Mother’s Day: The Female Teachers That Do It All

By Jordan Snyder As Mother’s Day rolls around each year, the world shifts its focus to their mother figures. Many female staff members at MIHS are also moms, and must find a balance between being a mother and teaching. “When I had my first child, there were no laws in place and I had to pump [breast milk] in a closet with no lock on … Continue reading Mother’s Day: The Female Teachers That Do It All

Pulitzer Prize Winner Caroline Fraser Comes Home

By Annika Bhananker, Isabel Funk and Ellie Gottesman Today, the Mercer Island School District presented the Pathfinder Award to author Caroline Fraser, an MIHS alumni who was recognized for excelling in her field and winning a Pulitzer Prize for her recent biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, “Prairie Fires.” Fraser was accompanied by three other recipients: Blake Nordstrom, who received the award posthumously, Erik Nordstrom and … Continue reading Pulitzer Prize Winner Caroline Fraser Comes Home

Strong Women Teachers Inspire Confidence in Female Students

By Isabel Funk and Ellie Gottesman


“She’s a strong women, she taught me that it was okay to make mistakes,” said Kate Hamilton about Spanish teacher Kyla Trujillo. “She makes sure that all of the students are included,” said sophomore Norah Evans about art teacher Chantel Torrey. Every female student at MIHS has something to say about the female teachers who have impacted their lives.

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Hear Our Voices: Students and Teachers On Recent Anti-Semitic Incident

Compiled by Isabel Funk and Annie Poole


In the wake of recent anti-Semitic events in the Mercer Island community, The MIHS Islander reached out to students and teachers to gain a deeper understanding of how these incidents affected MIHS and the community. While each individual had their own perspective, the common thread throughout was a call for unity, not divisiveness; love, not hate; and education, not ignorance.

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