Mariska VanLinder – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)-The LRHS Mustangs of the Quarter for the second quarter have been announced.
The student winners are seniors Jordan Kersey, Jake Hanson and Gabby Macogay, freshmen Landon Llamas and Leonel Marines. The teacher winner is a language arts teacher Mary Ellen Eskett.
“I am so honored to have won this quarter,” said Eskett. ”I am honestly so surprised that I won.”
Students are nominated for this award by staff and faculty.
LRHS discipline dean Tom Bellantonio said students receive this award for academics, citizenship, and doing the right thing even when nobody is watching.
Marines said, “I was really surprised, and I am really grateful for the opportunity.”
Marines was nominated by LRHS geography teacher Sammy Stoltz.
“Leonel is a great student and an all-around hard worker. He is kind to all around him and is always wearing a contagious smile,” said Stoltz. “Leonel helps those around him and always acts as a great leader.”
Llamas said, “It actually feels really good to be a Mustang of the Quarter.”
Llamas was nominated by teacher Sejal Desai.
“This student always stands at the 600-building door and holds it open for everyone who passes.,” said Desai, “When asked why he did this, he very politely responded ‘because it is a nice thing to do’.”
Kersey said, “I am very grateful to everyone who nominated me and gave me this opportunity,”
Kersey was nominated by teacher Jill Mullins.
“Although he is soft-spoken; he is not hesitant to assist others,” said Mullins, “Jordan is a lovely person with fine values. He is the ultimate media aide. His attention to detail is perfect for the library world.”
Macogay was nominated by teacher Roxane Caravan.
“I have had the pleasure of working with Gabby both in and out of the classroom for the past four years and have watched her grow into a wonderful leader and a role model for her peers,” said Caravan. “She is truly one of the kindest students to her peers always and goes out of her way to be helpful to all students and adults.”
Senior Jake Hanson said, “I feel very proud to be a Mustang of the Quarter. I’m excited to have this opportunity.”
Hanson was nominated by Eskett.
“He is an honorable young man who works diligently to help others and volunteer,” said Eskett.
Winners will receive prizes and coupons from local businesses. They will also have their picture posted in the media center for the rest of the school year.