2021 recap

By: Mary Koch

2021 was a weird year in a lot of different ways. From the continued global pandemic, to the death of Betty White, it was definitely memorable. Here’s a recap of some of the more notable events that took place.

January:

On January 6th, angry Trump supporters stormed the capital. Congress was in the process of counting the 2020 electoral votes, and Trump suggested and encouraged people to protest at the capital. The mob took it too far when they attacked the capital building, and 5 people were left dead. (For more information, please visit: https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2021/01/politics/us-capitol-siege/).

Vaccines also became available to people ages 65 and up, in the US, in an attempt to help protect some of the higher risk population.

February:

February didn’t start out great either with forest fires in Australia. People were forced to evacuate which made it difficult to continue the lockdown.

But February did have some good news when the United States was reported to have a higher number of vaccinated people than people with COVID.

March:

On March 17, the president of Tanzania, John Magufuli, passed away due to heart problems, but some people believed he had COVID. Samoa Suluhu Hassan, the Vice President, was later sworn in, making her the first female president of Tanzania

April:

The National Guard came to police protesters in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota after an officer killed a black man at a traffic stop. The officer claimed she thought she had her taser, not her gun, but she’s since resigned, and the police department declared it unlawful. Derek Chauvin, the man responsible for George Floyd’s death, was on trial only 10 miles away at the time.

COVID vaccines also became available to 16 and 17 year olds in the US.

May:

354 protesters were taken into custody on May 2nd in Jerusalem, and multiple people lost their lives. Police shot rubber bullets and threw stones and bottles at people who had gathered at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Everyone, 12 and up, were given access to the COVID vaccine in the middle of the month in the US.

June:

Juneteenth was finally recognized as a national holiday in the United States, on June 17, after President Joe Biden signed the law.

Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22 years and 6 months in prison for George Floyd’s murder.

July:

On July 26, P!nk offered to pay a fine for the Norwegian volleyball team at the Olympics. The team didn’t follow the dress code, and they wore shorts instead of bikini bottoms, so they didn’t have to follow the sexist rules.

Gymnast Simone Biles also dropped out of the individual all-around competition for her mental health, and she later pulled out of other events as well.

August:

On August 19, a man made bomb threats in Washington DC, outside of the Library of Congress. He was arrested after a standoff when he turned himself in.

September:

An ISIS supporter was shot in New Zealand after stabbing 6 people, only 2 months after having been released from prison.

September 11 was also the 20th anniversary of 9/11, and President Biden and former presidents Obama and Clinton went to the memorial.

October:

The US COVID death toll passed 700,000 with about 1,900 deaths a day, but people weren’t taking it as seriously as they needed to be.

November:

November didn’t have a great start with Astroworld resulting in 10 people dead. People who attended the concert sued Travis Scott and Drake because they were cheering the crowd on, and they did nothing to help when it was clear people were injured and dying.

December:

In December, the COVID death toll passed 800,000 which is higher than 2020.

Marvel also released ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ which starred Tom Holland and Zendaya.

The year ended with the death of famous actor Betty White on December 31.

2021 was a hard year with lots of lows, but it also had some highs. As we continue into 2022 we need to stay safe and respectful in order to make it a better year.

Newest COVID variant: Omicron

By: Sarah VonBerge

The information and understanding of the newest COVID-19 variant, called Omicron, is very limited, as the first case of it was only found about a month and a half ago in Botswana, and the first case in the United States was on December 1, 2021. This variant is more contagious than even the Delta variant, although the Omicron symptoms are more mild. Omicron is currently the most dominant strain, as 73% of new cases are from it.

Omicron hasn’t shown a few of the normal COVID symptoms, such as a loss of taste and smell, but it still has had some of the regular symptoms, such as muscle aches, itchy throat, and fatigue. A new symptom that hasn’t been seen in any of the other strains has been night sweats. People have said that the night sweats are so bad that they have had to get up and change their clothes since they are so drenched in sweat.

This new variant has roughly 50 new mutations as compared to the original COVID-19 virus, 30 of which are in the spike protein. The spike protein is the mRNA that is used in the vaccine to help fight the virus and cause your immune system to fight it. Luckily, however, there have been no mutations found in the T cells, which is your immune system‘s second layer of protection.

