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…

2020 presents special challenges to cheerleaders

Savannah Else- Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- COVID-19 has a big impact on the way LRHS cheerleaders build spirit at football games. Throughout the cheer team there seemed to be a lot of mixed feelings about their first game experience, Sept. 25 vs. Booker. Varsity cheerleader junior Kayla Morris stated, “I think all of the…

New college and career adviser settling in

Morgan Trento – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – COVID-19 and its changes brought new faculty members to the Mustangs family. One of the many additions is the new college and career adviser Ricardo Acevedo. Acevado previously worked as a test coordinator and in the admissions office at Daytona State College. Stay updated on important…

New ESE teacher is glad to be at the Ranch

Mackenzie Sisson – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- This year LRHS welcomes new teacher John Biezuns, who teaches Exceptional Student Education (ESE) classes to students with disabilities. “Even with everything going on all of the other staff members have been very supportive and I am very thankful for that. I believe the Ranch has done…

Inevitable embarrassments can be life lessons

Emily Fulda– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- At every school, students have those moments when the just want to get through the day without embarrassing themselves. However, sometimes things get in the way of that hope. Here are a few of the most embarrassing things that can happen at school. The most common may be…

Mustang senior wins humanitarian award

Morgan Trento – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS senior Ethan Spasciani received a 2020 Florida Holocaust Museum Anne Frank Humanitarian Award. According to the museum Facebook page, “This award recognizes humanitarian actions that better the lives of other individuals or a group. By ‘doing the right thing,’ our recipients hold true to the…