School meeting recap 12/2/19: Community service spotlight, Harker journalism update and re-opening of Nichols common area


Irina Malyugina

Presidents of the Chinese National Honor Society (CNHS), French National Honor Society (FNHS) and Japanese National Honor Society (JNHS) Sana Pandey (12), Grant Miner (12) and Katie Chang (12), respectively from left to right, announce the three club’s upcoming shared club week. The three clubs will take turns selling cultural snacks during lunch and after school this week.

by Lucy Ge, Asst. News Editor

Avi Gulati (12) started off the first school meeting back from Thanksgiving break by introducing Kerry Enzensperger, director of upper school community service.

For the second community service spotlight of the year, Enzensperger introduced Bryan Zhang (11), who gave a speech on his own experience with volunteering and encouraged the student body to volunteer.

“The reasons I volunteer are universal — the people I meet along the way, the unique life skills that I acquire through the process, and the fact that I found a cause that truly resonated with me,” Brian said.

Harker Spirit Leadership Team president Grace Hajjar (12) announced the gingerbread competition during long lunch on Wednesday. In addition, she also announced the Christmas tree decorating contest and the window painting contest. Every grade will have a pane of glass in Manzanita in between the outdoor and indoor seating.

Adhya Hoskote (12), Giovanni Rofa (12), Rohan Varma (11) and Meona Khetrapal (11) gave the Eagle Update. Junior Anna Weirich became the first female Central Coast Section (CCS) champion in Harker history. She will have her name placed on the individual champions banner for CCS in the Zhang Gymnasium. Boys and girls basketball traveled to Maui over the break to start their season. The boys’ score was 2-1 overall and the girls lost 3-0. Boys soccer started off their season with 3-2 victory over Saratoga High last week. Girls soccer starts their season on Wednesday with a home game and they will travel to Independence High on Friday.

Alex Kumar (11), Maya Franz (11) and Vaishnavi Murari (11) announced the annual December Downbeat tour around the Bay Area. Downbeat will perform at the Harker preschool, Glide Memorial Church and Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. Last stop of the tour will be a performance at 8 p.m. this Friday in the Rothschild Performing Arts Center.

Aquila editor-in-chief Kathy Fang (12), Winged Post editor-in-chiefs Gloria Zhang (12) and Eric Fang (12) and Aquila co-managing editors Arya Maheshwari (11) and Varsha Rammohan (11) gave an update on Harker journalism. The week before Thanksgiving break, 27 journalism students traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in the annual National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) convention. Last year’s Winged Post was awarded a Pacemaker, and Harker Aquila was awarded sixth place in the Best of Show competition for websites, despite having been accidentally placed in the larger schools category meant for schools that have over 1500 students. Harker journalism was also recognized for a number of individual awards.

Simar Bajaj (12) announced a Medical Club speaker event this Wednesday from 12:45-1:30 p.m., where Doctor Neha Joshi will be speaking in upper school biology teacher Dr. Matthew Harley’s room in upstairs Nichols Hall.

Aditi Ghalsasi (11) announced that Career Connect would be providing students with the opportunity to speak to Mariette Wharton, founder and CEO of the organization Nimble, at 12:45 in the Innovation Center during long lunch on Monday.

Finn Frankis (12) and Ethan Cao (10) presented a recap video of the robotics program at a recent competition.

Grant Miner (12), Katie Chang (12) and Sana Pandey (12) announced that their respective foreign language honor societies would be selling food throughout the week. French National Honor Society will be selling crepes and various baked goods, Chinese National Honor Society will be selling pineapple cakes and popcorn chicken and Japanese National Honor Society will be selling mochi and Japanese drinks.

The Associated Student Body (ASB) officers Alyssa Huang (12), Evan Cheng (12), Avi and David Feng (12) announced that the Nichols common area would be reopening this week. They reminded the student body of the ground rules of the common area. The downstairs portion will only be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the upstairs portion will only be open if there is a teacher there to supervise.

Avi ended the meeting by announcing a low of 50 and a high of 61 degrees Fahrenheit with scattered showers.