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…

LRHS orchestra students make necessary adjustments for shutdown

Angelina Ortiz – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS Orchestra program found creative, online ways to keep students involved in music while at home throughout this uncertain time. Unfortunately, the program’s annual springtime events, including State Music Performance Assessments (MPAs), Fine Arts Night, and their Finale Concert were cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak….

Class of ’20 looks forward to late graduation

Gabbi Tomaselli – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- As seniors have wrapped up their school year, all that’s left is the graduation ceremony.   The original date for graduation was May 14, 2020, but due to COVID-19, the 2020 graduation ceremony has been moved to 7:00 p. m., July 29 at the Bradenton Convention Center. Seniors are anxiously awaiting the ceremony so they can have that special moment of walking across the stage and getting their diploma. Senior Abigail Patterson said, “I cannot wait…

The show (or at least the class) must go on for LRHS drama students

Csenge Csicsek – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS drama department is staying busy during this uncertain time. The Playwriting Marathon, Costume Design/Stage Makeup Showcase, and International Thespian Society Induction Banquet that would have been the last two Fridays of May have unfortunately been canceled due to COVID-19. Nevertheless, LRHS drama director Roxane Caravan…

Mustangs enjoy socially-distanced birthday celebrations

Marissa Briggs – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Mustangs are finding ways to celebrate family and friends’ birthdays under quarantine regulations.   One of the most popular is drive-by parades. Family and friends of the person celebrating drive by their house, tossing them gifts, honking and playing music, and holding posters they made for them. LRHS senior Connor Schrand has participated in a birthday drive-by, which he deemed a successful way to safely celebrate. “The drive-by’s and making of posters has been fun and adds a sense of normalcy to these crazy…