(COVINGTON, La.) — The 2010s may have ended, but The Paper Wolf is not moving into the new decade without remembering the old one. The current student body of St. Paul’s will look back on the 2010’s as the decade they grew up in. For that, it has sentimental significance, and the notable cultural phenomena of the time deserve remembering.
The 2010s were chock-full of memorable songs like “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 in 2010, “Gangnam Style” by PSY in 2012, “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift in 2014, “Hotline Bling” by Drake in 2016, “Havana” by Camila Cabello in 2018, and “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish in 2019. It seemed as though these songs were always playing whether you wanted to hear them or not, be it during a school dance or on a car ride.
Music was not the only genre that got rocked by the 2010s. Marvel Studios made our decade by releasing a plethora of quality superhero movies. The Star Wars franchise was also rejuvenated with the addition of The Force Awakens in 2015, The Last Jedi in 2017, and The Rise of the Skywalker in 2019. Some of the highest grossing movies from the last ten years were Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, Incredibles 2, The Dark Night Rises, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
This has also been an eventful ten years for St. Paul’s School. During the decade, sports teams received countless trophies and award. In academics, St. Paul’s saw an escalation in ACT scores over the decade and in 2015 St. Paul’s received the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award. The school also made great leaps to improve the campus with the renovation of Benilde Hall and LaSalle Hall, and the construction of the Briggs Assembly Center and the Gene Bennett Sports Complex. Over the decade St. Paul’s hit the milestone of over 900 students.
The decade is best put in the words of President Brother Ray Bulliard, FSC: “this was a decade of growth, a decade of accomplishment. Ultimately, it was a decade of celebration.”