The official student media of Blue Valley Northwest High School


The official student media of Blue Valley Northwest High School


The official student media of Blue Valley Northwest High School


Partial solar eclipse visible from Northwest

Modified schedule allowed for students to view the partial eclipse that passed through Overland Park.
Lila Vancrum
Students and staff were able to witness the partial solar eclipse at the end of the school day, April 8.

For the first time in seven years, a total solar eclipse passed through parts of North America on Monday, April 8. A partial solar eclipse could be seen in the Kansas City area. To be able to view the event, Northwest students had a modified schedule and could choose to go outside while it was occurring. 

 According to NASA’s website, a partial solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, but the moon is still far enough away that its shadow does not cover the sun entirely. This causes the sun to look like a crescent shape when viewed with safe solar viewing glasses. 

In portions of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, the moon’s inner shadow covered some areas completely, causing a total solar eclipse. This total eclipse will also pass through parts of Canada and Mexico.  

In Overland Park, the moon covered 89.7% of the sun at approximately 2 p.m. Junior Riley Simmons said it got cooler and darker outside as the sun became further obstructed. She said she viewed the eclipse at the Arboretum with her family and had a good experience.

“I was wowed,” Simmons said. “The temperature drop, the colors changing in the sky, it was just an amazing experience.”

Sophomore Sama Salim said she enjoyed being able to watch the eclipse with her friends.

“It was interesting, I would rate it a 10 out of 10 experience,” Salim said. “Top 10 experiences of my high school career so far. I loved seeing it through the glasses.”

All of the students and staff were provided with disposable glasses to protect their eyes during the eclipse. Salim said that students should be careful when viewing the event, so she kept her glasses on the entire time

“If you look at it without your glasses, your pupils will dilate to allow more light in, and then there will be more sunlight hitting your pupils so it’ll damage your eyes,” Salim said.

A total solar eclipse that will be viewable in the contiguous United States is not expected to occur again until 2044.

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Reagan Wald
Reagan Wald, Writer
Reagan is a junior and a writer for “The Express”. This is her first year on staff and outside of newspaper, she is involved in Model UN, Debate, NEHS, Team Up for St. Jude, and MUSE. In her free time, she loves to read, hang out with friends, and play with her dog. Reagan is extremely excited for her first year and looking forward to getting to know all the other staff members
Rishitha Bonthu
Rishitha Bonthu, Writer
Rishi Bonthu is a sophomore and a writer for “The Express”. This is her first year on staff. Rishi is also involved in girls golf, DECA, Science Olympiad, and Kay Club. In her free time Rishi enjoys reading, baking, making clothes, and spending time with her friends. Rishi looks forward to being on staff and is excited to make new friends and develop her writing skills.
Lila Vancrum
Lila Vancrum, Editor-In-Chief
​​Lila Vancrum is a senior and Editor-In-Chief for “The Express.” This is her third year on staff, previously serving as a photographer and photo editor. Outside of newspaper, Lila is involved in girl’s soccer, KAY Club, Team Up for St. Jude’s, NHS and Quill & Scroll. In her free time she enjoys going out to eat, hanging out with friends and binging TV shows, her favorites include “One Tree Hill” and “Pretty Little Liars.” Lila is excited to take on the role of being an Editor-In-Chief and hopes to improve the photography for stories and social media. 
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