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Student News of Liberty High School


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A Solar Spectacular Leaves Students in Awe

Many students and staff get to experience the rare feat of seeing another total solar eclipse
Caitlin McDonnell
Junior Rachel Church sits on the field with friends as they hold up solar eclipse glasses handed out by the school. These glasses are necessary for to safely view the eclipse.

As the sky turned dark, students were left in awe as they watched the moon cover the sun.

During the eclipse on April 8, students were led to the football field to experience a solar eclipse, which took place around 1:30 p.m and lasted around two-and-a half hours. While our area was in the Penumbra and 97% of the sun was covered by the moon, other areas were able to experience a total solar eclipse, and experience a totality.

Before the eclipse began, students were provided with glasses, and safety instructions in 8th hour. The Wentzville School District provided these specialized eclipse glasses for all students throughout the district, which even included faculty and staff members.

“I think it was amazing how the Wentzville School District thought of the staff members when distributing eclipse glasses,” WSD executive assistant of students and schools Debbie Sethaler said.

Many students have experienced an eclipse before. While some students were too young to remember the one that took place in August of 2017, others were excited to experience this one of a kind event again.

“Getting to see it again is really cool because most people don’t get to see an eclipse more than once,” junior Marissa Varga said.

Students were excited to experience an eclipse once again. Not only students, but staff members were also excited to experience the eclipse.

Staff member Mr. Kevin Haynes looks up and honors the eclipse in awe as the moon covers the sun. (Caitlin McDonnell)

“I love how it gets light to dark so quickly in the matter of minutes. And the quick change in temperature,” staff member Mr. Kevin Haynes said.

As the skies darkened, students were able to experience darkness in the middle of the day. And some students who traveled south may have even experienced darker skies.

Solar eclipses tend to take place every one to three years in various places around the globe, however, they are super rare to occur in the same location where people can see it more than once in their lifetime. The next total solar eclipse to cross throughout North America (but not visible in Missouri) is set to be on Aug. 23, 2044. This means that most people could possibly never experience an eclipse again.

And with this information, people all over the United States traveled to the totality zones so they could experience a once in a lifetime event.

These totality zones were located in the southern part of Missouri along with other states that contained totality zones.

Eclipses are expected in our future, but nothing is certain as NASA continues to study the moon and Earth’s paths throughout orbit. Many people are left wondering if they will be able to experience this atmospheric phenomenon again.

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Amber Sethaler
Amber Sethaler, Reporter

Amber Sethaler is a junior, and this is her first year in journalism. Out of school, Amber spends her time working at GymQuarters Gymnastics Center, as a coach. Other than working, she loves to hang out with her friends and listen to music. She also loves shopping, and spending time with her family. When Amber graduates she wants to become a real estate agent. Amber's dream college is the University Of Missouri. She can't wait to learn more about journalism this year.

Henry Sartain
Henry Sartain, Reporter
Henry Sartain is a senior and this is his second class involving publications. He has been at Liberty for all of his years in high school and when he’s not at school he loves to go on walks and watch TV. In his junior year, he was a part of journalism. He went out to get interviews with teachers and students and wrote stories about their accomplishments or the events they were a part of. He took many pictures of all kinds of events happening around the school, including Student Council, performances, and sports.
Zander Killian
Zander Killian is a freshman and this is his first year in publications. This is his first year in the WSD and is excited for a new experience . He enjoys watching sports and playing the tuba. You can most likely find him talking to friends or hanging out with family.
Caitlin McDonnell
Caitlin McDonnell, Reporter
Caitlin McDonnell is a junior and this her first year in journalism. She loves photography and graphic design as well as writing stories. Outside of school she works at a retail store, Maurices, where she helps many different people with fashion. In the summer she works as a lifeguard at Twin Chimneys Pool. During her free time she loves hanging out with friends and family, reading, and taking many photos of nature and people. When she graduates she wants to be a photographer for various events. She hopes to succeed in journalism and learn more about photography for the future.

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