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More than 1000 protestors gather at San Jose City Hall to protest hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) on Sunday Mar. 21. The protest was just one of many happening across the nation after the recent spotlight of Asian-directed attacks.

Pulse of the people: Not a new issue

by Alysa Suleiman and Nicole Tian March 22, 2021

This article has been updated on Mar. 26 to reflect additional resources provided for the upper school community. What does an “Asian American” represent? A computer engineer at a Silicon Valley...

Senior Sachi Bajaj received her vaccine today. She and her family qualified to receive the vaccine as caregivers for her grandparents, who are at high risk of contracting the coronavirus.

Harker staff and students receive COVID-19 vaccinations, more scheduled this month

by Lucy Ge, Winged Post News Editor March 2, 2021

With upper school faculty and students beginning to receive their COVID-19 vaccines, more Harker staff are set to be vaccinated in Phase 1B of California’s vaccination plan.  All education workers,...

Snow covers the quad next to the cafeteria at the University of Texas at Austin. The university closed campus on Feb. 14 and reopened on Feb. 24 due to the water outage and hazardous weather conditions.

Global Reset: Unprecedented snowstorms hit Texas and leave residents without power or water

by Alysa Suleiman and Sabrina Zhu March 2, 2021

When the first flakes of snow drifted down Tuesday, Feb. 16, covering the front of her apartment complex in Houston in a blanket of white, Meeah Bradford, a junior at St. John’s Academy, laughed and...

Jessica Zhou (10) prepares to hit a bunker shot at a practice round at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club last week. Following the upper school's safety protocols for athletes, players are required to wear masks and social distance at all times.

Spring sports kick off

by Anna Vazhaeparambil and Varsha Rammohan March 1, 2021

Despite a delayed start to their seasons, due to the surge of COVID-19 cases in Santa Clara County during the winter, upper school athletes in cross country, football, girls golf and girls tennis are currently...

Upper school economics teacher showcases the myriad of board games he enjoys playing, whether it be with friends, family or his advisory.

Meet your teacher: Economics teacher finds joy in board games

by Arely Sun, Winged Post Lifestyle Editor February 18, 2021

Behind his desk, upper school economics teacher Dean Lizardo keeps a stash of board games, stuffing the cubby of his tall bookshelf full of multicolored boxes.  “It would probably be pretty clear...

In this piece, upper school students, faculty and family members share how the pandemic has directly impacted them.

Pandemic journal: Adaptation, gratitude and growth

by Emily Tan and Anna Vazhaeparambil February 18, 2021

The "pandemic journal" repeater documents our stories of living in the world of COVID-19. Our perception of what's considered normal has been upended in the last year, with every person having a different...

We call upon the upper school to address our lack of racial diversity, while continuing to work toward fostering a more welcoming environment for Black and Hispanic students, faculty and staff. We must not only acknowledge and honor the contributions of minorities in our curricula, but also ensure that our campus actively represents the world in which we live.

Editorial: Equity and inclusion require showing up

by Editorial Board February 17, 2021

In a survey sent out to members of the Harker Journalism news staff, 21 of the 22 respondees indicated that they agreed with the stance of this editorial. Two years before performing her poem last month...

The upper school does not currently have definite plans for students and teachers to return to campus for in-person learning, but they are proceeding with preparations for the senior trip and graduation over the next few months.

Upper school unlikely to return to campus soon but continues planning for senior activities

by Sara Yen, Winged Post Editor-in-Chief January 25, 2021

Head of upper school Butch Keller wrote in an email with Harker Aquila that as long as Santa Clara County remains in the purple tier, and teachers are not vaccinated, the chances of returning to full in-person...

Editorial: Striking down the gavel on the First Amendment

by Editorial Board January 11, 2021

In a survey sent out to members of the Harker Journalism news staff, 100% of the 27 respondees indicated that they agreed with the stance of this editorial. “Account suspended. Twitter suspends accounts...

Seniors Shray Alag, Saloni Shah, Aditya Tadimenti and Sidra Xu were named Regeneron scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) as part of the top 300 scholars out of 1,760 applicants across 611 schools and 49 states.

4 seniors named as Regeneron scholars

by Mark Hu, STEM Editor January 10, 2021

Seniors Shray Alag, Saloni Shah, Aditya Tadimeti and Sidra Xu were named Regeneron scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) last week as part of the top 300 scholars out of 1,760 applicants...

This Talk Around Campus addresses how the situation has impacted both students and teachers, how they believe America can move forward from this moment and what they wish they could say to the community and to the nation.

Talk around campus: Community response to U.S. Capitol riots

by Alysa Suleiman, A&E Editor January 8, 2021

Pro-Trump supporters gathered in mobs outside the walls of Capitol Hill, responding to Trump's "Save America" rally on Jan. 6. With no regard for security measures, the rioters then broke into the Capitol,...

What helped us get through what happened in 2020? Calls with our family, friends and classmates kept us connected to each other, helping us appreciate the positivity and joy that others can bring into our lives. Looking forward, these relationships need to be treasured and kept close to our hearts. 

Goodbye, 2020. Hello, 2021.

by Michelle Liu, Winged Post Design Editor January 5, 2021

As we say goodbye to 2020, the Harker community reflects on the most exciting, catastrophic and positive events that have affected their lives this year. What has 2020 allowed us to learn about ourselves?...

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