2018 in review

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2018 in review

Sansan Liang, Staff Writer

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Another year has sped by, and some of the most memorable events of the year deserve mentioning.

Pop Culture:

  • “Black Panther” was rated as one of the year’s best movies, and made history by being the first superhero movie with an all African American cast and by grossing over $1 billion.
  • Netflix released many fan favorites such as the movies “To All The Boys I Loved Before” and “The Bird Box,” along with shows such as “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.”
  • Fortnite, played by more than 40 million people across the States and resulting in viral dances, earned “the video game of the year” designation.
  • According to Billboard, “I Like It” by Cardi B topped the charts as the number one track of 2018, and according to Youtube, the global pop stars BTS and Blackpink set “records in views and charts across multiple weeks.”
  • Ariana Grande also made a major comeback by releasing her song “No Tears Left to Cry,” followed by her hit album and the song “thank u, next.”


  • In February, the biggest sports event of the of the year, the 23rd Winter Olympics, was held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The youngest female snowboarder made history by winning a gold medal for the United States.
  • Super Bowl LII, also in February, saw the Philadelphia Eagles win their very first Super Bowl.
  • Lebron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Los Angeles Lakers
  • The 21st FIFA World Cup was held in Russia, which the French national football team won for their second time.

Major Events

  • The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killed 17 people and wounded 14, igniting a nationwide gun control movement led by students.
  • The California wildfires in the fall ranked among the most destructive on record, burning over 1.8 million acres of land and damaging thousands of homes.
  • During a historic summit, President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un signed an agreement promising to work together to negotiate peace.
  • Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in the mid-term elections with the most diverse caucus ever.

Walsh Jesuit

  • Over the summer, the kitchen was remodeled and changes to the menu were introduced.
  • New faculty members joined WJ, as well as our new football coach, Coach Alexander.
  • Now only freshmen have to report to assigned study halls.

Overall, 2018 presented some groundbreaking moments, both ups and downs. Looking forward, 2019 will undoubtedly be another significant year.

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