Mansfield Lake Ridge High School's Online Newspaper

Eagle Nation News

Mansfield Lake Ridge High School's Online Newspaper

Eagle Nation News

Mansfield Lake Ridge High School's Online Newspaper

Eagle Nation News

Sydney Johnson

Sydney Johnson, Editor in Chief

Editor in Chief, Senior

I am honored to be returning as the Editor in Chief for the 2016-17 LRHS Newspaper.  I love photography and I am a competitive golfer.  I hope to study Mass Communications in college as well as play collegiate golf.

All content by Sydney Johnson
2017 ENN Staff says goodbye

ENN Senior Swan Song

May 16, 2017

Well, Lake Ridge, this is it.  I knew that we would be saying goodbye, but to be honest, it seems a bit too soon. Lake Ridge High School will always be a part of the senior staff of ENN.  We were the...

City Council Approves Band Carnival

City Council Approves Band Carnival

May 10, 2017

On Monday, May 8, the Mansfield City Council unanimously voted to approve the first annual Lake Ridge Eagles Band Booster Carnival. The carnival will be held from June 8-11 in the Vernon Newsom Stadium...

Johnson waits for music to begin routine

[Photo] Winterguard Member Soars into All-Stars

April 24, 2017

Johnson waits for music to begin routine

Put it Down Save a Life comes to Lake Ridge.

The Day I Died

April 7, 2017

I died on April 6, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. I was a victim of a distracted driver. I died upon impact. I left behind my family, my friends, and the Eagle Nation Newspaper that I have had the honor of running...

Power outage cancels school

Severe Weather Causes School Cancellation

March 29, 2017

Mansfield Independent School District cancelled school on Wednesday, Mar. 29, due to power outages brought on by severe storms. The district sent out notifications via email, text, and MISD Alert phone...

LRHS JV Winterguard lines up for awards

JV Winterguard Shines at Regional Championship

March 26, 2017

Lake Ridge JV Winterguard took to the floor in their final competition of the season at the NCTA Regional Championships on Saturday, March 25, at Marcus High School in Flower Mound, TX. The team placed...

The AP Stats class showing the March Madness Bracket

AP Stats Catches March Madness

March 22, 2017

On any given "A" day, Tiffany Neely's AP Statistics class can be found calculating samples, scatter plots, working variables, and residual data. When the NCAA Championship Tournament, otherwise known...

Jim Reeves talks to the Lake Ridge Journalism program

Award-Winning Journalist Visits Lake Ridge

February 21, 2017

For 40+ years, Jim Reeves has been covering sporting events throughout the DFW Metroplex for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  Reeves has covered 29 World Series and over half a dozen Super Bowls, NBA...

JV Winterguard poses with their trophy

Winterguard Shines in Saginaw

February 20, 2017

The Lake Ridge varsity and JV Winterguard teams brought home new hardware from the Chisolm High School NTCA competition in Saginaw, TX on Saturday, Feb. 18. The JV team placed 3rd in the Regional A...

Single survival guide

Single’s Survival Guide: Valentine’s Day Edition

February 13, 2017

Well Eagles, it's Valentine's Day or as I like to call it, "Singles Appreciation Day".  The sweet smell of roses and chocolates filling the air is almost enough to make a single person hurl. Watching...

Varsity Winterguard poses with their trophy

LR Winterguard Freezes Out Competition

February 6, 2017

Varsity Winterguard poses with their trophy

Wifi Authentication Fails to Launch

Wifi Authentication Fails to Launch

February 1, 2017

Across the MISD School District, classes came to a screeching halt due to the newest wifi authentication policy integrated to stop a virus called RansomWare. The new policy will require students to login...

US President Donald Trump takes the oath of office with his wife Melania and son Barron at his side, during his inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Trump 45th President

January 23, 2017

Washington, D.C.- January 20, 2017 at high noon marked the transition of power to the 45th President of the United States. Donald J. Trump took the Oath of Office in front of former presidents, cabinet...

