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School community views solar eclipse

Nathan Wang
The school gathered along the Quad and viewed the solar eclipse through telescopes and solar eclipse glasses. Asher Meron ’25 attempts to take a picture of the solar eclipse through a telescope.

Areas of the United States experienced a total solar eclipse April 8. While Los Angeles (L.A.) did not witness a total eclipse, a partial eclipse was visible. The last time a total solar eclipse was observable in L.A. was September 1923, and the next time a total eclipse will be visible from L.A. will be in 2045, the New York Times reported. California also saw a partial eclipse in 2017 and experienced 60-90% totality depending on the region, according to

Finn Slootweg ’26 viewed the solar eclipse during his lunch period. Slootweg said he was unable to view the 2017 partial eclipse, so it was a new experience for him.

“I watched the eclipse at school with my friends,” Slootweg said. “I really enjoyed the experience because I was not able to see the last one. I loved being able to share this moment with other people at school.”

Slootweg said he appreciated how the school community came together to watch the eclipse.

“What made the eclipse memorable for me was watching my friends take pictures using their phones through their [eclipse] glasses and being able to see all the other people get really excited about the eclipse and its effects on our surroundings,” Slootweg said. “It’s nice to be able to take a break from learning to enjoy something unique.”

Senior Prefect Elizabeth Johnstone ’24, who was in New Jersey during the eclipse, said she appreciated being able to experience the eclipse from another place.

“I was actually traveling during the eclipse,” Johnstone said. “I was in New Jersey, which meant that I experienced about 90% totality. There was a big park in the city I was in, and tons of people gathered to look up. Thankfully, the weather was great, so I could see the whole thing pretty well.”

Science Teacher Chelsea Stewart traveled to Oklahoma to experience the eclipse with 100% totality. Stewart said she first became interested in solar eclipses because of her father.

“My dad loved astronomy,” Stewart said. “He always made us curious about looking up at the stars, so as a family, we went to see the eclipse in 2017. [I] wanted to share that experience with even more of our family, so we invited aunts, uncles and cousins, and we all gathered to go experience [this year’s] solar eclipse.”

Stewart said her favorite memory was being able to look straight at the sun once it was dark.

“It was pretty cool to be able to take off your [eclipse] glasses and just stare at the sun,” Stewart said. “Then we grabbed some binoculars, and we used the binoculars to look at the sun to see the solar flares, which are really cool. [It] just seems like a scary thing because you never want to aim binoculars at the sun. There was a time when I was younger when I was absolutely terrified of astronomy – because when you look up at the stars, you just feel really, really small. But now, I’m more fascinated by it.”

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Colin Ho
Colin Ho, Sophomore Editor
Colin Ho ’26 is the Sophomore Editor of the Chronicle. In his free time, Ho said he likes to sing, listen to music and go out with friends. Ho said he also enjoys going out to nature and trying new restaurants with his family. Ho said he joined the media program because he wanted to become a better writer. “I joined media because I was interested in learning more about journalism and how it works because I have been intrigued by journalism since middle school,” Ho said. “I wanted to learn about how to interview people and talk to people I don’t know because I think that’s a really important skill to have.” Ho said he is most excited to work in different sections and at layout. “This year, I am looking forward to being able to get more involved and writing more articles, as well as expanding my range and trying to write articles in different sections, such as A&E or Opinion,” Ho said. “I am also looking forward to layout because I think it’s a great opportunity to bond with the other people on The Chronicle.”
Eila Shokravi
Eila Shokravi, Layout Assistant and Staff Writer
Eila Shokravi ’26 is a first-year reporter for HW Media. Shokravi said she wrote for the Spectrum last year and found a passion for journalism, which inspired her to take HW Media this year. Shokravi said she is most excited to write news articles this year, bringing fresh news to the school. Based on her past experiences in publications, she said she is looking forward to making a meaningful impact on the school community. “One of my favorite parts about taking media is doing the interviews,” said Shokravi. “The interviews help me get to know the people around me. I’ve gotten to become more familiar with our school’s environment and the opportunities that surround me.” Outside of Media, Shokravi said she is interested in sewing, pottery, and playing field hockey.
Nathan Wang, Assistant News Editor

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