LRHS FFA one of Florida’s best

Gage Gongas – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS’s FFA program has been chosen as a Florida FFA Premier Chapter for the 2019-2020 school year. Due to the chapter’s impressive ability to manage community partnerships, excel in financial planning and public relations, the LRHS chapter was selected for this prestigious title. LRHS Agriculture teacher and…

New mentoring program hopes to ensure cheer success

Charlize Ucciferri – Mustangs Ahead  (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – For the new 2020-2021 season, the LRHS cheerleading team has set up a mentor program with the varsity and junior varsity (JV) cheerleaders.   This program was created to help the new students on the team learn cheers and dances they must perform at football games.   LRHS cheer coach and teacher’s aide Sherri Haber said, “I wanted to have this in place to help…

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….

Parking applications available June 1

William Flood – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – As the 2019-20 school year comes to an end, LRHS sophomores and juniors should get ready to apply for parking spots for the next year. Starting June 1 parking spots will be available for the 2020-2021 year. However there have been some changes to the system…

Early childhood education teacher ends distinguished career

Isabella Estrada– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- With the school year coming to a close, many teachers who are retiring are unable to say goodbye to their students.  That’s how the year is ending for LRHS early childhood education (ECE) teacher Elaine Bowling. “I had been planning to retire at the end of the school…

Three Mustangs earn ROTC scholarships

Adina Mayo – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Every year, thousands of high school seniors compete for a National Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) college scholarship. Out of the estimated 25,000 applicants, just over 4,000 are selected each year. These scholarships are awarded based on the scholar’s merit and academic performance, not financial…

Ranch reflections – Senior editor looks back on milestones, teamwork

Ranch Reflections are articles written by students who want to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. This is a great opportunity for students to branch out beyond traditional news stories.  This edition features a look back by outgoing “Mustangs Ahead” senior editor Manoela Dos Santos. Manoela Dos Santos– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- As the 2019-2020 school…

FCCLA looks back on successful year, despite shutdown

Marissa Briggs-Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is one of the many LRHS clubs that has gone through the process of adjusting to operating during COVID-19. FCCLA has an annual State Leadership Conference (SLC) every spring, in which attendees attend workshops geared towards improving leadership, meeting new…

LRHS faculty and staff congratulate Class of 2020 via video

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS staff and faculty have compiled a video offering congratulations and best wishes to the Class of 2020. Stay updated on important LRHS news and share what you like by following our Twitter @LRHSNews1, Instagram @mustangs_ahead, and follow the Mustangs Ahead Podcast on iTunes.

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…

LRHS celebrates seniors at cap and gown pickup

Ella Botko – Mustangs Ahead Senior Associate Editor (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- On Thursday morning, dozens of parents and Mustangs showed up to cap and gown pickups to celebrate the class of 2020.   May 21 was the official day for senior cap and gown pick-ups, occurring from 8 a.m. – noon. Mustangs, LRHS faculty, and parents showed up as early as 7 a.m. with signs, posters,…

LHRS Blood Drive Committee awards scholarships

Carson Manning- Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Winners of the LRHS Blood Drive Committee Scholarships have been announced. Recipients of the scholarships are – Christopher Georges – Brett Wagner Scholarship with $704.00 from BUBBA Saves Lives and from One Blood. Claudia Estevez – Josh Rogers Scholarship with $704.00 from BUBBA Saves Lives and from…