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.
“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
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.
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”
Like many students on Mercer Island, 16-year-old Mohamad Imran is new to the city. However, unlike most Mercer Island students, Imran came to America last year as a refugee, hoping to escape the brutal ethnic genocide against Rohingya Muslims in his home country, Myanmar. Continue reading “Mohamad Imran’s journey to MI”
Last summer was the first time I had ever worn the same clothes for more than three days straight. I spent what seemed like an eternity camped out in my living room with last year’s Editor in Chief Jane Gormley responding to emails that never seemed to stop. I appeared on CNN, NPR, and in the Washington Post — and all of this happened because of a prank text. Continue reading “The interview of a lifetime and its aftermath: a reflection by Teddy Fischer”
Every school has a rival, and for MIHS that rival is Bellevue High School. Although no one can trace its exact roots, it’s evident that the rivalry stretches back generations, energizing crowds at sports games and encouraging competition for decades. Continue reading “MI and Bellevue: a hotly contested rivalry”
Passersby at Mercerdale Park this morning were greeted by red balloons, plastic caution tape wrapped around trees, a country music trio playing protest songs, and a small yet vocal group of red-shirted protesters marching against the controversial location of the planned Mercer Island Center for the Arts (commonly referred to as MICA). Continue reading ““Save Mercerdale Park” rally pushes back against planned arts center”