LRHS senior wants to leave a garden legacy

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS senior Lily Potter has taken the so-called “Zen Garden” within the 500 building under her wing and is repurposing it into a Memory Garden. Potter has been working to finish murals, create a pathway along a muraled wall and put benches in the garden. To create a memorial for students who have passed through LRHS, Potter plans to use personalized tiles. “The mentality of everyone inspired me to make a change in the garden,” said Potter. Students have already helped

Olympian urges LRHS athletes to develop leadership

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – On Tuesday Mustang student-athletes gathered for the last Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) presentation. PCA is a national non-profit organization with the mission to create a positive, character-building youth sports environment that results in better athletes and better people. The last meeting focused on what makes a leader a leader. Work ethic and encouragement, and not specifically talent or ability are some qualities that form leaders. Sherman Armstrong has led th

Seat belt safety a legacy of lost Mustangs

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Buckle Up 4 BSwag and Bubba Association (BUBBA) is a non-profit organization that promotes seatbelt safety. It was created after two LRHS students, Brett Wagner and Josh Rogers, died in a car accident in 2011. Their parents believed this tragedy could have been prevented had they been wearing seatbelts. BUBBA was founded by Wagner’s parents, Debbie and Fred, and Rogers’ parents, Gena and Jerome. They decided to join LRHS’s Blood Drives to support a cause Wagner and Roger

Mustangs learn from driving dangers

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Many first-time drivers experience the dangers of the road and several Mustangs have interesting stories about their first time behind the wheel. “One time I was driving to a grocery store in Tennessee and my dad told me to take his car, even though I had never driven it. I didn’t know where I was going and it started pouring. I realized I didn’t know how to turn on the windshield wipers or headlights because my car does that automatically for me. I needed to collect myse

Tuesday concert starts busy chorus week

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Winter is a busy time for LRHS chorus, “MustAng Cappella,” and orchestra students. The Mustangs are performing their Choral Winter Concert is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at LRHS. “I’m really excited to hear my a cappella students perform ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’ because it was really hard to learn, but came together very nicely,” said LRHS choir director Giselle Panagiotakis, “I’m also excited for ‘Joy to World’ because everyone is singing it together as a whole.” Along with

Two Mustang swimmers finish strong at states

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – On Fri., Nov. 15, two Mustangs made a splash in Stuart, FL in their state swim meets. Senior Emily Massengale swam the 100 meter fly and 100 meter backstroke and sophomore Dimiter Zafirov competed in the 200 meter freestyle and 100 fly. Zafirov placed third in the 200 free which earned him an All-American Consideration time. Zafirov placed eighth in the 100 fly. Massengale placed 16th in the 100 back. It was her last high school swim meet. “Although I had hoped to plac

LRHS hosts SCF admissions workshop

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Seniors enrolling at State College of Florida – Manatee/Sarasota (SCF) next year can attend the SCF Application Workshop at 9 a.m., Nov. 13 at LRHS. Liz Bussiculo, a student specialist from SCF, will be at the workshop to help students leave with a completed application. “It’s not just the application. It’s orientation, submitting test scores, etc. that helps SCF guide students along in the process, so that come next semester, students are all set to apply,” said LRHS sch

LRHS junior medals in interational competition

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS junior Emily Massengale competed in the World Deaf Championships for Swimming from Aug. 25-31 in São Paulo, Brazil. Massengale placed top eight in all her events and medaled in four events, the 400 free (bronze), 100 back (silver), 200 back (silver), and 1500 free (silver). “My favorite thing about the meet was being part of the USA Deaf Team and meeting people from other countries,” Massengale said. Massengale volunteered to swim the mile (1500 freestyle) and altho

Quill and Scroll honors student writers

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Quill and Scroll, an international honor society for outstanding high school journalists, had their first LRHS informational meeting on Aug. 29. Adviser and LRHS English teacher Candice Delazzer has been involved with Quill and Scroll for 23 years. “My original degree is in Journalism, so it was a natural fit to be the advisor of Quill and Scroll because I want student journalists to have the opportunity to belong to such a prestigious organization,” said Delazzer. Quill

Swim team starts season

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- This Monday, the LRHS swim team dove into their new season and started practice. The Mustangs practice from 3-5 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Lakewood Ranch YMCA. Aug. 28 marks the date of the first swim meet of the season, hosted by LRHS at the YMCA against Manatee and Parrish Community High Schools. Previous head coach Julie Santiago handed her position over to former assistant coach Kyle Steinberg, an LRHS history teacher. “I’m feeling pretty good about this seas