This Monday, August 21st, was the view of a lifetime for Blue Hill students. The High School and Junior High students went to Cope Stadium on the UNK campus for the 2017 solar eclipse. The stadium was packed full of 10,000 people ready to experience a rare natural event.
This event was free to students and community members, allowing more people to attend. There were 30 different schools from surrounding areas there to watch the eclipse. Once at the stadium, they had a delicious meal ready to go for those attending. They even recreated the eclipse in cookie form.
The stadium had news reporters and radio stations there. They questioned some of the people off of the field and informed students about the eclipse. They also provided fun activities for people of all ages like a bouncy house. Trent Kort, Blue Hill senior, said, “I loved the games, they were very fun, but my favorite was knockerball.”
While waiting for the eclipse to start they had a clock set up on the scoreboard for the people to know when totality was nearing. The stadium also provided glasses for the students and others to safely view the sun. The clock was very accurate to the moment the sun was blocked out.
The moment the clock reached about 17 seconds everyone started to count down to totality. At 12:58 the moon was directly in front of the sun. Madison Kosse, Blue Hill sophomore said, “the part of the solar eclipse that stuck out to me most was when the moon began going in front of the sun, and when it went completely dark.”
When in the moment of totality, everyone seemed to be in awe of the corona’s glow. Dani Schwinn, a teacher at Blue Hill, said, “ The corona looked white and wispy, sort of supernatural feeling, and it was beautiful.”
There was a lot of laughter, and Blue Hill High School students had a blast. Though there were no real classes on Monday, the students got a real life learning experience from this once in a lifetime event.