Starting off with President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January, where one of Lone Peaks own students, Cache Olson, DJ’ed at the inaugural ball, and rounding off the year with the state of California going up in flames with wildfires in December, 2017 has been a year of ups and downs.

On February 26, the 89th annual Oscars Awards Ceremony took place. Awarding the actors and actresses, as well as directors and writers, for their hard work on the films that hit the big screen in the previous year. But, sometimes it can be a difficult challenge reading and announcing winners, with a lot of room for error and mistakes, as we’ve seen in the past with Steve Harvey. Well, the Oscars are no exception. When announcing the winner for best picture, Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty were given the wrong card, which caused the wrong winner, La La Land, to be announced. Ultimately, Moonlight went home with the award. 

Starbucks made a huge announcement that they were going to be releasing a “Unicorn Frappuccino”, so on April 19th, you could catch any of your local starbucks packed with people waiting to try out the new drink. Although, many did not get to try it, as they went through them very quickly. More in April, a 16 year old boy named Carter Wilkinson sent out a tweet asking the fast food restaurant Wendy’s how many retweets for a year of free chicken nuggets. Little did Carter know that this tweet would become the most retweeted tweet of all time, easily surpassing the goal of 18 million that Wendy’s set for him. It’s safe to say he’s probably enjoying some chicken nuggets this very moment.

Now into Summer ‘17, Beyonce gave birth to her twins mid July, which was a huge event, considering everyone went crazy over her pregnancy announcement, as well as when she released her maternity pictures. Sticking to historic events, the United States experienced their first complete Solar Eclipse since 1979. Everyone in the United States could be seen looking up on August 21. This amazing event didn’t last very long on the headlines, as only three days later, Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and started destroying homes and buildings. Not only was Hurricane Harvey devastating, but quickly after Harvey hit, Hurricane Irma followed suit. It was a scary time, and now half a year later, damages and costs are still being taken care of.

Fast Forward now to October 1, an extremely saddening day in U.S. History. A country music festival was being held in Las Vegas right next to the Mandalay Bay hotel. Many concert goers had gathered to have a good time. The last act of the night was Jason Aldean, who many were excited to hear. But during his set, a gunman from a room in the Mandalay Bay began open shooting on the crowd below. Jason Aldean quickly ran offstage, and people in the crowd did anything they could to save themselves, as well as their loved ones. The gunman was caught and taken away to prison. 59 people lost their lives, with over 500 injured, making this the biggest mass shooting in American history. 

2017 was a big year for movements. Two big examples of that are the take a knee movement, as well as the #metoo campaign. The take a knee movement began with football player Colin Kaepernick, who decided to take a knee during the National Anthem instead of participate. This was in reference to the black lives matter campaign. Taking a knee is meant to protest police brutality, as well as respect the loss of a live of a fellow American. The #metoo campaign was set in place to bring to light all women of the workforce, or just women in general, who have been a victim to harassment. It empowers women to speak out about their experience, helping others in the process. Whether telling their story, or even just simply posting “#metoo”, many women were coming forward. Both campaigns carried an extreme amount of controversy, but that is to be expected when trying to stand up for what you believe in.

Entertainment-wise, it was a great year. Many artists came out with music that hit the charts, which means a good year for fans as well. Some of those hit albums released this year included records by Lorde, Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Lana Del Rey, Harry Styles, and Kesha. Some big movies hit the big screen. Those include Wonder Woman, It, The Greatest Showman, and of course the latest episode in the Star Wars franchise. Movies are powerful, but sometimes a good binge-watch is in store. Some shows released in 2017 that you could’ve enjoyed watching were A Series of Unfortunate Events, Riverdale, 13 Reasons Why, and finally Stranger Things season 2. 

This last year was a big year for many reasons, so here’s to hoping there will be plenty in store for us in 2018.