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Humans of Harker: Maya Rai finds inspiration in art

Humans of Harker: Maya Rai finds inspiration in art

by Laura Wu, TALON Business Manager
March 26
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Since she was young, Maya Rai (12) has always been interested in art and has been drawing for as long as she can remember. As a child, her father taught her how to draw.  “I like using Microns, a type of ink pens,” she said. “ I hate drawing still life or realistic things, but I like drawing...

Humans of Harker: Srivatsav Pyda learns to love hip-hop

Humans of Harker: Srivatsav Pyda learns to love hip-hop

by Laura Wu, TALON Business Manager
March 25
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To Srivatsav Pyda (12), hip-hop is more than just a mean of entertainment as it combines the sounding good aspect of music with learning something new. “The way that I think about hip-hop music in general is that I really want to learn something when I listen to it,” he said. "Whether that be ...

Humans of Harker: Antony Sagayaraj finds unexpected passions while trying new things

Humans of Harker: Antony Sagayaraj finds unexpected passions while trying new things

by Tiffany Wong, Aquila News Editor
March 24
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For Antony Sagayaraj (12), learning is a never-ending adventure. Currently an active member of the Harker science scene and a participant in Synopsys, Siemens and a variety of other research competitions, Antony plans to continue the journey of discovery and curiosity he’s enjoyed through high sch...

Humans of Harker: Kathryn Cole plays the rhythm to her own life

Humans of Harker: Kathryn Cole plays the rhythm to her own life

by Adrian Chu, Opinion Editor
March 23
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First playing saxophone in fifth grade when she signed up for a band which needed an instrumentalist, Kathryn Cole (12) played in concert band but transitioned to jazz band freshman year. “Music makes me appreciate sound more,” Kathryn said. “I notice rhythm and things a lot more. It’s just a ...

Humans of Harker: Sara Pachauri finds a passion for performing arts

Humans of Harker: Sara Pachauri finds a passion for performing arts

by Maya Valluru, News Editor
March 22
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From her introduction to singing as a performing art when visiting her family members in Connecticut to listening to artists during car rides, Sara Pachauri’s (12) love for music can be characterized as familial. “Music has always been central to my family, even though it’s more of a silent ...

Humans of Harker: Shekar Ramaswamy blazes his own trail

Humans of Harker: Shekar Ramaswamy blazes his own trail

by Alex Youn, TALON Editor-in-Chief
March 21
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Amidst the inundation of various responsibilities, Shekar Ramaswamy (12) worked, often behind-the-scenes, to keep himself afloat—optimistically paddling through “just another day in paradise.” “My work ethic speaks a lot about my personality,” he said. “They’re pretty connected honest...

Humans of Harker: Arjun Subramaniam pursues Indian classical singing and research

Humans of Harker: Arjun Subramaniam pursues Indian classical singing and research

by Derek Yen, STEM Editor
March 20
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Arjun Subramaniam (12) sings, but not in the traditional sense — or perhaps more precisely, not in the untraditional sense. Since the age of six, Arjun has practiced Indian classical singing. Indian classical singing is notable for its vibrant use of improvisation. Every song is made unique by the...

Humans of Harker: Nikhil Manglik shines as a performer

Humans of Harker: Nikhil Manglik shines as a performer

by Neal Sidhu, Reporter
March 19
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The lights dim and a hush falls over the crowd. Nikhil Manglik (12) remembers what he’s prepared and gets ready to present. Some may get nervous in front of crowds, but not he. Whether it be acting in a play or presenting his research, Nikhil is a born performer with a confidence and pronounced ...

Humans of Harker: Uma Rao benefits her community by volunteering

Humans of Harker: Uma Rao benefits her community by volunteering

by Helen Yang, Reporter
March 18
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Uma Rao (12) has always loved to help people, whether in California or all the way across the world. “I like to volunteer. It’s fun to spend time with them because their lives are so different but they still have such a positive outlook on life,” Uma said. “We see people who are so privileged, ...

Humans of Harker: Misha Tseitlin sees four dimensions to his personality

Humans of Harker: Misha Tseitlin sees four dimensions to his personality

by Alexander Wang, Sports Editor
March 17
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When asked about his personality, Misha Tseitlin (12) grouped it into four categories: “independence, politics, language and backgammon.” Independence. This answer is understandable, as Misha has been involved with two startups, GoForge and SkillFlow, the first of which he served as CFO of. “M...

Humans of Harker: Albert Xu learns to love problem solving through robotics

Humans of Harker: Albert Xu learns to love problem solving through robotics

by Anthony Xu, Reporter
March 16
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Over the years in the robotics club, Albert Xu (12) has solved countless problems and worked on a multitude of different projects, from autonomous cars to robotic arms. “I joined the robotics club freshman year, but I really got into serious robotics work between sophomore and junior year,” h...

Humans of Harker: Aman Navani’s passion for squash positively impacts him

Humans of Harker: Aman Navani’s passion for squash positively impacts him

by Justin Su, Reporter
March 15
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One of the biggest parts of senior Aman Navani’s life is squash, as he is a nationally competitive player. “It's not a very popular sport in the Bay Area; it’s an indoor sport, and I go to national tournaments where the top 32 in the U.S. compete, and I recently placed seventh there,” Aman...

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