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Students at Jordan Catholic School in Rock Island have been closely following events in Vatican City over the past few weeks.

"It's really exciting," says 7th Grader Amber Guzzo, "The last time they elected a new pope we were really young, so now we're learning how it really works."

With the conclave going on over the past 2 days, students have had a first-hand account about how to elect a Pope.

"We've talked about it through the years, but it actually hasn't happened," says 7th Grader Brendan Hird, "This is a live experience and we can learn more about it."

Teachers are breaking down what goes on inside the Sistine Chapel during the conclave and why picking a new Pope can take a few days.

"Do you think they know each other well? No, they're from all over the world. We have folks from Asia, folks from Africa, folks from America and folks from Europe," says Elizabeth Russell.

Many of the students are fascinated by the process. One of the things that has caught their attention is the smoke signals.

"It lets the world know, because they're all locked in," says 7th Grader Zoe Arvanitis.

Students have been discussing the election of a new Pope since Pope Benedict stepped down.

"I think of it as a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch. The last time one happened was 558 years ago and you never know when the next Pope is going to resign," says 8th Grader Sid Boelens.

As students learn about the conclave, many of them realize that what they're experiencing does not happen often.

"It's happening when I'm old enough to remember and I can tell my kids and my grandkids about the whole process of the Pope retiring," adds Boelens.