Senior Sweatshirts Endorse a Toxic Culture — Will You Wear Them?

By Editorial Board Every spring, the junior class designs “Senior Babes” and “Senior Dudes” sweatshirts to celebrate their final year of high school. The tradition revolves around imitating alcohol brand logos, inevitably resulting in division between those who drink and those who do not. The simple motivation: students like to push the envelope, especially when it comes to the school dress code. According to the … Continue reading Senior Sweatshirts Endorse a Toxic Culture — Will You Wear Them?

A Story of Wit, Humor and Emotion: Much Ado About Nothing Review

By Lena Hardisty and Sabrina Hubbell | All Photos Courtesy Maria Reyes Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is a story of wit, humor and human emotion. The inspired plotline paired with a beautiful set combine to make a tension and laughter filled show. Shakespeare’s stories have been told time and time again, often seen as tiring, old classics. However, Drama Two’s performance, placed in 1960’s … Continue reading A Story of Wit, Humor and Emotion: Much Ado About Nothing Review

Pulitzer Prize Winner Caroline Fraser Comes Home

By Annika Bhananker, Isabel Funk and Ellie Gottesman Today, the Mercer Island School District presented the Pathfinder Award to author Caroline Fraser, an MIHS alumni who was recognized for excelling in her field and winning a Pulitzer Prize for her recent biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, “Prairie Fires.” Fraser was accompanied by three other recipients: Blake Nordstrom, who received the award posthumously, Erik Nordstrom and … Continue reading Pulitzer Prize Winner Caroline Fraser Comes Home

A Night of the Arts: 2019 Showcase Gallery

This year’s fine arts showcase debuted with the bold new theme of “Night at the __________!” Expect to be lost in weighty themes of darkness and light! In all seriousness though, this year has been a triumph of student creativity and expression. From individual high school portfolios to elementary school crayon drawings, there’s aesthetic link between all of it that makes strolling the halls of … Continue reading A Night of the Arts: 2019 Showcase Gallery

Hear Our Voices: Students and Teachers On Recent Anti-Semitic Incident

Compiled by Isabel Funk and Annie Poole


In the wake of recent anti-Semitic events in the Mercer Island community, The MIHS Islander reached out to students and teachers to gain a deeper understanding of how these incidents affected MIHS and the community. While each individual had their own perspective, the common thread throughout was a call for unity, not divisiveness; love, not hate; and education, not ignorance.

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