How COVID-19 is Affecting Local Businesses

The COVID-19 outbreak has taken its toll on Mercer Island’s local businesses. Jay Inslee’s closure of all non-essential businesses...



Social Distancing Isn’t A Choice, It’s an Act of Decency

It is every citizen’s responsibility to help in whatever way they can during global health crises. For most people during this pandemic,...

Stigma Around Sex Contributes to Gender Inequity

Let’s talk about sex. High schoolers are having it–that won’t change–but the conversation around it can. We understand discussing...


Australian Band Students Visit MIHS

Thirty students from all-boys school St. Patrick’s College of Strathfield in Australia visited MIHS on Jan. 16 as a part of their...

“The Testaments”: A Long-Anticipated Sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Of all the dystopian novels I have read, "The Handmaid’s Tale" scared me most. Though...

TikTok Takes Over Teenage Media Consumption

Senior Natalie Smith made one TikTok with her cousin, and the next day, her video had 1.3 million views. 


The New Reality of Senior Traditions

As the reality of COVID-19 sets in, seniors are questioning how the end of the year and all of the traditions they...

Love in the Time of COVID: Makeout Cars, Rated

The Islander has made it a tradition as part of our April Fools’ edition to select our favorite makeout spots. This year,...

Principal Puckett Pucks It, Plans to Become a Semi-Professional Hockey Player After Resignation

In late March, beloved Principal Vicki Puckett announced that she would be joining the exciting world of semi-professional hockey following her resignation.