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School meeting 11/27/23: Transgender Day of Remembrance, Holiday Performances, Robotics Competition

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Janam Chahal
Conservatory representatives Luke Mehta (12), Jason Shim (11), Sam Parupudi (11), Shareen Chahal (12) and Iris Cai (11) present upcoming holiday shows. The shows include Big Assembly Day (BAD), Santana Row tree lighting and Downbeat’s home show.

Associated Student Body President Daniel Lin (12) welcomed students to the first school meeting after Thanksgiving break on Monday. Daniel requested that students disconnect from their phones and remain present throughout the meeting.

Harker Robotics presented a video featuring their recent participation in two off-season competitions, CalGames and Capital City Classic. Harker Robotics Team Technical President Chiling Han (11) noted that the team placed sixth and fifth at Calgames and Capital City Classic, respectively. Operations President Tiffany Gu (11) highlighted the team’s recent robot demonstration at Santana Row and discussed the off-season training available for club members of all skill levels. Executive President Aeliya Grover (12) invited students to attend the team meetings at 3:45 p.m. on Thursdays or 12 p.m. on Saturdays. 

Conservatory representatives Shareen Chahal (12), Luke Mehta (12), Iris Cai (11), Sam Parupudi (11) and Jason Shim (11) performed a skit to introduce upcoming holiday events from the performing arts department. Iris promoted Downbeat’s home show on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Nichols Auditorium. Downbeat will travel to various parts of the Bay Area during the day, including Harker’s Transitional Kindergarten and the Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco with the goal of spreading joy and holiday spirit through music. Students are invited to attend their show on Friday and enjoy the hot cocoa bar afterward. 

Luke and Sam encouraged students to attend the Santana Row Christmas tree lighting on Dec. 5 to support their peers from Harker Dance Company (HDC), Kinetic Krew and Downbeat, as well as Harker middle school performers from Dance Fusion, Showstoppers and High Voltage.

Jason announced Harker’s upcoming Big Assembly Day (BAD), which will feature over 320 singers, dancers and instrumentalists from all three campuses on Dec. 15. Students will watch the performance during lunch, which will be split into two shows for underclassmen and upperclassmen. 

Transgender Affinity Group Vice President Charlie Folk (11) and Secretary Ollie Masoni (10) informed students about Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day celebrated on Nov. 20 to memorialize transgender people who have been targeted and killed for their gender identity. The day originally honored the death of Rita Hester, a Black transgender woman, and now highlights the decades-long violence towards transgender and non-binary individuals. Charlie and Ollie invited students to participate in a moment of silence in honor of all transgender individuals lost to violence and hate. 

Daniel apologized to students for not having snacks available after the meeting but noted that there would be food available on Wednesday following advisory. He dismissed students 20 minutes earlier than usual to celebrate the first day of school after the break.

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Janam Chahal, Reporter
Janam Chahal (10) is a reporter for Harker Aquila, and this is her second year on staff. This year, she hopes to write articles on a variety of topics and learn about new people around campus. In her free time, she likes to swim, read, and bake with her sister.

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