The first total solar eclipse in ages was witnessed for the first time by the students at Mill Creek High School on Monday, August 21, 2017. A total solar eclipse is when the moon is closest to the earth in its orbit, and completely covers over the sun.
Principal Lane of Mill Creek managed to generously allow every student at Mill Creek the opportunity to witness the once in a life time experience. With the school having nearly four thousand students, every student and faculty member was given a pair of “eclipse glasses” in order to observe the total solar eclipse safely.
As the eclipse was happening at the time students are scheduled to dismiss from school, every school held the students one extra hour to watch the eclipse take place. Around 2:00 p.m., everyone in the school was given their “eclipse glasses” and all students and faculty members then departed to Mill Creek’s football stadium, Markham Field.
As it was already becoming darker outside, everyone hurried to the stadium’s stands to find their friends and get ready to watch the eclipse. The stadium’s stands were packed full as everyone was in awe because of the effects of the eclipse. Faculty members even played corny music from the press box such as “Blinded by the Light” which all the students at Mill Creek had a hoot over and from all grade levels, there was dancing and singing together. Though at Mill Creek, it did not reach full totality or it did not become completely dark outside, it was an extremely humbling time to share with your peers, as you learn how awesome the planet we live on is.