By McKenzie Wegner
As the 2016-2017 school year is coming to an end, it’s a perfect time to reflect what made this year special, unique, and memorable.
The Biggest Events of the School Year:
Our 2016 Disney-themed homecoming dance had the highest attendance yet, with over 900 students in attendance. The King, Sergio Melendez, and Queen, Sara Lofrano, were announced at the annual homecoming football game, where our Varsity Football team beat San Rafael 41-0.
On November 14, 2016, around 150 Novato High Students walked out of their sixth period classes to protest the November 8th election, where Donald Trump was elected president.
Peter Gamble and Gabe Herrera DJed Novato High’s biggest winter formal yet on January 28, 2017. It was also the first time in NHS history that students have been able to DJ a school dance.
The Best Music of the Year:
Some of the most popular artists have dropped new singles and albums throughout the school year, and here are some of the most played.
Drake’s new album More Life, was released on March 18, 2017. “Passionfruit”, “Teenage Fever”, and “Portland”, are three of the most downloaded songs from this album.
Ed Sheeran recently released his latest album, Divide, which includes the radio favorite song “Shape of You”.
Kendrick Lamar dropped his newest album DAMN. on April 14, 2017. The most popular songs on Lamar’s album are “HUMBLE,” and “DNA”.
Lastly, The Weeknd released his album Starboy back in November of 2016. Starboy includes the popular songs “I Feel it Coming”, and “Starboy”.
Other notable songs and artists from this past school year include The Chainsmokers’ “Paris” and “Closer”, Lil Yachty and Kyle’s “iSpy”, Bruno Mars’ “24 K Magic” and “That’s What I Like”, as well as D.R.A.M. and Lil Yachty’s “Broccoli”.
The Internet Trends:
Throughout this school year, our feeds on various social media apps have been blown up with a variety of internet fads.
Last fall, the “Juju on that Beat” dance and song became popular as people posted videos of themselves dancing to the song with their friends. The song and dance even made a debut at homecoming.
After Rae Sremmurd released their latest album back in August, they began touring and playing their song “Black Beatles”, shortly after the fad of the Mannequin Challenge began. Social Media was filled with videos of people frozen in various positions until the beat dropped in the song, then everyone started to dance. After the mannequin challenge began, Rae Sremmurd would perform the mannequin challenge to “Black Beatles” during their concerts.
Late last year, after a high school student flipped a water bottle for his talent show performance, the fad of bottle flipping blew up social media. From then on, water bottle flipping was taken to new levels, literally. People started flipping their bottles onto railings, buildings, and even onto other water bottles.
The newest item from this school year that has become popular on campus lately are fidget spinners. The spinners vary from small spinners that make shapes such as circles when they are spun, or small boxes with various buttons. These fidget toys are mostly used by kids in order to have their hands moving while sitting in class trying to focus.
During the 2016-2017 school year, many students have been asked the question, “What’s on the back of your phone?” due to the popularity of PopSockets. PopSockets are small round disks that attach to your phone by an accordion-style tube. They are used to get a grip on your phone and prevent dropping your device.
Other items that have become popular throughout this school year are dab pens and juuls. The increase of these weed/nicotine based products are used among many students. These students use juuls or dab pens when they are out with friends and for the simple purpose of getting high or a head rush.
The TV Shows:
Lastly, there have been two major TV shows that have been talked about nonstop this school year. Earlier in the year everyone was discussing the Netflix show “Stranger Things” and more recently the novel-turned-Netflix show “13 Reasons Why”. On May 7, 2017, it was announced that the show would return with a second season. These shows were binge watched by many people around the country, including many Novato High students throughout the school year.
As the school year comes to an end, we will leave some of these trends, songs, and events in the past, and we will see what trends arise in the new school year.