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On Monday, Apr. 8, the school gathered together on campus to experience the eclipse alongside friends and family. Here’s a breakdown of the event:

At 2:25 p.m., students were dismissed from their seventh-period classes to pick up solar viewers—eclipse viewing glasses—and gather outside between Fairbanks and the U Center.

By 2:35 p.m., Dr. Vesper began by explaining a solar eclipse and the correct way to view it. He then shared his personal experiences witnessing one.

At 2:45 p.m., Stacey Summitt-Mann provided insight into the behaviors the community might observe in animals as the sky darkened.

By 2:55 p.m., Alicia LaMagdeleine recited the official Indiana Eclipse Poem titled The Reason We Gather for the Solar Eclipse, by Linda Neal Reising, encapsulating the collective anticipation of the community.

At 3:06 p.m., totality began, allowing the school to witness a total eclipse together for the next two minutes.

Following totality, Trailblazers began to make their way home, carrying with them a sense of unity and togetherness as they had collectively experienced this phenomenon.

View the pictures below to see how it went.