College admission officers around the country agree: The are a clever bunch.
Over 92 percent of the school's 351 graduates are headed off to college, according to a map created by MIHS student Ethan Rouillard and parent Ken Glass, and illustrates the school each student plans to attend. Students enrolled in 120 different post-secondary schools across 29 U.S. states, Washington D.C, Canada, Israel, The Netherlands and Israel.
Of the 324 students who are enrolled for this coming fall, a less than half (160 students) will stay in-state. The most popular college for Islander grads this year is the University of Washington, Seattle campus, with 60 students planning on attending the school (five are enrolled in the UW Honors program). Washington State University was second-most popular with 29 students headed to Pullman, followed by 26 students staying local at Bellevue College.
A majority of college-bound students from the MIHS Class of 2012 are headed out-of-state — with the largest contingent — seven — headed for Northwestern University in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, IL, followed by 5 students each enrolled at Stanford University and the University of Oregon. The class also celebrated its share of Ivy Leaguers, with two students headed for the University of Pennsylvania and another committed to Cornell University.
Not all of the graduating Class of 2012 are extending their academic pursuits — four students will serve in the armed forces and another four have found full-time employment, among others.
Click on MIHS student Ethan Rouillard's illustrated map (with help from parent Ken Glass) to the right of this story for the names of the students and where they're headed.
(Updated Ed. Note, 6/12/12: An earlier version of this story accidentally omitted credit due to Mercer Island High School student Ethan Rouillard for creating the map. It also confused the description of students staying in-state for college vs out-of-state. Mercer Island Patch regrets the errors.)