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Students Witness Historical Solar Eclipse
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017
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Americus-Sumter High School students flocked to the outdoors Monday to stare at the sky for an hour. 
The solar eclipse fever that swept the nation this week led Sumter County Schools to extend school hours for thirty minutes to give students a chance to view the eclipse and tie the experience to the science curriculum. No students were allowed to exit the building without having a signed permission slip and a pair of NASA approved glasses to protect their eyes from harmful rays.
At ASHS students gathered around the west side of the building to wait for the fabled eclipse to occur. They stood gazing toward the sky for over an hour, with teachers offering commentary to infuse the experience with academic overtones. The learning experience was not lost on Mr. Andrew Herring's students. Mr. Herring teaches Earth Science at ASHS and told his students about the importance of making scientific observations of natural phenomena. "It was really exciting to have my students experience the eclipse first hand," said Herring. "Students had an engaging time watching the eclipse and making notes of their observations."
"It was huge fun," said Victoria Hall, a student from Herring's class. "The first few minutes of the eclipse made the sun look like the Apple logo on the IPhone. A lot of students found that funny."
"The peak time for Americus was reached at 2:39 p.m.," said Mrs. Pushpa Rajan, science department chair at ASHS. "Our students observed that the temperature outdoors dropped from 94 degrees to 74 degrees during the eclipse."
Students remained outdoors for well over an hour discussing the eclipse and the opportunity to witness history first hand. "This particular eclipse is spectacular because it's the only one we will witness in our lifetime," said Rajan. "An event like this won't occur again in the United States for another 99 years."
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