Orchestra Spring concert to showcase success

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS Orchestra program will hold their annual spring concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 in the LRHS auditorium. This concert will be a display of all the hard work the orchestra students have been putting in during class since January. It will be the second out of the three concerts this year that showcases all orchestra students of all grade levels in Symphonic Orchestra, Concert Orchestra and the Lakewood Camerata honors orchestra. The spring concert will also

Orchestra hits all high notes at MPAs

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS Camerata Orchestra dominated at the Florida Orchestra Association (FOA) District 11 Concert Music Performance Assessment (MPA) on Feb. 20 at Braden River High School (BRHS). The honors ensemble earned Superior ratings for their stage performance, sight reading performance and student conducting performance. They qualified to perform again at FOA State MPA in April. The LRHS Camerata performed the most challenging and advanced repertoire out of any ensemble from b

Orchestra ready for its “season”

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS Orchestra students have had a busy start of the semester with conferences and Music Performance Assessments (MPAs). Orchestra teacher Daniel Shafer is focused on preparing students for the busiest season of the year. “We have a great cohesive group with higher work ethic, drive, and personality this year,” said Shafer. “We’re always striving to be great to keep up a tradition of excellence.” LRHS Orchestra participated in the Florida Music Educators Association (FME

LRHS orchestra opens performance season

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS Orchestra program hosted its annual fall concert on Thursday, Nov. 21 in the auditorium to showcase for the first time this year the work of all orchestra students. The fall concert featured performances from students of all grade levels in Symphonic Orchestra, Concert Orchestra and the Lakewood Camerata honors orchestra. This concert was a showcase of songs that each group has been studying and practicing in class through the first semester. “It’s the season op

Mustangs to swim for state titles

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS Swim Team competed at the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Region 2 Meet on Friday, Nov. 8 at the Long Center in Clearwater, FL. The girls came in eighth place and the boys came in 13th place. “Most of our kids that swam had a best time or very close to it. I’m proud of everybody that went, everybody did a great job,” said head coach Kyle Steinberg. The swimmers that placed in the top five at this meet were sophomore Dimiter Zafirov who came in se

Mustang swimmers excel at districts

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS swim teams competed in the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) District 6 Championship meet on Saturday, Nov. 2 in Sarasota, FL. The majority of the Mustangs at the district meet recorded personal best times in their individual events and in their relays. 17 swimmers also placed in the top 10 for their events. LRHS head coach Kyle Steinberg said, “We had some really exciting swimming…at the 4a District 6 Swimming Championships, everyone is so proud o

Quartet promotes school music programs

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) - The Lakewood Ranch High School (LRHS) Orchestra assembled an honors quartet to perform at events around the community in order to inform the public about the quality of the school's orchestra program. "It's a very valuable part of a string orchestra program to have a group of ambassadors to represent the program in the public," said LRHS orchestra teacher Daniel Shafer. Click here for more about this story from the author. The quartet most recently performed at the annu

Mustangs celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at special lunch

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS held its first Hispanic Heritage Month festival during all lunches on Friday. The migrant education program, the gifted program, and dual language teachers hosted the event to celebrate diversity at LRHS. The event showcased tables featuring posters, flags, and samples of cultural food from all the Hispanic countries. Students and teachers from foreign language classes and the migrant education program volunteered to bring the event to life. Resource specialist for m

Swim team wins fourth straight county title

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS Swim Teams took home the title of Manatee County Champions for the fourth year in a row with a combined score of 842 points; the girls came in first place and the boys came in second place. The Mustangs competed in the Manatee County Championship Meet on Saturday, Oct. 5 at the GT Bray Pool. Both relay teams won the 400-yard Freestyle Relay, and the girls’ relay team won the 200-yard Medley Relay. The boys’ relay consisted of sophomore Frank Runge, junior Jacob B

Swimmers honor seniors

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS Swim Team hosted their final home meet on Wednesday at the Lakewood Ranch YMCA. This meet was the team’s annual Senior Night, celebrating the 12 seniors competing in their final season. The Senior Night ceremony recognized the senior swimmers and their parents. Each senior prepared a short biography describing his or her accomplishments in high school swimming as well as their plans for the future. “It’s celebrating their accomplishments with the team, and it’s