LRHS art showcased this Thursday

Natalie Bertsch – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Thursday April 6, art, band, orchestra and theater will host a fine arts showcase. The showcase will include students’ artwork and live performances.  Each student in an art class will submit a donation piece to be sold at the gallery. The fine arts showcase will begin at 5 p.m. in the LRHS auditorium.

Senior Morgan Mulholland, an Advanced Placement (AP) Art student, said, “I’m excited to attend the gallery because I love seeing all of Lakewood’s arts programs at once.”

Mullholland will submit one piece to be actioned off. The piece is dedicated to honorable women and represents the feminism movement.

Senior Scarlett O’Hara, part of the art and band said, “I’m proud of all my friends and the hard work they have put into their various arts. I’m excited to perform for my peers and to view all the other arts on display.”

Mustang Musicians collect state awards

Markella Paradissis-Wagner – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS musicians traveled last weekend to Miami for Jazz and Solo and Ensemble states at Pompano Bay High School to bring home lots of success.

Jazz band 1 received a score of Excellent. Solo and ensemble performers overall won 22 Superiors and two Superiors with Distinctions, or performing the piece memorized.

“I had a lot of fun because it’s my senior year and I’ve never been before so that was a cool way to remember it. It was overall a positive experience and you are surrounded by people who you know have the same interests as you and you meet a lot of new people,” said bass clarinet player Kirina Lakhwani, senior, about her clarinet quartette.

“One of our members broke his finger the night before the performance,” she continued. “Not many people were willing to take on a Grade 5 (a difficult level of music) Mozart the day before states. But, he went and did the best he would. I’m just happy I went to states my senior year.”

Solo and Ensemble is mandatory for advanced music classes and optional for everyone else. The students participating can perform as soloists or as an ensemble. Members of the color guard can do routines that include dance and a flag or a weapons routine. Performers earn scores of Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent, or Superior.

Band Solo and Ensemble judging took place Feb. 10-11, 2017, at Sarasota Booker High School. States is the next step in the competition of Solo and Ensemble. To qualify, performers were required to receive a Superior on a Grade 5 or higher, a sufficiently complex piece of music.

Additionally, on Feb. 6, 2017, Jazz Band 1 participated in Music Performance Assessments (MPAs) and received Straight Superiors, qualifying them to move on to states. After performing on stage and sight-reading for judges, bands competing in MPAs also receive scores of Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent, or Superior.

“It was stressful but our band handled it well and we still played great and came out with a good result,” said jazz 1 trumpet player Mason Rademaker, senior.

Outstanding Mustang seniors go for Golden Heralds

Jacob Pipercic – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – A select group of Mustang seniors has undergone grueling preparations for Thursday’s Golden Herald ceremony.

In 1978 the Bradenton Herald established the Golden Herald Awards to recognize the most outstanding seniors in Manatee County. The essential qualification of a Golden Herald nominee is service.

To date, the program has honored over 4,900 high school seniors for their commitment to school and the community.

Participating schools are invited to nominate up to two seniors in each of the fifteen categories, for a total of 30 nominees per school.

Nominees are selected based on their achievement, leadership, and character, and must have at least a “B” average in classes relating to their category.

The nominees for Lakewood Ranch High School are listed below, by category –

  • Athletics- Maria Gonzalez and Brice Easton
  • Citizenship- Kirina Lakhwani and Alex Williams
  • Computers and Technology- Christain Balos and Hillary Borjas
  • English and Literature- Nadaa Hussein
  • General Scholarship- Molly Mendoza and Lyle Hanner
  • Journalism- Courtney Kreiling
  • Music- Savannah Carpenter and Lila Reeser
  • Science- Emma Stock
  • Speech and Drama- Alena Stranovsky
  • Vocational- Caitlin Grayson and Taylore Homan

The 16 seniors had their final interviews March 4. The ceremony will be April 6 at State College of Florida Manatee/Sarasota’s Neel Auditorium.  It is open to the public.

New NHS members have mandatory meeting

Niki Cain – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS National Honors Society (NHS) will hold a mandatory meeting for new NHS inductees right after school on Thursday, March 6 in the auditorium.

The meeting will cover the essential aspects of being an NHS inductee.

NHS adviser Mary Ellen Eskett claimed the meeting will mainly be about the upcoming induction ceremony as well as responsibilities as an NHS member.

Eskett said, “We want them to know what responsibilities they’re undertaking when they get inducted into NHS.”

Information about officer positions will also be provided, as well as an opportunity to meet all the current officers of NHS. Anyone with questions about officer positions may ask the officers after the meeting.

NHS induction is scheduled for April 12.

Prom tickets on sale through April 21

Jess Husel – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS prom tickets are on sale and it’s getting close to prom day.

Prom tickets are $60 for seniors  and $70 for juniors.

Sale prices are scheduled to go up $5 April 17-19.  Prices will rise $10 before sales stop April 21.

Prom is scheduled for April 28.

Officials from the Junior Advisory Board (JAB) say most kids don’t get their tickets till the last two weeks.  JAB sponsors the prom.

Junior Brianna Donahue said, “I haven’t got my ticket yet, but I’m planning on it, I want to make sure I get a dress before I buy my ticket.”