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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

5/1/19: Decision Day; Moveable Feast; Mental Health Awareness Month; 48 Hour Film Project


May 1 is Decision Day, when most high school seniors have to make their final decisions on where to go to college. That’s when many of them may face their biggest challenge: how to pay for it.

It now takes a small, or perhaps not-so-small, fortune to go to college.

Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren made headlines recently with an ambitious proposal to cancel most student loan debt and make college free or nearly free for some institutions.

So, should college be free? Or at least, more affordable?

Kevin Hyde, Interim President, FSCJ; and Michele Larson, Certified College Advisor and the Director of Knowledge4College, joined us for a closer look.

Credit The Perfect Pear

Moveable Feast

In Wednesday’s Moveable Feast, Leigh Cort of the Women’s Food Alliance spoke with Verushka of The Perfect Pear, a growing catering business on the First Coast.

Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health issues are a growing public health concern in America. More than 44 million adults suffer from a mental health condition. Florida ranks in the bottom 10 percent of states providing good access to mental health care.

Dr. Terrie Andrews, Administrator of Behavioral Health at Baptist Health; and Sheryl Johnson, founder of the Wear One Share One pin program designed to raise awareness and give people tools to recognize signs of mental illness, joined us for a discussion on Mental Health Awareness Month, which takes place in May.

Credit Jacksonville 48 Hour Film Project

48 Hour Film Project

The 48 Hour Film Project is a chance for local filmmakers to compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours.

The winning film will go up against others from around the world at Filmapalooza 2020 for a chance at the grand prize and an opportunity to screen at the Cannes Film Festival 2020 Short Film Corner.

Monique and Adam Madrid, the City Producers of the Jacksonville 48 Hour Film Project, joined us with more.

Photo used under Creative Commons.

Heather Schatz can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.