All-State band members

All-State Band All-Stars

January 17, 2017

On Saturday, Jan. 7, band members from the award winning Lake Ridge Eagles Band participated in the TMEA Area B auditions in Coppell, TX. The students auditioned head-to-head against some of the best...

Harriett feeds her eaglet

New Year Hatches New Eaglet

January 4, 2017

The beginning of 2017 has brought a new addition to a bald eagle family nesting in Ft. Meyers, FL. The eagles, affectionately know as M15 and Harriet, welcomed their first of two eaglets on New Year's...

Marine Corps stand at ease during Toys for Tots

Mansfield Hosts Toys for Tots

December 12, 2016

The season of giving is here and that means you can do something to help children in need by donating a toy to Toys for Tots. Toys for Tots is a program started in 1947 and run by the United States Marine...

Lake Ridge Midterm Exam Schedule Released

Lake Ridge Midterm Exam Schedule Released

December 6, 2016

Yes, it's that time of year again Eagles! Amidst the holiday cheer and decorations is the impending approach of midterm exams. Lake Ridge High School has released the midterm review and exam schedule...

Mr. & Mrs. Kringle at the ICE! at the Gaylord Resort

Christmas on ICE!

November 25, 2016

Mr. & Mrs. Kringle at the ICE! at the Gaylord Resort

Eagles defense lines up against the Scots

Eagles Fall at The Star

November 25, 2016

The Lake Ridge Eagles Varsity Football Team ended their playoff run on Friday, Nov. 25, with a 41-27 loss to the Highland Park Scots at The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, TX. The Eagles offense struggled...

Eagles pose with the Area Championship trophy


November 19, 2016

The Lake Ridge Eagles Varsity Football team brought home the Class 5A Division 1 Area Championship for the second consecutive year with a decisive 87-58 win over Dallas Samuell Friday night at Lumpkins...

Eagles and Indians shake hands after game

Eagles Playoff Bound!

November 5, 2016

The Eagles Varsity Football Team secured a playoff birth on Friday, Nov. 4, by defeating the Waxahachie Indians by a score of 63-49 in Waxahachie, TX. The Eagles were lead by quarterback, Chandler Rogers,...

Halloween Band Style

Halloween Band Style

October 30, 2016

On Saturday, Oct. 29, the members of the Eagles Marching Band gathered for their 4th Annual Trunk or Treating and band party. In the past, Halloween has fallen on days that the band has either had performances...

LRHS Band performs during the finals

Band Battles at Duncanville Invitational

October 22, 2016

Duncanville, TX - On Saturday, Oct. 22, sixteen of the best marching bands in Texas gathered at the Panthers Stadium in the 23rd Annual Duncanville Marching Invitational for a battle of musical supremacy...

Eagles defense takes on the Broncos

Eagles Fall in Crosstown Showdown

October 21, 2016

In a game with playoff implications on the line, the Lake Ridge Eagles took on the Legacy Broncos in a crosstown "Pink Out" showdown under the Friday nights lights at Newsom Stadium in Mansfield. When...

The Drum Majors and Color Guard captains accept their trophies

“The Machine” Exterminates Competition

October 17, 2016

The award winning Lake Ridge Eagles Marching Band brought home new hardware from the Wylie Marching Competition on Saturday, Oct. 15, in Wylie, TX. The band's new program entitled, The Machine, was a...

Touchdown Lake Ridge!

Eagles Overpower Hawks

October 7, 2016

The Lake Ridge Eagles Football Team beat the Red Oak Hawks 45-29 on Friday, Oct. 7, at Red Oak HS Stadium. The Hawks struck early during their Homecoming game; scoring 14 points in the first quarter....

MISD Colors for Caring

MISD Colors for Caring

September 30, 2016

Beginning Monday, Oct. 3, Mansfield ISD will begin it's "Colors for Caring" campaign in support of cancer awareness. Throughout the 2016-17 school year the school district is encouraging everyone to wear...

