A Year in Review

Posted on June 16, 2011

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Christina Manero – Features

    Every June, high school students have the tendency to sit back, if only for a few moments, and think about the events of the past year.  The 2010-2011 school year gave students plenty to think about and remember down the line.

The year began with controversy around a new website known as Wikileaks.  It published sensational news, leaking confidential government documents to the public.  It began to gain international attention when it leaked several confidential U.S. documents.  Some accuse Wikileaks of yellow journalism, while advocates declare that it is a website for sharing crucial information with the public.

Back in Springfield Township, the month of December was alive with activity.  Mr. Meder’s Digital Storytelling class organized and filmed Springfield’s Lip Dub, a “backwards” video displaying school creativity.

Seniors show their pride during the Lip Dub. Photo by Maya Sabin.

In other news, Dr. Valenza organized a “flash mob” dance in the library to a parody of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” (titled “Read It”).

Winter break came and went; Springfield students took their finals, began new classes and were gearing up for Valentine’s Day when revolution began in Egypt.  The world watched as Hosni Mubarak stepped down from power.  The revolution set off similar cries for freedom in Yemen, Libya, Bahrain, Iraq, Algeria, Morocco, and Jordan.  The future of these countries remains uncertain.

Back in the U.S., tornados hit Oklahoma, Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi, destroying homes and families along the way.  Out of it all there were some amazing survival stories.  For instance, a 6-year-old boy who appeared dead after being pulled from a pile of debris was found to be alive.  Stories like this warmed the hearts of people around the country, and gave hope to the victims of the disaster.

In Springfield, the athletes of the school were making us proud.  Elise DiFilippo scored her 1000th point on the girls’ basketball team while Michael Honeywell won his 100th wrestling match.  In the academic realm, Erin Agnew obtained one of two student positions on the State Board of Education.

The citizens of Springfield, and the rest of the world, for that matter, then turned their attention to the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. While some obsessed over the glitz and glamour of the event, others wondered what all the fuss was about.

Soon after, an event occurred that everyone could agree was important. On May 2, President Barrack Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden had been killed.  Many of those affected by the attacks on September 11, 2001 felt this brought closure to the trauma of that day, and a surge of patriotism filled the nation.

As the school year came to a close, AP Calculus students could be seen packing their bags for their trip to Italy and subsequently coming back with interesting stories and thousands of pictures.

No one can be sure what the coming year will hold, but it seems for sure that this school year will be one to remember.

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