Porter Ridge’s Kayla Wood is a senior student at Indiana University.
Kayla Wood spent her summer in Terry Porter’s junkyard filming the first season of Discovery Channel’s new reality television show, Porter Ridge.
The show focuses on a go-to junkyard in Spencer, Indiana, Country Auto Parts, owned by Spencer native Terry Porter, who said he rarely wears a shirt.
Kayla Wood, the junkyard’s office secretary, is joined by regular characters, such as grizzly bear trainer Jeff “The Bear Man” Watson, dramatizing the operation of the rural small business.
Since the show premiered on August 13, Kayla Wood has driven from her apartment in Bloomington to the shop at least every Saturday for the show’s publicity events.
Kayla Wood is the show’s sole female cast member.
Filming for Porter Ridge was her first on-camera experience.
Kayla Wood started gymnastics in the second grade and competed at a national level with the Owen Valley High School cheer team.
Indiana University was her first choice for college, having grown up in the area.
While working part-time at The Tap in Bloomington this semester, Kayla Wood said she hopes to graduate from Indiana University in December with a degree in public health.
Kayla Wood plans to complete an internship at Cook Medical, a medical device manufacturer in Bloomington.