FCCLA gearing up for 2020-21

Katie Foley – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) club will be holding their first meeting virtually at 3:15 p.m. this Thursday, Sept.24 via Microsoft Teams. FCCLA is a nationally recognized club that has over 175,000 members and promotes leadership development to all students from grades…

New speech therapist happy at LRHS

John Osborne – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Of the many new additions to the LRHS staff this year is speech language pathologist Michelle Andrzejewski.  Andrzejewski said her job is to work with small groups of Excptional Student Education (ESE) students to improve reading comprehension and language skills. Over her past five years as a speech pathologist she has taught many different grades, but Andrzejewski is currently…

Incoming Mustangs face extra adjustments

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, especially with the new one-way hallway system. I do appreciate that the school is working to keep us safe I just…

Solid plan can lead to online success

Emma Conerly– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Online learning, or eLearning, is new territory for many Mustangs. Luckily, there are a few tips and tricks Mustangs have developed to stay on top of their schoolwork. Keeping a planner with every assignment and when they are due will help Mustangs remain organized, help with their time…

LRHS band begins practice

 Marissa Briggs-Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS Marching Mustangs Marching Band held its first in person practice of the season on Thursday, Aug. 27.. Band members and staff were required to wear masks when not playing an instrument and remain a socially distant six feet apart. As an added precaution all wood and wind…

Mustangs Ahead podcast – Aug. 28

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN! A new school year means lots of changes at LRHS. “Mustangs Ahead” podcast journalists talk to some of the people preparing Mustangs for a year that balances health, service and learning. Stay updated on important LRHS news and share what you like by following our Twitter @LRHSNews1, Instagram @mustangs_ahead, email, and follow the…

Pandemic meant a very different summer in 2020

Olivia Ellis- Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The summer of 2020 had a special visitor, Covid-19. There was the good and the bad, and the ugly. Covid-19 imposed on everyone’s plans starting with graduation. The class of 2020 not only had no prom, but no traditional graduation. On the bright side, their graduation ceremony…

LRHS adjusts early-season football schedule

Cameron Madison – Mustangs Ahead   (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – On Monday, Aug. 14 the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) held a board meeting to vote on the future of all fall sports.   In a vote of 11-5, the FHSAA decided in favor of an on-schedule starting on Monday, Aug. 24.   This means that the LRHS football games will be happening this fall.  With the…

LRHS welcomes Mustangs to a year like no other

Shea Murphy – Mustangs Ahead Senior Editor (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) -On Monday, August 17, Mustangs return to LRHS for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Due to COVID-19 certain procedures have been changed and added. One of the biggest is the requirement of masks. Mustangs will be required to wear face masks that cover…

Class of 2020 finally gets its day

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – “Congratulations to the unforgettable Class of 2020.” With these words LRHS Principal Dustin Dahlquist closed the school’s graduation ceremony. Around 450 Mustangs graduated at Bradenton’s LECOM Park Wednesday morning. The 2020 graduation was postponed several times due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, and the celebration at LECOM featured facemasks, social distancing…

HTPreps reschedules high school athletes award show

Brooke Mantone – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Due to COVID 19, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune is changing its annual Best of HT Preps Sports Awards Show from a physical event initially scheduled for Wednesday, May 20, to a broadcast show at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 18.  The show will honor several Mustangs, including boys…