School meeting recap 11/3/22: Youth Activism Club, Student Diversity Coalition and Halloween costume contest results


Kevin Zhang

Alicia Ran (10) answers a prompt to the “Finish the Lyrics” game. Junior Luke Mehta emerged as the first place winner and earned a Starbucks gift card as his prize.

by Emma Milner, Assistant Sports Editor

Associated Student Body (ASB) President Kris Estrada (12) opened the first school meeting of November by welcoming students and faculty on Thursday. 

Youth Activism Club president Mir Bahri (12), vice president Leisha Devisetti (12) and secretary Dyllan Han (12) presented first about voter pre-registration that took place during Thursday’s long lunch outside of Manzanita Hall. They collaborated with Student Council and Socioeconomics Club to make this a possibility for Harker students that are 16 years or older. The League of Women Voters brought representatives to help students pre-register, and students needed to present a physical or digital version of their California driver’s ID or their social security card. 

Next, Student Diversity Coalition (SDC) sophomore representatives Fern Biswas and Ariana Gauba talked about upcoming plans for a town hall meeting, similar to last year’s dress expectations town hall. This semester’s town hall will cover issues affecting the Harker community, and the representatives called on students to fill out a form with their suggestions on possible topics before Nov. 27.

Harker Conservatory representatives Richard Zhang (12), Samvita Gautham (12), Luke Mehta (11) and Sam Parupudi (10) reminded the community about the Harker Concert Series that took place on Friday at 7 p.m. They also announced the next Conservatory concert, Music from the Eastern Hemisphere, happening in the Patil Theater on Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for admission will be free. Lastly, they commended everyone who contributed to the fall play. 

Following the Conservatory’s announcement, BB Ajlouny (12) and Zain Vakath (12) presented their recurring Eagle Update. After everybody “put their eagles up,” they congratulated girls golf for taking second place in the Central Coast Section (CCS) Championships and wished them luck as they participate in the Northern California Regionals in Berkeley next Monday. Claire Chen (12) placed sixth in the individual category. 

Seniors Zain Vakath and BB Ajlouny announce the Eagle Update, sharing recent news about Harker’s sports teams. The audience puts their eagles up before each Eagle Update. (Kevin Zhang)

Girls volleyball fought hard against first seed Carmel in the quarterfinals of the CCS Championships before losing in their four-set game on Tuesday. 

Boys water polo drew the seventh seed in the CCS Open Division Championships, marking the first time in Harker’s history that any sports team qualified for the elite open division. The team faced the number two seed, Bellarmine, in the quarterfinals on Saturday. 

Girls water polo drew the number one seed in the CCS Division II bracket and faced Carmel on Saturday. 

They concluded their announcement with a reminder for those interested in girls lacrosse and boys volleyball to attend an interest meeting during long lunch at 1 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. respectively next Wednesday. 

For the final announcement of the school meeting, Harker Spirit Leadership Team (HSLT) called two representatives from each grade to participate in their interactive game “Finish the Lyrics,” in which HSLT members read aloud incomplete song lyrics and representatives raised their hands to finish the lyrics. Reciting the lyrics earned the representative one point, and singing the words was worth two points. The lyrics came from songs including “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen, “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X, “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco, “Heat Waves” by Glass Animals, “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift and more. Junior Luke Mehta emerged as the first place winner and earned a Starbucks gift card as his prize. 

HSLT president Sawyer Lai (12) announces the “Finish the Lyrics” game. Students volunteered to participate in the interactive game. (Kevin Zhang)

Next, HSLT member Sonia Yu (10) announced the Halloween costume contest results, with Avery Olson (12) winning in the best overall category, Sarah Westgate (11) and Phoebe Castle (11) winning the best pair prize, Fern with the most creative costume and Jacob Fernandez (12) for the funniest costume. Frosh Kairui Sun, Luke Wu, Spencer Chang and Stanley Chen won in the best group category, and faculty from the Office of Communication won the best faculty prize. 

HSLT representative Paulina Gicqueau (12) announced the pumpkin carving contest results. The class of 2024 won first place, with 2025 taking second, 2023 in third and 2026 taking last. 

Finally, before ending the meeting, Kris announced next week’s Art Club and Harker Spirit collaboration dress-up day color as strawberry red. The senior class council also organized a special gift of hot chocolate for the class of 2023 in the bistro which they could collect after the school meeting. 

ASB president Kris Estrada (12) reminds the audience about color-themed dress up days. Kris wore all yellow because “Bumble Bee Yellow” was color of that dress up day. (Kevin Zhang)