2020 Recap

   From the start, 2020 has been a whirlwind of events, from chaotic politics to UFO sightings to the historic quarantine. While it’s easy for the positives of the year to be overshadowed by the ensuing chaos, we must not forget the events that shined through. The Paw Print created this chronological list to cover the major events, both good and bad, that occurred during this unforgettable year. We also asked a couple of fellow West Ranch students their opinions on the sum of 2020.


  • Trump orders a drone strike in Baghdad, Iraq on Jan. 3, killing Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani.
  • Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant and seven others are killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26 in Calabasas, California. 
  • COVID-19 spreads to countries around Asia, as well as the United States



  • The World Health Organization names the current pandemic’s disease as COVID-19
  • The 2020 stock market crash, or Coronavirus Crash, begins a major and sudden global stock market crash
  • Intense bushfires strike in many parts of Australia, killing or displacing nearly three billion animals



  • West Ranch transitions school to a completely online format due to the pandemic, beginning Mar. 13. 
  • Various quarantine trends also pop up, such as whipped coffee and banana bread. 
  • On Mar. 24, the 2020 Summer Olympics are officially postponed to 2021.



  • The hilariously juxtaposed release of video games DOOM Eternal and Animal Crossing: New Horizons shakes the internet on the morning of Mar. 20, 2019.
  • After three weeks of recovery from a cardiovascular surgery, rumors of Kim Jong Un’s death spread through various news outlets, though later proved to be false by his public appearance on May 1.
  • On Apr. 29, a meteor narrowly misses Earth in a record-breaking 6.3 million km away, the closest it has come to Earth since its discovery in 1998.



  • Elon Musk and Grimes welcome their baby, X Æ A-12, into the world on May 4 
  • On May 25, George Floyd, an unarmed black man, becomes a victim of a police killing in Minneapolis, sparking protests against police brutality worldwide 
  • Murder hornets, a venomous, invasive species native to East Asia and Japan, find their way into the US.



  • The Lebanese pound decreases 70% and anti-government protesters take to the streets  with the country’s economic woes
  • With over 12 million children in Yemen, COVID-19 exacerbates the already dire situation children face in trying to get food



  • Ghislaine Maxwell, a reported accomplice to Jeffrey Epstein, is arrested on July 2.
  • Donald Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, publishes a book sharing information about him and his finances before he was elected president on July 14.
  • John Lewis, an active speaker in the Civil Rights Movement who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, passes away on July 17


  • With the help of online programs including Zoom and Google classroom, West Ranch returns digitally on Aug. 11. 
  • A large shipment of highly explosive material stored in the Beirut harbor explodes, killing hundreds and injuring thousands on Aug. 14.
  • Joe Biden is formally nominated as the democratic nominee candidate on Aug. 18.



  • The massive August Complex fire becomes the largest fire in California history, burning over 1 million acres begins on Sep. 1.
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a leader in gender equality and the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, passes away at the age of 87 on Sep. 18, 2020. 
  • Among Us, an online game in which the “impostor” secretly tries to kill all the “crewmates,” gains popularity. 



  • President Trump is flown to Walter Reed Medical Center for COVID-19 treatment on Oct. 2. He is able to return to the White House on Oct. 5 after receiving an antibody cocktail.
  • A category 3 hurricane called hurricane Delta, the first Greek alphabet-labelled hurricane to hit the US, makes landfall in the Yucatan Peninsula on Oct. 4.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers become the World Series Champions for the first time since 1988 on Oct. 27 



  • Joe Biden wins the 2020 presidential election with 306 electoral votes against current President Donald Trump on Nov. 7 
  • The one year anniversary of the tragic Saugus High School shooting takes place on Nov. 14.
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying Crew 1 docks successfully with the International Space Station on Nov. 16.


Q: How do you think the current pandemic affected your plans or goals for the year?

A: “I never thought this pandemic would force us to stay at home for so long. As a senior I was really disappointed that I missed out on a lot of my ‘lasts’ in high school. This includes Homecoming, Prom, the football games, and basically all the fun activities seniors get to do. The pandemic has stopped me from being able to see all my friends and just making good memories in general. I was not able to visit colleges as easily nor get a job. However, I have been able to do a lot of things I wouldn’t have done with all my free time. I’ve gotten Tik Tok famous and have found news things to keep busy.” –Ryan Varshawsky (Senior)


Q: What was the most memorable part of this year?

A: One of the most memorable national highlights of 2020 was the #NateRobinsonChallenge. Youtuber and upcoming boxer Jake Paul and former NBA superstar Nate Robinson boxed for a solid 2 rounds before Nate proceedingly flopped on the ground face first after being KO-ed 3 times. This turned into a national trend hashtagged as the #NateRobinsonChallenge that gained much traction on social media platforms.” –Nathaniel Kim (Junior)

A: One of the most memorable moments of this year was the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic was a very rough time, as it did not allow people to have a social life for many months. This personally affected me because I could not play sports and hang out with friends.” –Jonathan Fisher (Junior)

A: “The most memorable national event of this year was probably the presidential election or pandemic.” –Keyan Saguibo (Freshman)