So far, Omicron has affected young people the most; of the new cases reported from December 23rd-29th, 16% were minors, 54% were ages 18-39, 25% were ages 40-64, and 5% were 65 and older. It only takes 2 days for infection to occur and for the infected person to be contagious and Omicron cases are doubling every 2-4 days. Currently, unvaccinated people have a 10 times higher risk of testing positive and a 20 times higher risk of dying as compared to vaccinated people.

The best ways to fight Omicron and all other strains of COVID right now are to get vaccinated, get a booster shot, wear your mask and get tested as soon as you think you might have contracted COVID from someone. “This is not March of 2020. We are not defenseless,” Governor Kathy Hochul of New York said.

Booster shots have been shown to raise protection to the virus by 80%. The CDC recommends anyone 5 years and older gets vaccinated and everyone older than 18 should get a booster after at least 2 months of getting their original vaccination. Even though vaccination is the best way to protect yourself, you should continue to wear a mask. Anyone can contract and spread the virus. Vaccinations lessen symptoms, but they do completely cure you of Omicron or the other strains of COVID.

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The Bachelorette recap

In this episode, Michelle meets the families of her final four; Nayte Olukoya, Joe Coleman, Brandon Jones, and Rodney Mathews. She first meets Brandon’s family. Before meeting his family, they went on a little date. After she met Brandon’s mom, dad, and brother, they were all supportive of Brandon and Michelle’s journey to find love. 

Up next was Rodney. They were nice to Michelle, they asked a few questions, and talked about life after the show.

Next was Joe. His sisters-in-law were a little tough on Michelle but they eventually came around at the end.

The final date was with Nayte. His family were not fans of how the show works; they had concerns about if they end up together how they would make the relationship work in the real world.

After she met all four men’s families, she gave her three roses to Nayte, Joe, and Brandon, which means Rodney went home.

The next episode was the “Men Tell All” episode where Michelle comes face to face with 15 of the men she sent packing. The first feud that we didn’t see at the end of the show was with Will and Peter. The two still had their feud going, and they ended up working it out on the stage. 

Up next was Martin who explained all the controversial things he said while on the show. He then got accused of having a girlfriend while he was on the show. After all that drama, the guys got a chance to see Michelle and get closure on why she had to send them home. 

At the end of the episode, they announced Clayton, who Michelle sent home right before hometowns, was the new bachelor. They also showed a preview of his upcoming season. 

Michelle’s journey to find love continued on December 14, after the dramatic “Men Tell All” episode, as she headed with her three remaining men to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

The first date of the episode went to Brandon. They went horseback riding, and during the dinner portion of the date Brandon told Michelle that he loved her and Michelle told him that she was falling in love with him. Their date ended the next morning with breakfast in bed. 

The second date went to Joe. They went zip lining but Michelle made it clear that she still needed to learn about him. The next morning, Michelle told him that she could see a future with him.

The last date was with Nayte. The two went on a ride on a catamaran, and during their dinner date, Nayte told Michelle that he was certain about her and that he was falling in love with her. 

Later, Michelle sends Joe home.

Next up, is the three-hour season finale of ‘The Bachelorette’. Who will she choose to propose to her?

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Sports schedule for: Jan 17-22

ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: JANUARY 17TH – JANUARY 22ND
MONDAYJANUARY 17TH
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TUESDAYJANUARY 18TH
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
5:00pm / 7:00pm Girls Hockey vs. North/TartanWSP Ice Arena
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pmC/JV: 4:30pm/6:45pm V: 6:00pm / 8:15pmBoys Basketball vs. JohnsonJohnson High School
WEDNESDAYJANUARY 19TH
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
3:45pm2:20pm / 5:15pmBoys/Girls Nordic Ski Classic RaceHyland Hills Ski Area
5:00pm Wrestling vs. QuadrangularHOME
THURSDAYJANUARY 20TH
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
5:00pm2:45pm / 8:15pmBoys Swimming and Diving vs. CentralHumboldt High School
5:00pm3:30pm / 6:30pmWrestling vs. TriangularSt. Croix Lutheran Academy
FRIDAYJANUARY 21ST
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
5:00pm / 7:00pm Boys Hockey vs. Rochester LourdesHighland Ice Arena
5:30pm / 7:30pm Girls Hockey vs. Hill MurrayAldrich Arena
5:30pm / 7:00pm C-Squad / Varsity Boys Basketball vs. HumboldtHOME
6:00pm Girls Basketball vs. HumboldtHumboldt High School
SATURDAYJANUARY 22ND
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
11:00am Gymnastics InvitationalPark High School