School meeting recap 10/23


Eric Fang

Anthony Meissner (11) raises his chosen pumpkin into the air during today's school meeting. Pumpkins for this Friday's pumpkin carving contest were chosen by representatives from each grade level in order of seniority.

by Anvi Banga, Aquila Asst. News Editor

Physics teachers Scott Pflaumer and Miriam Allersma announced that the physics teachers will be hosting a Haunted Physics Lab on Nov. 1 during long lunch. The event will take place in Pflaumer and physics teacher Lisa Radice’s rooms and will feature 60 interactive exhibits and free candy.

English teachers Jen Siraganian and Charles Shuttleworth announced a writing information session about writing competitions, student publications, writing camps and internships, which took place at 12:50 p.m. today in Siraganian’s room.

Harker CareerConnect spoke about the annual Quickbooks Connect conference, which will take place on Nov. 16. Applications to attend the conference were emailed to students this afternoon and are due on Oct. 27.

Computer science department chair Dr. Eric Nelson announced this year’s Physics Olympiad, which will take place in early January. The application deadline for the competition is Dec. 1, and applicants must email Dr. Nelson with the subject line “F = ma” to register for the screening test before the competition.

Shania Wang (11) announced that signups for the Nov. 3. Quadchella event close on Oct. 27.

Sumati Wadhwa (12) and Joel Morel (10) announced this year’s Regional Honor Choir results. Praveen Batra (12), Krishna Bheda (12), Morgan Douglas (12), Rithi Jayam (11), Karli Sharp (11), Grace Huang (10), Niki Karra (10), Joel Morel (10), Vaishnavi Murari (9), Stephanie Shen (9) and Meilin Yen (9) are members of this year’s Regional Honor Choir. Mille Lin (12) has been accepted into the National Honor Choir.

The girls’ volleyball team announced their senior night, which will take place at 6:15 p.m. tomorrow in the upper school gym. The team also played a video to commemorate their seniors.

The girls’ lacrosse team announced that there will be a meeting for students interested in playing lacrosse this year on Oct. 27 from 12:50 to 1:20 p.m. in chemistry teacher Andrew Irvine’s room.

Harker TEDx will be hosting a weekend speaker series forum on Nov. 4 at 9 a.m. in the Nichols Auditorium. There will be five speakers, including Andrew Semenza (12), and tickets will be sold during lunch next week. Tickets and more information are available at

Winged Post opinion editor Derek Yen (12) announced an opportunity to write for Heart of Harker, a recurring guest column in the Winged Post for students and teachers to write about memorable experiences at the upper school, for the upcoming issue of the newspaper. For more information, email Derek at [email protected] or [email protected]

Tri-M’s club week is this week, and they are hosting a vocal fundraiser after school tomorrow and Oct. 26 to support Music for Minors, an organization which helps provide musical education for underprivileged children.

Concessions sold during the Fall Play will be donated to Habitat for Humanity to help aid relief efforts for the recent eastern hurricanes and Northern California wildfires. Student council members sold boba today during lunch and plan to sell more on Oct. 25, and they will also sell Dippin’ Dots during lunch on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27. All proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.

Honor council representatives reminded students about SuggestionOx, an anonymous feedback tool for students and faculty to give suggestions on how to improve honor culture at the upper school. The link to SuggestionOx can be found on the student directory.

Harker Spirit announced a pumpkin carving contest from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. outside Manzanita on Oct. 27. Representatives from each grade chose their pumpkin for the contest during the meeting today.