Tess Lippincott – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Nearly 600 senior Mustangs graduated Saturday at Bradenton’s LECOM Park.

Seniors Ally Adamo and Reva Gandhi spoke at the beginning of the ceremony, reflecting on their times at LRHS and their hopes for the future of the 2022 graduating class.

“I remember the beginning of senior year and being overwhelmed by unfinished college applications, last minute Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) testing, getting in all of our volunteer hours, and making our final marks. Now we’re here today, standing as proud graduates,” said Adamo.

Gandhi said, “We saw everything slowly returning back to normal. And through all of our speculation and doubts of what this last year would bring, we even had an amazing prom.”

Principal Dustin Dahlquist was very proud of all the hard work put into graduation by the faculty and everyone who assisted.

“Thank you to the numerous faculty and staff members who were able to assist with the graduation, the weather pivot from Friday to Saturday, the cap and gown pickup, the dinner and all the senior events leading up to this year’s finale.” said Dahlquist.

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The ceremony had been scheduled for Friday night, but the threat of dangerous weather forced a rescheduling to Saturday morning.

Senior mustangs Matthew Boudreau, Sam Leavy, and Alyssa Ucciferri were also recognized for their achievements in academics, leadership, citizenship, and community service, and named “Lakewood Legends”.

Many senior Mustangs have been looking forward to their summer and what lies for them after high school and will remember their time at LRHS.