A look back on 2013

by EMILY SZPAK Social Media Coordinator

As 2013 comes to an end, it is important to reflect on the highlights of the year. This year hit us hard with new world events, pop culture, health breakthroughs, tragic deaths, and plenty of entertainment.

Some of the best entertainment of 2013, including movies and and music, was introduced to us. “Man of Steel”, “Thor,” and “Iron Man 3” hit the box offices this year as the action-packed comic adventures of 2013.

“The Great Gatsby” was a hit, starring Leonardo DiCaprio bringing the roaring 20’s into 2013.

“Fast and Furious 6” brought action to the screen in early May. “Fast 7” was scheduled to come some time next year, but the recent death of star Paul Walker in a car accident disrupted those plans, devastating thousands of “Fast and Furious” fans.

On the lighter side, the two most popular children’s movies were “Monsters University” and “Despicable Me 2”, both successful sequels due to their previous popularity.

The raunchy comedy “This Is The End” was also a hilarious hit, staring some of the best comedians such as Seth Rogen, Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, and Paul Rudd.

“My favorite movie was ‘Fast 6’ and I can’t wait to see ‘Fast 7’. Paul Walker will truly be missed, though. Rest in peace,” says junior Alexa Rizzo.

The music industry has kept us on our toes this year with new artists, albums and singles. Some of the best songs of the year were “Wake Me Up” by Avicii (featuring Aloe Blacc), “Wrecking ball” by Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors”, and, how could we forget, “Blurred lines” by Robin Thicke. No, really, how could we forget it? It was played at least 20 times by every station, every single day.

Some really monumental moments in the music field included Macklemore’s song “Same Love” featuring Ryan Lewis, which was a campaign for gay rights. Macklemore, on a mission to make a difference, promoted this song while making it a hit, and even singing it at the VMAs.

The VMAs also had an infamous moment with a young lady that seems to be on everyone’s radar – Cyrus. Cyrus has gone crazy this year, cutting her hair, changing her music, and putting on provocative performances, but she got just what she wanted – she made the headlines for 2013.

“My least favorite part of this year was probably hearing ‘Blurred Lines’ on the radio, no matter how many times I changed the station,” says junior Rebecca Tessler.

The world itself had many exciting events occurring this year that are worth mentioning – some serious, some just memorable.

Pope Francis was elected the 266th pope on March 13 after Pope Benedict resigned, being the first Pope to resign since 1294.

On April 15, the Boston bombing occurred during the Boston marathon, killing three people and injuring hundreds.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West gave birth to North West on June 15.

Duchess Kate Middleton and Prince William welcomed their first son, Prince George, on July 22.

“Glee” star Cory Monteith died from a lethal mix of heroin and alcohol.

Amanda Bynes lost her grip on reality.

The iPhone 5s and 5c were released, along with iOS 7.

Nelson Mandela died on December 5 at the age of 96.

Overall, it has been a crazy year full of sadness, but, more importantly, full of promise. The world goes on, and perhaps we will individually do our best to have a better year than the last. Perhaps this year will not be ours. Either way, tomorrow is not guaranteed, so take 2014 one day at a time.

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

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