2016-17’s final SAT deadline approaches

Grace Harvey and Lilly Hodge – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Time is running short for LRHS seniors and means there is not much time left for seniors who haven’t yet taken the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

Two remaining dates are left for seniors to take the exam.

The regular deadline that costs $45 without essay (with essay is $57) is on Friday, April 7. The late deadline for mailed registration is $73 without the essay (with essay $85), and late registration online or by phone is on April Two 5. Scores will be released to students with an account on June 8 on the college board website. https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/

It is important for seniors to register as soon as possible because these scores will apply to the Bright Futures state scholarship program. The requirement for the bright futures scholarship is:

  Florida Medallion Scholars Florida Academic Scholars
SAT/ACT 1170/26 1290/29
Community service hours 75 Hours 100 Hours
GPA 3.00 3.50

Students will also need to have completed:

  • Four years of English (Three that include substantial writing).
  • Four years of mathematics (at or above the Algebra 1 level).
  • Three natural sciences (Two 2 must have substantial laboratory).
  • Three social sciences.
  • Two year world language (must be of the same language).

If anyone who misses the next deadline there is one more chance to take it. This will be held on June 3 and the deadline to sign up is May 9 with a fee of $45 without essay (with essay is $57). The late mailed registration is May 16 with a fee of $73 without essay (with essay $85). Late registration made online or by phone without essay is $73 (with essay $85). Test scores come out July 12 on the college board website.

IMPORTANT: if you test on June 3, make sure you bring your scores to the registration office to LRHS registrar Denise Turner as soon as possible.

This is crucial for seniors because the deadline for FFA (Florida Financial Aid) application is Aug. 31 after high school graduation. Students will need to create an online application on the FFAA website.

LRHS school counselor Melissa Alter says “It’s not too late to try to earn the qualifying score for one of the Bright Futures Scholarships – register by April 7 for the May SAT or you can also use the June SAT and/or ACT scores. If you earn the qualifying scores on the June test, be sure to bring into LRHS registrar Mrs. Turner in June and she’ll resend your transcript to Bright Futures.”

Marching Mustangs announce new leaders

Markella Paradissis-Wagner – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)-The LRHS Marching Mustangs band held its Leadership Selection Night April 5, 2017, in the LRHS Band Room. Next year’s leadership includes–


Drum Majors: Sydney Strimer, Michael Miller, Grace Hagopian

The drum majors’ duties includes setting an example for the band, conducting the marching band during performances, supervising sectionals, and teaching the fundamentals block.

Band Captain: Katie Hoskinson

The band captain is the spokesperson for the band, responsible for instruments and lockers, cleaning up, and assisting the band director with Awards Night and the Prism Concert.

The rest of the 2017-2018 Marching Mustang Leadership is–

  • 1st Lieutenant: Jamie Thomas
  • Woodwind (WW) Captain: Lauren Pascarella
  • Brass Captain: Anthony Pistella
  • Color Guard Captain: Cristina Rosabal
  • Percussion Captain: Max Gonzalez
  • Secretary: Caroline Odell
  • Travel Captain: Grace Reeves
  • Librarian: Jenna Brooks
  • Section Leaders:
  • Flute: Maddie Straeter, Olivia Karow
  • Clarinets: Emily Miller, Jenna Brooks
  • Saxes: Chandler Reed
  • Trumpets: Michelle Matheson, Markella Wagner
  • Mellophones: Katie Hoskinson
  • Low Brass: Ollie Fonseca
  • Color Guard: Lily Sutton
  • Battery (Drumline): Sean Weaver
  • Pit (Front Ensemble): Matt Verycken and Grace Reeves

JROTC recognizes cadets, new officers

McKenzie Mazzella – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Wednesday April 5 was Lakewood Ranch High Schools Junior Reserved Officer Training Corps (JROTC) annual award ceremony.

The battalion recognized cadets for their accomplishments and hard work throughout the school year.

Senior cadets were identified for the time and effort they’ve put into the program over the last four years.

Future leadership and staff were also announced. The following students will represent the Mustang Battalion for the 2017-2018 school year.

  • Breanne Mazzella- Battalion Commander
  • Elsa Fagulha- Command Sergeant Major
  • Morgan Lingle- Executive Officer
  • Adjutant Officer- Kendal Brahler
  • Operations and Training Officer- Samantha Petch
  • Assistant Operations and Training Officer- Sofia Uribe
  • Logistics Officer – Lael Dabney
  • Public Affairs Officer- McKenzie Mazzella
  • Assistant to Public Affairs Officer- Olivia Dyce

Juniors Breanne Mazzella and Elsa Fagulha said they look forward to seeing what the battalion has to offer and working with the new staff.

Flag football cancels Manatee game

Neely Yancey – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Thursday’s LRHS girl’s flag football home game against Manatee High School has been canceled due to field conditions. A new date is in the works, and will be announced within the next few days.

Coach Elijah Weaver is looking forward to the game’s rescheduling.

“We are excited to play against Manatee,” said Weaver. “The team will also be playing a ‘mini scrimmage’ Thursday for extra practice.”

Club of the Week Podcast – Junior Advisory Board prepares for prom

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Mustangs Ahead is proud to present its podcast series “Club of the Week.” Host junior Hannah Vicars features a different club every week, delving into their club activities and previewing the upcoming year with guest interviews of club members.

This week’s episode is a special look at the LRHS Junior Advisory Board, hosts of the April 28 prom.