Throughout December, MIHS students, staff and the surrounding Mercer Island community experienced a multitude of “jokes” taken too far. In a short period of time, students made violent threats against the high school on three separate occasions, causing a mix of emotions among the student body: fear, anxiety, frustration, naïveté and bravery. Continue reading “Threats to MIHS: The Definitive Timeline”
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.
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”
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”
On the night of May 24, members of the senior class grabbed their pajamas, sleeping bags, and blow-up mattresses to make their way to the amphitheater for a class-wide sleepover. Continue reading “Senior sleepover: one last chance to bond before graduation”
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”
While the administration at MIHS likes to stress the importance of inclusivity, it has failed to provide the most basic necessity for their entire student population: access to restrooms. Continue reading “Gender Neutral Restrooms at Mercer Island High School”