Frisco ISD Focus Magazine May 2018 - Page 6

Reflections of the Class of 2018 Graduating seniors look back at the courses and programs that have prepared them for the future. Every Frisco ISD student takes a dif- ferent path to graduation and leverages different opportunities to meet his or her educational goals. Rigorous coursework, innovative pro- grams and a number of extracurricular activities and organizations allow FISD students to explore their interests and develop into well-rounded adults. In addition to core classes in English, mathematics, science and social stud- ies, the District offers a wide variety of advanced coursework and electives as diverse as our students themselves. Students often try many different path- ways, activities and levels of coursework. More than 70 Advanced Placement, college and dual-credit courses help students hone their communication, in- novation and problem-solving skills, pre- paring them for the demands of college and career. Professional mentors, internship op- portunities and certification programs also provide valuable skills, industry-spe- cific knowledge and real-world experience. These experiences help guide students’ plans after high school and often save students and families the time, money and stress that comes with changing majors at the university level. Students can access all of the District’s academic programs, while still maintain- ing a diverse network of friends and the ability to participate in varsity athletics and fine arts. Frisco ISD high schools truly provide students with choice and opportunity. 6 | FOCUS Meet five 2018 graduates who share their academic journeys and plans after high school. Justin Liu Reedy High School College Plans: The University of Texas at Dallas Intended Major: Computer Science Justin Liu has always been drawn to computers. The son of a software developer, he learned to code at a young age and built his own computer in seventh grade. “Taking all the CTE and computer classes in high school really helped me narrow what I knew I wanted,” he said. The Reedy High School senior took several computer courses, including Computer Science, Computer Maintenance and two years of Internetworking. He’s set to receive his Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certifi- cation this spring through a dual-credit course taught at Collin College. “Being able to have a certificate and show an employer, ‘Hey, I can do something,’” he said, “it does add to my resume and my knowledge, es- pecially in computer science.” Liu hopes it will trans- late into a part-time job in the field while he’s in college. “You have to get a foot in the door,” he said. “Just having that skill set can open up any company. Maybe not the position I want eventually, but the company.” Liu helped launch a computer sci- ence club at Reedy. He also plays violin in the orchestra and took two years of TV Broadcast. “I’m grateful that Frisco ISD offers such a wide variety of courses and they are accessible to everyone,” he said.