LRHS Band performs at the Preview of Champions

LRHS Band Hits High Note

September 25, 2016

The award winning Lake Ridge Marching Band added yet another trophy to their collection. On Sept. 24, at the Preview of Champions Marching Tournament was held at the Vernon Newsom Stadium in Mansfield....

Eagles Marching Band playing during the March-a-thon

Eagles Band Marches On

September 17, 2016

The award winning Eagles Marching Band held it's annual March-a-thon on Saturday, Sept. 17. The band marched through neighborhoods of Mira Lagos in Grand Prairie collecting donations for the program and...

Eagles take on the Tigers

Eagles Intercepted by Tigers

September 17, 2016

Eagles take on the Tigers

The Pride of OU performing at halftime

On the Field with the Pride of OU

September 11, 2016

The Pride of OU performing at halftime

ENN staff working on the launch of the new site. 
 Photo by: Sydney Johnson

New School Year, New ENN

September 6, 2016

The start of the 2016-17 school year has brought changes to Eagle Nation News! The addition of ENN advisor, John Sohel, brings fresh new ideas and expectations for the refurbished staff. "I feel like...

ENN refreshes website for new year

ENN Reloads for 2016-17

August 12, 2016

The start of the 2016-17 school year is bringing changes to Eagle Nation News! The changes include staffing a new team and the addition of a new advisor, John Sohel.  The new ENN will continue to focus...

LRHS Colorguard at camp

Eagles Band Tunes Up for New Season

August 4, 2016

LRHS Colorguard at camp

Senior Ashley Baldwin poses in her cap and gown

High School Diploma: What Does it Really Mean?

May 27, 2016

High School students spend four grueling years taking exams and earning credits towards receiving their diploma. But in a society focused on higher education, and a school district forcing junior high...

Alex Minor (left), Brook Lampe (Middle), Almu Lopez (Right)

Eagles Rock P.J. Day!

May 17, 2016

Monday, May 16, was Pajama Day at Lake Ridge High School. The comfy, cozy day was the first day of dress-up events in honor of Beak Week.  Beak Week is an annual, week-long event that includes fundraising,...

MISD Thursdays in May

MISD Presents “Thursdays in May”

May 13, 2016

The Mansfield Independent School District is introducing a new community event, "Thursdays in May". The inaugural year for this event invites Mansfield residents to dine at various establishments throughout...

Colorguard performing at Regionals in 2013

Colorguard Holds Tryouts

May 9, 2016

Do you have what it takes to entertain the crowd at football games? The Eagle Colorguard will hold tryouts for the 2016-17 season, May 9-12 from 4:30p.m.-6:30p.m. in the band hall. The tryouts, originally...

Student stresses out over exams

Finals Survival Guide

May 2, 2016

With four weeks left in the semester, Lake Ridge students are pushing through long study hours to finish strong.  For some Eagles, they have felt confident in their academic endeavors all semester, while...

MISD releases summer school schedule

Summer School Sign-Ups

April 20, 2016

The Mansfield ISD has released it's summer school schedule for the 2016 season. The district offers a variety of courses to allow students the opportunity to earn acceleration credits or credit recovery. This...

Eagle sees its reflection

Self Reflection of an Eagle

April 12, 2016

We live in a house of mirrors, and think we are looking out the windows. - Fritz Perris Take a second to think about what self reflection means to you.  It speaks of how we perceive ourselves and our...

Lady Eagles huddle during the regional finals

Soccer Falls Short at Regional Finals

April 11, 2016

Both the Lake Ridge Boys and Girls Soccer teams ended their seasons at their Regional finals matches on April 8 in Carrollton. The Lady Eagles soccer team lost 3-1 to Frisco Centennial High School...

LR Class of 2020 talons up!

LR Welcomes Class of 2020

April 5, 2016

LR Class of 2020 talons up!

