Mackenzie Hopkins

New club hopes to attract future educators

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Future Florida Educators Association (FFEA) will be a new club at LRHS next year. The club will be led by keyboarding teacher Rebekah Lester. High schools all around Florida have FFEA chapters, and next year LRHS will be the first school in Manatee county to have a chapter. FFEA’s mission is to inspire students to consider becoming a teacher or working in the education field. The club includes both competition and community service aspects. Next year the club will partic

Mustangs for Kids ready to dance

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS Mustangs for kids will host their third annual dance marathon event 5-10 p.m. Friday in the LRHS cafeteria. The purpose of the event is to raise funds for Shriners Children’s Hospital. Those wishing to participate in the Mustangs for Kids Marathon must sign up on the LRHS page to purchase a ticket. The current ticket price is $15 but the price is subject to change. Students interested in participating are encouraged to spread the word by sharing the link to their c

Mustang soccer recognizes seniors

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS families and friends gathered this week to honor seniors on the girls and boys soccer teams. The boy’s senior night game began at 6 p.m. Tuesday and ended in a 3-2 win for the Mustangs against Lakeland George Jenkins High School. It was the 200th win for head coach Vito Bavaro. Goals for the Mustangs were scored by seniors Daniel Hernandez and Gio Christiano, and junior Timothy Sheredy. Hernandez was also selected as the Lakewood Ranch player of the game by Max Pre

Student leaders face higher expectations

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Most LRHS students don’t go around looking for trouble, but sometimes mistakes happen and there are consequences. For some Mustangs, however, those consequences are significant…even for minor incidents. Student leaders and others who are expected to represent the school must maintain a higher standard of excellent behavior than other students. National Honor Society (NHS) Advisor Mary Ellen Eskett said, “Students who join or are inducted into clubs should uphold the byla

Student Government serves holiday lunch

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS Student Government Association (SGA) hosted its annual “Halloweenie” roast Thursday during lunch for the school’s staff and teachers. The lunch included food catered from Bob Evans and Der Dutchman, as well as hotdogs and bratwursts cooked by SGA members. The lunch featured a variety of guessing games for staff, and winners were given candy prizes. The winner of the pumpkin weight guessing games was teacher assistant Roosevelt Atkins and the winner for the candy

2019-20 Mustang girls soccer team announced

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS girls soccer tryouts were held this week for the 2019-2020 season. The tryouts concluded Thursday afternoon, while the boys soccer team tryouts will finish Friday with a six-mile fitness test. Last year the girls varsity soccer team won districts. Their season ended after a 1-0 loss in the regional quarterfinal round to eventual state champion Palm Harbor. The results of the varsity and junior varsity (JV) soccer team for girls has been posted, and practice will beg

TSA welcomes all student interests

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – On Monday, Aug. 26 Lakewood’s Technology Student Association (TSA) held its first meeting for the 2019-2020 school year. TSA is a competitive, student run organization that competes in various events at the regional, state, and national levels. At the meeting, the club’s officers gave a presentation that explained to new and old members what to expect in the upcoming year. The officers discussed meeting dates, various competitive events, and how to become an official mem

Mustangs claim first football victory in two years

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Thursday night the varsity Mustangs football team secured their first victory of the season. In fact, it was the Mustangs’ first win after an 0-10 season in 2018. The Mustangs beat Lemon Bay High School 19-9 at Veterans Stadium. This was the first game of the season due to scheduling issues and rainouts. The Mustangs took over the game with a touchdown from senior Michael Cucci and with an extra point scored by senior Matt Luh. Later, Cucci received another pass from so

Cuervo stays busy at LRHS

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – This year LRHS welcomes new faculty members including a new JV football coach Joseph Cuervo. Cuervo teaches Digital Information Technology and On the Job Training (OJT). This will be Cuervo’s seventh year as a teacher, and his fifth year teaching technology. Although Cuervo is a new addition to the LRHS staff, many students recognize him from the numerous activities he’s involved with both on and off campus. Cuervo helps coach the Mustang’s JV football team and works wit