Morgan DeGlopper – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – This Saturday, Sept. 23, LRHS students from various leadership organizations will meet at Braden River High School to learn about leadership and success at the Career and Technical Student Organization Leadership Rally (CTSO).

The rally will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at noon. However, students are expected to arrive early for registration at 8:00 a.m.

Middle and high school students from Technology Students Association (TSA), HOSA, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), FFA, and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) will attend the rally. Mustangs planning to take part must wear club attire or dress professionally.

A major part of every CTSO rally is school spirit, so students are expected to represent their school with pride and respect. This is especially important during the competition for the coveted Spirit Stick award, when students scream and applaud for a chance to win the Spirit Stick for their school.

Students will have the opportunity to learn leadership skills from motivational speaker Rhett Laubach. credits Laubach as a “professional keynote speaker, trainer, author, and a leadership expert.” His presentations are described as being “high energy” and “high-impact.”

Students who have attended in years past enjoyed the rally despite its lengthy duration.

HOSA Vice President Adina Mayo, sophomore, who attended last year’s rally, said, “All these students who are passionate about what they’re doing are together in one huge room. It’s a really fun time and something to remember.”

LRHS TSA adviser Ben Long believes the CTSO rally is a great way to unify student leaders all over Manatee County.

“It’s a great way to kick off the school year and see how much support we have,” Long remarked.


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