LR soccer team gathers before kickoff

[Photo] Lake Ridge Boys Soccer Area Champs

April 5, 2016

LR soccer team gathers before kickoff

AP English III teacher Blake Kahla shows signs of stress over AP Exam

AP Exams Spell S-T-R-E-S-S

April 4, 2016

For AP students at Lake Ridge, this time of the year brings about anxiety, fear, and stress.  As the end of the school year approaches so do AP exams.  The students and teachers have been preparing for...

Mrs. Wheatly stikes a pose with her new grant!

Spring Patrol Delivers Grant

March 31, 2016

Mrs. Wheatly stikes a pose with her new grant!

StarCenter rejected

StarCenter Deal Iced

March 29, 2016

The Mansfield City Council along with the MISD School Board announced Monday night that Baylor Arlington had withdrawn their offer to donate $1.8 million to help build the StarCenter. A spokesman for...

Journey receives his new ranking

Journey Promotes to Corporal

March 23, 2016

Lake Ridge Sophomore Yordon Journey was promoted to Corporal in the Mansfield Police Department Explorer Post 1601 on March 11. The Explorer Program is designed for young people ages 14 to 20 who are...

MISD Moves Up Last Day of School

MISD Moves Up Last Day of School

March 21, 2016

Under new Texas state law, the duration of a school year is now counted as 75,600 minutes rather than 180 days.  Changing the way the state measures the school year has given school districts more flexibility ...

Mansfield Chick-fil-A Backs the Blue

Mansfield Chick-fil-A Backs the Blue

March 21, 2016

On March 28, from 5 p.m.-9 p.m., The Peace Officers Association of Mansfield will be selling a special T-shirt to honor and benefit Fort Worth Police Officer Matthew Pearce who was shot several times...

Spring Break 2016

Spring Break Dos in DFW

March 11, 2016

Spring Break is approaching quickly and it is obvious that Spring Fever has taken over Lake Ridge.  Spring Break is a respite from jam-packed school days, and in a city where big things happen, why not...

Frontier Trailblazers

Seeking Out New Frontiers

March 10, 2016

Are you interested in learning how to cook or fix a car? Do you love animals or want to learn about becoming a corrections officer? If so, Frontier High School is still accepting applications for the...

After Prom scheduled at Alley Cats

Alley Cats to Host After Prom

March 9, 2016

Right after prom, your adrenaline is still pumping.  You will still be dressed up and your friends (and date) will still be around. To keep the party going, Lake Ridge PTSA has announced that Alley...

Hockey may be coming to Mansfield

StarCenter Deal Thawed

March 8, 2016

Baylor Orthopedic & Spine Hospital of Arlington has stepped in and donated the $1.8 million to cover the MISD portion of the Dr. Pepper Center deal.  The Mansfield City Council voted unanimously Monday...

Seniors Zach Bell and Jevon Martin getting checked by the LR Nurse for Senioritis

Senioritis Virus Sweeping Lake Ridge

March 7, 2016

The Class of 2016 has been trapped in high school for almost four years now.  They trudge through every day, not paying much attention to the time that has flown by.  It hasn't occurred to them that...

The Pickle Queens pose during the 2015 Pickle Parade

Let’s Shamrock ‘n’ Roll!

March 1, 2016

The world's only St. Paddy's Pickle Parade and Palooza is coming to Mansfield on Saturday, March 12, at 1 p.m.  The 5th Annual Pickle Parade is a free event for the community with over 90 floats, an appearance...

Varsity Basketball huddles during timeout

[Photo] Eagles Basketball Area Champions

February 29, 2016

Varsity Basketball huddles during timeout

Feb 29th is Leap Day

One Giant Leap for 2016

February 29, 2016

Happy Leap Day Lake Ridge!  That's right, 2016 is a leap year, which means that we get another whole day in February and in our second semester! The Gregorian calendar, which is what our common calendar...

Dr. Pepper StarCenter

Sayonara StarCenter

February 26, 2016

The City of Mansfield denied the proposal to build a new Dr. Pepper Center in Mansfield. The proposed center was set to be built on U.S. Highway 287, and East Broad Street and it was to be a shared building...

