JV coaches carry positive thoughts on football season

Carson Manning-Mustangs Ahead (Lakewood Ranch, FL)- The LRHS junior varsity (JV) football team ended their season 1-7.   “I feel like the season went pretty well,” said head coach Alex Michaud. “It didn’t go as well on our overall record, but we got better every single week.” Michaud is thankful for the help of his…

Boo Fest provides Mustang service opportunities

Ella Botko-Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Last Friday, Lakewood Ranch’s annual Boo Fest took place. Boo Fest is a Halloween themed event that occurs every year on Lakewood Ranch’s Main Street. Featuring live music, face painting, trick or treating, and more, Boo Fest aims to lift the spirits of community members of all ages. LRHS…

Creative photography students add goulish talents to Halloween

  Mariska VanLinder– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Mustangs were into the Halloween spirit Thursday. One class in particular is helping to add to this Halloween spirit by decorating the hallways with spooky portraits created by students.    Creative Photography classes have been working on an assignment in which they have taken self-portraits and have…

Mustangs React – Halloween marks start of anticipated holiday season

Gracie Coyne and Maddie Forman – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – This week “Mustangs Ahead” asked LRHS students, “What is your favorite holiday?” With Halloween right around the corner, some LRHS students told us why that is their favorite. Sophomore Naya Weiner said, “Halloween is my favorite holiday because you’re able to dress up…

Asolo actors share Shakepeare with Mustangs

Kara Smith– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – On Wednesday, Asolo Repertory came to LRHS to perform a modernized rendition of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. The actors consisted of third-year Asolo students. Several LRHS English, theatre, and Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE) classes attended the 45-minute performance. The performers interacted with the audience by…

Lakewood Loves Animals hopes to treat local shelters

Mackenzie Sisson – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- This Halloween season, the Lakewood Loves Animals Club (LLA) of LRHS has been busy organizing events to raise money for Manatee County shelters in need of financial assistance. On Oct. 12, Bishop Animal Shelter welcomed LLA to tour the facility and gain a better understanding of how…

Seniors face college deadline pressures

Jenna Hernandez- Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH FL,)- Deadline for college applications is coming up and LRHS seniors are as nervous as ever. This is a very stressful time for many seniors as these applications are the first successful step to the next four years. Applications feature standard questions. They ask for information such as family’s…

JROTC Raiders headed to states

Adina Mayo – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- “It feels amazing to have placed first against other past state champions, especially champions that are in the tiers above us,” stated junior Ethan Shirah, Delta company TAC Officer in the LRHS Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC). Last Saturday  the LRHS JROTC male and female Raider…

Mustangs get new IDs

John Osborne – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- New LRHS student IDs were distributed to students Wednesday. Most Mustangs got their ID’s in third period, but schedule changes mean some may receive theirs at a later date. The school ID’s are required to have students’ names on them and be visible for all to see….

Mustangs consider last-minute Halloween costumes

Lindsey Limbach – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- With Halloween here, students around LRHS are scrambling to find a costume. Since it’s so last minute, students may lean towards more common and easily put together costumes. These costumes are but not limited to: Devil or Angel- This dynamic duo pops up everywhere around this time…

Silver Stars welcome WWII vets home

Brooke Mantone – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Last Tuesday the LRHS Silver Stars dance team greeted soldiers returning to St. Petersburg from a trip to Washington D.C to visit the World War II memorial. The dancers thanked them for their service by making signs, shaking their hands, and giving them hugs. Dance team…

Marching Mustangs “superior” again

Isabella Heupel– Mustangs Ahead   (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS Marching Mustangs had another successful weekend at the Florida Bandmasters Association Music Performance Assessment (MPA). The competition took place on Saturday at Manatee High School.  The band earned straight superiors in the categories of music, general effect, visual performance, percussion and auxiliary.  Assistant band director Kristin…