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Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The fountain outside of Dobbins in Graduates Grove. The fountain was part of an outside classroom donated by the class of 2007.

Seniors leave mark with graduating gifts

by Charlize Wang, Reporter November 27, 2023

Rose gardens. Eagle statues. Green benches. The listed items sound like a miscellaneous collection of decorations but actually represent past gifts from Harker’s graduating classes, symbolizing the indelible...

Upper school computer science teacher Susan King inspects a bird-feeder in the quad. Ms. King began bird watching in 2020, fascinated by their flight and plumage patterns.

Meet your teacher: Embracing life with curiosity

by Jonathan Xue November 25, 2023

As the morning light strikes the lake, a curved, slender bill sweeps through the placid water, searching for any trace of fish. The sun casts its gaze onto the bearer of the bill, a lone avocet, pausing...

A brochure of the Harker School when Dobbins Hall was still new. Dobbins was built in 1993, with twelve classrooms and two science labs.

Dive into the past

by Charlie Wang and Grant Yang November 17, 2023

Walking around Harker today, you wouldn’t guess that 2024 marks the school’s 130th academic year. It is easy to forget that Harker started as Manzanita Hall in 1893, but even if our school’s history...

So you wanna be a destination wedding guitarist?

So you wanna be a destination wedding guitarist?

by Jessica Wang, Co-Opinions Editor October 24, 2023

Guests sit before pink and white flowers adorning the wedding chuppah. Down the center of the aisle, to the rapt attention of the audience, stands one man with his guitar. The song begins softly, sweetly,...

Model United Nations (MUN) officers and new club members gather in Shah Hall to go over MUN procedures before beginning mock conferences on Sept. 22. “I liked seeing the unique ideas and interpretations of the prompts,” Director-General Marketing: Social Media Sophia Ou (10) said. “The discussions were nice to witness, and the atmosphere was lively.”

Harker Model United Nations club ushers in new school year with kickoff event

by Andrew Liang and Katie Tcheng October 20, 2023

Upper school students gathered in history teacher Carol Green’s room for Harker Model United Nations (MUN) Club’s kickoff event on Sept. 22 from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Officers first introduced the basic...

Names hold meaning, a confluence of emotions and associations tied together.

How (and how not) to name a company

by Jonathan Xue, Co-Humans of Harker Managing Editor October 19, 2023

What’s in a name? On the surface, names have no intrinsic value, just words we use to refer to things. But that’s not the entire story. Names hold meaning, a confluence of emotions and associations...

Executive Director of the Association of Texas Photography Instructors and Harker Journalist-in-Residence Mark Murray points out sports photography basics to journalism students Sid Sanghari (11) and Michelle Wei (12) on Sept. 27. Students practiced taking photos at different locations on campus including Nichols and Davis Field.

“What makes a great photo?”: Mark Murray visits upper school journalism classes

by Katerina Matta, Disha Gupta, and Alison Yang October 12, 2023

Association of Texas Photography Instructors Executive Director and Harker’s Journalist-in-Residence Mark Murray offered photography advice and reviewed portfolios with upper school journalism students...

Members of the Winnipeg Police Band of Winnipeg, Canada march before the audience stands prior to their performance. The band is one of the few bands in the world to wear the Royal Stewart tartan, the personal tartan of Queen Elizabeth.

Kilts, cabers and bagpipes

by Felix Chen, Co-News Editor October 10, 2023

Late-summer visitors to Pleasanton, Calif., may find themselves surrounded by a sea of tartan kilts better suited to the damp mists of the Scottish Highlands than to California. Every Labor Day weekend,...

Attendance Coordinator Ritu Raj smiles as she reads an email at the front desk in Main Hall. In addition to tracking the attendance of over 800 students at the upper school, Raj promotes wellbeing and supports those around her through resilience coaching.

Meet your staff: Compassion in coordination

by Mendy Mao and Ella Yee October 1, 2023

Arriving late because of traffic? Need to leave school early for a doctor’s appointment? Upper School Attendance Coordinator Ritu Raj can help you. Seated at the Main hall front desk, she is the first...

Aminis death paved the way for a renewed movement of defiance, protest and anger against Iran’s oppressive regime. Thousands of people have taken to the streets, dancing, singing, burning hijabs and defying authorities.

Pulse of the People: Iran’s resistance, one year after Mahsa Amini

by Hima Thota September 16, 2023

Today marks one year since the death of Mahsa Jina Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman who was stopped by the morality police for not wearing her headscarf properly. Three days after her apprehension,...

Author of Bandit Queens Parini Shroff answers a question about her novel during a Recreate Reading Q and A session. During the discussion, she addressed themes such as gender inequality, discrimination and societal stigma.

ReCreate Reading assembles novelists and students

by Disha Gupta, Sidak Sanghari, and Kevin Zhang September 12, 2023

Sophomores, juniors and seniors participated in ReCreate Reading sessions to discuss their chosen novels on Aug. 24. Organized by the upper school librarians, ReCreate Reading is a program that incentivizes...

Meet our new teachers: Upper school welcomes six faculty members

Meet our new teachers: Upper school welcomes six faculty members

by Vika Gautham and Alison Yang August 28, 2023

Ambi Bobmanuel   Ambi Bobmanuel joins Harker this year as a math teacher, teaching Geometry, Honors Geometry and Algebra 2. After joining Teach for America, a nonprofit organization that...

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