Memorial Day calls for memories

Grace Sever – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – May 30 is Memorial Day, a respected day in the United States’ rich history. School is closed and It’s a day for American citizens look back on and give respect to the fallen soldiers who gave their lives to serve their country.

The holiday arises from Decoration Day after the American Civil War, when the Grand Army of the Republic established the day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of dead soldiers with flowers. Memorial Day, along with many other historic events, are what make this day truly memorable.

1010 – Emperor Renzong of China is born.

1035 – Boudouin IV, count of Flanders dies.

1416 – Jerome of Prague, Czech radical Christian teacher burned at the stake for heresy by church Council of Constance.

1431 – Hundred Years’ War: In Rouen, France, 19-year-old Joan of Arc burned at the stake by an English-dominated tribunal.

1539 – In Florida, Hernando de Soto lands at Tampa Bay with 600 soldiers with the goal of finding gold.

1574 – Henry III becomes King of France.

1635 – Thirty Years’ War: Peace of Prague is signed.

1806 – Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson accused Jackson’s wife of bigamy.

1842 – John Francis attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria.

1879 – Gilmore Garden in New York City is renamed Madison Square Garden.

1883 – A rumor that the recently opened Brooklyn Bridge is in danger of collapsing triggers a stampede that kills 12.

1908 – Paris advocate E Archdeacon is first passenger in a airplane.

1971 – 36 individuals are hospitalized during Grateful Dead concert after drinking LSD apple juice.

1984 – A Bomb explodes in rebel leader Eden Pastora’s headquarters in Nicaragua.

1964 – Beatles’ “Love Me Do” single reaches number one status.

1990 – An earthquake hits Peru, killing 135 people.

1997 – Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X, was set afire by 12-year-old grandson.

No summer lunch program at LRHS

Mike Rogers – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – During summer break, many Mustangs still come to campus for a variety of reasons including sports camps, drama club, and summer academic programs.  This upcoming summer, however, they are all responsible for their own lunches.

Lakewood Ranch will be discontinuing the free summer lunch program that they hosted in the past years.

According to LRHS cafeteria manager Carolyn Henderson, “There aren’t enough families in this area that qualify for the free lunch. It was mostly for the football team. However, they can still enjoy free lunch at other schools in the area.”

Mustang orchestra wraps up 2015-16

Jamie Tarriela – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – At 7 p.m., on May 25, the LRHS Orchestra program performed its last concert of the season.

Each orchestra played pieces of various themes for the season finale in the school’s auditorium. The Concert Orchestra performed movie scores, Campus Orchestra performed ballets, Symphonic Orchestra performed historical pieces, and Chamber Orchestra performed pieces from different parts of the world.

Mustang Orchestra Director Daniel Shafer said, “It was a successful night that showed student growth across the schoolyear, and it was a great finale sendoff for the seniors.”

In addition to the orchestral performances, a duet of The Swan was performed by sophomores Jillian Duncan and Cristina Rosabal.

Duncan reflected, “I was extremely nervous, but I believe that our duet was a success, and that we did well.”

Veteran migrant liaison to retire

Emma Messer – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – This school year will be the last for Manatee Schools migrant education liaison Laraine Batista. After 23 years of being a home-school liaison with the Manatee County’s school district Migrant/ESOL/and Immigrant programs, Batista will be retiring.

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Migrant education liaison Laraine Batista said she’ll miss her LRHS family

Batista came to Florida 30 years ago from New York City where she was born and raised, with a Puerto Rican cultural background.

“My work experience in New York was as a bi-lingual secretary in the corporate world. When entering the work force again here in Florida, I knew that I wanted to work with children in the schools. I had enjoyed my volunteer experiences while working in my daughters’ classrooms and decided that would be where I would look for employment. I knew I could use my bi-lingual skills to help the Hispanic population in this county,” said Batista.

During retirement, Batista said she and her husband will be “snowbirds,” and travel back and forth between South Carolina and Florida to be with their two daughters and their families.

After a lot of time teaching and working in a school environment, Batista has much advice to offer other educators and students.

Batista said, “For educators: Hopefully you became teachers to make a difference, it certainly wasn’t about the money. Keep the passion that led you to inspire and mentor our future generations. Ignore the politics if you can. Change is a constant, and we can’t always control that. Focus on your mission as a teacher and hopefully that will take you to that dream of retirement. For students: Don’t ever give up on your dreams. You may not reach your goals the way you planned, there may be detours along the way, but if you keep your dreams alive and focus on that end, you can make it happen! Go for a career or craft that you feel passionate about. Every day will be a blessing that you can go to a job that you love and then you will have a life that is happy and successful.”