LRHS Key Club can help celebrate Valentine’s Day

Brittney Downing and  Abbey Shilling – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS Key Club will sell balloons and flowers for Valentine’s Day in the lunchroom from Feb. 1-8. All items are planned to be delivered during third period on Feb. 14.

“My hope for this fundraiser is to raise enough money to pay for 1/3 or more of the District Convention (DCON) prices,” said Key Club president Erika Rojas, junior.

Balloons will cost $2.50 and single flowers will be $2.00, although bouquets of half a dozen and a dozen flowers will also be sold.

“We’ve never done a fundraiser like this but we are very hopeful that it will be successful,” Rojas said.

Freshman Jenna Hernandez is eagerly offering up her efforts to help sell flowers and balloons, “I’m very excited to go to the conference. It’s being held in Orlando and in all the years that I’ve been in Florida I have never been to Orlando.”

Funds raised will help cover the cost of the annual Key Club district conference. The Lakewood Ranch High School chapter plans on attending from March 30, 2017 through April 2, 2017 headed by their current president Erika Rojas, junior. The event features 2000 attendees sharpening their skills in the opening ceremony, various workshops, preparing speeches and electing a district board, receiving scholarships, and preparing to audition for a talent show.

Some Mustangs don’t fear danger spots

Grace Harvey – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – There are many places in this world that cause excitement in people wanting to get the highest point of adrenaline. They need to go somewhere just to experience a new place, a different culture or to see the most beautiful places on earth.

Among the top dangerous places people visit are: North Korea, Columbia, Mexico, Russia, Iraq and Ethiopia. Most of these countries have an extremely high rate in crime, poverty, strict laws, robberies, murders, and kidnappings of tourists.

Senior Lilly Hodge said, “My top places that I want to visit are Columbia, Mexico, and Syria. The reason for this is because I want to see how people live. I feel like we’re never happy with what we have so it would be a huge eye opener for me.”

One of the most popular places tourists like to visit is a famous road in Bolivia called Yungas Road. It is notoriously called “the Road of Death” since it claims the lives of hundreds of people each year.

Senior Millie Harvey said “I want to visit the road of death because it is very thrilling. I also want to visit Jerusalem, to feel a much closer connection to Jesus Christ.”

LRHS JROTC SGT Cassidy has visited many countries in central America one being Haiti. He was there prior 9/11 fighting the drug trade.

Cassidy said, “historically Haiti looks like its been back in time fifty years with poor infrastructure and no sustainable money flow in the country.” This is why people in Latin America have a corrupt drug system because the government isn’t providing jobs, education, and industry for change, so they have to rely on the drug money.

Honors and advanced placement (AP) Spanish teacher Lillian Martinez has roots in Cuba. \

She said, “Being aware of your surroundings is important, you have to be smart and should never walk alone at night, especially if you’re a woman.”

Martinez has also visited China she realized many things, “the news broadcast in the US that we follow is definitely worse and more scary when you experience it first hand,” she said.

Many of these countries that people want to visit either have very strict laws or have corrupt government systems. Tourists should remember to stay safe when traveling to unknown cultures. Remember that many countries don’t allow women’s rights or freedom of speech.

Prom preparations already underway

Sarah Watts – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Plans for the LRHS Prom are beginning, as the prom is set for April 28, 2017.  As usual, the prom will be held at the Sarasota Hyatt.

Juniors and seniors eligible to attend prom will receive formal invitations at the end of March.

Members of the LRHS Junior Advisory Board have decided on a prom theme, which will be announced on the invitations.

Ticket sales will be from March 28 – April 13 and during lunches. Late prom ticket sales will be from April 17-21, and ticket prices will increase by $5 each day from April 17.

Seniors and juniors who want to bring a guest need to keep in mind that the youngest their guest can be is a high school freshman, and the oldest their guest can be is 20.

School administrators remind students the prom dress code will be strictly enforced.


Shirts can put the “T” in “Art”

Grace Harvey – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS art department is asking for T-shirt donations for an art slam scheduled for March.

The art department is in need of t-shirts to be “upcycled” for their go green campaign which will be showcased at the Art Slam. The t-shirts will be used to create scarfs and bags which will be given away to the visitors who attend the competition.

The go green project is to protect the environment and to keep things out of landfills.

Art teacher Abby Kolesa said, “it is using art as a way to save the planet.”

The Art slam will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 4. The art slam will include food, music, and activities for people to try.

Annual pageant ready for contestants

Abbey Shilling – Mustangs Ahead

 (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Coronation time has come back to the school. Every year LRHS hosts a pageant open to all students in order for them to compete for the titles, glory and perks of Freshman Princess, Sophomore Princess, Junior Princess, Miss Lakewood Ranch and Mr. Mustang.

Students wanting to participate must sign up to run for their respective titles (freshman will run for Freshman Princess and so on) with Miss Lakewood open only for senior ladies. Mr. Mustang is open for any and all young men.

This exhibition of some of Lakewood’s most outstanding and accomplished students is set to take place on March 3, 2017.

Mr. Mustang and Miss Lakewood both have individual parking spaces at the front of the school for their exclusive use in addition to front-of-the-line lunch passes, a free homecoming dance ticket, and a free prom ticket. Princesses also receive a tiara and a sash.

All students wanting to participate are encouraged to speak with LRHS Junior Advisory Board (JAB) adviser Tana Phelps in room 567 to register.  JAB hosts the pageant.