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Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

Anjali Yella (11) sprints forward in preperation for a long jump. Anjali played basketball and ran track last year, using skills from each sport to improve the other.

Apex: From a competitive individual to a team player

by Katelyn Zhao, Sports Editor August 24, 2022

Resounding footfalls, cushioned by the spikes of her shoes sinking into the coarse sand, thump closer and closer. Swirls of dust rise, followed by a swish as she springs off the ground with her arms slicing...

Apex: John Zeng (12)

Apex: Football athlete creates home through team

by Jessica Tang and Alysa Suleiman December 11, 2021

Apex is Harker Aquila’s recurring feature profile on the upper school's student-athletes, delivered either in a written or video format. This Apex profile features John Zeng (12), co-captain of the 2021-22...

Imogene Leneham (12) poses on Davis Field with gold pom-poms. As captain of Harkers cheerleading team this year, Imogene is in charge of choreographing sections of new routines and teaching them to her fellow cheerleaders.

Apex: Cheerleader defines grit of sport through commitment

by Julie Shi, Reporter December 4, 2021

Upbeat music pumps through the air as Imogene Leneham (12), captain of Harker’s varsity cheerleading team, performs with her cheer members at Harker’s 2021 Spirit Rally. Imogene leaps into the air...

Rupert Chen (11) runs in the San Fransisco Full Marathon on Sept. 19. Rupert finished the marathon in 3:26:14, placing first in the 16 and under category and 182nd among the races 3180 total participants.

Apex: Crossing the finish line

by Tiffany Chang, TALON Academics Editor October 7, 2021

As he entered the final miles of the race, a single thought ran through Rupert Chen (11)’s head: how much of the race was left?  Though every aspect of training for and running the marathon required...

Emily Novikov (11) poses outside the Blackford Campus tennis courts with her Yonex Ezone 98  tennis racket. Emily helped lead the varsity girls tennis team to a CCS Championship in her sophomore year.

Apex: The right mindset

by Carter Chadwick, TALON co-Photo Editor August 27, 2021

As the match approaches, tennis player Emily Novikov (11) reaches into her bag and pulls out her jump rope and headphones. She slips on the headphones, turns on music and begins to jump rope. Slowly, the...

Rigo Gonzales (10) sets up in his ready stance at the start of the track. Rigo qualified for CCS as a freshman last year, after running three miles in 17 minutes and 22 seconds at the CCS qualifier meet.

Apex: Hustle and heart

by Muthu Panchanatham, Co-Sports Editor April 2, 2021

A crowd forms at the end of the race, anticipating a close finish by the top competitors. As the runners come into view, they can be seen making a last ditch effort to pull ahead, exhaustion already set...

Ishaan Mantripragada (11) began playing soccer at the age of five. As a striker, Ishaan relies on his physical attributes as well as his awareness to bypass his defenders and score goals.

Apex: Work hard, play hard

by Muthu Panchanatham, Co-Sports Editor February 16, 2021

A complacent defender watches as the ball arrives at his feet, believing he has time to control it and pass to someone else. Seemingly out of nowhere, a figure clad in dark green flies at him with incredible...

Claire Chen (10) intently examines the target hole before her shot. Last year, Claire finished 3rd in CCS and 5th in NorCal for girls golf.

Apex: Built for the game

by Muthu Panchanatham, Co-Sports Editor December 22, 2020

A silence settles on the rich green grass as the golfer steps up to putt on the last hole of the course. With her eyes fixed on the pristine cylindrical divot, she measures the distance between the hole...

Alice Feng (11) performs her skate routine with a flowing red fan as a prop. Her bejeweled dress recalls elements of Chinese culture, an inspiration to the routine.

Apex: Dancing at dawn on a stage of ice

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Editor-in-chief October 31, 2020

If there’s one thing Alice Feng (11) has learned after nearly ten years of figure skating, it’s how to wake up early in the morning. Driving into the Solar4America Ice parking lot at 5:20 a.m. on...

Anna Weirich (11) lines up at the start at the Blackford track during a practice. In October 2018, she suffered a second metatarsal stress fracture that ended her season early.

Apex: Up and running again

by Muthu Panchanatham, Sports Reporter December 21, 2019

All eyes focus on the final stretch of the race as the runners come around the bend. A streak of white breaks through the line of runners, expending the last of her energy to finish the race. Leaving the...

Ethan (right) faces off against another fencer at practice. A fencing bout in foil occurs in three rounds of three minutes each, with victory being awarded to the first person to reach 15 points.

Apex: Sophomore fencer plays chess with knives

by Aditya Singhvi, Sports Editor September 20, 2018

On a raised stage in St. Louis, surrounded by referees, cameras and supporters, two fencers, clad in silver and white armor, stand perfectly still, blades raised, in anticipation for the final point...

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