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Humans of Harker: Vienna Wang discovers golf and a new outlook on life

Humans of Harker: Vienna Wang discovers golf and a new outlook on life

by Heidi Zhang, TALON Asst. Photo Editor
April 23, 2017
Filed under Class of 2017, Features, Humans of Harker, Online Exclusive

The school courtyard during lunch is a frenzy of hungry students and constant chatter. Senior Vienna Wang sits casually on a bench with her legs crossed in the middle of the quad, unfazed by the commotion. She laughs frequently and tells jokes, displaying her lively personality as she explains how playing gol...

Humans of Harker: Nina Levy gives back to her community

Humans of Harker: Nina Levy gives back to her community

by Jenna Sadhu, Reporter
April 22, 2017
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After rescuing her own dog from a shelter, Nina Levy (12) found a love for the rest of the dogs that she was unable to adopt. So, she found a volunteering opportunity to find rescued dogs a home. “Working with dogs for me was very ‘in the moment,’” Nina said. “I saw adoptions going on an...

Humans of Harker: KJ Mulam’s lifelong journalistic journey

Humans of Harker: KJ Mulam’s lifelong journalistic journey

by Meilan Steimle, Winged Post Editor-in-Chief
April 21, 2017
Filed under Class of 2017, Features, Humans of Harker, Online Exclusive

On campus, Kshithija “KJ” Mulam (12) makes a distinctive figure. Just over five feet tall, she can usually be spotted pounding up and down hallways in a sassy tee-shirt, camera slung around her neck, mouth open to shout a salutation or order. She is, in a word, loud, hard to miss and impossible to ...

Humans of Harker: Edward Tischler finds his passions for tennis and chemistry

Humans of Harker: Edward Tischler finds his passions for tennis and chemistry

by Eric Fang, Reporter
April 20, 2017
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For many years now, Edward Tischler (12) has had a passion for two things: tennis and chemistry. Edward began playing tennis in the summer of sixth grade and was instantly hooked. He had previously liked playing soccer but loved the strategy involved in tennis. “I’ve played soccer for the l...

Humans of Harker: Ashwin Rao develops his interest in performing arts

Humans of Harker: Ashwin Rao develops his interest in performing arts

by Mahika Halepete, Reporter
April 15, 2017
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Senior Ashwin Rao’s high school journey consisted of finding and following his passion. Ashwin wound down the path of performing arts, from his early roots in Indian classical music to his work in Harker’s performing arts groups. “My sister and my mom have been learning Indian classical musi...

Humans of Harker: Brendan Tobin lives his life as a creator

Humans of Harker: Brendan Tobin lives his life as a creator

by Maya Kumar, Winged Post Features Editor
April 14, 2017
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For as long as he can remember, Brendan Tobin (12) has been a creator. Regardless of the medium - carving, writing, graphic design - Brendan finds joy in building things with his hands. “[Success is] being able to do what I want without restriction, so either being in a place where I'm financi...

Humans of Harker: Eddie Shiang finds a passion for dance

Humans of Harker: Eddie Shiang finds a passion for dance

by Lavinia Ding, TALON Organizations Editor
April 10, 2017
Filed under Class of 2017, Features, Humans of Harker, Online Exclusive

In fifth grade, Eddie Shiang’s (12) parents often saw their son mesmerized for hours on end by Michael Jackson music videos. Fascinated by Jackson’s iconic dance moves, impeccable sense of rhythm, and expert control over his body, Eddie immediately fanned his initial spark of love for dance into fl...

Humans of Harker: Shasvat Jawahar listens to the legends of rap

Humans of Harker: Shasvat Jawahar listens to the legends of rap

by Prameela Kottapalli, Winged Post Asst. Features Editor
April 4, 2017
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When Shasvat Jawahar (12) puts on his headphones and launches his Spotify playlist, he does more than just listen to the music. He feels the artist’s emotions, invests himself in their stories and connects with them on a deeper level. “Artists talk about their lives and stuff,” Shasvat said. ...

Humans of Harker: Judy Pan finds ways to relieve stress despite busy school schedule

Humans of Harker: Judy Pan finds ways to relieve stress despite busy school schedule

by Brandie Vanlonden, Reporter
April 3, 2017
Filed under Class of 2017, Features, Humans of Harker, Online Exclusive

Unlike most stressed out seniors, Judy Pan (12) has found different ways to unwind after difficult school days; like most students, she turns to music. She has been playing piano and violin since the ages of five and six, respectively.  “I listen to music a lot. I mostly listen to classical music b...

Humans of Harker: Woody Ye balances his life with both arts and sciences

Humans of Harker: Woody Ye balances his life with both arts and sciences

by Anjay Saklecha, Sports Editor
March 30, 2017
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Science, humanities, or sports? For Woody Ye (12), this is not a question but rather a perfect balance that he tries to achieve in his life. He credits his passion and appreciation for both logic and creativity to his parents. “My family influences me the most. But like it's on two different spectrum...

Humans of Harker: Abhay Varmaraja and his journey with basketball

Humans of Harker: Abhay Varmaraja and his journey with basketball

by Angele Yang, Reporter
March 29, 2017
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Abhay Varmaraja (12) realized his love for basketball when he transitioned from playing basketball recreationally to joining an official school team in sixth grade. “I really enjoy playing basketball; that's probably my favorite [extra curricular]. I've been playing basketball for four years at Har...

Humans of Harker: Pooja Kini fosters dogs in need of homes

Humans of Harker: Pooja Kini fosters dogs in need of homes

by Lavinia Ding, TALON Organizations Editor
March 28, 2017
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Anytime a dog walks by, Pooja Kini’s (12) face lights up with joy regardless of the situation. A dog lover her entire life, she decided to help out the canine community in seventh grade and began volunteering at the Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV). “I’ve always had a passion to work with ...

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