Mustangs eager to help animal welfare

Ruby List – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Animal rescue movements exist throughout the world as animal shelters and animal rescuers that take pets from abusive homes, etc. One of the first was the “Animal Rescue Movement” (ARM), the no kill animal shelter. Their mission was to keep animals until people can foster or adopt cats and/or dogs.

Approximately 7.6 million animals enter shelters nationwide and each year, another 2.6 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats). Over 56 billion animals are killed each day for food by humans, not including fish and other sea creatures.

High school and college students can volunteer and/or work in animal shelters or rescue leagues, for community service hours or even the opportunity to rescue a pet of their own.”I volunteer at the animal shelter because I love animals and I want to help them, dogs especially,” said LRHS junior Kara Bonami, “getting community service hours or college credit is just an added bonus.”

“I love animals, too,” said freshman Stephanie Carrol. “I have helped out with dogs and cats for years now, and knowing that I’m helping animals while earning hours for college is awesome and rewarding.”

The LRHS Key club and Lakewood Leaders also help at the animal shelter every now and then, feeding and moving cats and dogs, sometimes even helping giving a dog, cat its medicine, or help it find a new home.

“I want to be a vet when I grow up,” said senior Millie Harvey, “so doing this and earning hours for it will help me get my degree enormously and on top of that it’s fun.”

Another animal rights movement is the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), an organization that rescues abused and neglected creatures, providing them with food, shelter, and medical care.

ASPCA also works with all levels of government to fight for stronger animal cruelty laws. The Humane Society of the United States does the same.  Both organizations use donations and fundraisers to do so and protect and rescue farm animals, pets, wildlife and animals used for scientific testing.

About 2.7 million shelter animals are adopted each year and another 649,000 animals who enter the shelter are returned to their owners.

Anyone can donate to these causes and funds go towards helping animals and providing them with what they need.

“BurgerFi” hosts Spirit Night fundraiser

Sandra Maddox – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The next LRHS Spirit fundraising night is scheduled 5-9 p.m. on March 1 at “Bugerfi,” 257 North Cattleman Road.  Mustangs can get a burger and fries to support fellow students.

LRHS athletics director Shawn Trent said, “We appreciate the support, 15% of the proceeds from the night go to our LRHS athletics program we will use the funds for transportation and other projects.”

Spirit Nights are occasional fundraisers during which local restaurants share a portion of their proceeds with the school.

Miss Lakewood Ranch, Mr. Mustang contestants ready for pageant

Summerlin Schlemmer – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The 2017 Miss Lakewood Ranch Pageant is just around the corner.

Dress Rehearsal is on Wednesday, March 1 from 3-8 p.m. for all Miss Lakewood Ranch and Mr. Mustang contestants.mis-lakewood-ranch-infographic-2

These Mustangs will do a run through for the pageant.

Miss Lakewood Ranch 2017 – 2018 will be announced this Thursday, March 2 at the show. The show starts at 7 p.m. and contestants should arrive at 5:30 p.m. to get ready.

Tickets will be sold at the door for $8.

Contestants carried around penny jars last week to help the Junior Advisory Board (JAB) raise money for Prom. The money collected will contribute to the contestants’ points totals.

JAB adviser and LRHS science teacher Tana Phelps said, “We raised over $800 with the penny jars, not including admission tickets and application fees. I am very proud and happy with the outcome. All proceeds go towards prom.”

LRHS junior and contestant Langston Sellars said, “I am beyond excited for Miss Lakewood Ranch. I believe it is a great opportunity for junior girls here at the Ranch. I think our new Miss Lakewood Ranch needs to be someone who is confident, and who younger students can look up to. She always needs to have our schools best interest at heart.”

Juniors and seniors who attend will be entered into a raffle to win four prom tickets, one per winner.


Mustang orchestra ready for judges

Jamie Tarriela – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS Concert and Chamber Orchestra will begin their Music Performance Assessments (MPA) Tuesday night at Manatee High School.

The LRHS Orchestra program attends MPAs every year. Students participate in both Solo and Ensemble MPA in January and the Orchestra Ensemble MPA in February.

At MPAs, orchestras play a set list of three to four songs, and each orchestra is graded on a scale ranging from Poor to Superior. The orchestra then performs and is graded on a completely unknown song in the process known as sight-reading. All scores are then averaged to create one complete score.

Sophomore John Lin, a member of the Chamber Orchestra said, “I believe that we are as ready as we will ever be for MPAs, by now everything depends on the performance.”

Mustang techies head to state competition

Lindsay Coleman – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Tomorrow the LRHS Technology Student Association (TSA) will compete in the TSA State Conference.

Thirty-eight students along with three advisers will head to the Doubletree Universal Orlando, FL resort and staying Wednesday-Sunday.

“I am excited to go to my sixth TSA State Conference,” said LRHS Junior and TSA Vice President Holden Scarbrough. “We get to compete against other high schools all over Florida, and we hope to get at least third place.”

The LRHS TSA team will be competing in 30 different events and each individual can compete in up to six events.

LRHS Junior and TSA Reporter Christopher Miller said, “We hope to perform well and get top three overall between all high schools.”

Students representing LRHS at the TSA State Conference include –

Kaitlin Bohan
Megan Peters
Katie Hartley
Holden Scarbrough
Ty Wilcox
Jake Edwards
Jared Herbert
Alex Kent
Evan Lippincott
John Lin
Scott Baker
Sebastian Lopez
Kevin Rosenstein
Adam Scott
Chris Miller
Connor Catlett
Connor Meacham
Alex Hartley
Austin Shade
Emily Miller
Olivia Miller
Morgan Mulholland
Spencer Waid

“Overall, we think we are having a good year,” said LRHS technology teacher and TSA adviser Ben Long.