Emily Hall

Mustang French students prepare for state meet

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- On Mar. 12-14, the LRHS French Club will send seven members to participate in multiple French competitions at Le Congrès de la Culture Française en Floride or The Congress of French Culture in Florida, simply referred to as Congrès. Congrès consists of eight different competitions and French Club will be participating in five of them: Pièce de Théâtre, Projet, Album, Déclamation, and Lecture. Pièce de Théâtre is a performance of a scene from a published French play by var

Mustang robotics headed to world championships

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS Technology Students Association (TSA) Mustangs Robotics Program had its most successful competition in its ten-year history with both teams finishing in second place in their divisions, qualifying them both for the VEX Robotics World Championship in April. “We knew that this was an important match. If we lose, we are not going to Worlds and if we win, we’re going,” Vex team member Joey Robertson said. “It was a lot of built up intensity, followed by a, ‘Wow, we ju

Uncertain about the future? You’re not alone

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- A common question adults have been asking students since elementary school is, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Many Mustangs still don’t know the answer to that question. “A lot of people have asked me what college I’m going to go to, what I’m going to major in, or what my plans are after high school, but I really don’t know,” said sophomore Mariska VanLinder. Students are frequently expected to know what they want to major in as early as high school when filli

Mustang soars to new performance heights

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- There’s no feeling like it…Suspended from the ceiling by nothing but ribbon, spinning wildly while the ground rushes toward you. I know this is true because I am an aerial artist. When I was in seventh grade, I started taking a kids aerial yoga class at CircuSoul, a yoga and aerial arts studio in Sarasota. The class was far from any yoga classes that I have taken and primarily comprised of doing fun tricks on the aerial hammocks, which were hammocks made up of a strong fab

French Club rebounds after slow year

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- “We are small but mighty! It’s a slow process to grow our numbers. But what I love about our little group is how much fun everyone has together. However, it’s fun to see the numbers beginning to grow,” LRHS French teacher Corrine Battani said. Last year, Battani became the new LRHS French teacher and with that, came the responsibility of leadership over the French club. The French club was started in the 2016-2017 school year, two years before Battani began teaching at LRH

Two Mustangs recognized for constitution essays

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – High School seniors across Manatee County submitted to district officials essays celebrating the 232nd anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution. The competition came with a $300 prize. LRHS students Mariette Tomlinson and Joey Robertson won second and third place respectively. The essays were required to be 800 words or less with the prompt, “What the Constitution of the United States Means to Me.” LRHS social studies teacher Kevin Merriman was in charge of nar

Sophomore program to focus on diversity

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – On Friday, Sept. 27, a production of “Letters from Anne and Martin” from Embracing Our Differences will be performed for LRHS sophomores in the auditorium. This production will be used in conjunction with the school’s World History curriculum as they study both the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement. In this production, letters will be read by actors depicting Anne Frank, a famous Jewish Holocaust victim from Nazi-occupied Holland, and Martin Luther King, the African

Motivational speaker hopes to inspire LRHS seniors

(Lakewood Ranch, FL) – During third period Wednesday inspirational speaker Bobby Petrocelli will return to LRHS to motivate seniors with his personal story of triumph after devastating tragedy. After speaking on campus about six years prior, Petrocelli requested to come back to LRHS with a free seminar sponsored by Synovus Bank. Petrocelli is a famous motivational speaker who visits colleges, businesses, professional athletic teams and schools to inspire people. “He’s here to bring a spark to

LRHS GSA promotes tolerance

(Lakewood Ranch, FL)- LRHS Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) had its first meeting of the 2019-2020 school year on Aug. 16. GSA adviser and LRHS social studies teacher Benjamin Hall has a lot to offer students. “It provides an inviting environment for LGBTQ students and allies here at Lakewood,” he said. “It has components of social clubs like game club and service clubs so there is something for all students.” This year, the club will be led by the new president, Lora Brasfield, junior. Throughou

New physics teacher brings NASA experience to LRHS

(Lakewood Ranch, FL) – New LRHS physics teacher Daniel Goodman is an experienced non-particle physicist who has had a career history with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Throughout his life, Goodman has had multiple impressive careers including working for NASA on the Saturn V rocket and Apollo moon landing programs, participation in the oil and gas industry, and weapons development. At the age of 19 Goodman started working for NASA “asking questions, searching for so