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So you want to be a ballroom dancer?

So you want to be a ballroom dancer?

by Farah Hosseini, Reporter

November 16, 2017


Filed under Features, Lifestyle, Winged Post

While training in California, professional ballroom dancer Andrea Faraci found himself in need of a dance partner and finally got a response after reaching out to his teachers back in Italy. The wife of one of his coaches came into contact with Iveta Faraci, who lived in Lithuania at the time and wa...

Annual “Turkey Trot” promotes spirit of giving

Annual “Turkey Trot” promotes spirit of giving

by Jin Tuan and Varsha Rammohan

November 16, 2017


Filed under Features, Lifestyle, Winged Post

Dressed in iconic Turkey Trot shirts, a mass of runners crowd the starting line, rub their palms together and prepare to run in the chilly hours of Thanksgiving morning. The annual Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot will occur on Nov. 23 in downtown San Jose; a “Turkey Trot” is a race t...

English teacher flaunts colorful, unique style

English teacher flaunts colorful, unique style

by Tiffany Wong, Aquila News Editor

November 16, 2017


Filed under Features, Lifestyle, Winged Post

With his color-coordinated dress shirts, endless drawer of patterned socks and rainbow of Apple Watch wristbands, English teacher Ohad Paran takes on every day in style. Whether he’s sporting his signature red Red Wing boots—only ever acceptably paired with his red, blue and black checkered sh...

Students reflect on gender assembly

Students reflect on gender assembly

by Anvi Banga and Nerine Uyanik

November 16, 2017


Filed under Features, Winged Post

Harker invited guest speaker Maureen Johnston, a licensed marriage and family therapist with a practice in San Jose, to present to the upper school on Oct. 18. In the presentations that she gave to the students, Johnston discussed gender identity, gender roles and stereotypes as well as depression and...

You hit send, now what?

You hit send, now what?

by Helen Yang, Anjay Saklecha, and Rose Guan

November 16, 2017


Filed under Features, Winged Post

For most high school students, college application season represents a crucial turning point in life. Over the past two weeks, many seniors have submitted their early college applications. While every university and college has its own application deadlines, they usually fall within the same time...

Student Spotlight: Upperclassmen manage clothing brands

Student Spotlight: Upperclassmen manage clothing brands

by Anya Weaver and Vivian Jin

November 16, 2017


Filed under Features, Winged Post

Kaitlyn Nguyen (12) had been editing an album cover toward the end of her junior year when she suddenly thought, “what if this was on a T-shirt?” That day, she decided to start a business and went on to create a website for her own line of apparel. Kaitlyn makes designs for shirts, sweaters and...

Pulse of the People: Survivors share stories to spark dialogue

Pulse of the People: Survivors share stories to spark dialogue

by Prameela Kottapalli and Irina Malyugina

November 16, 2017


Filed under Features, Winged Post

Burke launched the Me Too campaign in 2007, but the movement entered the realm of hashtags last month when actress Alyssa Milano posted the hashtag, along with a call for women to share their experiences of sexual assault on social media. Since then, activists, celebrities and politicians have advocated...

Did you know: Ethan Choi’s journey through filmmaking

Did you know: Ethan Choi’s journey through filmmaking

by Tiffany Wong, Aquila News Editor

November 14, 2017


Filed under Features, Online Exclusive, Showcase

Ethan Choi (9) first began entertaining his classmates by acting in a short comedy sketch with his friends for Harker’s third grade talent show. Now putting up posters and spreading the word in preparation for the premiere of his movie “Crystal Heist 2,” a project he started earlier this year in...

Behind the scenes: Harker’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Behind the scenes: Harker’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

by Zoe Sanders, Reporter

November 13, 2017


Filed under Features, Online Exclusive

Eleven faces display wide smiles before the first beat of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” even hits. As soon as the song begins, the dancers fall into their splits and start pirouetting. Upper school dance teacher Karl Kuehn watches and critiques while videotaping their routine from the back of the...

Bella Saratoga: A harmony of history and the heart of Italy

Bella Saratoga: A harmony of history and the heart of Italy

by Gloria Zhang, Asst. Features Editor

November 7, 2017


Filed under Features, Lifestyle, Online Exclusive

Sporadic roars of motorcycle engines hammering their ways up Big Basin Way interrupts the otherwise serene atmosphere of downtown Saratoga on a quieter Sunday evening. The pairing of modern bikes and late 19th century buildings seems peculiar, and even unfitting, but the sound of vehicles is regular...

Memoir Monday: Dual Mangoes

Memoir Monday: Dual Mangoes

by Arya Maheshwari, Reporter

November 6, 2017


Filed under Features, Online Exclusive

Arya Maheshwari The oblong Keitt mango rests against the wooden cutting board, almost calling me to eat it. With forest green splashes towards the bottom, a few reddish-yellow patches at the top and a chartreuse in the middle, the mango seems well ripened. First, indulging my obsessive thirst for symm...

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