Senior Send-off: Looking Back

Denobis will be posting an article about the senior class every school day until graduation. For the first article, Kaleb Lyonnais takes a look at the news events that happened when the seniors were in high school.

In October 2013, when everyone was just getting settled into the new school year, the federal government shut down. It remained shut down for over two weeks while Congress debated budgetary issues.
In November 2013, many freshman performed in their first Tri-City musical concert. That same month, the United States made a deal with Iran regarding their nuclear research program.
In January 2014, the freshmen took their first finals at Tri-City Prep. Meanwhile much of the country was taking time off from school as a polar vortex struck.
In February 2014, the Winter Olympics were held in Sochi, Russia. Over the next month Tri-City participated in several more local competitions, including softball, rowing, and Mock Trial.
In November 2014, midterm elections were held across the United States. The sophomores were probably too busy working on their symposiums to notice.
In November 2015, the Rosetta spacecraft landed on a comet. In a less famed feat of engineering, Tri-City Prep students were preparing a robot for the competition in January.
Sometimes things happen while school is out. In the summer between sophomore and junior year, the United States reestablished diplomatic relations with Cube, New Horizons flew by Pluto, and same-sex marriage was legalized across the United States.
In September 2015, as many juniors began taking difficult science courses like Physics and AP Biology, scientists made new discoveries. Gravitational waves were observed for the first time, as was liquid water on Mars.
In November 2015, many Tri-City Prep students participated in National Novel Writing Month. Others given an incredibly short time to write document included the 147 world leaders in Paris for the UN Climate Change Conference.
In December 2016 Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered and quickly became the highest grossing movie in history. However, many Tri-City Prep students did not have time to go watch, as January brought Regional Orchestra auditions and the Yavapai County Math Competition.
In March 2016, both at TCP and elsewhere in Arizona, the AzMERIT test was fully launched. After years of stressing over AIMS, Tri-City Prep juniors had the honor of being one of the first classes to do the AzMERIT, which would affect absolutely nothing.
In May 2016, as Tri-City Prep was about to administer finals, Donald Trump won the Republican primaries. Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primaries the next month, becoming the first woman nominated by a major party to be President.
In November 2016, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time since 1908. Around the same time, Tri-City Prep competed in mountain biking, taking many prizes.
In January 2017, Tri-City Prep won, once again, the Yavapai County Math Competition and sent many musicians, once again, to the Regional Orchestra. On the other side of the country, Donald Trump was inaugurated as President.