Electives offer students hidden gems and something to combat the run of the mill


by Shani Vasquez

Sophomore Cole Monte does his best Hamlet impersonation. Perhaps Monte will expand his repertoire next year when he takes "Shakespeare's Comedies," one of several electives under the radar.

Lexi Nielsen and Sean Levonaitis

As spring rolls around each year, students are required to choose electives that interest them to fulfill their graduation requirements. Most students pick the most popular electives that all of their friends are taking and disregard all of the other intriguing electives that HHS has to offer.

A lot of the electives at Hillsborough can help you find something in which you might be interested. Students can find their passion by getting out of their comfort zone and fully immersing themselves in something they have never experienced before. Anyone who is looking for an experience like this should consider taking any of the electives listed in this article.

If you are a creative person who is into technology and are looking for somewhere to improve your skills, then Hillsborough High School art electives may be the choice for you.

Photography is one of the classes offered as an art elective. In this class, students will learn about the history of famous photographers and the camera. They will use many different designs and techniques to take their pictures using a 35 millimeter camera.

If you are a sophomore, junior, or senior, and you are someone who enjoys reading and writing, then an English elective would be your best option. Two of the unknown English electives offered are Baseball: The Soul of America and Shakespeare’s Comedies.

In the Baseball: The Soul of America, students will learn of the many myths surrounding the development of the sport, why the myths are important, and what the myths add to the creation story behind the sport. After learning about the origins of the sport, students will learn how the game spread from America’s cities to the rest of America during the Civil War. During this semester long course, students will learn about the impact such iconic stars such as Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson had on the game and the country at large.

One of Hillsborough High School’s best kept secrets has to be the English elective Shakespeare’s comedies.

“In most English classes students become acquainted with the tragedies, but Shakespeare’s comedies allow students to see the lighter side of Shakespeare,” English teacher Shawn Layton said. “A lot of his comedies have been made into movies such as Ten Things I Hate About You, and She’s the Man that students enjoy watching in class. If the stars align, students will also get to see a Shakespeare performance live on the stage.”

Any junior or senior who is looking for a history elective to take should look into the Popular Culture class. In this class students will learn about the themes, successes, failures, and history of the twentieth and twenty first centuries. Students will focus on pop culture in the United States from the 1930s to present day. Additionally, students use many different tools to learn about the impact that pop culture has had on the country.

Taking new courses in high school can help pave the way for your future, so step out of your comfort zone and explore all of the wonderful electives that HHS has to offer.