Seventeen Victims of the Parkland Shooting

Alyssa Alhadeff, 14  Alyssa was a freshman. She wanted to be a lawyer or a professional soccer player. A senior on her soccer team remembered her as always sweet and everyone laughed when she was around. The US Soccer Women’s National Team honored Alyssa on March 7th at a match in Orlando, Florida. Scott Beigel, 35 Scott was a geography teacher and a cross-country coach. … Continue reading Seventeen Victims of the Parkland Shooting

ACLU club: a starting point for student activism

Juniors Katy Spencer and Sam Bailey, president and vice-president of the American Civil Liberties Union at Mercer Island High School, started the club this school year for students who have an interest in learning about and fighting for civil liberties. The establishment of the club at MIHS comes at a pivotal time in American history when many Americans now fear that their basic rights will be stripped away under a Donald Trump presidency. Continue reading “ACLU club: a starting point for student activism”

For Your Sweet Sixteen: A Driver’s License and Voter Registration?

Takoma Park, a Washington D.C. suburb, lowered the voting age to sixteen in municipal elections to encourage voter turnout and give educated young people a voice in their government. The first election with the lower voting age was a complete success — the new younger group of eligible citizens voted at twice the rate of people 18 and over. Voting age and voting rights have … Continue reading For Your Sweet Sixteen: A Driver’s License and Voter Registration?