The flaws of ASB elections

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”

The advantages of an international university experience

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

Donald Trump: Not Our President

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”

What’s in your food?

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?

For Your Sweet Sixteen: A Driver’s License and Voter Registration?

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?