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Two Ridge students pose at prom photo booth
Festival of Lights
Remi McKim, Journalist • May 16, 2024
a total solar eclipse
Celebrating a Phenomenon
Remi McKim, Journalist • May 16, 2024

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Celebrating a Phenomenon

How Mountain Ridge Was Involved with the Solar Eclipse
Photo by Mathew Schwartz on Unsplash

This past Monday, April 8th, was a total solar eclipse, which could be viewed all across the United States. The direct path—where the sun would be totally covered—included cities like Burlington, Vermont; Cleveland, Ohio; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Dallas, Texas. While Arizona was not in the direct path, the solar eclipse was still making an impact, as it was still within 60% of the total eclipse. The next total eclipse whose path will be through the United States will be in August of 2044, twenty years from now.

Mountain Ridge was at lunch during the time the eclipse was visible, signaled not to directly stare at it over the intercoms by Principle Vines. Many people came prepared, bringing eclipse glasses to use at lunch. This way their eyes would be protected from harmful rays. People even took pictures through the eclipse glasses, a fun way to commemorate the event. In fact, Mountain Ridge’s own Mr. Vogel, current band director, took a trip to Texas to witness the total eclipse.

Ava Stojanovski, a junior at Ridge, said, “The eclipse was really interesting—I felt as if the sun was a blanket over the moon.”

The Arizona sun was a little darker, providing a little relief to everyone as the weather continues to amp up in preparation for summer. It was a time to come together and celebrate a natural phenomenon, especially considering the United States will not get another chance for another twenty years. Mountain Ridge students were cautious, keeping in mind the detrimental side effects of directly looking at the eclipse, and were able to enjoy a moment of wonderment together.

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Remi McKim
Remi McKim, Journalist
Remi McKim is a junior and this is her third year writing for the newspaper. She is the Vice President of the Student Government along with officer positions in five other clubs. She spends the majority of her time reading books and watching shows and movies- and even more time dissecting them.

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