Mustangs await beach to safely reopen

Jaime Gutierrez – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – With some Stay-At-Home orders throughout the area easing, beaches along the Sun Coast are beginning to reopen, but with social distancing measures.  With Sarasota County re-opening beaches on Monday, Manatee County has also decided to re-open their part of the coast on May 4. Many Mustangs are excited to head for…

Lacrosse boys focusing on schoolwork, staying in shape

Gage Gongas– Mustangs Ahead  (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- With their season being over, the Boys’ Lacrosse team has found a new challenge: how to stay busy and active throughout the quarantine and the summer.   Many of the Mustangs on the team found it was a weird transition as they went from the middle of the season training to doing nothing team related at home.   Senior Ben Dunn said, “I have been mainly focusing on my schoolwork and just…

Year-end textbook, locker plans announced

Anabelle Lam – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – As Mustangs are continuing with eLearning for the remainder of the school year, textbook returns will be different this year.  Textbooks will be dropped off in bins in front of Building 1 (the administration building). Parents or students are to drive around the loop where one person wearing a mask will return the…

Mustang chorus leaders, a Capella announced for next year

Mariska VanLinder- Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The 2020-21 LRHS chorus Leaders and MustAng Cappella have been announced. Leadership members are expected to be positive examples in their respective classes and are expected to hold themselves to a higher standard. “They are all extraordinary and I’m blessed to have the opportunity to be a big…

Season over, but LRHS softball still a team

Jillian Herbst and Gaby Rosabal – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH,FL)- The LRHS softball season was recently cancelled along with all the other spring sports.  The season might be over, but all the players’ hearts are still in the team. The team has been holding weekly meetings over video, so the team can get together and talk.   No one expected that their season would be over before…

Dance, peer tutoring, other activities continue despite shutdown

Isabella Estrada– Mustangs Ahead  (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Despite COVID-19 canceling school, many Mustangs are still finding ways to connect with one another at home and participate in school and community activities.  Even when quarantined at home, Mustangs are determined that this will not be the end to their extracurricular activities. Along with other activities, dance classes are now starting up online with students dancing in their living rooms.  “I…

English teachers adjusting to eLearning challenges

Erica Kennedy-Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – With the new online class adjustment, teachers have found different ways to connect with Mustangs and teach virtually.  Switching to online teaching for all courses does not come easily, teachers work very hard to transfer their material into an online setting. Some teachers prefer to use Schoology as they are familiar with the platform and how it works. English teacher Jacob Garfield thinks switching…

Mustang athletes focus on home fitness

Cameron Madison – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- With a state-wide shelter in place order, many people have found themselves unable to attend a gym. While this may be inconvenient, there are still many ways to stay fit from home.  For example, the Mustangs Football and Basketball teams have implemented at home workouts. Workouts like dips and dip shrugs can be performed…

Senior college decisions complicated by COVID-19

Brooke Mantone– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Due to COVID-19, seniors have had a more challenging experience with making college decisions due to campuses being closed.   During this time of the year, many colleges would have had tours and events for admitted or prospective students. However, due to COVID-19 that is no longer the case as all campus are closed and students sent home. Many colleges have virtual tours available,…

Like fans, pro athletes miss sports

Daniel Hernandez – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)-Due to the Corona virus outbreak the world of sports is at a full stop right now.  Professional soccer players are adapting to the changes by training by themselves and cutting their salaries to donate to the current situation. Here in the United States, the pro soccer league…

Quarantine can be a time to develop new hobbies

William Flood – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) -In this time of “Social Distancing” there is more free time to spend at home, so now is a great time to try out new hobbies.   There are many easy to pick up hobbies out there to choose from; examples including cross stitching, cooking, longboarding and…

LRHS SGA welcomes new leaders

Ally Ellis-Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS’s Student Government Association (SGA) has elected the 2020-2021 school year officers –   President- Brooke Rypel Vice President- Shivanie Ghansiam Secretary- Nolan Carpenter Treasurer- Ethan Spasciani Historian- Madison Smith Public Relations- Ella Grogan Public Relations- Reygan Stubler “I’m so excited to begin working with such a well-rounded group of students. We have a big year ahead of us and I am confident…