Local teen covers President Trump's visit to the Panhandle

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - As President Trump held a campaign-style rally Friday to talk about tax cuts, healthcare and the upcoming special Senate election, one Panama City teen was taking notes.

"Everybody should be here, it's just a great experience," Palm Bay Prep Sophomore Ashton Norton said.

Ashton Norton is a 16-year-old Palm Bay Prep sophomore who's working on starting a news program at his school.

"I'm just.. using my phone and it's a good experience for me to come and get some footage for our schools live news show that we're going to start pretty soon.. I love politics," Norton said.

That's when the stars aligned. President Trump made a visit to the Panhandle just in time to give Ashton the opportunity to kick-start the news program with something huge.

"It's a great experience for people in the Panhandle. I mean, it's not every day the President is in the Panhandle," Norton said.

He said covering the event brings him one step closer to his dream job.

"I aspire to.. hopefully get in the U.S. Senate one day and just be a politician or a journalist," Norton said.

"His dad and I are very proud of him and we've always known he was going to do great things at a very young age and he's fulfilling his dream," Ashton's mom, Wren Norton, said.

The news program at Palm Bay is currently in the works, but with the help of the school's news teacher, they plan on having official broadcasts up and running in no time.