Senior picture schedule released

Kaili Easton – Editor

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Before the 2016-2017 school year even kicks off, upcoming seniors have some tasks on their hands.

Lakewood Ranch High School has teamed up with Cady Studios for senior portraits, which are required for students’ pictures to appear in the yearbook.

Cady Studios will come to the Lakewood Ranch campus for photo sessions from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Aug. 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sept. 7, and from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sept. 21.

Seniors must schedule a session in order to be photographed. A session includes a yearbook scene, cap and gown, and a casual indoor scene. There are other session options that can be chosen at the student’s discretion.

Each session costs $30. Upgrades, prints, and packages are available for an additional cost. Sessions can be booked at Cady Studios website or by calling the studio at 800-547-6237.

Cady officials urged students to book sessions as soon as possible to guarantee a time slot.

October 1 will be the last day to be photographed in time to appear in the 2016-2017 yearbook, and October 15 will be the last day to select a pose for an online yearbook portrait.  More information is available at Cady’s Senior FAQ page.

Mustang seniors can get more information about 2016-17 activities at their first class meeting, scheduled for Aug. 12.

Mustang senior joins prestigious cheer program

Kara Mathis and Hannah Springer – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Graduating LRHS varsity cheerleader Claudia Sarria will be a cheerleader for Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. After cheering two years at the college, she will be transferred to become a University of Alabama cheerleader.

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LRHS senior Claudia Sarria (2nd row, third from right) and her Shelton teammates

“It was the hardest thing that I have ever done, but in the end it was worth it. I know this is the beginning of something great, and I can’t wait for this amazing experience,” said Sarria.

LRHS cheer coach Melissa Koehlinger said Shelton State is well-known in the cheerleading world.

“They have won the national championship the last 8 years,” she said, “and are a very respected program in Alabama.

“She has every element you need to be a successful college cheerleader,” said Koehlinger.

Sarria credits her experience as a LRHS varsity cheerleader has helped her with the tryout.

MTC health camp open to Mustangs

Justin Conway and Maddie LaPort – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Manatee Technical College (MTC) will offer a summer camp for high school students interested in exploring careers in healthcare.  The camp will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. June 13-20, 2016 at the MTC East campus.

To attend the camp a student must be at least a sophomore. The camp is limited to 20 students.

The camp offers fun, interactive games and hands on healthcare career exploration activities, and includes a field trip to Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Lakewood Ranch.

The objective of the camp is to encourage students to explore career possibilities available in the healthcare field.

Students will be provided a nutritious lunch and healthy snacks each day. They will also be provided all of the educational materials and supplies they will need for the camp.

Parents interested in enrolling their child should call or send an email to camp co-coordinator David Harris at (941) 752. 8100 x2040 or

LRHS HOSA adviser Maria Whalen said, “The camp will be an excellent experience for students who are interested in healthcare careers and the preparation they will need to get there, also the field trip to LECOM is a wonderful experience.”