Watching the moon devour the sun, little by little, is a once in a lifetime opportunity that 49 percent of Scottsburg High School students did not want to miss out on. Coincidently, Scottsburg’s neighboring city, Austin, had around the same number of Eagles leave the nest as Scottsburg had Warriors leaving the tribe on the day of the eclipse. Unlike SHS, many other surrounding areas with larger schools had an early dismissal to get kids home safely before the eclipse started. Causing many people to be frustrated, the SCSD2 administration decided to keep school up and going on Aug. 21, but allowed any absence on that day to be excused. This allowed students to still learn on the day of the eclipse, and for “students to able to be with their families on this special day,” according to Mr. Ric Manns, campus principle.
Back at home, Izzy Myszak (11) prepared to capture as many breath-taking pictures of the eclipse as she could. To save her camera from damage, she purchased special equipment to photograph something that she would remember for years.
“I felt really giddy when I got the first picture. It will be something I will never forget,” expressed Mysak, with a beaming smile on her face.
Without a doubt, Mysak will gaze upon the next eclipse in 2024, hoping to capture just as many pictures as she did this time.
To celebrate this monumental moment, Bailen Brown (11), and his family threw an eclipse party. Their party featured “solar-themed” snacks, like sun chips, star crunch, and cosmic brownies, to suit the occasion perfectly.
“This eclipse was very important to me because it was the first one I’ve ever seen and because they are so rare,” said Brown.
Just like many others, Brown was very fascinated with the eclipse and how it worked. His favorite part of the eclipse was when “it got dark like it was storming out, but the skies were clear.”
Looking to the future, Brown hopes to view the total eclipse in 2024 and enjoy it as much as he did this one.
Experiencing the totality of a solar eclipse is very rare, hence the last one viewed from the United States was on Feb. 26, 1979. Like Myszak and Brown, many SHS students enjoyed the eclipse and are hoping to view the upcoming total solar eclipse in 2024. Although the students at SHS currently will have long since graduated, many new faces will hopefully be able to enjoy the eclipse as much as the current students did.
“I hope that this allowed for many students and families to have a learning experience,” said Manns, regarding the eclipse.
The 2017 solar eclipse was something to remember for the SHS students.