Paris wasn’t built in a day: student crafts the Tolo centerpiece

While jamming to Top 40 tunes and posing for pictures with your closest friends last Saturday night, you may have noticed a twinkling display in the center of the Commons. In honor of the Winter Tolo theme, “A Night in Paris,” senior Carlino Cuono built an impressive nine-foot model of the Eiffel Tower. Continue reading “Paris wasn’t built in a day: student crafts the Tolo centerpiece”

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”

ACLU club: a starting point for student activism

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”

What are Islanders most thankful for this year?

[columns] [column size=”1/2″] [/column] [column size=”1/2″] Julian Morgan, senior I am most thankful for my education and living in such a progressive region of the United States. [/column] [columns] [column size=”1/2″] [/column] [column size=”1/2″] Kayla Varney, senior I am thankful for a super accepting community, school, and home environment.  [/column] [columns] [column size=”1/2″]   [/column] [column size=”1/2″] Hannah Kelley, sophomore My grandma is getting old and I … Continue reading What are Islanders most thankful for this year?

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?