Brightly colored cardstock posters cover the walls of the Mercer Island High School. Students chatter with one another, plucking lollipops off posters proclaiming, “don’t be a dum-dum, vote for Lily Gile!” Outside and after school, students running for leadership positions record humorous videos, packing in as many jokes as possible. Associate Student Body (ASB) elections have begun. Continue reading “The flaws of ASB elections”
As every upperclassman knows, the first step of the college process is to create a list of schools that best suit one’s needs. Students at MIHS often do this with the help of Naviance’s “SuperMatch College Search” tool, introduced to them by counselors who visit their classrooms junior year. The tool uses an overwhelming amount of categories to narrow the search for a student’s “bestfit” … Continue reading The advantages of an international university experience
School dances: Ideally, a chance to get dressed up, flirt with your crush and have a stress-free night with new and old friends. Realistically, they’re a test on friendships, a chance to exclude whomever you please, and an easy way to lighten one’s wallet. Continue reading “The school dance culture at MIHS”
Since Election Day, large-scale protests have occurred on a seemingly daily basis in cities across the country, full of people speaking out against President-elect Trump’s many faults. While the right to protest is one deeply rooted in American tradition, many conservatives and Trump supporters appear to believe that these protesters shouldn’t be out on the streets. Continue reading “Donald Trump: Not Our President”
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”
Food at Mercer Island School District cafeterias should be labeled with ingredient and nutritional value lists. Due to the presence of severe allergens and religious restrictions, this lack of labeling is unethical, and it is required by law that purchasable foods be labeled with ingredient and nutrition lists. According to Title 21: Food and Drugs of the Codified Federal Regulations, “When food is not in … Continue reading What’s in your food?
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?
In the upcoming election cycle, some members of the class of 2017 will be fortunate enough to cast their ballot. I myself would love to be one of those seniors, but my birthday is unfortunately the day after the election. Woohoo. Since the large majority of my class and I will not be 18 in time, I have a message for those who will be … Continue reading An open letter to seniors with the ability to vote
The overflowing parking “Strip” on 88th SE proves that too many MIHS students drive to school. Mercer Island High School Administrators should prioritize issuing parking permits to carpools to reduce MIHS’ carbon footprint as a green school. In 2009, the Mercer Island School District adopted a mission called the 2020 Vision that outlines a group of core values for their future. Fundamental Six states that … Continue reading It’s not easy being green: carpools should receive parking priority
Today, Mercer Island High School has found itself in the unfortunate situation of holding a white-out spirit day on the Friday concluding a week-long demonstration in honor of the Black Lives Matter Movement within the Seattle Public School District. According to several MIHS leadership students, the white-out was planned weeks ago solely as a spirit day, without the knowledge of Seattle’s “consciousness-raising event.” The purpose … Continue reading School spirit and activism: you can do both