Mallory Lloyd – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS Mini Mustangs, the future class of 2034, graduated Tuesday.
There ceremony took place at the park next to the LRHS soccer fields. Eight Mini Mustangs were celebrated.
Mini Mustangs teacher Catherine Schutte said, “It was a happy day where we could all be together. I have been with this program for nine years, and this year definitely stood out.”
Mini Mustangs classroom substitute Bailee French added, “Even though some things didn’t go as planned, the Mini Mustangs graduated and that was the best thing that could have happened.”
“We had the sprinklers going off and it was very windy, but the children were able to have a happy graduation despite the little difficulties,” Schutte continued.
The ceremony included the Mini Mustangs performing two songs. One was in Spanish and the other was in sign language which was taught by junior Carson Manning, a student-teacher in the LRHS Early Childhood Program (ECE).
Junior Lani Fisher said, “I was really excited to see their faces, but was sad to see them leave. The program has had this class since January and we all have special connections with these students.”
The Mini Mustangs were also excited about their graduation treats, especially the cupcakes.
Junior Michaela McCue said, “It was one for the books and overall a day to remember. I will mostly miss being able to see them every day.”