Local elections were held all across the United States on Tuesday, the 7th of November. In the state of Virginia, democrats took the lead.
History was made by electing democrat Danica Roem to the House of Delegates - the first out transgender person to be a United States legislature. History was also made by Hala Ayala and Elizabeth Guzman; the first latinas to serve in the House of Delegates. Ralph Northam (D) won against Ed Gillespie (R) in the race for state governor. Lieutenant governor was won by Justin Fairfax (D), the second African-American to serve in Statewide office in Virginia, and attorney general was won by Mark Herring (D).
Many people are thrilled with the results of the election, the families of Stonewall Jackson High School seniors Megan Keyser, Casey Harding, and Jocelyn Fletcher are all extremely happy about the outcome of the election.
The 14 seats in the House of Delegates that were flipped from Republican to democratic has been celebrated by families of the same students.
Megan Keyser expressed great delight about Danica Roem, “Danica definitely represents the LGBT community which I’m super happy about.” This is a popular opinion amongst people that support, and are part of, the LGBT community. Danica represents a group of people that are widely discriminated against by people and politicians alike. Winning a seat in the house of delegates shows the transgender community in a new light - it’s not just a trend.
Casey Harding loves the idea of fixing the highways and bettering education - two ideals that got Danica the win.
Jocelyn Fletcher has a strong dislike for Gillespie, this is due to his support is making abortion illegal in Virginia.Gillespie’s opposition to women’s reproductive rights was one of the factors that caused his major lose, as only 39% of women voted for Gillespie and 61% voted for Northam. Northam supports access to women’s reproductive rights and was endorsed by the Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia.
Both Megan Keyser and Casey Harding believe the large democratic win shows Virginia’s opposition to President Trump and his office. This is a popular belief amongst social media users.
The opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics took place on February 9th, in the host city of Pyeongchang, South Korea. The most popular sports seem to be snowboarding, skiing, and figure skating, and their different categories - however there is far more than that. The other sports include: luge, speed skating, bobsledding, skeleton, ice hockey, and curling.
North and South Korea united under one flag while sending their delegates into the opening ceremony, to promote a peaceful relationship between the two countries. Stonewall Jackson High School senior Jocelyn Fletcher believes that this could be a start to peace for the two countries, that have been separated with high tensions for 73 years. Megan Keyser, another SJHS senior, was amazed by this and believes it could be the start of peace. However, this has not been the first time this has happened in the Olympics. The first time the two Korea’s delegates walked together under one flag was in 2000.
Shaun White was set to make a comeback this Olympics, and Megan Keyser was definitely excited. She expressed her excitement and love for him by saying, “I love Shaun White and I’m excited to see him compete.” Well, lucky for Megan because he won his third gold medal in the Winter Olympics for the halfpipe event.
Figure skating has been a popular event, with skaters such as Nathan Chen, Adam Rippon, and Mirai Nagasu being some of the most talked about figure skaters on the U.S. team. Jocelyn Fletcher, a Stonewall Jackson High School senior, loves figure skating. The U.S. team was able to get a bronze medal in the team event, partially in thanks to Mirai Nagasu - the only American figure skater to complete the jump in the Olympics. However, no U.S. figure skater medaled in the men and women’s individual programs.
Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin were America’s favorites for Alpine Skiing. Lindsey Vonn, a favorite of Stonewall Senior Casey Harding, was not successful in the super G or the super combined events. She was able to get a bronze medal in her specialty, the downhill event but had been aiming for gold. Mikaela Shiffrin won gold in the super combined, a race consisting of downhill and slalom.
Slopestyle skiing was more popular in its second year being in the olympics, as it was included in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. It’s popularity is thanks to the American sweep it had it’s first year, the medalists being Joss Christensen (gold), Gus Kenworthy (silver), and Nick Goeppper (bronze). The fan favorite this year was Gus Kenworthy, due to being one of the few American Olympic athletes to be out as a gay in the Winter Olympics. Other fan favorite was Nick Goepper, partially due to his previous win and his recent issues with suicidal thoughts - making him relatable and inspiriting for many. Gus Kenworthy failed to medal this year due to a broken thumb and a bruise on his hip that had to be drained twice before competing. Nick Goepper moved up the podium and got silver, while gold was taken by Norwegian freestyle skier Oystein Braaten and bronze was won by Canadian Alex Beaulieu-Marchand.
The Olympics still continue until the 25th of February, and many countries will continue to show pride as their athletes compete.