Every graduating class has defining moments that come together to form that lasting high school memory and that determine how people look back at their high school years; while most of these moments and memories are personal, a class’s legacy is also shaped by what happened around the state, the country and the globe while they were busy roaming the halls, going to prom and studying for finals.
The Class of 2019 came into Perkiomen Valley High School in the fall of 2015. Top hits of this year included “Trap Queen” by Fetty Wap, “Watch Me (Whip/Nae-Nae) by Silento, and “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa. Top Google searches showed what people were interested in during 2015 and these searches included “Star Wars”, as “The Force Awakens” trailer was released that October, “Paris”, after devastating terrorist attacks took place in Paris on a local theatre, stadium and restaurant, “Adele”, who became a trending artist this year after she released her third album “25”, and lastly “Kansas City Royals” after they defeated the New York Mets and won the 2015 Major League Baseball World Series. Other big news stories of 2015 included the Pope visiting the United States in September, possible life found on Mars in October, and the big 2016 election starting to heat up.
The second half of the Class of 2019’s freshman year into the beginning of their sophomore year brought on 2016. While the class was preparing to take high school finals for the first time in their lives and then starting a new year with a lot more confidence, top hits included “Closer” by The Chainsmokers, “One Dance” by Drake, “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake, and “Work” by Rihanna. The top Google searches of this year included “Pokemon Go”, a virtual game and instant widespread phenomenon that was released that summer, “Donald Trump”, who won the 2016 presidential election, and “iPhone 7” a release that shocked the world with its lack of a headphone jack. More news came throughout the year including the tragic losses of Prince, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Christina Grimmie and Muhammad Ali, the devastating shooting at Orlando Pulse nightclub, the Rio Olympics, and the first season of Stranger Things dropping on Netflix.
2017 hit the Class hard as they moved onto junior year, a notoriously difficult and stressful part of one’s high school career. Top hits of 2017 included “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran, “Bodak Yellow” by Cardi B, “HUMBLE” by Kendrick Lamar and “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles. The top Google searches of this year were “Hurricane Irma’, which was a Category five hurricane that struck the Atlantic, “iPhone X”, after Apple announced the release of this brand new iPhone and all of its features, and “Meghan Markle” who got engaged to Prince Harry that November. Other notable news events from 2017 include the introduction of slime, Ariana Grande’s Manchester concert being attacked, an episode of Dr. Phil starting an iconic catchphrase, “Cash me ousside”, and the Mayweather vs McGregor fight.
2018 was the year that took the Class of 2019 into their senior and final year at Perkiomen Valley. Top songs of this year include “Shallow” by Lady gaga and Bradley Cooper, “Havana” by Camila Cabello, and “High Hopes” by Panic! at the Disco. Top Google searches this year were “World Cup”, which took place from June to July in Russia and was won by France, “Avicii”, who was found passed away in Oman in April, “Mac Miller” who passed away in California in September, and “Black Panther”, a Marvel movie released that February. 2018 was a big year for Philadelphia as the Philadelphia Eagles won the Superbowl for the first time in franchise history, and Gritty, the new Flyers mascot, was released to the public in September. Other newsworthy stories of 2018 included Hurricane Florence devastating the Carolinas, Meghan Markle marrying Prince Harry in a grand royal wedding, XXXTentacion being shot and killed, the Parkland school shooting which created the “March for our Lives” movement, the Kavanaugh trial which ended with him being confirmed to the Supreme Court, and the longest government shutdown in United States history.
Finally, the Class of 2019 made it to 2019. While this year is only a few months in, so far top hits include “Sucker” by the Jonas Brothers, “bad guy” by Billie Eilish, and “thank u, next” by Ariana Grande. Top news stories of this year include the Mueller Report being released, Meghan and Harry giving birth to a boy named Archie, over 20 Democrats throwing their name in the 2020 presidential election, and locally the unwarranted and seemingly random breakout of the mumps at Temple University.
The Class of 2019 has been through a lot, but now it is time for the class to move on to bigger things, yet hopefully never forget Perkiomen Valley and the great memories we had the past four years.