Initial LRHS grads celebrate 20 years of Mustang heritage

Cassidy McLellan – Mustangs Ahead

Members of the class of 2001 celebrate their heritage

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – On Sunday, Nov. 6 the first LRHS graduating class had their 20-year reunion.

The class of 2001 helped laid the foundation for LRHS as they helped to pick the school colors and mascot.

Co-planner of the reunion Sara McIntyre said, “It was a special class that we had the honor to be a part of. For three years, we got to be the upperclassmen. By the time our senior year came, saying goodbye was much harder than any of us thought it would be.”

The class of 2001 celebrated with buttons

Co-planner of the reunion Kristin White-Hokanson added, “With our class size being around 300 students and because we were the pioneers of this new school, I feel like we were all so close and connected to each other which I really loved.”

The 20-year reunion was held at the Fiorelli Vineyard and Winery.

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 Mclntyre said, “I was excited to see how much we all grew since high school and the 10-year reunion, as well as catch up in person. Many of us have been able to stay in touch over the last ten years thanks to social media but haven’t actually seen each other in person.”

The reunion was smaller than expected due to COVID-19 but people still flew in from Baltimore, MD and Carlisle, PA. 

White-Hokanson said, “We picked up right where we left off and danced the night away to old classic songs from the 90s which was so much fun. We all just cut loose and had a blast.”

Both McIntyre and White-Hokanson were extremely excited to plan the 20-year reunion and plan to make a 30-year reunion possible. Although stressful, both co-planners really enjoyed their 20-year reunion experience.

Looking back on her 20 years of adult experience, McIntyre offered this advice for current Mustangs, “Don’t look for the things that divide you, focus on the things that unite you! You will find that you have more in common with people than you do not. Come together!”

White-Hokanson added, “Take chances in life. You only have one life so take chances, set goals and then work to reach those goals.”