the students for kindergarten,” she said.  “I know my son is ready and I’m so excited for him.” 

Schutte’s gift from the class was a book of all of the student’s favorite things that they learned from her. 

“I absolutely love it, especially the written notes from each of my Minis.  I’m going to miss them so much” Schutte said. 

Scott agreed that the Minis would be very missed. 

“The graduation was actually emotional for me because I work with them everyday and for the first time today, it hit me that I won’t get to see them next week,” she said. 

The ceremony was followed by cake and an art exhibit of all of the Minis’ artwork throughout the year.