Eclipse Adventure for Weskan HS

Article date: September 5, 2017

by Brooklyn Martinez


 The Great American Solar Eclipse cast its shadow on North America Monday, August 21, 2017. There were a total of 14 states who were in the Totality Zone; this included the northeastern corner of Kansas and the neighboring states of Nebraska and Missouri.

For this rare occasion, Weskan High School students had the opportunity to take a field trip to Arthur, Nebraska for the breathtaking event. Arthur is a town of 119 people and is a 4-hour drive from Weskan. The students were provided with special solar glasses and a spot for an amazing view on Arthur County High School’s football field.

As the unforgettable event took place, you could feel the temperature dropping, and see the street lights flicker on. Once the sun was fully covered, the sound of people "awing" surrounded you.

The natural 2-minute phenomenon will never be topped. “Everyone's reaction to how dark it got, and the stars coming out was my favorite part!” Austin Stewart exclaimed. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and everyone had to go back to their usual lives.

On the way back to Weskan, the students got to stop and grasp the beauty of Lake McConaughy. Even though getting into the water was off-limits, the view of the seemingly endless lake was enough.

It definitely was an out of the ordinary occasion for the students and even the rest of the United States. If you missed this solar eclipse, don’t worry! There will be another one April 8, 2024! The question is, where will you be?