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5 Good Things That Happened in 2016

Marion Hall-Zazueta, Staff Writer

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Almost everyone is overly ready for the new year, if just to see the end of 2016. There has been a lot of talk about what an awful year 2016 was. The deaths of David Bowie, Prince, Carrie Fisher, and others have been a huge loss to many devoted fans. For some, the crowning piece was the election of Donald Trump. However, not everything in 2016 was bad. Here are five good things that happened in 2016:

1. It was decided women’s portraits will be added to the currency:

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced a couple of changes to the $20, $10, and $5 bills. First and foremost, African American abolitionist Harriet Tubman will be placed on the front of the $20 bill, while Andrew Jackson will be moved to the back. Additionally, the back of the $10 will be changed to include prominent leaders of the suffrage movement Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul, and the back of the $5 bill will include prominent figures in the civil rights movement such as Marian Anderson, Eleanor Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Junior.

2. Wildlife numbers increased:

Specifically the number of tigers, pandas, and manatees grew in 2016. The number of wild tigers has increased from about 3,200 in 2010 to about 3,890, the first increase of the wild tiger population in 100 years.

3. The United States did well in the Rio Olympics:

Despite concerns due to location, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio went fairly smoothly. Furthermore, the U.S had the most gold medals with 46 and the most total medals with 121.

4. The world’s largest marine reserve was created:

In October a new, internationally-protected marine reserve off the coast of Antarctica was created. The 598,000-square foot reserve will form a protected environment for some 16,000 species, including penguins, seals, whales, and a wide variety of fish.

5. High school graduation rates reached a new high:

According to data released in October, high school graduation rates in the United States have reached a record high, with over 83 percent of students graduating on time.

There were some undeniably unfortunate events in 2016, and their aftermath will likely carry over into 2017, but it’s important to remember the progress that was made—not all that happened in 2016 was tragic.

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