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School meeting recap 8/28/23: Artist in Residence, Spirit Kickoff and safety protocols

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Alena Suleiman
Harker Spirit Leadership Team (HSLT) announces the annual Spirit Kickoff during school meeting on Aug. 28 in the Zhang Gymnasium. The Spirit Kickoff took place on Friday in the Quad from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Associated Student Body (ASB) president Daniel Lin (12) opened the second school meeting of the year on Aug. 28. 

Upper school art teacher Brian Caponi announced the Visual Arts Department’s 2023-24 Artist in Residence, Pantea Karimi. Karimi will visit Harker in November to conduct projects with visual arts classes and install a new exhibition in the Rothschild Performing Arts Center (RPAC). 

Harker Spirit Leadership Team (HSLT) then took the stage, announcing the spirit kickoff event that took place on Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Quad. The event featured snowcones, cotton candy and a mechanical surfboard. HSLT also announced the football team’s first home game of the season, which took place on Saturday at 6 p.m. against Turlock Christian High School and included a Barbenheimer theme. 

After the spirit announcements, Conservatory representatives Shareen Chahal (12), Luke Mehta (12), Iris Cai (11), Sam Parupudi (11) and Jason Shim (11) invited students to audition for the Dance Production themed Night and Day. Auditions will be held in RPAC on Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., and the rehearsals are one hour a week and fitted to students’ schedules. Students who participate will also receive 0.5 PE credit. After school dance classes also began on Aug. 28, with Advanced Contemporary at 3:30 p.m. and Hip Hop at 4:30 p.m.  

Upper School Dean of Students Kevin Williamson informed students about the school’s safety protocols. He explained new terminology, such as “central shelter,” which requires students to gather in a large area to relay information after a special situation, and “shelter in place,” which requires students to immediately find shelter in the nearest classroom or office. Harker staff will announce lockdown situations and evacuations through the speaker system. Williamson also notified students about an earthquake drill that took place on Friday at 9:20 a.m.

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Charlize Wang
Charlize Wang, Reporter
Charlize Wang (11) is a reporter for Harker Aquila, and this is her second year on staff. This year, Charlize hopes to improve her journalistic writing abilities and grow closer to the members of the journalism team. In her free time, she likes to listen to music, visit cute cafes and watch dramas.
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Alena Suleiman (12) is the co-editor-in-chief of Harker Aquila, and this is her fourth year on staff. Alena wishes to interact with new people and work with all members of staff to craft engaging stories. Beyond journalism, she is an exhibited artist, humanities scholar and art museum enthusiast.
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Young Min, Co-A&E and Lifestyle Editor
Young Min (11) is the co-arts and entertainment and lifestyle editor for Harker Aquila and the Winged Post, and this is her third year on staff. Young hopes to build more connections within the journalism team and attend more school related events. In her free time, Young enjoys to dance, listen to music and read books.

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