Sleep key to school success

Katie Foley – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- It is difficult for Mustangs to find a healthy balance of work and relaxation. Many Mustangs have stressful experiences due to the demands of school and one of the biggest impacts is sleep deprivation. According to sophomore Jennifer Schillinger, “For someone who participates in sports directly after…

“Mustangs Ahead” credits audience for growth

Shea Murphy– Mustangs Ahead Senior Editor (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – “Mustangs Ahead” experienced its third straight month of growth despite challenges such as COVID-19, distance learning, and hybrid scheduling. The LRHS journalism program has enjoyed its best November, December, and January readership numbers ever. This is all thanks to our readers on our website, Twitter,…

Mustang lip sync battle set for Friday

Reva Gandhi– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- On Friday, Feb. 5, LRHS Acting 1 Classes will participate in a lip sync battle. The lip sync battle will take place during the fifth period in the LRHS auditorium. The battle will be between students from first, second, and fifth periods, with a total of nine groups….

Podcasts a fun way to enhance education

Emma Conerly – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Podcasts are an entertaining way to learn outside of the classroom and can turn mindless tasks, such as cleaning or driving, into interesting lessons about the world. LRHS senior Lora Brassfield said, “I like listening to podcasts when I am doing something with my hands such as…

Two Mustangs chosen for prestigious music program

Cameron Madison – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Two Mustangs have been selected to take part in the Rising Stars of Sarasota. Juniors Sarah Hutchinson and Ben Rosasco are being recognized for their outstanding musical talent. The Rising Stars program is part of the Artist Series of Sarasota, which has promoted concert musicians for…

Choosing a major means pressure

Marissa Briggs– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Starting as young as middle school, students across the country are encouraged to decide on a major for college. Many Mustangs feel the immense pressure of this. Teachers and guidance counselors encourage students to take classes geared towards their desired majors in order to make their college…

Library advisory board offers Mustangs volunteer opportunities

Reva Gandhi – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The Braden River Library Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is a group of teen volunteers from various Manatee County schools who provides input on ways the library can create enjoyable experiences for teenagers. Students from all schools are encouraged to join, including LRHS Mustangs. LRHS junior Aksharaa Praveenkumar…

2020 wasn’t all bad

Emma Conerly – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Although 2020 was a year filled with tension and disaster, not all of it was bad. Despite being quarantined, many people still found ways to better 2020. Media that would be originally inaccessible outside of its home, such as museums and musicals, were released for the public…

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…