Mustangs see “Geoguessr” as online learning and fun

Ryan Hanson – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- As people turn to the online world to stay connected during COVID-19, many virtual games have risen in popularity. One is GeoGuessr. GeoGuessr is a geography game that challenges one’s ability to recognize their surroundings and guess where in the world they are for points. GeoGuessr places…

Juniors prepare for final year of high school

Reva Gandhi– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – With the 2020-2021 school year coming to an end, Mustang juniors are beginning to prepare for their senior year. Junior Molly Cress stated, “While it is intimidating to become a senior, I am excited to move on to a new chapter of my life.” As senior year…

Ranch reflections – Costumes for pets?

Ranch Reflections are articles written by LRHS students and staff who want to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. This is a great opportunity for Mustangs to branch out beyond traditional news stories.  This edition features a Mustang’s discovery of some odd online shopping opportunities. Maya Rengifo – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – As…

Covid restrictions make volunteering extra challenging

Jennifer Schillinger – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Earning volunteer hours this school year has become challenging for many Mustangs due COVID-19 limiting volunteer opportunities. This has caused many Mustangs to join volunteer clubs such as Key Club and Lakewood Leaders in order to access online events. Key Club secretary senior Emma Foley said,…

Mustangs can overcome exam stress

Emma Conerly – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- As exam season approaches and the school year ends, it can be a stressful time for Mustangs. Although stress can seem overwhelming at times, there are numerous ways to combat it. One of the easiest ways is exercise.  Exercise causes the brain to produce endorphins, which improves…

LRHS custodian finishes 19 years on the job

Jennifer Schillinger – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Longtime LRHS custodian Paul Gullett is retiring after 19 years and two months.  Wednesday was his last day. Gullett said, “My favorite memory over the years has been seeing all the Mustangs graduate.” Gullet first came to the Ranch wanting a change after being in the…

Zaharias embodied excellence

National Womens History Month started Monday, March 1 and will continue until Wednesday, March 31. The month of March is dedicated to recognizing the contributions that women have made to history and LRHS Mustangs Ahead would like to recognize women that have made a huge impact on today’s society. Cassidy McLellan- Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH,…

Libraries offer Mustangs new services

Reva Gandhi – Mustangs Ahead (Lakewood Ranch, FL) – Libraries are no longer just for housing for dusty books and forgotten shelves, they have adapted to become central gathering places for communities. The LRHS library has recently undergone several renovations to keep up with the times. For example, a new section for Manga Books has…

Freshmen reflect on COVID-dominated first high school year

Tess Lippincott – Special to Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- COVID-19 has changed and heavily affected the 2020-2021 school year, especially for freshman Mustangs. Freshmen started their high school careers as a worldwide pandemic cancelled and restricted everything they do.  As a result many freshmen believe that they are not experiencing the true high school…

Marie Curie made major contributions to science

National Women’s History Month started March 1 and will continue until March 31. The month is dedicated to recognizing the contributions that women who made history.  “Mustangs Ahead” would like to recognize women who have made a huge impact on today’s society. Cassidy McLellan- Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)-  One woman from the past worthy…

Mustangs recognize African-American historical contributions

Marissa Briggs – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Black History Month takes place every February. This month is a remembrance of important people and events in the African American community. Americans take the month to recognize achievements made by the African-American community that helped shape our country and culture today. Among many influential scientists,…

Sophomore named an All-State musician

Emma Tullio– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS sophomore Kathleen Cravens was named to Florida All-State Concert Band. Every year, student musicians across Florida audition to become a part of the prestigious All-State Band. The process begins in May, when audition music is posted.  This audition requires students to perform a technical and lyrical…