Club advisers do it out of love

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Every year teachers volunteer to help Mustangs by becoming advisers of clubs. This year, many teachers have set out a goal to enhance their relationships with students and raise awareness for their causes. With a total of 58 clubs, advisers all around campus choose to help students collaborate in many ways. English teacher Kristin Wikstrom, who is the sponsor for Girl Up and the new adviser of Students for Safety, believes it is extremely beneficial to connect with stude

Track season starts Saturday

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – This upcoming weekend marks the first varsity track and field meet for the 2019-2020 season. On Saturday, Feb. 15 will be a regional wide meet containing up to 24 teams from all over the state. The LRHS varsity team has been preparing for the start of the season since December and is hoping to see their hard work pay off. English teacher and distance coach Kristin Wikstrom said, “It will be important for us to get a baseline of where we are as individuals and as a team s

Winter ball enhances JROTC experience

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program annual Winter Formal is around the corner. It will be held on Friday, Jan. 10 from 6p.m. to 11p.m. at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club. Although it is a private event, each cadet can bring a guest. The Winter Formal is not only part of the JROTC curriculum, but shows the cadets proper customs, courtesies, and formal protocols. Cadets go through a formal receiving line, eat dinner together, and then

LRHS honors three “Mustangs of the Quarter”

nominate students to undergo a chance to be chosen for Mustang of the Quarter. This past quarter, freshman Madelyn Hotaling as well as seniors T.J. Patten and Audrey Dixon have been nominated and recognized for their exceptional behavior and being role models. Mustang of the Quarter recognizes outstanding students in academics and citizenship for going above and beyond. Patten said, “I was originally surprised that I had won, but I have always tried my best in school and always try to be nice

Winter doesn’t have to mean sniffles

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – As fall comes around the corner, flu season kicks in, causing attendance issues for many students. Flu season lasts through May, but peak infections generally hit December through February. LRHS Clinic Nurse Laura Anderson said, “Although flu season is up and coming, students can take preventative means such as staying home and good hand washing to contain the flu”. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are many ways to catch the flu, howeve

LRHS alumn finding his path in Ivy League

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Over the years many LRHS Mustangs have gone on to compete at the collegiate level. Former Mustang and current Dartmouth freshman Jonathan Reid, is racing track and running cross-country at the Division I level. In Reid’s high school career, his personal records included a 4:15.59 in the 1600m, a 1:56.16 in the 800m, and a 9:24.58 in the 3200m. These times qualified Reid in the top 10 outdoor track rankings in Florida. Reid said he’s settling into his new surroundings in

LRHS junior sees opportuities in bull riding

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS offers a large variety of traditional sports, however some Mustangs participate in non-traditional, challenging sports that require long practices and dedication. LRHS junior Jackson Dugmore, competes in bull riding events hosted by the Arcadia Youth Rodeo Association. Dugmore explained, “Bull riding is a challenging sport that requires nonstop work and training. Although the practices are difficult, I love the adrenaline rushes of riding the bull, and accomplishing

Mustang girls speed to success in Venice

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Last weekend the LRHS Cross Country team attended the Venice Invitational at Venice High School. The Lady Mustangs finished first overall with a score of 46 points. Sophomore Jessica Neal finished first for the team with a time of 20:23.87. Lady Mustangs coach, Kristin Wikstrom shared, “Overall I am proud of how we performed as a team. I am excited and curious of what the future will hold for us.” Boys Varsity Captain junior Jaime Gutierrez finished first for the boys w

Undefeated Mustangs continue playoff success

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS softball team continues to storm through the season with a perfect record after winning the Class 8A-Region 2 semifinal game Wednesday night. The team defeated Tarpon Springs East Lake, taking home the win in the fifth inning 10-0, ending the game in a mercy rule. The Mustangs are ranked first in the nation with a record of 28-0. Junior Rachel Monroe said, “The team deserved this win. I knew we could do it because we all work so well together as a team.” Junior

Three Mustangs finish top four in state track

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – This weekend eight LRHS Mustangs competed at track states at the University of North Florida. Athletes from three regions and 16 districts braved some rough weather May 3-4. LRHS track coach Jeff Simmons said, “Besides all the rain delays, kids competed at their best and gave it their all. I am happy with the results and excited to see them perform further and achieve greatness in the future.” The top LRHS finishers of the weekend included junior Ava Klein and seniors Jo