2020 Vision

How West students will remember a chaotic and consequential year that’s now in the rear-view mirror.


Ava Burchell, Staff Writer

2020 has likely been the most challenging year of our lives. It began with a WWIII scare, Australian and American wildfires, the emergence of the coronavirus, and ended with social distancing, a COVID vaccine, the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and political upheaval.

I asked West students to describe 2020 in one word, and here are their responses:


The killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani almost led to a full-scale war just days into the New Year.

“Different” – Rachel Block, Senior


“Chaotic” – Mihika Shah, Senior


“Rough” – Chloe McKelvey, Junior



Wildfires raged on Australia’s East Coast and the United States’ West Coast.

“Teachable” – Chaya Plummer, Alumna


“Chaotic” – Maddie Edwards, Sophomore


“Wow” – Will Tiech, Sophomore



Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, a source of inspiration to many, passed away in September.

“No” – Skylar McFadden, Senior


“Ugh” – Kiersten Cote, Senior


“Chaos”- Liam Price, Senior


“Chaos” – Elizabeth Katsikis, Sophomore


Democrat Joseph R. Biden won the 2020 presidential election to become America’s 46th president.

“Chaotic” – Trisha George, Junior


“Unexpected” – Lauren Burchell, Sophomore


“Unreal” – Kate Casarella, Sophomore



An ICU doctor at Doylestown Health is vaccinated in December.

“Overwhelming” – Mikayla Havers, Senior


“Hell” – Annie Tirone, Senior