The end of a decade


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Kaleb Shaeffer, Sports and Clubs Section Editor

2019 is coming to a close. This marks the end of the decade and an era. Just as the world mourned the 2000’s when the clock struck midnight on January 1st, 2010, people will again mourn the end of 2019 and the 2010’s. 

This may seem insignificant to some, granted it’s just another passing year. But many people, particularly teenagers, are viewing the end as the end of their childhood and an era they cherish. “This decade was the bulk of my childhood, I’m a little sad that it’s ending,” said KJ Hallett, a RHS sophomore.

A lot happened in the 2010’s that people may not remember. It started with an international recession that began in the late 2000’s.  

This decade saw many a political conflict, civil war, peace treaty and the birth of a new country, South Sudan. The 2010’s also saw many natural disasters, such as the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti, and Hurricanes Sandy, Harvey, and Irma, as well as many, many more.

On a lighter note, the film and media industry thrived. Superhero movies became box office triumphs with Avengers: Endgame becoming the highest grossing movie of all time, three dimensional animation became common and wildly successful with movies like Avatar and Tangled, and internet viewing soared. Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime video have dominated the T.V media intake and have ventured into production.


So much of what people love came to fruition in the 2010’s.  “It’s really just another year, but it feels significant,” says Talon Erickson. It marks the end of a decade that shaped us, and an era we loved.