COVID makes high school adjustment especially tough

Savannah Else – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – COVID-19 has forced a lot of changes at LRHS, and while it’s been hard on everyone, freshmen are trying to adjust to the challenges of not only high school but also new COVID-19 procedures. Freshman Mia Vanbuskirk said, “My first week of school was very stressful,…

New government teacher bring experience to classroom

Reva Gandhi – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- New LRHS government teacher Kenneth Hanson brings experience from the government to his Advance Placement (AP) government classes. Hanson moved to Florida, from Illinois, earlier this year, upon accepting a job at the Ranch. He said, “I have deep roots in Illinois as my generations of my…

LRHS SGA urges Mustangs to “show” faces and spirt

Jennifer Schillinger – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS Student Government Association (SGA) has planned a fun new way to end the school week, “Fun Face Friday.” Every Friday, Mustangs and teachers can wear a shirt with their funny faced selfies on them. “Fun Face Friday” is to help cheer up the faculty and…

Want to save memories of 2020-21? Try a scrapbook

Cassidy McLellan – Mustangs Ahead  (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Due to the complications caused by COVID-19, the LRHS yearbook is trying to form as a club and will try to put an abbreviated yearbook together by the end of the year.   This has led some Mustangs to think of new and inventive ways to store some of their more personal memories of the 2020-21 school year.   Some Mustangs have turned to scrapbooking for an easy and fun…

LRHS Pit Crew lets students help students

Margarita Lopez – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS has a new elective this year known as the Peer Inclusion Team, or Pit Crew. This elective is designed to help Mustangs in the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program with their schoolwork. There are currently over 60 Mustangs involved in the course who go to…

Social awareness may depend on social media

Emily Fulda-Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)-All social media platforms are different, each use different mediums, each targeted towards different audiences. But they all have one thing in common, they connect people with one another. For instance, Facebook is a social media website with an audience of mostly adults. Adults may look on Facebook for weather…

Mustangs adjusting to class variations

Ryan Hanson– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the lives of Mustangs and their families have been altered drastically.  One major change is the variation in class sizes. Some classrooms have 20 students while others have as few as six. This change is due to social distancing policies and the new…

Masks the latest LRHS fashion trend

Olivia Ellis – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Now that masks are required for everyone at LRHS, many see them as a way to showcase their personalities. Tie-dye, camouflage and flowers are just a few of the different designs Mustangs are wearing. Colorful medical and non-medical masks have also made an appearance. Colors such…

Pandemic creates new interest in science

William Flood – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – As COVID-19 became widespread so does the scientific effort to try to contain and treat it. As a result, there has been a new focus on science in the news and social media, causing more people to be aware of the influence science has on our…

LRHS juniors excited to advance as 19-20 closes

Jillian Herbst and Gaby Rosabal- Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- As this school year comes to an end, many LRHS juniors are acknowledging they are getting closer to their last year at LRHS. Although the rising upperclassman anticipate senior year to be the most difficult, they also believe it will be one of the most…

Testing one of eLearning’s big challenges

John Osborne – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fl) – As a result of eLearning many LRHS students and teachers experienced new and different ways of getting schoolwork done. One of the major differences both Mustangs and teachers experienced is test-taking. From a teacher view it is hard to create a test when they do not…

LRHS teacher inspires colleagues to fitness

Mason Ingallinera– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – To help stay active during these times of social distancing, LRHS physical education teacher Maggie Sharrer conducted a 30-day active challenge among her coworkers. The goal of this challenge was to move three miles a day for at least 30 days. “I’m so proud of our 7-person…