JROTC ready to recognize their own

McKenzie Mazzella – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Wednesday, April 5,  LRHS’ Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) will host its annual award ceremony.

Cadets will be awarded for their accomplishments throughout the 2016-2017 school year.

Senior James Pritchard said he is “looking forward to the award ceremony next week, it’s nice to see all the cadets awarded for all the hard work they’ve put in throughout the year.”

At the ceremony future leadership positions and jobs for the 2017-18 school year will also be announced.

Mustangs race to success at UF relays

Bryce Boese – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Mustang athletes broke two school records, the 800-meter and 4×800 meter races, at last weekend’s Florida Relays track meet at the University of Florida.

LRHS senior John Rivera ran a 1:50.38, putting him at number one in school history and the current number one in the nation for the 800-meter race.

The 4x800m team including members Andrew Dean, Brice Easton, Johnny Reid and John Rivera posted the number one time in the nation with a 7:45.58, also a school record.

Senior Sophia Falco placed third in the 100-meter dash with a season best of 11.65.

Senior Sam Jackson set a personal best in the shot put with a 50’10 ½” and a season best in the discus toss with 156’2″.

Head track coach Mark Napier said, “We set out this year with a goal to run the fastest time in the nation for the 4×800. We knew that it would be difficult; we haven’t really had any competition up until that point. We knew if everyone hit their splits then we would have a good shot at winning it, everyone ran exceptionally.”

Silver Stars transition from showcase to auditions

Sammy Kedziora and Devin Manning – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Friday night the LRHS Silver Stars dance team performed its annual end-of-the-year showcase. The girls performed self-choreographed routines.

The Thursday before the showcase was the mandatory pre-audition meeting to be a part of the 2017-2018 Silver Stars dance team.

Silver Stars auditions are scheduled for 4:30-7:30 p.m. April 3-4 and 6 and are closed to the public. At the auditions, dancers will learn two short routines, one lyrical and the other pom, and perform other skills in front of a panel of judges.

Two weeks later, on April 18 and 20, auditions for the new officers will be held. Those auditioning must choreograph a short dance combination, teach it to the team and also present a speech.

LRHS cadets headed to state orienteering competition

Morgan Lingle – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) was successful in the Suncoast championship on April 1 at Alafia State park. This meet determined who would qualify to go to states on April 22. The top three teams moved on to states.

The Yellow team got first overall, with Camilla Guerrero taking first place for female team, Harleigh Wickwire taking third place for female and Blaze McMichael taking second place for male team.

The Orange team also took first overall, with Morgan Lingle taking first place for females, Elsa Fagulha taking third place for the female team and Andrew Lim taking third for the male team.

The Green team placed fourth and was two minutes behind third place.  Jennifer Gaffers placed second for the female team.

Overall, Lakewood Ranch took second place, qualifying the Mustangs for states.

LRHS JROTC instructor Lt. Col. Richard Roller said, “I am very pleased with the outcome of the meet. I am looking at states as if it is just another composition, the students are prepared and at the meet on Saturday our newer less experienced runners ran to their full potential and if we all have a good day we have a shot at winning states.

“Our lowest runner is ranked 15th in the state if we want win they are all going to have to have a good day,” said Roller.

Senior Jennifer Gaffers said, “It went as I expected it to, we were prepared and it showed.  I am looking forward to states in a few weeks.”