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Answering NPR's Student Podcast Challenge

Answering NPR's Student Podcast Challenge

Julianna Jaworski '20 responded to NPR’s Student Podcast Challenge by sharing how the Central Catholic community has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

She shares her own thoughts and also interviews school president Chris Sullivan '81, admissions director Mr. Chris Merrill '89, and two classmates, Max Beland '20 and Matt Grella '20.

Julianna, referred to affectionately as JuJu by friends and teachers, has definitely made her mark during her four years at Central Catholic: an active member of  Visions, helping to plan the Coffeehouses; the driving force behind the Cinema Club’s CCHS Film Festival; a member of the Student Alumni Association; a Student Ambassador; and a leading performer in several Theatre Guild productions.

In the fall, JuJu will be attending Fordham University (Lincoln Center) and pursuing a degree in theatre for directing.

Listen to her podcast...


About the Podcast

This podcast responds to NPR's Student Podcast Challenge prompt about a major event that impacted a student's school community. She explores her own experiences and thoughts and also gathers further insight from a variety of voices within her school community. The student creator of the podcast is a senior. She took on this project independent of a course to explore her interest in media and communication.

Thank you, JuJu, for sharing your many talents with the Central Catholic community! Good luck as you pursue your dreams!

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Central Catholic High School
A College Preparatory High School of Excellence in the Marist Tradition

Founded by the Marist Brothers in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1935, Central Catholic High School enrolls 1,200 students from over 60 cities and towns and several countries. Students come from diverse backgrounds to form a caring community of faith, learning, and service. They advance to college in overwhelming numbers (nearly 100%) and move on to successful careers and positions of leadership in government, business, industry, academia, and professions.

Central Catholic High School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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Mission: Central Catholic High School makes Jesus known and loved.
We educate the whole person for college and for life, with particular care for the least favored and those in need.