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School meeting recap 9/8/23: Academic updates, Mock Trial and Club Fair

Shareen Chahal
Upper school biology teacher Matthew Harley invites students and faculty to vote for Arjun Gurjar (12)’s video for the 2023 Breakthrough Junior Challenge during school meeting on Friday. The Breakthrough Junior Challenge is a science video competition, and Arjun could win a $100,000 prize for Harker if his entry advances to the final round.

Associated Student Body (ASB) President Daniel Lin (12) opened the third school meeting of the year on Friday.

Assistant Upper School Division Head Kelly Horan announced several academic updates, including information about gradebook reports coming out on Oct. 2 and a new policy setting the deadline for schedule change requests to Nov. 1. She also reviewed the process for self-studying Advanced Placement (AP) exams, noting that students who self-study a course are not eligible to take the corresponding class in school, and emphasized her advice that “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” 

Law Club President Sasha Masson (12) then spoke about Mock Trial, a competition where high school teams compete in simulated court trials on criminal cases. She invited students to come to Mock Trial auditions, which will take place on Wednesday from 3-5 p.m. and Thursday  from 12:45-1:15 p.m., and the interest meeting which took place on Monday from 3:30-4:15 p.m. in upper school history teacher James Tate’s room. 

HarkerDev President Kabir Ramzan (12) shared details about Club Fair, where student organizations set up booths for interested students to learn about different clubs during long lunch today. HarkerDev set up QR codes at each booth for students to join as members. These links will be available on the HarkerDev website along with other new features available in upcoming weeks such as a centralized calendar for club meetings. 

For the first Community Service Spotlight of the year, Director of Student Organizations Eric Kallbrier introduced Alec Zhang (12) and Jingjing Liang (10), founders of Future Bridge, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering youth through education. Alec and Jingjing spoke about their experience hosting STEM and business summer camps for children in underprivileged communities this past summer.

Upper school biology teacher Matthew Harley announced Arjun Gurjar’s (12) qualification for the semifinal round of the 2023 Breakthrough Junior Challenge, a science video competition. He asked students and faculty to vote for Arjun’s video about transposons to advance him to the final round with the possibility of winning a $100,000 prize for Harker.

Harker Spirit Leadership Team (HSLT) representative Arjun Moogimane (12) thanked students for coming to the Spirit Kickoff on Sept. 1 and gave a shout-out to Art Club for creating the kickoff banner. HSLT representative Chayce Milheim (11) then gave a brief sports update, noting that boys soccer had an interest meeting in the Multi-Purpose Room and boys softball had an interest meeting in the team room, both on Friday at 1 p.m. She also reminded students to keep an eye out on the Harker Spirit Instagram for information about the neon-themed football game next Friday.

Conservatory members Luke Mehta (12), Shareen Chahal (12), Jason Shim (11), Sam Parupudi (11) and Iris Cai (11) spoke about this year’s Dance Production, which held auditions from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Friday in the Rothschild Performing Arts Center (RPAC). They also spoke about the experiences of Harker’s cast of the “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” traveling and performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

ASB Spirit Coordinator Luke then spoke about campus cleanliness, asking students to clean up their trays during lunch instead of leaving the job to ASB members or kitchen staff. 

Upper School Dean of Students Kevin Williamson made an announcement about traffic and crosswalk safety concerns, reminding students of the correct crosswalks to use in the morning and advising students to stay in groups when leaving the campus in the afternoon and evening. 

ASB Secretary Cynthia Wang (12) made the final announcement that school meeting resources will be available on Schoology.

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Shareen Chahal
Shareen Chahal, Winged Post Co-Managing Editor
Shareen Chahal (12) is a co-managing editor for the Winged Post, and this is her third year on staff. This year, Shareen hopes to extend her coverage to more underrepresented groups on campus and to make more friends within this year's journalism staff. In her free time, she likes to sing, paint and bake for her friends and family.
Lily Shi
Lily Shi, Reporter
Lily Shi (10) is a reporter for Harker Aquila, and this is her second year on staff. This year, Lily hopes to get to know the members of the journalism team and write many meaningful articles. In her free time, she likes to dance, read, and spend time with her friends.

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