Sarah Watts


Sarah Watts

I am a junior and I enjoy film, fashion, the beach and being with my friends and family.


Prom theme, invitations released

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS seniors received their prom invitations on March 2 in their first period, and the prom theme of Enchanted Forest was revealed. The Junior Advisory Board (JAB) has been planning the prom for several months, and have kept the prom theme a secret. The junior-senior prom is set for April 28 at the Sarasota Hyatt.

A successful prom need not be expensive

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Prom is in two months, meaning now is the time for Mustangs to make their plans and get prepared. Prom costs add up quickly, as they include tickets, dinner and attire. Here are a few tips on how to save money on this expensive night. The stress that prom season brings can be relieved through smart shopping and planning.

Mustangs will hear from world leaders

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Every spring, Sarasota’s Van Wezel auditorium holds the Ringling Speaker Series. Throughout February and March, four influencers will be giving speeches at this event and eight LRHS seniors will attend. LRHS is the only high school in Manatee County to attend this event. The seniors who attend these speeches will also attend a meet and greet.

Italian wedding makes memories for Mustang

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS junior Cassidy Martin recently had a life changing experience, as she was able to travel to Italy for a wedding. Martin traveled with her mother and sister, and she flew out on Oct 20. “We drove from Atlanta to Rome, and it was a 14-hour flight,” she said. Martin began her adventure by visiting Vatican City.

Mustangs shift focus after homecoming

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Now that the excitement of Homecoming has ended and Thanksgiving break is a few weeks away, Mustangs have some time to focus on school. As second quarter is in full swing, many students are focusing on keeping their quarter grades up. Also, this is the first school year in a long time that LRHS semester exams will occur before Winter break.

FBLA plans a busy Fall

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) has a lot of plans for the next few months. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, FBLA is selling breast cancer t-shirts for $5. Mustangs can buy a t-shirt from an FBLA member, club adviser and LRHS business teacher Dr. Bobbi Colson in room 580, or during lunch.

New Mustang overcomes special challenges

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – High school is challenging enough for all students, but LRHS freshman Brandon Cox has truly learned what a challenging high school experience can be; he has had to get used to new teachers, classmates and an environment while being blind. Cox has been blind for his entire life, and just started at LRHS this year.

Lakewood Leaders extends deadlines

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Hurricane Hermine has caused yet another date to be rescheduled here at LRHS. The due date for Lakewood Leaders applications has moved back to Sept. 9. “In order to be a member of Lakewood Leaders, applicants must turn in an envelope with their name and t-shirt size written on the front, and the envelope must contain their $20 of dues and their consent form by this Friday.”.

LRHS FBLA means business in 2016-17

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) -The LRHS Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) held their first meeting Aug 31. During this meeting, adviser and business teacher Bobbi Colson discussed FBLA’s goals and plans for the 2016-17 school year. Returning and new members received an application at this meeting.

Mustang psychology students get college advice

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS Advanced Placement (AP) psychology students got the privilege of hearing from guest speaker Lindsay Choto. Choto is a high school ambassador for the company Rally Cap. According to Rally Cap, “She loves to be an educator. She has a strong desire to learn and wants to instill this desire in students.”.

Mustang migrants win graduation awards

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The School Board of Manatee County provides a program called the “Migrant Education Program.”. Lakewood Ranch Class of 2016 will have seven students graduate through this program – Alvaro Luis, Jessica Martinez, Sheira Mendez, Lisette Morales Serrano, Perla Janet Paramo, Jennifer Ovalle, and Julisa Sanchez.

Are we too obsessed with cell phones?

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – According to CNN, 50% of teens feel they are addicted to their cell phones. Experts say 78% of 12-17 year-olds have cell phones. As cell phone usage rises, parents as well as teens are beginning to become concerned. Factors such as new apps and social media have increased the number of people who spend time on cell phones, as well as the amount of time they do so.


Sarah Watts