Solar Eclipse Leads to Mixed Reactions


Eliza King

Students viewed the solar eclipse with safety glasses in the Stutler Bowl on Aug. 21.

Livy Zeitler, Staff Writer

At noon on Aug. 21, all 3600 students hit the Stutler Bowl to view the peak of the solar  eclipse with friends and faculty.

The administration spent a few hundred dollars planning this event where the students could view the solar eclipse which was last seen at its peak on Feb. 26, 1979.

According to Activities Director Krista Keogh, Superintendent Harry Bull ordered 70,000 safety glasses for the Cherry Creek School District.

He hoped with ordering all these glasses, the student body would be looking forward to viewing this eclipse.

But not all students were impressed. Disappointment spread over many students  as many mixed reactions went around the school as the day went on.

“It was a really cool thing but it was a bit over-hyped,” Senior Bristal Wilson said. “If there was not so much discussion about it, i think it would have been better.”

A lot of student disappointment could have come from misleading expectations. There were flyers passed around the school and a lot of the student and faculty didn’t really know what to expect.

“I thought the sun was fully going to be covered,” Junior Sean Chrapko said.

In Colorado, we were able to observe a 92% eclipse which meant the sun was not fully covered. The skies were dimmed to a light comparable to dusk.

On the other hand, this eclipse did bring joy and interest to many students.

“I never have seen it, so it was something new, and I thought it was a fun time,”

Junior Will Castillo said.

Keogh was overall happy with how the event turned out.

“I think it will be something you guys will remember for years to come,” she said. “I think everyone appreciated the opportunity to view it. Everybody got a little break in their day to come and hang out. The district office got to come over and they were impressed by how well our student body acted.”

The district was concerned about the potential for injury which is why there was a video preceding the event that demonstrated how to wear your glasses and to never look directly at the sun. That video seemed to have worked.

“I am happy to hear that no one blinded themselves during the event,” Keogh said.