Italian wedding makes memories for Mustang

Sarah Watts Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS junior Cassidy Martin recently had a life changing experience, as she was able to travel to Italy for a wedding.

Martin traveled with her mother and sister, and she flew out on Oct 20.

LRHS junior Cassidy Martin’s Italian experiences included a visit to the famous Coliseum

“We drove from Atlanta to Rome, and it was a 14-hour flight,” she said.

Martin began her adventure by visiting Vatican City. This city is surrounded by Rome, and is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.

“The first thing I saw when we arrived in Rome was the Vatican City. This was an amazing way to start off the trip, as we were able to see museums and sculptures,” said Martin.

The Colosseum and Forum was Martin’s next stop. This historical amphitheater was built in A.D. 70 and is the center of Rome.

“This was one of my favorite things I saw. The Colosseum was absolutely beautiful,” she said.  “We saw a lot of amazing buildings and relaxed,” Martin said.

Martin and family then took a three-hour bus drive to Tuscany, “We stayed at San Fedele. Here, we saw a lot of Renaissance artwork. This was one of the most historical places we visited.”

Next, Martin traveled to San Gimignano, which is another part of Tuscany.

“My favorite thing we did in San Gimignano was eat gelato,” she said. “We ate gelato that has been rated best in the world, which I definitely agree with.

“Another memorable event from Florence was seeing David. It is a very famous statue done by Michelangelo, and it was very cool to see,” said Martin, “However, I think my favorite thing we did was go horseback riding through the vineyards. That was an unforgettable experience.”

Martin then spent a relaxing day at a thermal mineral spa.

“The spa was also unforgettable. It was a really cool way to see another part of Italy’s culture.”

The wedding was Martin’s final destination while in Italy.

“The wedding was on Thursday at 3 in the afternoon. It was beautiful and so much fun.”

Martin flew back on Oct 31. “The food, weather, and opportunities I experienced in Italy were a blast. Italy is the most beautiful place I have ever seen, and the temperature was in the 50s the whole time I was there, which was very nice,” Martin stated.

“It was an amazing experience because we got to do so many things that some people would only dream of doing. I am so grateful that my family had this chance to see such a different and beautiful culture,” she said.

FCCLA hopes to create happier holidays

Lily Osborne – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) are holding an All Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House donation drive. Both organizations are in much need of supplies to give to sick children and their families.

This drive is a great opportunity for students to gain community service hours. Every $5 spent by a student awards one hour of community service, as long as students can provide receipts.

Interested students should contact FCCLA adviser Elaine Bowling in room 619 for ideas on what to donate.  A full list of needed items can be found here.

All items must be new and still in original packaging. They must be dropped off in Bowling’s room by Dec. 22.

Mustangs give life-saving gifts

Megan Spranger – Mustangs Ahead

(Lakewood Ranch, FL) – Wednesday LRHS held the second blood drive of the school year and many Mustangs gave blood to save lives.

To hear more student perspectives on the blood drive check out our Mustangs Ahead NewsMaker Podcast.

“I give blood because I like to know that I’m making a difference in someone’s life,” said senior Shelby Ryskamp.

Senior Shelby Ryskamp saves lives Wednesday

For each unit of blood donated OneBlood Services will contribute $10 to the LRHS Blood Drive Scholarship Committee.

“My friends and I like to sign up to give blood together,” said senior Emma Semple.  “It’s like we both are working together to donate twice the amount of blood.”

Donors must be at least 16 years old, have parental or guardian consent, and weigh at least 110 lbs.  Anyone eligible to give blood can make sign up for the next blood drive at the Ranch.

“I give blood as often as I can,” said senior, Michael Corleto, “I’m definitely going to give blood again.”

There will be two more blood drives held at LRHS. One is scheduled for Jan. 25 and another on March 30. Donors are advised to eat iron rich foods, drink at least 16 ounces of water, get a good night’s sleep, eat a meal before donating and bring a valid ID.

Peer turoring now available on Wednesdays

Brady Roberts – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS is changing the schedule for its new peer tutoring program. Peer tutoring can help with homework and studying for tests of all subjects.

Tutoring will now be offered Wednesdays after school from 2:10-3 p.m., as well as on Thursday mornings from 7-7:30 a.m. These meetings will take place in room 308, located at the back of the cafeteria.

The tutoring sessions were orgininally scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday morning.

LRHS music teacher and Peer Counseling adviser Rebekah Lester said the program is a great chance to “attend the tutoring sessions to work on homework or studying for a test.”