Freshmen adjusting to Ranch life

Caitlin Grayson and Jamie Tarriela – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Two weeks into the 2015-16 school year, LRHS freshmen are learning that middle school and high school are all very different, with different teachers, new people, and a different school layout.

This year LRHS welcomes 800 incoming freshmen, and each student comes into high school with their own experiences, interests, and expectations.

Freshman Katy Alexander said, “This school is ten times bigger than my middle school. It was kind of intimidating coming in, hearing all the rumors about upperclassman picking on us.”

“There’s a lot more freedom, and respect from the teachers,” said Scott Sellmer.

Freshman Aidan Grayson said, “In sixth grade I knew no one going in and this year, coming in I knew a lot of people.”

Administrators met with freshmen Monday, reminding them of the LRHS rules while encouraging them to get involved in athletics and clubs.

Mustang Academic Team preparing for 2015-16

Nadaa Hussein – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – It’s time for Mustangs to get those trivial flashcards ready.  The Academic Team (A-Team) is kicking off next week. A-Team  is a  team trivia competition that covers all subjects. A-Team is run by LRHS advanced placement government teacher Ben Hall.

The first meeting is  after school Sept. 3 in room 565.  The A-team practices from 2:15 to 4:00 every Thursday in room 565.

A-Team is made up of three mini teams, LRHS Silver, Black and Green.  Four students are in each  team and each team has mini trivia matches among themselves. The  trivia questions may be individual or team questions.

A-Team also plays competes against other schools. There is one meet every month through the September-December season. Hall encourages and students who enjoy learning in an entertaining and engaging way to join the team.

“A-Team is a lot of fun,” said Hall.  “They are a great group of kids and not every place is as welcoming as us  plus we have cookies.”

LRHS SGA seeks homecoming volunteers

Shelby Haskins – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Volunteers are needed for the LRHS Homecoming dance.

Homecoming sponsor Student Government Association (SGA) needs six people for a purse check from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

A second purse check with take place from 9:30 – 11:30 p.m.

LRHS SGA adviser Kent Ringquist said the group also needs four people to take tickets, working in two-person shifts.

LRHS Homecoming Week runs Sept. 21-26.  Monday features the annual Clash of the Classes.  Filly football is scheduled for Tuesday, Fall musical on Wednesday, the Bonfire and Senior Auction on Thursday, the Homecoming football game on Friday and finally the Saturday on dance.

Varsity Mustangs lose football season opener

Ryley Zunica – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH,FL) – The LRHS varsity Mustang football team is working this week to recover from their first-game lost to Tampa Jesuit.

Right off the bat the Tigers scored on their first possession giving them a 7-0 lead over the Mustangs.

Lakewood Ranch matched the score as senior running back Justin Fischer scored a four-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

By halftime, however, the Tigers led the Mustangs 19-6.

After the second half kicked off Jesuit was back to their scoring ways as they put seven points on the board on their first possession of the third quarter.

The Mustangs did not score the rest of the game, resulting in a 39-6 Jesuit win over the Mustangs.

After the game Lakewood Ranch head coach Michael Koczersut told HT Preps, “We couldn’t do anything to capitalize. No big play happened. We didn’t make things happen for ourselves.”

The Mustangs look to rebound  Friday, Sept. 4 at Bayshore High.

LRHS administrators remind students of rules and opportunities

Jamie Tarriela – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – This week LRHS administrators are meeting with students to remind them of school policies.

This morning freshmen met with school administrators to discuss expectations and consequences this year.

Freshman Basia Kuehn said, “They really emphasized how important freshman year is in high school and how it affects graduation.”

Sophia Brown added that, “They explained  all the school policies and the effects if they are not followed.”

LRHS assistant principal Valencia Lowen said she was impressed by this year’s ninth graders.

“They were very attentive and I have a lot of confidence in the class of 2019,” she said.  Lowen and administrators urged the freshmen to get involved in athletics and activities.

Administrators will meet with sophomores on Tuesday, juniors on Thursday, and seniors  on Friday.