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Full transcript: Defense Secretary James Mattis’ interview with The Islander

After obtaining his contact information through its accidental exposure by the Washington Post, The MIHS Islander contacted Secretary of Defense James Mattis for an interview. Two companion pieces to this article, a description and reflection on the experience of getting and conducting the interview as well as a feature on the connection between education and radicalization according to Mattis, have been published online. Continue reading “Full transcript: Defense Secretary James Mattis’ interview with The Islander”

IT’S OKAY TO BE WHITE: Controversial signs posted on campus

This morning upon their arrival at school, MIHS staff and students were greeted by a number of signs posted outdoors on campus reading “IT’S OKAY TO BE WHITE.” This slogan has been used frequently by white nationalist groups and sympathizers as a means of preserving a racial identity that they feel has come under attack.

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MI needs to talk about race and equity

“When I first started going to school here, no one – not even a teacher or staff member – had the same complexion as me,” said Channing Martin, a junior and the president of the Black Student Union. High school is difficult, especially for a minority in a predominantly wealthy and white school. Juggling rigorous academic requirements, social status, and self-discovery can be arduous for … Continue reading MI needs to talk about race and equity

Spreading gender pronoun awareness in the classroom

If teachers aim to foster an inclusive classroom for everyone, ignoring or assuming preferred personal pronouns makes teachers unable to attain an essential objective to the educational process. Gender non-binary students are often overlooked in the classroom. Assuming gender pronouns based on appearances can cause students to feel disrespected, dismissed, and alienated. “It’s so invalidating, it’s like who you are doesn’t matter. Every time someone … Continue reading Spreading gender pronoun awareness in the classroom

The Laser Dome: the best $10 experience of the year

The fact that we have a Laser Dome in our immediate vicinity is something that is unfortunately rather underlooked by most at our school. I didn’t even know we had one until I took on this review, but apparently many people at MIHS do. What they don’t know about are the variety of shows hosted at the one of a kind venue. Along with a … Continue reading The Laser Dome: the best $10 experience of the year

Why trolling NextDoor is so easy…and how I got banned

The widely-used app NextDoor features lively discussions about issues pertinent to Mercer Island, such as former city council candidate Joy Langley’s qualifications, bad traffic and the scavenger hunt. However, NextDoor embodies something more dangerous to our community than the free firewood would make it seem.

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Analysis: The art of résumé padding

Every year the college admissions process gets harder. Acceptance rates drop, expectations go up, and students compete more fiercely than ever in their academic and extracurricular pursuits — an issue that MIHS’s culture of fierce competition only exacerbates. It comes as no surprise, then, that some students attempt to take shortcuts when trying to look their best for admissions departments. Continue reading “Analysis: The art of résumé padding”