Mustang seniors received graduation gear today

Alivia Insixiengmay – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Monday was the last day of school for LRHS seniors. Many senior Mustangs expressed gratitude for their years of experience at the school and have many feelings on their last days of high school.

Josie Plakyda said, “I think I’m more sad about moving on from this period of my life, versus the actual high school/ people here. I’ll miss living at home, having no real responsibility, and being at home with my family all the time.”

For many seniors like Plakyda, they are emotional about moving on to the next chapter of their life.

“My last day of high school is more emotional in the sense that it symbolizes the next era of my life, and I’ll miss being this young and carefree, but I trust that my life is only going to improve from here and I’ll achieve all my goals,” Plakyda continued.

Some other Senior Mustangs like Olivia Ellis are more upset about leaving behind their friends.

Ellis said, “The last day of school was sad since I’m leaving all my friends, but I’m excited for a new adventure and the next chapter of my life.”

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Many other seniors are also excited about moving into the next era of their life.

Senior Jennifer Shank said, “I’m very happy to be leaving and start the next chapter of my life, but it’s also very sad because I’ve spent the last four years of my life at this school.”

Another example of an excited senior Mustang is Cassidy McLellan.

She said, “I could not wait for my last day. I am incredibly excited to not have to wake up at 6 a.m. for the next few months. I cannot wait for college and the next chapter of my life.”

Olivia Ryan is happy to be moving on. “I am impatiently waiting to graduate and go to college.”

Kaitlyn Harper is a senior Mustang that shares gratitude on her last day of high school. Harper said, “I am grateful to spend my last day talking to friends and looking back on all the memories we made.”

Senior Mustang Jordyn Patterson said, “I am grateful for the memories I made here, but I am very excited to be leaving.”

Seniors will be missed by younger friends

Sofia Cretu – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Monday was the last school day for Mustang seniors. This final day is often a big celebration for seniors and their friends and families, but many of their underclassmen friends are not ready to watch them leave.

Several LRHS freshmen, sophomores, and juniors have senior friends, and watching those friends move up in the world is bittersweet.

Junior Camila Pizarro said, “It’s sad watching my close friends leave but I’m happy they get to grow into the person they want to become.”

Sophomore Annie McDonald continues “Chole (a senior Mustang) was the first person I met in Florida, and I am so glad I did because she has been such a good friend. I am really going to miss having her at school.”

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Senior Mustangs are excited to graduate but are also facing the fact they do not get to see some of their favorite peers anymore.

 Senior Erin Walsh said “Leaving LRHS for me will be bittersweet. I will miss seeing all my friends every day; however, I look forward to going to college and meeting new people”

Seniors will have their graduation Wednesday, May 17, and will get their guest tickets on the 15.