LRHS drama students convert everyday items into costumes

 Emma Braunstein– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH FL)- Character is defined by the mental and moral qualities of an individual.  The LRHS Design and Costume class this semester created a complete character and personality out of an inanimate object. Student were given three days to complete a full sketch of the character created. Some of the…

University a luctative option for seniors

This is the third in a series of stories covering the options facing members of the Class of 2020 who want to further their educations after LRHS. Julia Hatton – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – People often say college is too expensive. You also hear a lot of college students complaining about student loans….

New math teacher quits retirement for LRHS

Joey Cotton – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Steven Shamblen is a new LRHS College Readiness and Geometry teacher. Shamblen has always been a teacher, but his is in his fourth-year teaching in Florida.  He has taught in other states, such as North Carolina and Ohio previously. Shamblen left retirement to begin teaching at…

Ranch Reflections – Senior glad she worked through challenges

Ranch Reflections are articles written by students who want to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. This is a great opportunity for students to branch out beyond traditional news stories.  This edition features senior Hiral Patel’s experiences at a relative’s military graduation. Gabbi Tomaselli – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – As a senior in…

First Florida winter an adjustment for some Mustangs

Lucas Scott – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – For many Mustangs, the holiday season in sub-tropical Florida is different than what they are used to. Junior Alanys Suazo-Gracia is one of these Mustang and said, “Much farther north in Michigan we had some actually visible changes; we had the changes in weather such as…

Psychology Club hears first hand professional advice

Kara Smith- Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Throughout the year, the LRHS Psychology Club has had speakers come in about multiple topics that are related to what students are learning in class that can better prepare them for the Advanced placement (AP) Psychology exam. On Nov. 14, psychology club had its first presentation. Dog Trainer…

Library a solid volunteer opportunity

Emily Hall– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The Braden River Library is a valuable resource with many different volunteer opportunities and events for teens that are frequently overlooked. The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is one of the best ways to volunteer at the library. This board meets monthly to provide advice and feedback on teen…

Holidays mean travel for some Mustangs

Lindsey Limbach – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Winter break is just around the corner and Mustangs from around the Ranch will be celebrating the holidays with friends and family at home or somewhere else. Junior Peter Fisichella said, “When it comes to the holidays, I just do whatever my mom tells me to do…

Teacher pre-class experiences valuable in school

William Flood-Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Many teachers had careers before coming to LRHS. These experiences shaped their views, influenced their teaching style, and has inspired them to become teachers. Physics teacher Daniel Goodman had four different careers before becoming a teacher, his first was with NASA working on the Mercury, Gemini, and Saturn…

LRHS teacher headed to new life in Denver

Hiral Patel – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS is giving Social Studies teacher, Kathleen Soles, a warm farewell. Soles has been teaching Advanced Placement (AP) Government and AP Human Geography at LRHS since 2016. She is moving to Denver, Colorado to start off 2020. “I will be working at a school there and teaching world…

Mustangs juggle exams with holiday cheer

Ella Botko– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – With midterms quickly approaching, many Mustangs are making time to study and celebrate this holiday season. Mustangs from every grade level have a different plan of what their schedules will look like over these next few weeks. “It’s hard to make time to celebrate because of exams,”…

Students sought as poll workers

Meghan Llamas – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The Manatee County Supervisor of Elections is accepting applications to become student poll workers for the 2020 elections. Student poll workers can earn up to $150 per election, receive an excused absence from school, gain community service hours, and can mention the experience on resumes and college…