Pegasus magazine showcases student writing, artwork

A collaborative effort between more than 30 students at Mercer Island High School reached its zenith a few weeks ago with the publication of the school’s annual literary magazine, Pegasus.

The glossy, 35-page magazine is filled with artwork, short stories, parables and poetry produced by dozens of MIHS students, and is available at the high school to anyone who wants a copy, free of charge.

The magazine’s publication was made possible thanks to the generous support of the school district, parents, Island community businesses and the MIHS students themselves. Pegasus Senior Editor Gennie Gebhart said that the magazine was created as a “no-holds barred” effort to give Islander students a place to express their talents and creative energies.

“The Islander newspaper is about current events; the yearbook is a record of what happened over the year,” she said. “[Pegasus’] purpose is to be what ever we want it to be.”

One featured work of art is Tim Malcham’s color drawing, “Matthew 5:13-15 (Firefly storm),” inspired by the biblical passage exhorting men to do good works. The picture features a band of fireflies zipping across its cover like a lightening bolt, as creatures below try to catch them and bottle the energy.

The magazine was printed by the Mercer Island School District Publishing Center Specialist Vanessa Adams, and the club paid $2.55 per copy for the production costs.

Mercer Island Florist, Dr. Arthur Chandless, Island Books and the MIHS Senior Service Club were but a few of the magazine’s benefactors.

“We didn’t want the cost to be a barrier between the publication and the students,” said Gebhart. The club hopes to produce at least 350 copies by the week’s end.

Pegasus will be available in the MIHS lunchroom and at various locations at the high school, Crest and the school district offices.

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