Virtual tours can help Mustangs choose colleges

Katie Foley – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- As LRHS seniors approach graduation, some continue to search for the right college. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, however, many Mustangs’ plans have become less certain. While colleges face campus closures, many are beginning to offer virtual tour options to entice students. Stay updated on important…

Flag football means college opportunities for senior

Olivia Ellis – Mustangs Ahead (Lakewood Ranch, FL)- LRHS senior Shivanie Ghansiam has earned a scholarship from the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). Ghansiam has been an athlete her whole life; she has played flag football all four years of high school and played two years of JV tackle football here at the Ranch.  Ghansiam plans…

Former Mustang published in New York Times

Emma Tullio – Special to Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS Alum Markella Wager was recently published in the New York Times. Her piece was a part of an ongoing column called “Tiny Love Story” and is just 100 words. Tiny Love Story was the first work Wagner submitted to The New York Times,…

Seniors urged to start scholarship applications

“Mustangs Ahead” will be posting a series of stories on how Mustangs of all grade levels can prepare for their futures outside of LRHS. This article applies to LRHS seniors. Jordan Heffner – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) — As first semester ends, LRHS seniors are advised to start applying for scholarships. Mustangs can qualify…

Florida Polytech offers calculus help

Reva Gandhi-Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus students were given the opportunity to take part in Florida Polytechnic University’s new Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) program. This program was introduced in Sept. 2020 to assist teachers during the pandemic by reinforcing ideas taught in class. The program is part of Florida Polytechnic STEM NATION…

LRHS esports off to fast start

Zach Fenimore- Mustangs Ahead  (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS’s Esports teams are competing in their first season here at the Ranch.   The teams have participants from all grades competing in video game competitions.  The Esports program was started by journalism and history teacher Thomas Honsa and history teacher William Wallin and is now coached by math teacher Mark Marron.   Teams are made up of three Mustangs who compete remotely against other schools in a match of Rocket League.  Marron stated, “The best part…

Mustang celebrates holiday little known to classmates

Reva Gandhi– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- You may not realize it, but this is a holiday week…at least for my family and me.  My family is from Gujarat, India and we celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights. Diwali is a traditional Indian holiday that celebrates the ending of Lord Rama’s 14-year exile from the…

Pandemic has forced teachers into new disciplines, routines

Cassidy McLellan- Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- COVID-19 has caused various changes to happen at the Ranch. Due to the numerous changes in staff assignments necessary to cover all classes and modalities, some teachers accepted subjects that were a little outside their familiar territory. English teacher Michael Wood said, “This year I am teaching Journalism…

Mustang runs to honor brother

Emma Tullio – Special to Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The horn blared in the background, indicating that it was time for Corral C to move forward. My hands began sweating, and my body felt paralyzed with nerves. The harsh horn played again. The runners around me began advancing forward, developing a steady rhythm….

Mustangs adjust to Halloween changes

Cassidy McLellan- Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Due to COVID-19 and the changes it brought, Halloween will look a little different this year. One of the biggest changes is the official cancellation of “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Orlando Resort. Even with such holiday favorites cancelled, there are still a wide variety of enjoyable Halloween…

Mustang staffers will kiss a cow for charity

Cassidy McLellan- Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Mustangs have an opportunity to help raise money for the United Way Charity and compete with other schools for the most money. Money will start being collected Monday, Oct. 26 in Mustangs’ first periods. The class that raises the most money by Friday, Oct. 30 will get…

FCA focuses on faith, fellowship in pandemic

John Osborne – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – For Mustangs interested in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) now is the time to join. Meetings take place on Microsoft Teams at 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays. During the meetings Mustangs meet in small groups to discuss topics that they pick out. “My favorite thing about FCA…