LR Destination Imagination team

[Photo] Team Uses Imagination

February 26, 2016

LR Destination Imagination team

Lady Eagle Swim team poses with their trophy

Lady Eagle Swimming Ends Season at State

February 24, 2016

The Lake Ridge Lady Eagles swim team finished their season with their bid at the state championships in Austin at the UT Texas Swim Center on Feb. 19-20. The team competed in individual as well as team...

Jaynes Crowned State Champion

February 23, 2016

Saturday, Feb. 20, Lake Ridge diver, Hunter Jaynes, won the 5A State Championship title in the 1-meter diving event with a score of 473.50.  This is the first state championship title for Lake Ridge...

MISD flyer for Multicultural Festival

City Celebrates Cultural Diversity

February 22, 2016

MISD will host the 4th Annual Multicultural Festival on Saturday Feb. 27, at the MISD Performing Arts Center from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The festival, that celebrates Mansfield's cultural diversity, will be filled...

Mosquito sucking blood on a human hand

Zika Virus Invades Texas

February 18, 2016

The Dallas County Health & Human Services has confirmed a third case of the Zika Virus in North Texas.  The virus, that is transmitted through infected Aedes mosquitoes, has been declared an international...

LRHS Cheerleaders pose on the field

LRHS Cheer Tryouts Released

February 15, 2016

Do you have spirit? The Lake Ridge Cheerleaders proudly represent LRHS during football, volleyball and basketball games, as well as fire up the crowd at pep rallies.  They support the community through...

Lake Ridge Launches Course Fair

February 8, 2016

Lake Ridge High School hosted a class fair for all current Lake Ridge students on Feb. 4 and 5 during each student's history class.  The objective of the fair was to introduce students to different courses...

Phil emerges from his hole during the 130th annual Groundhog Day celebration

Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Early Spring

February 2, 2016

Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, emerged from his hole early in the morning on Tuesday, Feb. 2, without seeing his shadow.  The pint-sized weather predictor indicates the onset...

Hunter Jaynes poses with his gold medal for diving.

Jaynes, Girls Varsity Swimming Make Splash at Districts

January 29, 2016

The Class 5A  District VIII Swimming/Diving Meet was held at the Mansfield Independent School District Natatorium on Jan. 22 and 23.  When the waves in the pool subsided, Lake Ridge sophomore,  Hunter...

Talent Show cancelled

Lake Ridge Has No Talent

January 27, 2016

The talent show originally scheduled for Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. has been cancelled. The show was a part of Snowcoming Week and was meant to raise money for prom. Talent show coordinator, Mrs. Wheatley explained,...

Republicans take a straw poll to choose a nominee

How Does the Iowa Caucus Work?

January 22, 2016

On Feb. 1, 2016, residents of Iowa's nearly 2,000 voting precincts will take to the polls to vote for their favorite Republican or Democratic candidates. This process determines each party's nominee...

Scott Sanders, freshman, warms up before a performance

Lake Ridge Students Named to All-State Band

January 15, 2016

The highest honor a Texas music student can receive is to be named to the All-State Band and Choir.  Over 64,000 students auditioned for the honor to perform in 15 band ensembles in front of a panel of...

Peyton Thor, far left, and Coach Kirk Thor, far right, walk off the field at AT&T Stadium in Arlington after a playoff victory against Longview.

Lake Ridge Coach, Athletes Receive Recognition

January 13, 2016

The Mansfield ISD announced that numerous Lake Ridge High School athletes and football Head Coach Kirk Thor have been recognized by organizations for outstanding sports and classroom work. Football Team 14-5A...

Senior, Brighton Mica, poses in his Mansfield National work attire

To Work or Not to Work?

January 11, 2016

When you are a teenager, your first job can be an exciting new experience.  The idea of generating your own money brings about independence and a sense of pride. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics...

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