Kids, Keyboards and cows can be great elective choices

With registration for the 2018-2019 school year coming up, Mustangs Ahead staff members Adina Mayo and Karen Rudd dive into the world of electives to answer the question: What electives should students take? 

Adina Mayo and Karen Rudd – Mustangs Ahead 

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- LRHS offers a handful of electives that provide students with career experience. Early Childhood Education (ECE), Technology, and Agriculture are great ways for students to learn more about real world jobs. 

ECE has four levels available to eligible students. 

Sophomore Emma Kirby is in ECE 2. In this level, students get to interact with children in the Mini Mustangs program. 

“We get to plan our lessons and then go in there and actually do them with the kids,” said Kirby. “[Adviser Elaine Bowling] has these little books of different activities that we can look through or we can go look up things to do. Pinterest is always our best friend.” 

Junior Alicia Acevedo is also in ECE 2. 

“I like being able to have the hands-on experience with the Mini Mustangs. Not many schools have that,” said Acevedo. “I also like that we can get the Child Development Associate National Credential (CDA) through the school for a lower price.” 

In LRHS technology education, there are more than a dozen classes students can take. 

Freshman Elise West is taking Applied Engineering Technology (APT) 1. 

“You get to learn new programs and have them at your disposal,” said West. “I took this class because I want to be a pilot someday.” 

Freshman Mackenzie Hopkins is also taking APT 1, and is a member of the Technology Student Association (TSA). 

“I like it because I get to play around with different programs like solid works and illustrator,” said Hopkins. “This class helps me with TSA sometimes. If I need to work on a project, [technology teacher] Mr. [Bryan] Richards will let me.” 

The LRHS Agriculture program is very well developed. Students can take a variety of classes, including – Agriscience Foundations 1, Agritechnology 1 and 2, Horticulture 2, 3, and 4, and Animal Science and Services 2 and 3. 

Sophomore Andrea McPherson takes Introductory Horticulture 2. 

“I love that we have the gardens on campus that we work with to learn from,” said McPherson. “Plus, for the other classes, they have the barn animals to work with.” 

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