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Graduating seniors reflect on their pandemic high school years — and what comes next

Three high schools seniors sit at a table: from left, a white man wearing a white hoodie, a white woman wearing a gray hoodie, and an African
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Graduating Burlington High School seniors Peter Kuypers (left), Rebecca Cunningham (center), and Qumar Ibrahim reflect on their pandemic high school years.

Senior year of high school evokes many memories: your last final exams, college applications, prom, senior skip day, graduation and friendships. The class of 2022 is no different, except for the fact that the past two years of their high school education came during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vermont Edition host Connor Cyrus recently visited Burlington High School and spoke with graduating seniors Peter Kuypers, Rebecca Cunningham and Qumar Ibrahim about their high school experiences and what they're doing next.

Broadcast at noon on Friday, May 20, 2022.

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Connor Cyrus joined Vermont Public as host and senior producer in March 2021. He was a morning reporter at WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island. A graduate of Lyndon State College (now Northern Vermont University), he started his reporting career as an intern at WPTZ, later working for WAGM in Presque Isle, Maine, and WCAX Channel 3, where he covered a broad range of stories from Vermont’s dairy industry to the nurses’ strikes at UVM Medical Center. He’s passionate about journalism’s ability to shed light on complex or difficult topics, as well as giving voice to underrepresented communities.