Mustang color guard open to new members

Lily Osborne – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS color guard is having tryouts for next year’s team on April 10-11 after school. Anyone  enrolled in LRHS for the 2017-2018 school year is welcome to come.

The color guard is one of the elements of the LRHS Marching Mustang Band. The guard mainly focuses on dance, flag and weapon performance work.

Band director Ron Lambert encourages anyone interested to come to tryouts.

“Color guard is a great way to spend time making new friends and performing for hundreds of thousands while improving your dance skills and having fun,” said Lambert.

Along with being a key visual part of the Marching Band, the color guard also performs in the end of season Prism Concert, the Spring Concert, and Music Performance Assessments (MPAs).

Last Friday, the color guard received an Excellent rating at their MPA.

Color guard Co-Captain Noelle Bederman, senior, has nothing but good things to say about joining Guard.

“Color guard is a great group to join for students looking to find a place where they are welcome to be themselves.”

Senior Countdown – Four weeks to go

Cate Eschmann – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Seniors only have four weeks of high school left, and it’s hard for some of them to believe.

“That’s crazy,” said Allison Kramer. “It’s all gone by so quickly and it’s so weird to think that after this we aren’t all going to be together like we have been since like elementary school.”

Jenna Sivek agreed.

“Since we’ve been in this routine for so long it feels like it’s never going to end, but knowing the end is near is kind of weird, as well as refreshing. But I’m really glad it’s almost over,” she said.

Alyson Hepler said, “I’m excited and so ready for high school to be over.”

“I feel awesome,” commented Yulieth Claros. “I can’t wait for summer vacation and to start something new as a college student.”

Sydney Wright felt similarly.

“I’m definitely ready to start a new chapter in my life,” she said.

Andrew Barnes said, “I’m just really excited…So ready to graduate.”

Mustangs come home Golden Herald winners

Lily Osborne – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Last night annual Golden Herald awards were given out

Courtney Kreiling
Courtney Kreiling won the Golden Herald for Journalism

to four talented LRHS seniors who were recognized for their service achievements.

All of the nominees for these awards had to register by filling out an application and were then interviewed by a panel from the Bradenton Herald.

Courtney Kreiling won the award for journalism. She was given this honor based on her volunteering and academic skills.

“Winning this award means a lot because it shows I’m excelling in something I care about,” she said.

The vocational award was given to Taylore

Taylore Homan
Taylore Homan, the Golden Herald winner in Vocational

Homan. This award was given to Homan for her strong interest in

family and consumer science.

Homan said, “This award is really special to me because I’m getting recognized for something that I love to do.”

Lila Reeser was picked from a random drawing to receive the $1200 Borsheim scholarship. Reeser was very excited to win this scholarship to help her pay for college.

Hillary Borjas received an honorable mention for her excellence in computers and technology.

Mustang artists show off their skills

art showcase
The annual LRHS Arts Showcase featured works from across the arts spectrum

Brittney Downing – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Thursday night an exhibition was held in the auditorium featuring the work of all LRHS arts programs.

Band, orchestra, digital arts, chorus, keyboard, and theatre were included in the show while traditional art was hung up around the auditorium.

Junior Christina Rosabal, who played in the Chamber Orchestra, said, “It was exciting and I got to play with my friends. It’s a great idea and all of the arts departments got to have their time to shine.”

LRHS band director Ron Lambert the night was a success.

“Even though this is our second year doing the art show it was better because the students in each program stayed and watched each other instead of coming and doing their part and leaving, so it was more successful and they all did great,” he said.

Terry Thompson, the LRHS art teacher who helped coordinate the event, said, “I definitely consider it a success and it was nice to see so many kids clapping and responding to the showcases.”

The LRHS Key Club held a bake sale at the event featuring various pastries and breads, many donated by Panera Bread.

“It was a very good experience and I liked doing it. The bake sale was very successful and we ran out of many of our products,” said junior Erika Rojas, president of Key Club.

The exhibition featured a gift card raffle for different restaurants and the option for certain art pieces to be taken in exchange for a donation.

Sandra Maddox assisted with this article.