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Union Academy Family Reunion: Year of the Eclipse


On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, our Union Academy family shared an out-of-this-world experience when a total solar eclipse swept across the United States.

All 1,700 students, 200-plus staff members, and many UA family members from both Upper and Lower Campus gathered on the Union Academy football field to witness the anomaly. Thanks to a generous donation from Thrivent Financial, the school had enough eclipse viewing glasses for all students, faculty, and staff to safely enjoy the afternoon.

Though the eclipse only reached 98 percent totality in our area, it was 100 percent successful at bringing all our Cardinals together. Our youngest and oldest students were grouped into “families” that wore matching t-shirts and sat together to watch the eclipse.

“The little kids were too cute,” UA senior Louise Mills said. “It was great to be able to spend the day with them.”

Kindergartener Maddox Veillo also enjoyed spending the special day with his “family.” He said one of his favorite parts was getting to ride the bus to Upper Campus to see the big kids.

Overall, students were glad UA took time out of the regular school day to make the event as awesome as it was.

“It really was a great once-in-a-lifetime experience,” eleventh-grader Emma Munday said. “I’m glad we got to come out for it!”

Thanks to everyone’s adaptability and cooperation, we were able to transform an ordinary school day into an extraordinary experience. It was certainly a great day at UA!

Please visit this link to watch Union County Weekly’s awesome video of the event. You can also read more about our day of fun in Wednesday’s Enquirer Journal article “Union Academy turns eclipse into an event.”