Year in Review



3 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the first Marvel movie to feature a predominantly Asian cast, is released and eventually grosses over $360 million worldwide.

18 Inspiration4, the first all-civilian spaceflight to enter orbit, returns to Earth after three days. The SpaceX-launched mission raises over $210 million for St. Jude.



1 First day of school at the Upper School!

2 Convocation is held at the Middle School. Sarah C. ’26 and Student Body President Mikaela B. ’22 speak. Mr. Noe states, “You are not special.”




4 After 18 months, the Supreme Court returns with new justices Brett M. Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. On the docket this term are the fate of consitutional abortion rights, the expansion of gun rights, and the divison between church and state.

24 A “bomb cyclone” hits the Pacific Northwest, killing two people and leaving over 170,000 homes and businesses without power.



13 Freshmen perform service for Blankets of Hope and Days for Girls, sophomores take the mock PSAT, juniors take the PSAT, and seniors have the day off.

20 Darcy Gaechter, author of Amazon Woman and the first woman to kayak the Amazon River from source to sea, delivers the Mark J. Bebie ’70 Memorial Lecture. She discusses the vilification of the native Ashaninka people, her journey on the Amazon, and the importance of perseverance.




2 The CDC endorses the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children of ages 5-11; former Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell wins the race for Seattle mayor, defeating then-current Council President Lorena González.

12 The United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland ends. Notably, the U.S. and China agree to cooperate to prevent global warming from exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius. During the summit, protests take place in Glasgow and around the world demanding more action on climate change at the conference.



3 Noah Bopp ’92 receives the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award. At assembly, he delivers a speech on a Lakeside talent show turned cultural phenomenon.

19 Current and incoming Heads of School Mr. Noe and Dr. Bynum announce that Ryan Boccuzzi will become the new Upper School director, after Ms. Wilks.




1 A person from California becomes the first confirmed case of the Omicron variant in the U.S.

13 Time names Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk its 2021 Person of the Year. Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal calls him a “clown, genius, edgelord, visionary, industrialist, showman, cad” and “the man who aspires to save our planet and get us a new one to inhabit.”



11 Winter Ball is held in the Comp Gym! Andy S. ’22 DJs.

15 UW professor of real estate Gregg Colburn speaks at assembly as part of the BMGI Speaker Series on Economics. He discusses the role of housing markets in causing homelessness in the Seattle region and beyond.




4 Bruce Harrel is sworn in as Seattle mayor and promises to work toward a “one Seattle.” On the same day, Debora Juarez is elected president of the Seattle City Council. A member of the Blackfeet Nation, Juarez is the first Indigenous president of the Council.

19 The US Senate fails to pass voting rights legislation that would have guaranteed the right for any voter to request a mail-in ballot and have a two-week early voting period, as well as expanded the use of ballot drop-boxes and removed partisanship from the process for drawing congressional districts.



3 School is back in session after Winter Break — on Zoom! As students receive PCR tests on Jan. 2 and 3, Lakeside goes virtual for Jan. 3 and 4. Thankfully, those days were the only time this year when the whole school had to go remote.

16 In an email to Lakeside community members, Head of School Bernie Noe announces changes to the school’s COVID-19 policy. Notably, Trace is no longer necessary, antigen tests are prioritized for those who develop COVID-19 symptoms during the day, and only those who test positive and are well enough to engage in class are to receive remote learning plans.




4 The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics begin! The opening ceremony unfolds amidst a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympic Games by multiple countries including the U. S. over human rights concerns in China.

24 Russia invades Ukraine. The act of war is internationally condemned and leads to Europe’s largest refugee crisis since World War II.



14 Tapas schedule; Valentine’s Day! The Fellas shower everybody with rose petals and serenade the school with “Talk Dirty to Me” and “I Want It That Way.”

15-17 Lakeside Drama performs Circus! 2022, featuring seven new plays written, directed, and performed by drama students.




23 The Taliban reverses its decision to reopen girls’ schools in Afghanistan. Since then, they have unveiled more restricting measures on women, including requiring them to cover their faces in public.

27 CODA wins Best Picture at the 2022 Academy Awards; Will Smith slaps Chris Rock on stage after Rock jokes about Smith’s wife.



5 Spring Fling, the first off-campus dance in two years, is held at Emerald City Trapeze Arts! Andy S. ’22 returns as DJ.

9 Stud Gov elections! Luke L. ’23 is elected as Stud Gov president and Ava Y. ’23 as vice-president.




7 Ketanji Brown Jackson is confirmed by the Senate to serve as the first Black woman justice on the Supreme Court. She will be sworn in once Justice Stephen Breyer retires in June or July.

25 Twitter’s board of directors accepts Elon Musk’s offer to buy the platform for $44 billion. Musk has expressed concern over the platform’s current content moderation practices and advocated for less regulation on the platform.



27 The final house assembly of the year goes down in the Comp Gym! After a spikeball tournament, Disney princess trivia game, Wordle, Four Square, a disastrous ping pong wiggle challenge, and a surprise relay, Holcenberg claims the house cup!

28 The Seniors vs. Faculty basketball game is held in the Comp Gym! After over ten missed shots to start and four-pointers by Justin S. ’22 and Andrew P. ’22, the faculty come back in the second half to win 20:22.




2 A leaked draft Supreme Court opinion shows that the court has voted to overturn Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 decision that guaranteed constitutional protection of the right to have an abortion. The decision will likely be made official sometime during the summer.

14 Ten people are killed and three more are injured in a racially motivated mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, NY, in a predominantly Black neighborhood. The victims include a grandmother of six, a gun control activist, a taxi driver, a substitute teacher, and several people who cared for elderly and sick relatives.



16 May Day! After a series of student-led workshops and an epic five-way dance battle involving both the Middle and Upper Schools, students enjoy inflatables and a dunk tank and spend their tickets at booths hosted by SALT groups and clubs.

19 Matilda opens in St. Nicks to a sold-out crowd; Mikaela B. ’22 stars as Matilda, Meredith G. ’22 plays Miss Honey, and Julian M-B. ’23 plays Miss Trunchbull.