Parkland students sing message of unity, light for community

Students perform song at Broward Center for the Performing Arts

By Sanela Sabovic - Reporter

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School drama club students stood proud at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, singing their song "Shine" with the Boston Pops Orchestra.

To say it's been a tough and trying year for these Parkland students is an understatement. All of them were together in drama class when 17 people were killed during a mass shooting at the school last Valentine's Day.

They cried together and were in fear together, so, naturally, students Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Pena wrote "Shine" together as a way to drive out the darkness and bring light back into their community.

"I don't want anyone to ever forget about what happened at our school and I think that's the premise behind 'Shine,'" Garrity said.

They sang the song at a CNN town hall meeting and during the "March for Our Lives" in Washington. 

These students have clearly channeled their pain into a movement and will be at school Thursday on the one-year anniversary of the shooting, helping their community, providing a shoulder to cry on with the message, "We will shine." 

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