2019-20 yearbooks now available

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Yearbooks for the 2019-20 school year are now available for purchase. Students can get a yearbook to remember their yearlong memories of school. “I am looking forward to buying this year’s yearbook because it is my last year of high school,” LRHS senior Anna Stock said. “As a senior, I have been with this class for four years and am looking forward to choosing and seeing other senior quotes.” The initial price for a yearbook is $70. After Oct. 31, the price will raise to

Former Mustang enjoyed sub duty

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS is saying goodbye to substitute teacher Jake Dube. He has been filling in for social studies teacher Nadia Matijasevic while she is on maternity leave. Dube graduated from LRHS in 2015. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in teaching from Briar Cliff University, Dube decided to come back to his former high school to teach. “Teaching at LRHS was a great experience and it helped open my eyes to what I am capable of,” said Dube. “It has helped me gain respect for bot

Freshmen adjust to new challenges

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – With the start of the new school year comes a new LRHS freshman class. “I was very nervous and lost, but the administration was very helpful,” said freshman Lana Acherman. Freshmen face many struggles during their first year such as an unfamiliar school, harder classes, and a different schedule to adjust to. “I was really frustrated with the new block schedule,” said freshman Mahi Patel, “It will take time but I’m sure I will adjust to it as the year goes on.” Freshmen

Haushalter steps up to ESOL duties

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS is welcoming new English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher Dawn Haushalter as a full-time teacher. ESOL is a program that helps kids who speak another language and are learning English to gain opportunities in education and careers. Haushalter has been a substitute around LRHS for years, but she is thankful for the opportunity to teach these kids English. “Being the new ESOL teacher has been an eye-opening experience so far,” Haushalter said. “The studen

LRHS sophomore adjusting to US life

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Vadyslav Kostenyuk moved from Ukraine to the United States and started attending LRHS this year. On top of going through normal sophomore classes, he is also learning to speak English. “I learned theses languages at a young age, so it was easy for me but learning English now is hard. But I am up for the challenge and willing to learn,” said Kostenyuk. After being at LRHS for half the year, Kostenyuk has noticed many differences between school back in Ukraine and here. “S

Mustangs ready to continue blood drive legacy

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS keyboard teacher Rebecca Lester has headed up the school’s Blood Drive Committee for two and a half years. In that time, she’s seen many changes. One of the major changes was getting a new committee president Claudia Esteves, senior, last year. Esteves made many changes during her year as president. She investigated how how to promote the blood drives and have more people come and donate blood. The club became more active and gained volunteers for both lunchtime sign-

Mustangs welcome new dean

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Mustangs welcome new dean Diana Thomas to LRHS. Thomas graduated from University of Florida and University of West Florida. She has lived in Florida her whole life and enjoys the “local aspect” of being at LRHS. “It’s been an amazing year at LRHS so far. I’ve spent 15 years of my career in middle school,” said Thomas. Thomas was a part of the administration at Buffalo Creek Middle School and in Hillsborough County. She chose LRHS because of the opportunities it has to o

No-school Fridays mean schedule adjustments

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- There are some upcoming irregularities to LRHS’s block schedule. There are two weeks where school is not in session on Fridays. During these weeks, the Friday odd day is moved to Monday, replacing the usual skinny day. According to the posted odd/even schedule, the two weeks look like this: The week of Mar.9: Monday is odd, Tuesday is even, Wednesday is odd, Thursday is even, Friday is Record day. The week of Apr.6: Monday is odd, Tuesday is even, Wednesday is odd, Thur

Ranch Reflections – Military graduation expands senior experience

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 senior Hiral Patel’s experiences at a relative’s military graduation. (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Arriving at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, a week before Thanksgiving, the base was in high security and the air was frigid. We proceeded to drive to the base and upon arriving at the ga