End of the Decade at Wilson

Written by Yasmin Rodrigues

The year is now 2020 and as we prepare ourselves for a new year it’s time to look back on these last ten years at Wilson and in our world.

2009: Wilson made its mark in sports. We placed 6th in US nationals for cheerleading, speech & debate made state championships, and wrestling, baseball and choir made PIL championships. In October, former Wilson graduated, Margaret Doherty was appointed as State Representative for House District 35 in Oregon. October also raised enough funds for the band program to buy a new tuba. In 2009 we were wearing low rise jeans and graphic tees. Kanye interrupted Taylor Swift at the MTV’s music awards and Barack Obama was sworn in as president.

2010: Wilson cheerleaders made State championships and wrestling, baseball, women’s lacrosse and volleyball made PIL championships. The world was going cray for Facebook and Angry Birds as well as Apple’s new iPad. We mourned the loss of our favorite survival show “Lost”, yet rejoiced when “Shrek: forever after” came out, and wept again at Toy Story 3.

2011: Cheerleaders at Wilson placed 3rd in the US nationals and wrestling, baseball, volleyball, swimming, and men’s soccer, golf and tennis went to the PIL championships. 2011 also brought the royal wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William and the divorce of Kim Kardashian and Chris Humphries. Music was dominated by Adele and One Direction and radios everywhere were playing Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”. We were all rocking our sliding phones and re-reading Harry Potter until J.K Rowling released the next book. The internet was shook when Beyoncè announced she was pregnant, and devastated when Oprah aired her last episode. And of course we can’t forget about planking.

2012: “On October 11, the Wilson football team wore pink with pride in support of Cancer Awareness month. All of our three teams had pink socks and pink wrap.  The football field was decked out with pink ribbons, as well. The “W” was outlined in pink and the end zone lines were pink”.-Wilson Alumni. Wilson baseball and cheerleading teams made state championships. Wilson led the way for PIL championships with wrestling, baseball, football, volleyball, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s basketball and women’s soccer. In 2012 we were doing the Gangnam style and jamming out to ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ by Gotye. Justin Beiber got YOLO tattooed onto his hand and then broke up with Selena Gomez. 2012 was also a turning point for our country. On December 14th, 20 year old Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary school and shot and killed 26 people, including 20 children between six and seven and left two people injured. After this tragic event the entire country was in shock, and ever since then gun violence has been at the forefront of everything. It is the fourth deadliest shooting in US history.

2013: Wilson made it into PIL championships with baseball, boy’s swimming, men’s golf, and women’s golf. As well as tennis and women’s basketball all going to  championships. As well as cheerleading heading to state championships. The dictionary added two new words, “Twerk” and “Selfie”. Vine was still bringing us our daily laughs and everyone was trying to figure out ‘What Does the Fox Say’ and, doing the Harlem shake.

We also introduced new laws around gay marriage, banning it from certain states and denying gay marriages the same rights and privileges of a straight marriage. From this, we as a country stepped into a new light, fighting for equality amongst all people no matter what.

2014: When you think of the word viral, you should definitely think of 2014. Everyone had Frozen fever, along with actual fevers from the ice bucket challenge. We were gushing over Alex from Target and confused about Pharrell’s big hat. Movies were at an all time high with the release of “Lego movie”, “Into the Woods” and “Guardians of the Galaxy”. And when you think about viral, think about the 31 same sex weddings that were hosted at The Grammy Awards to advocate for equal rights.

2015: Wilson’s men’s soccer team made PIL championships and Wilson itself was ranked eighth in the state as a highschool. “Jurassic World”, “Inside Out” and “Straight Outta Compton” were box office hits. We listened to Hotline Bling on repeat and Hamilton on Broadway. Bruce Jenner became Caitlyn Jenner while Zayn left One Direction. And how can we forget about the debate that tore the country in half, #Thedress.

2016: Congratulations to Henry Li, who graduated from Wilson in 2013 and was awarded an undergraduate joint degree in History and Literature and East Asian Studies from Harvard in June 2016. This year, similar to 2014, was a year that went viral to the max. We had Harambe, the water bottle flip challenge, dabbing, rainbow food, Pokemon Go, the mannequin challenge, damn Daniel and of course, clowns everywhere. Leonardo Di’caprio won his first Oscar, unfortunately at the same time, #oscarssowhite started trending. Moonlight won best movie and Beyoncè won best shade for her album “Lemonade”. On September 24, the long-awaited National Museum of African American History and Culture opened right in front of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. just in time for the Clinton vs Trump clash.

2017: Clark Spencer, who graduated from Wilson in 1981, has gone on to become a successful American film producer, businessman and studio executive. He is best known for his work at Walt Disney Animation Studios. In 2017 he received and Oscar for co-producing the Academy Award winning movie “Zootopia”. In 2017 we ate mermaid themed food. And infused anything we could with CBD. We styled crop tops with super plumped lips and Fjallraven backpacks all in millennial pink. We said ‘cash me outside’ to net neutrality and filled our hearts with salt bae, slime and unicorn frappuccinos.

2018: According to an article written by Corey Buchanan of the Portland Tribune, the Wilson Robotics team (Loose Screws) qualified for the world championships for the first time in program history and Wilson junior Henry Pigg and Wilson junior Eli Winkleman won a Congressional App Challenge for their skin cancer-identifying application that would allow for more immediate identification of melanoma, and Wilson’s women’s golf made it to the PIL championships. When things happened this year they were big and powerful. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married. Beyoncè turned Coachella into Beychella, Kanye visited the White House and endorsed Donald Trump. People were purposely poisinging themselves with Tide Pods and Logan Paul was in deep trouble for video taping a suicide victim in the Aokigahara forest. In 2018 we started taking mass action against injustices with the #metoo movement and more. We were all doing the ‘In my feelings challenge’ after Toys R Us went bankrupt, and Tanacon was a disaster. “Black Panther” made massive waves in the film industry while the yodeling kid made his mark in music.

2019: Natalie Tonneson, who graduated in 2003, was crowned Miss Oregon 2019 on January 13, 2019. Natalie represented Oregon in the Miss USA 2019 on May 2, 2019. 2019 felt like two years in one. Our hearts melted with Keanu Reeves, Lady Gaga and Minecraft return. We stopped using plastic to save the turtles and started being eco friendly to save the climate. We raided Area 51, did the bird box and bottle cap challenge. We tried to defend ourselves against thirty to fifty feral hogs, and we binge watched “Stranger Things” season three. We watched Frye Festival burn and the VSCO girl epidemic rise. We jammed to “Old Town Road”, Billie Eilish, Lizzo and of course Baby Shark.