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Abbey Shilling

I am a sophomore at Lakewood Ranch High School. I love figure skating, the beach and just living life to the fullest moment by moment!



Senior year a time of mixed emotions

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The end of the 2016-17 school year is fast approaching and Lakewood Ranch High School seniors have mixed emotions. On the one hand, there’s the obvious relief sprinkled with chocolate covered nostalgia; but the aftertaste of college-induced panic is slightly more bitter. “I’m so out of here,” commented senior Lauren Lambert.

Mustangs look back on successful prom

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS juniors and seniors are still recovering from one of the school’s most anticipated nights of the year – prom night. Members of the LRHS Junior Advisory Board spent time and energy preparing the Hyatt in Sarasota for the biggest night of the year and the consensus reveals success.

LRHS NHS welcomes new members

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS National Honors Society (NHS) held its annual induction Wednesday night at Lakewood Ranch High School. Family members and supporters filed in starting at 5 p.m. to snag prime seating before the event began an hour later. Incoming members filed into their seats in the auditorium, the lights dimmed and the ceremony kicked off with an opening speech from President Riley Knutson before new inductees were called by name up to the stage to be congratulated and congregate on the provided risers.

Two Mustangs honored for artwork

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – An LRHS freshman displayed her talent at the Manatee County School Board meeting Tuesday night. Samantha Zappala, Lakewood Ranch freshman was invited to exhibit her talents. Zappala played the piano. “Samantha Zappala performed beautifully last night at the school board meeting,” said LRHS music teacher Rebekah Lester.

Annual pageant ready for contestants

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Coronation time has come back to the school. Every year LRHS hosts a pageant open to all students in order for them to compete for the titles, glory and perks of Freshman Princess, Sophomore Princess, Junior Princess, Miss Lakewood Ranch and Mr. Students wanting to participate must sign up to run for their respective titles (freshman will run for Freshman Princess and so on) with Miss Lakewood open only for senior ladies.

Donations rivalry means good fun and good news for the less fortunate

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS teachers Meghan Sugalski, Faust Delazzer, and Drexel Houston are known to have a long-running rivalry in everything from pranks to healthy competition during the school’s annual canned food drive. “The canned food drive competition began last year because we like to mess around and play pranks on each other,” says Sugalski.

Mustangs reflect on Halloween

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Fall is upon LRHS, which means costumes, candy, a much awaited drop in temperatures, pumpkin spice lattes, and perhaps most popular: all things spooky. Young adults are attending haunted houses, scary movies, and events such as Halloween Horror Nights; an annual event held at the Universal Studios amusement park.

LRHS students represent two big milestones

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – As of 2017-2018 Lakewood Ranch High School has finally crossed into new territory. The graduating seniors of the current school year are younger than Lakewood Ranch High School, meaning that LRHS is now officially “old School.”. Lakewood Ranch High School, built and first attended in in 1998, is currently home to more than 2,300 students and over 90 teachers.

Mustang leads Special Needs Prom effort

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Last Friday Lakewood Leaders junior Taylor Homan was in charge of the annual Manatee-Sarasota “Night With the Stars” special needs prom. Homan has been a part of the program for the past three years but this year was the first time she was in charge of it. Around 600 people attended from all around the Bradenton area in their fabulous prom attire.

Mustangs look for inside track with AP and DE

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Dual enrollment and Advanced Placement (AP) classes are getting more and more popular every year. Guidance counselors readily recommend them to appropriate students, some colleges require them and to be competitive for the next few years of education they’re virtual “must haves.”.

Second semester doesn’t have to mean “Senioritis”

(LAKEWOOD RANCH,FL) – Senior year is an exciting time with pep rallies, football and basketball games, being top dog. It’s all coming to a swift end now as graduation season approaches. One thing that many seniors experience is Senioritis. According to Google, senioritis is “a supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance.”.

Hair color makes a difference…at least in appearances

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Everyone knows the stereotypes: blondes have more fun, blondes are insipid airheads, they’re the butt of many jokes. Just how true are these stereotypes? Does hair color really affect how we’re viewed in society? Female beauty is often associated with the 1950’s beauty queen Marilyn Monroe.


Abbey Shilling