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Inside the Dash: Growing gratitude

Inside the Dash: Growing gratitude

by Helen Zhu, TALON Managing Editor

June 4, 2020

When you visit someone’s cemetery, you see the dates they were born and the dates they passed. But when you wonder about their lives, they aren’t represented by those two dates; their life is the times between the dates. Between the two dates on the tombstone, there’s a small dash to sepa...

Stories from quarantine: “The outfit I never wore”

A collection of flat lays taken to share the outfits student journalists would have worn these last three months if not in quarantine.

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Varsha Rammohan, and Aditya Singhvi

May 25, 2020

Over the last week, members of Harker Journalism dug through their closets to pull out outfits and accessories they haven't touched since quarantine started—a glimmer of normalcy in a time of uncertainty and change. These images showcase the styles, fashions and trends of our yearbook and newspaper...

Meal with Love: Giving back to our medical workers

Medical staff from Highland Hospital in Oakland hold up

by Nicholas Wei, Reporter

May 12, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, some medical workers are facing an unexpected problem: the lack of time to cook. To address this issue, a group of Bay Area women have started a fundraising effort to pay for and deliver meals to hospitals where medical staff have been struggling to find time to eat....

Creativity during COVID-19: Writers reflect on quarantine

A collection of the winning submissions for the Creativity during COVID-19 writing contest.

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Aquila Co-Sports Editor

May 10, 2020

Hopeful reflections. Brooding thoughts. Nostalgic memories. The upper school writing contest, Creativity during COVID-19, gave students the chance to record these feelings about living during a worldwide pandemic and responding to this new reality. Hosted by English teacher Jennifer Siraganian, the contes...

Batter up: how to create “soufflé-for-one” pancakes

Soufflé pancakes originate from Japan, where videos of these wobbly stacked mounds, covered in toppings such as whipped cream and fresh fruits, quickly attracted the attention of people all over the world. Follow along Harker Aquila’s tutorial to recreate your own soufflé pancake.

by Alysa Suleiman, Sports Reporter

May 9, 2020

Fluffy, airy and with a slight jiggle.  Soufflé pancakes originate from Japan, where videos of these wobbly stacked mounds, covered in toppings such as whipped cream and fresh fruits, quickly attracted the attention of people all over the world. #Soufflepancake has over 90,000 posts on Instagram...

At home and entertained: Movies and TV shows to watch during shelter-in-place

At home and entertained: Movies and TV shows to watch during shelter-in-place

by Lakshmi Mulgund, TALON Reporter

May 4, 2020

While we are all stuck at home with the continuing shelter-in-place order, TV shows and movies have emerged as essential sources of entertainment for everyone. Here is a selection of four of the best ones to watch, ranging from comedies to dramas to romance, that are sure to spice up your day! EMMA ...

How to draw: Carl and Ellie from “Up”

How to draw: Carl and Ellie from

by Michelle Liu, Reporter

May 1, 2020

In these troubling times, we all need a way to relax and take a break from the world. Drawing can help us alleviate the feelings of stress or confusion in our current situation, and everyone can create their own connection with their artworks. No expertise is required at all; it’s easy to explore ...

Print to protect

Parts of 15 orange and black masks that Will Yashar (10) 3D-printed lie on a table. “It was nice to see everyone helping for the common good, that was inspiring,” Will said. “Everyone’s helping in their own way, [this] was just the way I could help.”

by Sally Zhu, Reporter

May 1, 2020

The soft whir of the Prusa I3 Mk3 3D printing machine hums in Will Yashar’s (10) garage-turned-workspace as he pulls up the plastic mask prototype on his laptop. Surrounding the printers are large rolls of white PLA plastic filaments, some finished masks to be delivered and broken printer pieces and ...

Stories from quarantine: A game night to remember

Even though I spent every day at home with them, the only time my family congregated, if ever, was for short dinners. These game nights made me appreciate my family more and realize that a 15 minute dinner is not a sufficient amount of time with them. 

by Lavanya Subramanian

April 28, 2020

Faded primary colors fill the different pictures and numbers on the six cards in my hand. In front of me, more cards lay stacked on top of each other, each with a different word written in a black graffiti font. I unknowingly toy with the fraying edge of one of my cards as I watch my dad contemplate h...

Movie review: The simplicity of “Amélie”

Movie review: The simplicity of “Amélie”

by Arely Sun, Co-Lifestyle Editor

April 26, 2020

An old blind man staggers near a curb, poking his cane at the street below. The camera zooms in on a quirky French girl’s bob-haircut-framed face as she steps up to take his arm to guide him across the bustling road. They bumpily weave through the crowd, zipping past colorful shops. Her sing-song v...

Going virtual: How teachers have adapted hands-on activities online

Students work on a watercolor project in Pilar Aguero-Esparza's Study of Visual Arts class. She made and mailed packages of art supplies to each student to help them continue their art at home.

by Brian Chen, Reporter

April 26, 2020

Virtual dance auditions. Online orchestra practice. Mailing art supplies and lab notebooks. Conducting experiments at home.  With the campus closed and a shelter-in-place order throughout California, teachers have adapted to online learning, inventing creative solutions to replace hands-on activities ...

Stories from quarantine: A rainy spring

I found the perfect route that gave me the right amount of exercise and provided the most scenic views. It made me feel closer to my neighborhood. 

by Olivia Guo, Humans of Harker profiler

April 22, 2020

Glimmering drops of water hang off the bottom of my clear umbrella as I walk along Villa Drive, leaves crackling under my shoes. This was a street I had grown accustomed to on my many walks during spring break. A crisp, frigid air hits me as a nostalgic scent of wet asphalt permeates the air, the gentle l...

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