LRHS cheerleaders ready for silent auction

Kara Mae Mathis – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS cheerleaders will have their annual Silent Auction 10 a.m.-noon this Saturday, April 15 in the cafeteria.

In the weeks leading up to the auction, cheerleaders have gone door-to-door trying to collect donations of any kind to sell at the auction.

There is everything for everyone, from gift cards to local restaurant to great timeshares.

“Every year we do this  auction and it raises a ton of money for our program that goes towards buying the girls bows, poms, and any other necessities,” said varsity cheerleading coach Tiffany Sheffield.

Sheffield said this year only cash or check will be accepted, no credit or debit cards.

Sheffield urges all fans to come out and support the LRHS cheer program.

Big night upcoming for new Marching Mustangs

Markella Paradissis-Wagner – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The first Marching Mustang Band’s Fundamentals Night occurs on Apr. 13, 2017.

Incoming freshmen and other new marchers will get to know their sections and leadership along with the basics of how to hold their instrument and exercises for learning and improving marching skills. It’s the new leadership team’s first rehearsal and an opportunity for them to work on leadership fundamentals along with the new marchers.

“I’m excited to meet all of the new people and see how the season’s going to start off and see the potential we have,” said sophomore drum major Grace Hagopian.

Fundamentals Night is preparation in the spring so the band is ready for the start of the season in the fall, similar to any other fall sport like cheerleading or football.

Kiddie Lit not childs play

Peyton McLaughlin and Brady Roberts – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS seniors are in the midst of preparing projects for the annual “Kiddie Lit” Project.

This project combines research and individual creativity that helps Mustangs create a children’s book to read at Bashaw Elementary.  First, the students have to research and use their imagination to create a child-friendly book, by creating a story line and illustrations that connect to the story. Once they finish creating the story, they go to Bashaw Elementary and read their book to an assigned class.

LRHS senior Eric Gutowski stated, “The project is fun because we get to work together but it does take a lot of group effort.”

The seniors will be going to Bashaw Elementary May 5 to spend the morning reading their books and working on activities with the children.

This program started back in 1992 when a teacher from Southeast High school named Frank Anderson and his wife Andy, a kindergarten teacher at Bashaw Elementary, thought of a way to bring together the two groups of students in an educational way.

LRHS English Teacher Daniel Bryan-Beachler stated, “The book really shows the students creativity and it is amazing.”

The point of this project is to help elementary students learn the importance of literacy and literature in a fun way, the seniors have to be sure to include basic skills for the grade they were assigned.

Mustang team info found in new websites

Paige Venuto – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) –  Five teams at Lakewood Ranch now have their own websites. The teams that have their own sites are track and field, girls flag football, girls basketball, boys basketball, and football.

These websites were created to inform people on players, upcoming games and information such as coaches and records. The links to these websites are found in the “LRHS Athletics” tab on the school website.

Sophomore Josh Rossi is responsible for creating the flag football and football websites.

“Making the websites was a unique learning experience for me. I put in a lot of time and effort so I hope that people find them useful,” Rossi said.

Athletic director Shawn Trent said, “I think having the team pages gives our sports the ability to communicate with the community and show off the great things that our sports are doing”.

Find the team websites here:

Lakewood Ranch boys basketball team

Lakewood Ranch girls basketball team

Lakewood Ranch track and field

Lakewood Ranch flag football

Lakewood Ranch Football