How was 2021 for Lanier?

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The year 2021 was very eventful. There were plenty of ups and downs to keep the world on its toes. However, people were too busy with their own social lives, still heavily influenced by the everchanging Covid status. Between Covid hitting the nation again with a different variant and the lasting recovery from 2020, 2021 was a mess. Last year was all about survival and not about living.
Last year, everything was just starting to go slightly back to normal: places were opening back up, the mandatory mask mandate was slowly disappearing, and the mass capacity in stores were returning to normal. In contradiction to things going back to normal, the Delta variant arose. Once again, people were getting wiped out by Covid. Everyone started feeling the effects of this almost immediately, as it hit America hard and all at once. Dealing with the blowback of the Delta variant of Covid preoccupied the lives of those in our society.
When asking people to describe how 2021 went, the words some students used to describe last year were “tragedy” and “a trainwreck.” One student even asked, “What happened in 2021,” which begs the question: What do people actually remember from last year? When asking this question to random students at Lanier High School, it was clear how the student body of Lanier felt towards 2021. The answers varied from students saying “literally nothing” to “2021 was just a blur.” Not a single student or teacher could tell me something specific that came to mind from last year; that question drew an immediate blank in everyone’s mind. Big things happened in 2021, but overwhelmed with what 2021 brought, everything effectively canceled each other out. 2021 became a blank year, only remembered as miserable.
Considering the chaos of 2021, I understand the lack of remembrance about the events throughout the year. Since last year was a bit foggy, let’s talk about the forgotten gems of 2021. Here is a list of some high and low points of 2021.

1. Starting things off, Donald Trump got banned from Twitter on January 8, 2021, just 12 days before his term ended.
2. Following that was Joe Biden being elected president on January 20, 2021.
3. A little after Joe Biden’s presidency, the Taliban sadly took over Afghanistan once again. Which had many casualties for Americans and Afghans.
4. Kim Kardashian West filed for divorce against Kanye West in February of 2021.
5. Britney Spears was finally free after a very long 14 year battle in a conservatorship run.
6. R&B singer, R. Kelly, was arrested and found guilty in September for multiple charges related to sexual encounters with underage girls.
7. Travis Scott’s Astroworld concert was a tragedy, where ten people died and 300 were injured. Travis Scott was devastated about the events that went down at his concert on November 5, 2021.
8. Soon after, everyone’s beloved grandma, Betty White, died on December 3, 2021. A stroke took the life of a 99 year old woman just a few weeks shy of spending a century on this earth.

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