Want to start a club? It’s worth the effort

Olivia Grant – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – As the 2016-2017 school year comes to a close, the focus begins to shift toward next year, including new clubs for students to participate in.

LRHS students have many opportunities throughout the school year to become active members in clubs such as the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Key Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

As these clubs grow in size, the demand for more extracurricular groups like these has skyrocketed.

Unfortunately, many students don’t know how to start a new club.

Sophomore Clare Coffman said, “If I ever wanted to start a club, I wouldn’t even know how to go about doing it.”

LRHS activities director Tony Cummins said, “There is official paperwork for the sponsorship of the club. It talks about the details surrounding the club and which staff member is going to sponsor it.”

Finding a sponsor is the first priority when starting a club. The sponsor must be able to hold meetings and travel with the group members if club activities require it.

Once the founder of a club has filled the position of sponsor, they then must fill out an application, which can be picked up from Administrative Assistant Luann Futchko’s office, room 116.

The principal and other administrators then review the application.

Cummins said, “The principal and administrative staff are given great latitude in the acceptance or denial of a club.”

If a club is approved, it doesn’t stop there. There are requirements each club must meet.  “Having a certain number of meetings, where there has to be a complete set of minutes kept. There also has to be an appointed president, vice president, and secretary, as well as a plan of how they are going to market and perpetuate the club,” according to Cummins.

Although a somewhat time-consuming and difficult process, the formation of these clubs serves as an opportunity for LRHS students to bond with other individuals with shared interests, leading to an enriched high school experience.

Mustangs weigh prom vs. homecoming

Sarah Watts – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Prom and homecoming are the two major dances here at LRHS, and many Mustangs prefer prom to homecoming.

Prom differs from homecoming in many ways; prom is held at the Hyatt while homecoming is held in the school gym, and prom has much more formal attire.

Mustangs who have never attended a prom but have attended homecoming should expect a more elegant event. Prom dress code is generally more strict than homecoming, and prom is held in a ballroom with food and places to sit.

“I have attended prom once as a sophomore, and I loved it,” said junior Kailey Carpenter, “It’s a totally different experience than homecoming and is a lot of fun.”

Senior Maile Resch said, “I love prom and am very excited for this years prom.  I like it better than homecoming because it’s a lot classier and there is food at prom.”

LRHS junior Emily Weott has never attended prom, “I have heard a lot of hype about prom, and am super excited. I like homecoming, but definitely think I will like prom more because it’s a lot fancier.”

Where Do You Go For…prom dinner?

Devin Manning and Grace Sever – Mustangs Ahead

“Where Do You Go For…” – Things to do and places to be. This is where to go in Florida, you see.

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – With prom right around the corner, many people may have no idea where to eat.

Here are a few ideas of restaurants you can eat at before or after prom:

Junior Sammy Kedziora said, “The Cheesecake Factory is a great place to eat before prom because they have really good quality in both food and service.”

Senior Lindsey McAdoo said, “My friends and I can’t wait to eat at Duval’s. We heard they have a great atmosphere and amazing food.”

Junior Jordyn Breiter said, “Marina Jack’s is a good choice to eat and take pictures. They’re right on the water for great pictures and they have great food so you can eat right after.”

SGA takes applications for 2017-18

Brittney Downing – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS 2017-18 Student Government Association (SGA) application forms are now available.

“Applicants have must fill out an application and meet certain criteria and everybody who turns an application back in will be given an interview,” said SGA adviser Kent Ringquist. “We use a point system on the interview process and the people with the highest points get into the class for the next year.”

Forms can be picked up in room 616.  They are April 26.

Local congressman recognizes Harper

Lindsay Coleman – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – In her 16th year of teaching, LRHS science teacher Tammy Harper was nominated for the Congressional Teacher Award presented by local Congressman Vern Buchanan.

The Congressional Teacher Award was initiated by Buchanan three years ago to recognize teachers for achievement in helping students succeed.

LRHS science teacher Tammy Harper (r) receives her congressional teaching nomination

A total of 27 teachers were nominated from elementary, middle and high school levels.

“It was a great honor to be nominated. There are so many fine teachers who strive to encourage, assist and inspire their students. I counted myself as their representative,” said Harper.

Harper was one of only 27 representatives from throughout the congressional district.

LRHS JROTC heads for orienteering states

Morgan Lingle – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) is competing in the Brooksville Orienteering State Championship on the Saturday. The meet will start at 10 a.m. and will go until all the runners are back. This is a new location and none of the teams have competed here before.

Twenty-one schools will compete and Lakewood Ranch is sending 23 cadets to compete.

LRHS JROTC instructor Lt. Col. Richard Roller said, “Everyone has been working hard and they have already competed against 80% of the people that are going to be there Saturday. I expect us to be very competitive and put on a good show.”

LRHS senior Barry Porter said, “I am glad that we made it to states my senior and I am excited to compete and challenge myself to do the best that I can. I know our team is ready and we are going to go out and do our best and just have a good day no matter what the results are.”