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Heard On Sundial: Uncertainty For Graduating High School Seniors And The Miami Music Project

Chris Cutro
Miami Herald

On this Tuesday, May 19, episode of Sundial:

What Does The Future Hold For The High School Graduating Class Of 2020?

High school seniors across South Florida are weeks away from graduating. But for many, post-graduation plans look a lot different because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Many graduating seniors plan to attend college in the fall, including out-of-state schools. But fear of travel, and the continuing spread of COVID-19, has caused doubt for students and parents about whether starting college in August is a good idea.

"You have this plan and it's upended, what do you do?" said Dave Marcus. He’s an admissions coach and former Miami Herald education reporter.

Cedric Sawyer is a senior at Miami Southridge Senior High with plans to attend the University of Florida. Ana Viveros is a senior at the New World School of the Arts with plans to go to Berklee College of Music. They joined Marcus on Sundial to discuss their experiences and the uncertainty many families are facing right now.

The Miami Music Project Continues - Virtually

For many parents who work full-time, after school programs for children are a necessity. When schools shut down across South Florida, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, so did some of these critical programs.

The Miami Music Project offers orchestra lessons to students in several schools across Miami-Dade County, mostly in under-resourced communities. Since schools turned to remote learning, so did the organization.

Anna Klimala is the executive director of the Miami Music Project. She joined Sundial to discuss how the program has moved its curriculum online, the difficulties some underserved families are facing and what the future of the program looks like.

During her time at Florida International University, where she recently earned a B.S. in Journalism, Sherrilyn Cabrera interned for the South Florida News Service - a digital journalism platform where stories are written, photographed and edited by FIU students. As part of her senior project, she reported on the influx of Puerto Ricans who migrated to Florida after Hurricane Maria, and the potential impact on the November 2018 midterm elections.
Chris knew he wanted to work in public radio beginning in middle school, as WHYY played in his car rides to and from school in New Jersey. He’s freelanced for All Things Considered and was a desk associate for CBS Radio News in New York City. Most recently, he was producing for Capital Public Radio’s Insight booking guests, conducting research and leading special projects at Sacramento’s NPR affiliate.