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Class of 2014: Through the Years


For many of us, the journey from kindergarten to senior year has been a dramatic ride. For the Class of 2014, this holds true for both the transformations we made in the classroom as well as the changes in popular culture and world events. In September of 2001, this year’s senior class began elementary school. In 2007, we graduated and began middle school. Finally, in 2010, we finished up our days in middle school days and moved up to the big league: high school. And now, in 2014, we are about to finish a huge chapter of their lives and embark on a new one. Whether we are headed for college or choosing another path on our journey, we can all agree how things have changed in the past 13 years of their educational process. These changes have affected every one of us and we have been molded by the schooling experience.

2001: Kindergarten

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Photo Credit: Flickr.com

Kindergarten was a year for new things. Both the iPod and the X-Box came out, altering the world of technology forever. But while students spent their days coloring, here is what was going on in the world:

Cost of a Gallon of Gas: $1.46

Cost of a Superbowl Ad: $2,100,000

World Event: The Attacks at the World Trade Center

Best Film Oscar Winner: A Beautiful Mind

Most Popular Films: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone; Monsters, Inc.; Shrek; Jurassic Park III; Moulin Rouge

Most Popular TV Shows: Friends, CSI, Law and Order, ER, Will & Grace

Number One Songs: Independent Women (Destiny’s Child), Ms. Jackson (Outkast), Fallin’ (Alicia Keys), U Got It Bad (Usher), Bootylicious (Destiny’s Child)


2007: Elementary School –> Middle School

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Photo Credit: wikipedia.org

The Class of 2014 was so excited to graduate elementary school in 2007. We were finally ready to switch classes, meet new people, and find out what teams we belonged on. This was a big year for both the new students of Candlewood Middle School and some celebrities. Britney Spears shaved her head and graced the covers of every magazine meanwhile Lindsey Lohan went to rehab three times. Also, the iPhone was released and Blackberries were never looked at the same again.

Cost of a Gallon of Gas: $3.38

Cost of a Superbowl Ad: $2,600,000

Best Film Oscar Winner: No Country for Old Men

Most Popular Films: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Spider-Man 3, Shrek the Third, Transformers, I Am Legend

Most Popular TV Shows: American Idol, Desperate Housewives, House, Grey’s Anatomy, CSI

Number One Songs: Irreplaceable (Beyonce), Umbrella (Rihanna), The Sweet Escape (Gwen Stefani), Hey There Delilah (Plain White T’s), Girlfriend (Avril Lavigne), Crank That Soulja Boy (Soulja Boy Tell’em)


2010: Middle School–> High School

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Photo Credit: CBS Tv

The year was 2010 and we were so over middle school and pumped to become freshmen! The iPhone has made its way to the iPhone 4 and the first generation iPad was released. As Apple creates more innovations on their products, students begin to notice significant changes as they begin high school.

Cost of a Gallon of Gas: $2.73

Cost of a Superbowl Ad: $2,800,000

Best Film Oscar Winner: The King’s Speech

Most Popular Films: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One, Inception, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, Easy A, Tangled, Despicable Me

Most Popular TV Shows: The Big Bang Theory, True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl, Supernatural, NCIS

Number One Songs: Tik Tok (Ke$ha), Imma Be (The Black Eyed Peas), California Gurls (Katy Perry), Just the Way You Are (Bruno Mars)