Neely Yancey

Mustangs Ahead Staff

Lakewood Ranch High School

Neely Yancey

A compilation of my stories for my 2016-2017 junior year with Mustangs Ahead!



Food shouldn’t be on the classroom reward menu

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)– LRHS cafeteria manager Carolyn Henderson is urging an end to food-based classroom rewards. “I hope that LRHS teachers will take interest in offering rewards other than food,” said Henderson. “There are many great ideas of what to provide students for their achievements.”. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), child obesity in the United States has tripled since the 1970s, and 1 in 5 school-aged children is obese.

Mustangs wrapping up Advanced Placement tests

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)– Advanced Placement (AP) testing at LRHS is coming to a close for the 2016-2017 school year. AP classes provide opportunities for high school students to receive college credit while taking high school classes. AP classes have a college-level difficulty and are particularly rigorous.

Flag football cancels Manatee game

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Thursday’s LRHS girl’s flag football home game against Manatee High School has been canceled due to field conditions. A new date is in the works, and will be announced within the next few days. Coach Elijah Weaver is looking forward to the game’s rescheduling. “We are excited to play against Manatee,” said Weaver.

Mustangs receive NHS invitations

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – National Honor Society (NHS) invitations were given to prospective members on Feb. 2 and 3. To qualify for NHS, a student must be a sophomore with a 3.5 Grade Point Average (GPA) or higher. “For a student to be considered, they need much more than just their GPA,” said NHS adviser and LRHS English teacher Mary Ellen Eskett.

Mustang media specialist promotes literacy week

National “Celebrate Literacy Week” involves encouraging students to read and write for academic success. The state of Florida has over 2.8 million students, and parents, teachers, and administrators have been encouraged to participate. LRHS media specialist Jill Mullins has been with LRHS since it opened.

School psychologists recognized

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – This week is School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW). SPAW is organized by the National Association of School Psychologists and brings awareness to the work that school psychologists do for students to bring them greater success. The theme of SPAW for 2016 is Small Steps Change Lives, which focuses on social-emotional skills as well as academic success.

Mustangs urged to prepare for flu

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Flu season is here and families across the United States are strengthening their defenses against the virus. The seasonal influenza virus affects millions of Americans nationwide from November to March. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms of the flu include: fever, cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, fatigue, and possible nausea and/or vomiting.

Breast cancer month special for one teacher

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it signifies a very important time of the year for breast cancer survivors everywhere. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the United States. Fortunately, major advances in technology have allowed women to detect breast cancer earlier and receive treatment faster.

Mustangs weight SAT vs. ACT options

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and the American College Testing (ACT) Program are America’s two major college entrance exams. Millions of high school juniors and seniors will take these tests every year. Recently, some students have begun favoring either the SAT and ACT over the other. However, both tests have different forms of scoring and testing material.

Diabetes a real concern for some Mustangs

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – In the United States today, as many as 1.25 million Americans have been diagnosed with Type One Diabetes (T1D). According to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), a new case of diabetes is diagnosed every 30 seconds, and more than 1.9 million people are diagnosed each year.

Mustangs responsible for health choices

(LAKEWOOD RANCH,FL)–The Centers for Disease Control report that since 1980, the obesity rate in the United States has increased from 5% to nearly 21% in Americans 12-19 years old. These rates can be the result of poor habits such as overeating, lack of exercise, from increased portion sizes, and even a family history of obesity.


Neely Yancey

My name is Neely Yancey, and I am currently a junior at Lakewood Ranch High School. I started journalism my freshman year, and then joined the Mustangs Ahead staff for the 2015-2016 school year.

I really enjoy writing for Mustangs Ahead! I love contributing longer stories on important issues that can affect students everyday. I also write short articles that can inform students about important events happening on campus.



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