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

What Comes After the Women’s March for Gender Equality?

By Annika Bhananker and Annie Poole


In hundreds of cities across the country, many protesters took to the streets for the 2018 Women’s March in an act of unity. but many young activists are continuing the movement by creating tangible change within the community throughout the whole year. Continue reading “What Comes After the Women’s March for Gender Equality?”

Commotion in the Classroom: The story behind the threat in Room 312

By Ellie Gottesman and Isabel Funk


Two days before winter break, students were eagerly packing their bags as the school day drew to a close. The past two weeks had left students feeling restless and ready for a break from the strained school environment, created by the multiple student-initiated threats. The students in room 312, Kit McCormick’s class, felt the tension just the same. Continue reading “Commotion in the Classroom: The story behind the threat in Room 312”

Threats to MIHS: The Definitive Timeline

By Lucille Shield, Dylan Notturno and Grady Short


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”

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

By Islander Staff


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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Analysis: The Art of Résumé Padding

By Grady Short


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”