“Mustangs Ahead” recently published its 1000th story. As LRHS’s online news source since 2013, we are extremely proud of this accomplishment and our student leaders noted the event. “Mustangs Ahead” outreach coordinator Layne Thompson contributed to this reflection.
Julia Harrison – Editor
Progress and achievement can be defined in many ways and measured on different scales. Sometimes we don’t notice progress and we need to take a second to look at not only where we’re headed, but where we’re going.
When I first took Journalism freshman year, I had no idea what the program would accomplish. The school paper was originally entirely print publication and this limited the ability of the paper staff to communicate the news. Four years later, our school paper is completely digital and has just written its 1000th story.
The expansion of the Journalism program here at Lakewood is astonishing. Just last year, there were just 19 staff writers. This year there are over 50. Last year the program averaged 10 stories per week, and this year we average 25 stories per week. We have over 150 twitter followers and our stories reach over 9,000 people.
As editor, I take pride in this growth. I loved watching this program develop into a major communication link between students, teachers, and the community.
Although I will be graduating this year, I could not imagine my high school experience without journalism and I am so glad I was able to be a part of it. I am excited to see where this program is headed in the future.
Sydney Wolf – Associate Editor
As a freshman, I didn’t realize the impact journalism would have on my high school career.
Being a part of this program for the past three years has not only taught me the obvious lessons of formatting and grammar, but I have learned the importance of teamwork and leadership. I’m so proud to say that I have been able to be one of the leaders of the journalism team as we reach our 1,000th story.
As the Associate Editor, I strive to help staff writers create ideas, compose stories, and polish their final products. I’m excited to see what next year has in store with our staff becoming bigger and our viewers growing. I hope to continue to inspire upcoming writers to find the joy in being a journalist as I have.