Stranded 20 hours in Pennsylvania storm, tired KC students glad to be home

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BEDFORD, Pa – After spending more than 20 hours stranded on a bus, a group of metro high school students are finally out of the blizzard and making their way back home. The students traveled to Washington D.C. for the March for Life and got stuck on their way back to Kansas City. Despite the ordeal, the kids say they wouldn’t change a thing.

Even after a beyond stressful couple of days, Megan Osborn still greeted FOX 4 News via FaceTime with a smile.

“I’m feeling pretty good. We’re getting close to home,” Osborn said.

It’s the light at the end of the tunnel that Osborn and other students thought would never come. It all started last week when the metro students traveled with their church to DC for the March for Life. A pro life rally that no blizzard could keep them away from.

“Just trying to defend life for those that don’t have a voice,” Osborn said.

About halfway through the march on Friday, the snow started to fall. The group got on the road, not fully knowing what lay ahead.

“We didn’t know what to expect or what was coming next,” Osborn recalled.

As the storm raged, an accident 50 miles ahead on the Pennsylvania Turnpike stopped them and hundreds of others in their tracks.

“Once you went to sleep for a little bit, and we woke up we were still in the same spot…I’m not gonna lie I got a little nervous,” Osborn said.

The students did whatever they could to keep busy: playing games, listening to music and even held Mass inside the bus.

“It was coming down a lot quicker and roads were getting worse. We just kept praying,” Osborn said.

The teens said the roads are now clear and they’ve never been happier to not see snow, but still they’re calling this trip a blessing as they feel closer than ever to each other and God.

“It could’ve been a lot worse and I feel like we were there for a reason,” Osborn said.

When asked, if they knew what was coming, would they do it all over again and go to DC, they answered yes with no hesitation.

“I don’t regret going on this trip. It’s definitely something I’ll never forget. It turned out to be one of the best trips that I’ve been on,” Osborn said.

The students returned home around 1:30 a.m. Monday.

“Somehow we all kept smiling and kept pushing through and took it hour by hour and no one was ever at each other’s throat,” student Mariana Roper said.
“We were all best friends the entire time, if we ever got antsy it always seemed like they would say, okay now, you’re going to go outside and play in the snow and get your energy out. It just worked really well, there was a lot of balance.”

The students said they were happy to be home but were also thankful for the experience.

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