Maddy Gattuso – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) -LRHS welcomed 585 freshmen into the school for the 2022-2023 school year.

As new freshmen in high school, these students experience many new things. The transition from middle school was not what some Mustangs expected.

Coming to high school wasn’t as scary as it seemed for some in the class of 2026.

Multiple freshmen said they were surprised with the freedoms you have in high school.

Freshman Gentry Dingman, “The thing that surprised me the most is that the rules/teacher’s rules aren’t as strict.”

Freshmen Elizabeth Sponsel said, “One aspect that came to surprise me was the way you’re treated as if you’re more independent and that can feel self-motivating. Preparing for the real world.”

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Some freshman said they were surprised with how they were treated by people in high school so far.

Freshman Caitlin Keenan said, “I was surprised by how quickly everyone adjusted to their new schedules. Within a week I was already comfortable with my classes, where they were, and who was in them.”

Freshman Brianna Camann added, “One thing about LRHS that is not what I expected is that people are more friendly than you would think.”