By: Adam Tarr
On March 13, 2020, the world as we knew it flipped upside down. AUHSD announced that all schools in the district would close immediately to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Students, staff, and parents were not aware of the long 12 months of being stuck at home ahead. Along with a once in a lifetime pandemic, we saw extraordinary events occur that somehow all compiled into the last 12 months of time.
Regarding COVID-19, the United States saw a death toll of over 520,000. The pandemic continues to completely change the world that we live in, affecting everything from sports to travel. It forced students and teachers to adapt to and endure school over Zoom. Economically, we saw some of the highest unemployment numbers since the recession of 2008. It’s safe to say that the COVID-19 pandemic put the world on a standstill that still exists a full year later. Thankfully, three vaccines have already started to be distributed as of March 12, 2021.
In May through the summer of 2020, we saw the BLM movement at full force. Amid the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, thousands took to the streets protesting police brutality. While the majority of the protests were peaceful, riots would cost over 2 billion dollars in damage.
We also saw Joe Biden defeat Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Kamala Harris was elected the first female Vice President in US History. We saw allegations of voter fraud due to mail-in ballots pushed heavily after the elections. However, there never seemed to be much evidence to back it up. Locally, Kevin Wilk was appointed as mayor of Walnut Creek.
The most recent noticeable event was the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Supporters of former president Donald Trump broke into the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. The building was evacuated and eventually the situation was contained. The FBI has been conducting an investigation since the weeks following the event. Many believed this could have been the onset of a revolution.
As the past 12 months were likely the most eventful of our lives, it’s hard to talk about all of them in detail within this article. Some of these events feel like they were years ago. Some things will be remembered and some things won’t, but there’s not much we can do except tell the stories that matter to us.