Ranch Reflections are articles written by LRHS students and staff who want to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. This is a great opportunity for Mustangs to branch out beyond traditional news stories.  This edition features junior Alyssa Gonzalez’s thoughts on observing the cheerleading team.

Alyssa Gonzalez – Mustangs Ahead

Manager Alyssa Gonzalez (c) flanked by freshmen Amy Zeitler (l) and Jaclyn Liffey (r)

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – As the new 2022-2023 season is coming up, I get the amazing opportunity to be the manager for the varsity cheer team.

Seeing the dedication that all the athletes on the LRHS cheerleading team have has been an eye-opening experience for me.

From getting sized for their new uniforms to learning new routines and chants, I’ve been able to see the excitement and passion in every girl that only grows with every practice.

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Freshman Amy Zeitler explained, “Having a manager is really helpful. It’s nice to be able to reach out to someone our age and have an extra line of communication.”

I have had my own personal experiences as an athlete in the all-star cheerleading world and getting to be a part of the LRHS team has definitely helped my transition from athlete to manager.

As I enter my senior year, I hope to leave one more strong lasting mark on the cheerleading world before I graduate and leave these girls feeling confident in their abilities even after I am gone.