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Skating the curves

Skating the curves

by Nicole Tian, Co-Lifestyle Editor

December 7, 2019

High schooler Esteban Rodriguez leans against the rails of the Lake Cunningham Actions Sports Park in San Jose, nonchalantly flipping his black board emblazoned with a painted white skull, its bare teeth and exposed gums clenching onto the scales of a red-eyed viper. The azure edges of the board have b...

Awake at night: D.C. monuments honor nation’s history

Awake at night: D.C. monuments honor nation’s history

by Tiffany Chang, Lakshmi Mulgund, Smrithi Sambamurthy, Pelin Unsal, Anna Vazhaeparambil, and Helen Zhu

November 23, 2019

Students participated in a Monuments by Moonlight Tour of the capital’s monuments, visiting the U.S. Capitol, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Korean War memorial. Against the dark sky of the city, monuments twinkle brightly, a ...

Moments in Washington

Moments in Washington

by Erica Cai, Kathy Fang, Catherine Feng, Lauren Liu, Arely Sun, Nicole Tian, and Gloria Zhang

November 23, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As our reporters explored Washington, D.C., we collected memories and experiences from various places around the city. Here are some of the moments that our reporters found around the capital.

From San Jose to Capitol Hill: Upper school alumnus gives back to his home district as congressional staffer

From San Jose to Capitol Hill: Upper school alumnus gives back to his home district as congressional staffer

by Anthony Xu and Eric Fang

November 23, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Standing next to a glass display case of Congresswoman Anna Eshoo’s personal memorabilia and achievements, Legislative Assistant Eric Henshall (‘12) recounted how he came to work for the Representative for California’s 18th District on Capitol Hill after graduating only seve...

Hustle and bustle: Capturing the street life in Washington, D.C.

Hustle and bustle: Capturing the street life in Washington, D.C.

by Helen Zhu, Emma Gurleroglu, and Anna Vazhaeparambil

November 23, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Red taxis zoom through the busy streets, honking noisily as drivers hurry during rush hour. Brisk winds creep underneath the scarves and coat sleeves of pedestrians roaming the streets of the city. Fall leaves drift to the ground, joining the layer of orange and yellow blanketin...

Free speech activist Mary Beth Tinker inspires student journalists at annual NSPA convention

Free speech activist Mary Beth Tinker inspires student journalists at annual NSPA convention

by Alysa Suleiman, Sports Reporter

November 23, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bathed in a dim warm orange glow, the expansive convention room exploded in a deafening round of applause as activist Mary Beth Tinker stepped onto the podium. To an audience of hundreds of student journalists from across the nation who were gathered at the annual NSPA convention yesterday,...

A glance into democracy

A glance into democracy

by Gloria Zhang

November 23, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Eight blue panels, eight auburn circles, eight chandelier baubles. Ornate decor embellishes the hallway ceiling. Only a couple feet away, one door opens to a room inundated with passionate voices. All four corners are lined with blue wallpapers, surrounding rows of balcony level...

Holly jolly holiday market

Holly jolly holiday market

by Erica Cai and Catherine Feng

November 23, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The scent of frying batter and sugar from a stall selling donuts hangs in the air. Crowds of people bundled in winter scarves and puffy coats stroll through. Muted chattering floats around the shops, masked by a baritone rendition of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” which filters...

From the Capitol to Cortez: Our quest for interviews

From the Capitol to Cortez: Our quest for interviews

by Kathy Fang and Nicole Tian

November 23, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The gleaming white dome of the Capitol towered above us, sparkling in the morning autumn light. Groups of visitors dotted the lawn opposite the seat of Congress and posed on its marble steps, their eager tourism unperturbed by the armed police patrolling every entrance and exit....

A family in war and peace

A family in war and peace

by Nicole Tian, Co-Lifestyle Editor

November 18, 2019

“Sacrifice.” When asked about a word to describe Veterans Day, the annual holiday on Nov. 11 honoring those who have served in the military, first-year upper school history teacher and retired U.S. Army Capt. Karen Haley recalls duty, honor, discipline and various other qualities her fellow soldier...

More than just paint: Street art speaks out on public walls

More than just paint: Street art speaks out on public walls

by Arely Sun, Co-Lifestyle Editor

November 16, 2019

Sandwiched between a hot pink complex and a beige building in San Francisco, a colorful alley decorated from top to bottom with murals hides in plain sight. Painted words, flowers and symbols extend down the concrete of the narrow street and flow into other sentences and designs. Clarion Alley is ju...

Herald of a new era: Harker’s new history journal

Herald of a new era: Harker’s new history journal

by Michelle Liu and Tessa Muhle

November 14, 2019

Everyone knows of Harker’s student-run magazines Horizon and Harker Eclectic Literature and Media (HELM), but junior Andrew Lu has added a third magazine to this list: the Herald, a history journal that will act as a model to freshman world history research essays.  The Herald was specifically created to provi...

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