Wednesday, 21 March 2018 19:23

Old Town students participate in rescheduled walkout

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OLD TOWN - Last week students across the nation walked out of their schools to remember the lives lost in a school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Wednesday, students in our area continued that movement.

Dozens of teens at Old Town High School participated in their own walkout Wednesday.

They originally planned the event for a week before, but a snow storm and other circumstances prevented them from going through with it.

Even so, the students said memorializing the people who lost their lives in Parkland didn't have a time frame.

"When you're trying to accomplish something through a movement, just stopping when it doesn't go the way you plan it is a poor decision to make when you're actually trying to do something," said Zack Wyles, a senior at Old Town H.S.

"It was all about bringing to light that 17 people passed away, and that I think the nation as a whole needs to like wake up and see that this is what happened," said Old Town H.S. senior Gage Rosenow.

The students added that the event wasn't politically motivated, but rather a way to remind people that something needs to be done to prevent this type of tragedy.

Kayla Fish

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Kayla joined the ABC 7 & FOX 22 news team in May of 2017. She got into journalism because she loves talking with people, and she's incredibly grateful to share the stories of Mainers throughout the region.

She got her start in broadcasting way back in middle school as a member of a morning announcements TV broadcast club, and her love for the news industry took off from there.

Kayla graduated from Penn State University in 2017 with degrees in broadcast journalism and Spanish. During her time as a student at Penn State, Kayla was an executive producer and reporter for the "Centre County Report", an Emmy award-winning student-run newscast. She studied abroad in Ronda, Spain and traveled to Panama with an international reporting class. Kayla kept busy in college, spending four years working as a student manager in the dining hall.

Kayla grew up in the village of Shawnee-on-Delaware, located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, so transitioning into life in Vacationland was a piece of cake! A self-described winter fanatic, she loves all things snow related, including hitting the slopes on her snowboard. She also likes hiking, kayaking or doing anything outdoors. She loves meeting new people so if you see her around, be sure to stop and say hi!