Oakton Students Take Morning Announcements To Instagram

Hearts sank across the state for students who were looking forward to making milestone memories when Gov. Ralph Northam announced that Virginia schools will remain closed through the rest of the academic year. However, one high school senior in Oakton is making the best of things. Every morning, Noah Walker and Mattie Shannon’s voices would echo through the halls of Oakton High School for morning announcements. Walker, a senior who suddenly had his year cut short by the coronavirus pandemic, said they decided to take the daily routine to Instagram.

Noah Walker and Mattie Shannon

According to wtop.com, “There’s just a lot going on, and everyone is sad and stressed and upset, and so we were like, ‘We should keep doing this,’ and put some positivity in every day,” Walker told. The two offer “quarantime” media suggestions of books and movies each day at noon and share messages from faculty. “Shout out to our principal, Jamie Lane. An online faculty meeting was held today and we can promise you every question going through your head is going through hers,” Walker said during a recent announcement.”

As per wtop.com, “Though Walker will miss upcoming choral performances, prom, and graduation, he is in good spirits. “There are always going to be points in life where something or someone is taken from us too soon, and this is where character comes,” Walker said. “These are those defining moments where we can choose to let ourselves get beat down, or we can choose to keep smiling and be positive every day, and communicate with others even though we can’t see them every day.”

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Maryam N. is a Senior Writer at Nesbitt Realty. She is an expert on Fairfax County. Maryam has also worked previously as a geologist. She is a foodie and enjoys cooking and exploring new restaurants.