Girl Up offers opportunity to help girls globally

Hannah Kennelly – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS Girl Up club is having their first fundraiser at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the new Chipotle on Lakewood Ranch Blvd and SR 70. Girl Up is a global movement of empowered young women leaders who promote gender equality. The movement and…

NHS offers volunteer opportunities

Emma Brooks– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – As the end of the semester quickly approaches, the LRHS National Honor Society (NHS) is coordinating several events for members to complete their first semester volunteer hours. Hours are due on Dec. 10, and members are required to turn in at least 12 hours to remain in…

FCCLA Mustangs making big plans

  Corinna Lunsford – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) participated in their district meeting Wednesday, Nov. 28. Members traveled to a conference to meet and plan with their district chapters. The day included energizers, elections, lunch, bonding activities, reflecting, and planning. This meeting is held once…

Buddies help new Mustangs learn the ropes

Julia Hatton – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS Buddy club gives new students an opportunity to become familiar with the school with the help of an experienced Mustang. When a new student starts at LRHS after the start of the school year, they are assigned a buddy. The buddies will help the…

Rivalry provides year-round excitement

  Jacob Pipercic – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – With football season over, winter sports are starting up. Boys and girls soccer seasons have already started, while basketball begins this week. The biggest LRHS rivalry is against Braden River High School. Many of the athletes know each other and love competing against one another….

HOSA members learn leadership skills

Kara Smith – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH)- LRHS HOSA officers attended the Fall Leadership Development Academy (FLDA) conference Nov. 16-18. The annual conference’s theme was “Great Classical Greek Leaders,” which was integrated into all the activities. The LRHS officers who attended the conference were – Vice President- Junior Nicolette Ngov Committee Chair Person- Junior Kelsey…

Speech and debate team logs first competition

Ally Ellis – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH) – Over Thanksgiving break the LRHS Speech and Debate competed in its first competition of the 2018-19 school year. This took place on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Riverview High School as an all-day event from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Speech and Debate has about 20 members in the club…

Key Club thankful for volunteer opportunities

Jenna Hernandez – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS Key Club spent Thanksgiving break volunteering at two events for the community. The Florida Turkey Trot and the Manatee County food bank. At the Florida Turkey Trot on Nov. 17, Key Club members helped runners check-in, they passed out water, and worked at the post-run activities…

Mustangs no bunch of “dumb” jocks

Brenna Rademaker – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Many schools have exceptional athletes, however not all schools have athletes that are also exceptional students.  LRHS Mustangs are excelling in the classroom. The Florida High School Athletics Association (FHSAA) reports LRHS Fall team sports GPAs are among the top of the schools in Florida. The…

Mustang JROTC knows its way around orienteering

Adina Mayo – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program has three teams that students can participate in: Raiders, Rifle, and Orienteering. Competing on these teams will earn students awards to pin onto their uniform. The orienteering season has begun, and students have already started practicing. Orienteering…

LRHS offers a new chance at success

Kaylee Eckelman- Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- 982.9 miles. That is the distance LRHS junior Logyn Smith moved away from her family to start a new life. Smith moved in with me in late July, right before the school year started.  She wanted not only a fresh start in a new school, but in a…