Deconstructing the Decade
Standley Lake has seen a vast variety of students walk in and out over the past 10 years. The 2010s have shaped us into the people we are today. We found some of our closest friends, first loves and formed some of our greatest memories. This decade has set many trends and phases that will be remembered as the years go forward. In our last year before the roaring ‘20s, we look back at the music, technology, and trends that made the 2010s so memorable.
Music has reached new and unexpected peaks in just 10 years. Specifically, in the last decade, genres such as pop, hip-hop, and cloud rap became mainstream and changed modern music. From the rise of electronic dance music (EDM) to the takeover of boy bands yet again, the 2010s was a legendary era for music.
In the earlier years, pop-music made its way as the most popular genre of music. Artists like Katy Perry, Adele, and Beyoncé were dominating the scene and shattering records left and right.
Just between 2010 and 2014, Adele won eight Grammys while Beyoncé won seven.
Songs with cheesy romantic lyrics sung by boys with perfect hair and flashy clothes became all the craze to teen girls worldwide. Boy bands were making a comeback and fast. One Direction, 5 Seconds Of Summer and The Vamps quickly became favored and their music was being blasted all over the radios. Coincidentally, all these boy bands were from the United Kingdom. This time was seen as a second British Invasion like the cultural phenomenon in the 1960s.
Around 2016, music started to form into what we listen to today. SoundCloud rappers like Juice World, Travis Scott, Trippie Redd, and Post Malone became very popular and created a whole new trend of music. Other artists like Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, and Ed Sheeran have made their way into mainstream music in just the past three years.
Some of the best memories that have been made in the 2010s, were accompanied by the music from this generation. These songs have influenced the way that we think and express our emotions. Music has always created a culture surrounding the ways we feel about worldwide issues. The lyrics captured within these songs reflect current relevance in politics and global difficulties.
Music has always had a way of making a substantial impact and being the unique voice of each generation. Encapsulating the dreams and emotions of the times. Music has been an important and valuable part of our decade and has influenced the pop-culture over the past years.
Undoubtedly, Standley Lake’s athletic programs and teams have remained an unchanging staple in school culture over the past decade. Despite the hardships, any high school sports team face, the passion and joy exuded by the students and staff stays consistent. Whether it be the Poms team winning state in 2019 or Gymnastics in 2016, SLHS has created and shared some truly great moments over the past nine years.
For many students, Friday night football at the NAAC is an unforgettable part of the high school experience. At the start of every weekend, the green and grey sprint on the field hype up the student and parent sections. Whether it be a warm homecoming game or a snowstorm in October, there are always fans cheering them on.
Mr. Morse, longtime head coach of the football team, enjoys the atmosphere of SLHS every day, even when overcoming adversity, especially this season in 2019.
“We’ve lost ten players due to injuries, so it was extremely gratifying that the kids overcame this with as much adversity as they’ve had this year. And that’s ultimately my goal as I became a coach— I want the kids to have memories, sometimes those of losses and the tears, not just the joy. That will stick with them forever, being in those big moments.”
Despite the setbacks this year, Mr. Morse’s coaching philosophy has lead to longtime success on and off the field. In the past 10 years, he’s lead the football team to the playoffs four times. And every day, you can see him in the hallways supporting and encouraging players and students. Regardless of the win-loss record, the football team stays a tight-knit group and is an important part of the SLHS community.
Boys soccer performs at a high level every year, regardless of the challenges they’ve overcome. With a solid senior core each year, they frequently compete at the tail end of every season. Since 2012, the team has made the playoffs every year and travels across the state to play elite teams. The three coaching changes have not distracted from the winning culture.
Softball went to the playoffs for the first time in six years with their strong group of seniors propelling them to an 11-12 record, this year the ladies on the field worked incredibly hard to make it to the playoffs.
Similarly, the volleyball team reached new heights this year. After unexpectedly getting a new coach, the girls made their way to the playoffs for the first time in 12 years. This season, with no doubt, has had its struggles; but the varsity team managed to rise above.
Sports at Standley Lake Highschool have certainly created a student culture over the past 10 years. Friday night football games, intense volleyball matches and everything in between, students always seem to make a strong appearance. The love for sports will endure into Standley Lake’s future.
SOCIAL MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY:
Over the past decade, social media and technology have taken over and become a very important piece of the 2010s. Platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, Youtube and Twitter have become some of the most popular apps for teens and adults. Not to mention, the rise of technology has seen an all-time high. This decade is the first in history to be so greatly impacted by technology and social media.
Social media has become a prominent feature in our lives. Going on apps such as Instagram and SnapChat has become a regular routine. Within two months of Instagram being released, there were nearly one million users. Interest in social media platforms has grown so rapidly over time. As of this year, there are about one billion users with profiles on Instagram.
Social media platforms such as Vine and Music.ly have been ended by their creators and many apps such as Tumblr have died off even though they are still available in the app store. Other apps such as Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, Youtube, and Facebook are still trending among recent generations.
Social media and modern technology have made both a positive and negative impact during this decade. For the first time in history, anything can be researched with a click of a button, the world is among our fingertips. But, it seems to be that these new advancements are becoming a distraction. Many would rather spend their time by endlessly scrolling through their feed on Instagram rather than going out or doing homework.
It also seems that there has been a huge change in motivation at school due to technology and social media. Standley Lake has seen a giant shift in students due to phones and had to transition to new policies. Technological advancements like Chromebooks and projectors have made a serious influence on teaching styles at Standley Lake. Teachers often base their lessons on computers and Chromebooks, creating a new revelation of teaching.
In just 10 years, social media and modern technology have made their way into our daily lives. This decade will be a huge mark for technological advancements. Every year, more and more people are active on social media sites. These apps and devices have constructed a dependency among the people of this generation. It has been a large contributing factor to the changes this decade has seen in life.
The 2010s have set many fashion trends that will be remembered in future years. SLHS has seen countless numbers of styles influenced by trends set from past decades. While modern fashion has its classic spin-offs, it also has its own unique standing from aesthetics exclusive to the last ten years.
Early on, hipster-style became very popular. With nerd glasses, black high top converse, beanies and the bizarre trends of mustaches, this was one of the first trends this decade had ever seen. During the 2012 to 2014 era, neon became the next big thing. Shirts, shoes, and accessories were colored in bright colors such as green, blue, pink, yellow and orange. Other accessories like chokers and scrunchies made multiple appearances.
The fashion trends generated in 2015 and 2016 were extremely influenced by famous YouTubers. It was often popular to wear jean jackets, brands such as PINK and Forever21 and accessorizing with pins and patches.
2017 was the start of fashion we see today. Social media has created many different aesthetics like VSCO, e-girls, e-boys, soft girls and soft boys. These looks have made an appearance in the halls we walk through everyday here at Standley. Brands like Nike, Vans, Thrasher, Champion and Ripndip have also become extremely popular among this generation’s fashion.
One common theme throughout the decades has been watching history repeat itself. Styles that were popular in the 70s and 80s have resurfaced and become fashionable once again. Pants such as bell bottoms and mom jeans have made a huge comeback along with tracksuits and crop tops. Vibrant colorful makeup and crazy hair colors are once again a fun way for everyone to express themselves.
The past decade has been an exciting time for our generation. The years have watched us grow from children to young adults. In our last year of this decade, we are leaving behind our childlike innocence and entering the next chapter.