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Seniors and sophomores bond with Eagle Buddies in first event of school year

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Ariana Goetting
Seniors Matthew Goetting, Fiona Yan, Emily McCartney and Harshini Chaturvedula catch up with their eagle buddies over lunch at Davis Field on Friday. Students talked with their Eagle Buddies before participating in a variety activities.

Seniors and sophomores met with their Eagle Buddies for the first time this school year on Sept. 22, with sophomores visiting the Bucknall campus and seniors meeting their buddies at the upper school.

The seniors gathered with their fifth grade Eagle Buddies at around 11 a.m. in the Zhang Gymnasium before heading off to Davis Field to eat lunch, choosing from pizza, chicken tenders, watermelon slices and an assortment of brownies and blondies. After groups caught up with one another, they participated in activities around campus like slime-making, face painting, board games, friendship bracelet-making and field games.

Jack Yang (12), who played in a soccer game of lower schoolers versus high schoolers during the Eagle Buddies event, shared his enthusiasm for the program.

Seniors Ansh Sheth and Kate Russell watch as fifth grader Eagle Buddies make slime on the Shah Patio on Friday. The station allowed groups to make their own environmentally-friendly slime out of corn starch and water. (Ariana Goetting)

“Two weeks ago I thought that Friday was Eagle Buddies, so I was really excited, but when I found out it was two weeks later, I was disappointed, so I was really looking forward to this Friday,” Jack said. “Something I like about the program is that you just get to be a kid again.”

After taking buses to the lower school campus at around 11:10 a.m., sophomores met their third grade buddies for the first time on the Bucknall blacktop. Each of the 55 Eagle Buddy groups consists of three or four sophomores and two third graders. Students chatted to get to know one another before heading to the field for lunch, where they ate pizza, salad and popsicles.  

Margaret Cartee (12) watches as her Eagle Buddy Varun Venkat (5) removes a block from the Jenga tower on Davis Field on Friday. The field had Jenga blocks, scoops and wiffle balls and other sports balls available for groups to play with. (Ariana Goetting)

Following lunch, the students engaged in a variety of recess activities, such as playing tag, making friendship bracelets, coloring in coloring books and playing board games. Tanvi Sivakumar (10) noted that the event taught her how to bond with younger children. 

“I thought [meeting with Eagle Buddies] was really fun,” Tanvi said. “I found out that I actually love to be around kids, and I learned how to be more outgoing and talkative with little kids [so that I can] take care of them better.”

Pavith Khara (10) reflected on her experience and her excitement for future Eagle Buddy events.

“I’m looking forward to watching my Eagle Buddies get older and talking to them about their elementary school experiences because it brings back good memories,” Pavith said. “It was really fun to just get to know them and learn about what their lives are like.” 

After the recess period, groups went to the auditorium for an announcement about upcoming Eagle Buddy events before saying goodbye to their buddies. The sophomores departed from the Bucknall Campus at 1 p.m. before heading off to sixth period. 

The Eagle Buddy program reinforces Harker’s sense of community and mentorship among high school and lower school students.

Luke Wu (10) plays table tennis with his Eagle Buddy on the Bucknall blacktop on Friday. After lunch, many students engaged in recess activities such as table tennis, wall ball and tetherball. (Lily Shi)

“Eagle Buddies is really fun because I get to interact with people I don’t usually interact with,” Jack said. “[The Eagle Buddies] are interesting because their perspective is very different from ours.”

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Ariana Goetting, Winged Post Co-Editor-in-Chief
Ariana Goetting (12) is the co-editor-in-chief of the Winged Post, and this is her fourth year on staff. This year, Ariana looks forward to designing creative page layouts for the Winged Post, getting to know everyone on staff better and taking more photos. Outside of the journalism room, she enjoys drinking overpriced iced coffees, oil painting and watching movies with her family.
Ashley Mo, Reporter
Ashley Mo (10) is a reporter for Harker Aquila, and this is her second year on staff. This year, Ashley hopes to write about stories both within and outside of the Harker community, form friendships on the journalism team and learn more about global news events. In her free time, she enjoys playing golf and listening to music.
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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