Coral Gables High senior Daniela Karaki-Suarez is passionate about TV production, so much so she started a club to give students a chance to learn the skills she has learned in class. She took on that task as her Creativity, Action and Service project required by the International Baccalaureate program.
“We were able to open up the official TV Production Club at school,” Karaki-Suarez said. “I’ve been in TV production since 10th grade. I’ve been able to work my way up to become the head anchor.”
She said it is important that there is a club because not everyone had an open spot on their schedule to take TV production even if they had the interest.
“It wouldn’t be as in depth as a class but it would be something to gain experience, hands on,” she said.
Thus far, there are 20-30 students who are in the club. It took a lot of work to get to the stage where the club could accept members. That included getting the school administration on board.
Karaki-Suarez also thought ahead and had worked out a process to choose new leadership to keep the club going after she goes off to college.
In college, she is considering a major in marketing or public relations. She had considered TV news but decided it might be too competitive for her.
Karaki-Suarez has been accepted to Florida International University and the University of Florida. However, FIU also offered her a full scholarship and a spot in the Honors College.
Outside of school, Karaki-Suarez earned her black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
She has placed first in performance at Tae Kwon Do competitions. She also has volunteered at the Miami Children’s Museum since she was in eighth grade.
“I always like to volunteer there because it’s fun to help the kids,” she said. “I lead the kids around tours. I help host the parties. They have a supermarket and I help children learn how to shop.”
— Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld