To celebrate the end of a year that we are all happy to put behind us, the Charger staff compiled the ten biggest WHS stories of the 2020. From sports to elections to unexpected plagues — it was quite a year.
1. Spring semester interrupted by COVID-19
When COVID first began to spread last spring, no one thought it was going to affect us as much as it has. What started out as a normal school year turned into one of the scariest and most uncertain years of our lives. Over spring break, governor Kelly announced that all Kansas schools would be shut down for an additional two weeks to prevent the spread of the virus. Despite some worries regarding spring sports and other activities like prom, many students looked forward to an “extended spring break.” However on March 17, when Governor Kelly ordered all K-12 schools to be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, students’ hopes for the rest of the school year were stripped away from them.
This event comes in number one, not only because of the devastation of students who could no longer compete in sports, or seniors who wouldn’t get to see a normal graduation, but also because it was the beginning of an entirely new way of living. When we look back on 2020, the effects of COVID-19 will be a part of almost every memory. We hope that isn’t the case for much longer.