July 24, 2024

When 2,300 students filled the stands to watch the first solar eclipse to cross the United States since 1918, “It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It would have been great to be in the direct line of view, but we still caught a great glimpse from where we were,” senior Varun Nair said of the view of the partial eclipse from the stadium at 1:18 p.m.

Several West students traveled to Southern Illinois to be in the path of totality, where the sun was fully obscured for more than two minutes. “It was so crazy how the entire sky dimmed almost like it was twilight. It made me feel so tiny in the grand scheme of the universe,” senior Aidan Grubbs said of his vantage point in Chester, Illinois.

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