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Taking a break: Planning your day in quarantine

Taking the time to rest can often be difficult, especially when we often prioritize the completion of tasks over making space in our schedules for brief respites.

by Arely Sun, Lifestyle Editor

September 21, 2020

Every day since quarantine started, you find yourself exhausted after spending a day hunched over a screen, taking meeting after meeting. After school, you dive headfirst into a mountain of work, draining the rest of your energy. At the end of your hard work, you reward yourself with a long nap to com...

So you want to be a farmer?

Tara Beaver Coronado poses at her vineyard in Northern California. Despite the 10 to 20 year commitment of a vineyard, Coronado loves facing challenges, asking questions, and continually learning. Since planting her vineyard in April 2018, Coronado just completed her first harvest in late August of this year, a three-night culmination of two years of work.

by Emily Tan, Winged Post Features Editor

September 19, 2020

Despite being a fifth-generation farmer, Tara Beaver Coronado didn’t plan on going into agriculture. Growing up on her parents’ farm, she always loved the outdoors and animals, but later considered a job as a teacher and eventually became a nanny. During a two-week vacation, she returned to her p...

Lights, camera … and (Zoom) fashion?

Lights, camera … and (Zoom) fashion?

by Alysa Suleiman, Arts & Entertainment Editor

September 15, 2020

The air was crisp and cool, the perfect level of humidity and air conditioning soaking into clean walls, the dozens upon dozens of chairs, the in-season outfits of haute couture people filling the rows.  And, of course, the gleaming catwalk. As the music danced through its first few measures, models...

Kamala Harris “has changed the landscape”: nomination paves way for women of color in politics

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris speaks at a General Assembly during the California Democrats 2019 State Convention on Saturday morning. There have been only two female major party vice presidential nominees in U.S. history; Sen. Kamala Harris (D-C.A.) is the third.

by Sarah Mohammed and Varsha Rammohan

September 9, 2020

According to the United States Census Bureau, women make up 50.8 percent of the country’s population, Black people make up 13.4 percent and Asian people make up 5.9 percent. In addition to only one female major party presidential nominee, there have been only two female major party vice presidential ...

Upper school welcomes eight new teachers to the community

This year, Harker will be welcoming eight new teachers to the upper school community. Although the year will begin with remote learning, they look forward to getting to know their students and shared their high hopes for the upcoming school year with Harker Journalism.

by Michelle Liu, Winged Post Design Editor

September 2, 2020

This year, Harker will be welcoming eight new teachers to the upper school community. Although the year will begin with remote learning, they look forward to getting to know their students and shared their high hopes for the upcoming school year with Harker Journalism.   Bridget Nixon is teaching English 1: The St...

Campus compass: The Matriculation Book

Campus Compass is a feature column that dives into the history and significance behind the places and objects that have made Harker what it is today. This edition of Campus Compass takes a look at the history of the Matriculation book and oath.

by Isha Moorjani and Sally Zhu

August 21, 2020

Since 1998, crowds of students each year have signed the Matriculation Book on their first day of high school to start their legacy as a true Harker student. Today, the book is proudly displayed in Dobbins Hall, with multitudes of names buried inside its leafy pages. The diversity of student signatur...

Funny You Should Mention It: Episode 1

Brought to you by Harker Aquila, Funny You Should Mention It is a pop culture-based video podcast created by Rachel Ning (10) and Lakshmi Mulgund (10). 

by Lakshmi Mulgund and Rachel Ning

August 20, 2020

Brought to you by Harker Aquila, Funny You Should Mention It is a pop culture-based video podcast created by Rachel Ning (10) and Lakshmi Mulgund (10).  We wanted to create the podcast as a way to share news through a different medium. Funny You Should Mention It features insights into our pers...

What does shelter-in-place mean when shelter is unaffordable?

Only a chain-link fence separates the Joe Rodota Trail, a pedestrian and bike path, from California State Route 12 in Santa Rosa. Over the month of January, city officials relocated over 250 individuals living at the trail encampment, sending some to shelters across the city and some to temporary “pallet buildings” with bunk beds, heat and electricity in Los Guilicos in East Santa Rosa, a two-hour drive from the trail.

by Eric Fang, Lucy Ge, Nina Gee, Varsha Rammohan, Arushi Saxena, Alysa Suleiman, Anna Vazhaeparambil, Sara Yen, and Gloria Zhang

August 19, 2020

On March 16, Bay Area officials in six counties announced shelter-in-place directives, mandating that residents only leave their homes for essential purposes. But what does sheltering in place look like in the Bay Area, one of the most unaffordable housing markets in the U.S.? 

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...

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