SWAT takes aim at beach tobacco litter

Mackenzie Sisson– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Saturday, Dec.6, Mustangs in the LHRS Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) club participated in Anna Maria Island’s annual beach cleanup.  They gathered 4,224 cigarette butts, vaping cartridges, and cigars. “Tobacco can have awful effects on the environment; cigarettes can easily be eaten by birds, and the toxic chemicals can kill them,” said SWAT president junior Elise…

Girls basketball aims for success

Peter Fisichella- Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)-  Girls’ basketball is now into full swing at LRHS, and the team has big aspirations for the year. The team has 24 regular season games with ten of those games at home. Junior Jordan Brown said that they need the Mustangs to show out at their games. “The…

Mustang Visuals – LRHS loves sports

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS “Mustangs Ahead” would like to continue our feature column called “Mustangs Visuals.”  Students create a combination of comics, infographics, snap shots, art, and Instagram stories to portray life around the Ranch. In this editon our artist captures the excitement and traditions of LRHS athletcs.  While the images are creative, the…

LRHS Parent Association taking applications

Rachel Monroe– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH FL.)- The purpose of the LRHS Parent Association (PA) is to support, reward and celebrate the exceptional character, integrity and skill of the LRHS students, faculty, staff and community. LRHS is the only high school in Manatee County with an active PA. The current association is asking Mustang parents…

Grimes “touched” by peer award

Ella Botko-Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Principal Dustin Dahlquist continued celebrating the hard work of LRHS teachers and staff by presenting this year’s Mustang Faculty award Monday afternoon. English teacher Terri Grimes was presented with the award at a faculty meeting. Grimes stated, “It was totally unexpected. I’m very touched by it.” Former Faculty award…

Holidays mean community service for Key Club

Jenna Hernandez- Mustang Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS Key Club members love the holidays and love to volunteer even more. There are many event coming up and many that still need volunteers. Holidays Around the Ranch: 3 – 10 p.m., Dec 13, Main Street at Lakewood Ranch, 8100 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Bradenton, FL. Volunteers…

LRHS orienteers find early season success

Adina Mayo – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – On Saturday, Dec. 7, the LRHS Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Orienteering team hosted and competed in the Suncoast Orienteering meet at Greenbrook Adventure Park. This was the team’s second official meet of the season. The Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced teams placed first overall, and…

MTC a solid option for some seniors

This is the second 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) – When it comes to college, Manatee Technical College (MTC) is an option for LRHS seniors to seriously consider. It…

Unified Club uses bowling to engage special olympians

Cameron Perry– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Bowling is one of the most popular sports in the Special Olympics, due to fact that it ensures physical exercise and at the same time participation and social integration. The Unified Club does not participate as athletes, instead, they help athletes with the lane and ramp assistance. Bowling…

Student leaders face higher expectations

Mackenzie Hopkins – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Most LRHS students don’t go around looking for trouble, but sometimes mistakes happen and there are consequences.  For some Mustangs, however, those consequences are significant…even for minor incidents. Student leaders and others who are expected to represent the school must maintain a higher standard of excellent…

LRHS alumna continues volleyball success in college

Anabelle Lam – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS has a history of sending students to the next level of sports and LRHS alumni Jordan Schmucker is a prime example. Schmucker graduated from LRHS last year and is a freshman playing volleyball at Mars Hill University in North Carolina. Schmucker was a four-year varsity…

Campus reflects holiday style

Schuyler Young- Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- ‘Tis the season to be jolly as the holiday spirit strikes the LRHS campus. The month of December saw a bit of a themed makeover around campus. Throughout the courtyard trees with multicolored bulbs, red tinsel wrapped around light posts, wreaths, and even tiny Santa’s can be seen….