Courtyard memorial marks first year

Reva Gandhi – Mustangs Ahead Engagement Editor

Inside the campus there is this beautiful memorial tree in the courtyard that all can visit and grieve and pay respect.

(Lakewood Ranch, FL) – Thursday, Jan. 27 marked the one-year anniversary of the LRHS Forever Mustang Memorial.

The memorial was unveiled last year in the LRHS courtyard to remember Chase Coyner and Matthew Powers, who passed away in 2018.

Coyner and Powers have siblings who still attend LRHS.

Chase’s younger brother, sophomore Cory Coyner stated, “This memorial walkway is beacon of positivity for Mustangs.”

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Additionally, the Forever Mustang rock placed near the memorial honors Andrea Barberena Rojas, Dashwood Payen and all others who have passed away before graduating.

LRHS principal Dustin Dahlquist said, “This memorial is a place where Mustangs can honor the memories of their friends and peers and ponder what lies ahead in their own future.”

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The families and administration expressed their appreciation to everyone who helped create the memorial –  

  • Lakewood Ranch Sign’s and More for donating the temporary sign
  • Ralph Taylor’s Nurseries and LRHS agriculture teacher Janyel Taylor for the donation of the memorial tree
  • Wow Landscapes for donating the time and equipment to place the stone
  • Euro Quarries to help find the right stone
  • Westcoast Landscape and Lawns for donating material and labor for the landscape and irrigation work
  • The LRHS staff for their patience and assistance