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Stories from quarantine: Hiking into the woods

Hiking is a family tradition: whether we are away on vacation or right outside my house, my family and I frequently explore our surroundings. Wildlife takes the opportunity to come out, and I see more creatures than I ever have before.

by Anika Mani, TALON Reporter

April 21, 2020

Surrounded by the tall, lush green redwood trees, I stroll through the empty woods. The sun peeks out of one of few clouds in the sky and warms the crisp air. Swarms of bees buzz, and a soft breeze rustles the leaves producing the familiar sound of spring that I have not heard in a while. It’s the pe...

Stories from quarantine: Our pandemic essentials

A collection of flat lays taken to share the essential items keeping student journalists safe, healthy and happy during their time at home.

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Varsha Rammohan, and Irina Malyugina

April 20, 2020

Both yearbook and newspaper staffs spent time creating their own pandemic flat lays, an array of the essentials that are keeping them safe, healthy and happy during this time. Take a peek at student journalists' must-haves during quarantine: these photos include everything from journals and cookbooks...

Senior spring online: making the most out of virtual college visits

Boston University is one of several colleges offering extensive online resources for prospective and admitted students.  These involve interactive video chats through Zoom or other platforms that involve Q&A sessions.

by Gloria Zhang, Winged Post Editor-in-Chief

April 19, 2020

Congratulations! *Cue the confetti* After months of waiting for “an update to your application status”, seniors, we finally reached the moment to embark on our college adventure. Yet, instead of spending our spring break with air travel or road trips on the way to admit weekends, we have inst...

Stories from quarantine: Euphoria

In quarantine, we just have ourselves. So I used my time in isolation to see if I could do it all: be both model and photographer.

by Anoushka Buch, TALON Student Life and Conservatory Editor

April 19, 2020

Dappled in yellow lighting and adorned with chunky sparkles, a face looks up to a point beyond the camera. The expression is hard-to-read: it’s not emotionless, yet it lacks the extremity of the banal emotions we know — happiness, sadness, anger. The events that transpired over the course of this year’s spri...

Learning origami: A beginner’s guide to the art of paper folding

A collection of origami designs to create. Trying out the tutorials to make these are the perfect way to keep busy during shelter-in-place.

by Irina Malyugina, Photo Editor

April 17, 2020

Following orders to shelter-in-place, you might have found yourself with an abundance of free time. Are you interested in using this time to learn something new? Try origami! All you’ll need is one square sheet of paper per tutorial. If you don't have one, you can adjust the dimensions of a printer pap...

Finding a new fun: discovering hobbies during quarantine

Students have found creative outlets to spend their extra time stuck inside during quarantine, ranging from playing an instrument to BMX biking.

by Sabrina Zhu, Reporter

April 17, 2020

As she gently presses on the strings with one hand, Arissa Huda (9) strums her acoustic Hohner guitar with the other, playing a version of Selena Gomez and Kygo’s “It Ain’t Me.” She smiles and nods her head to the music, which has quickly become her new hobby and form of escape during this peri...

Dalgona coffee: The latest whipped internet sensation

This is a tutorial on how to make dalgona coffee, a viral food trend popularized by social media.

by Emily Tan, Winged Post Asst. Features Editor

April 13, 2020

As states across the country have issued orders to shelter in place, people with more leisure time on their hands are now picking up new hobbies and diving into a variety of different activities including baking, binge-watching TV series and of course, whipping up the latest viral food trend: dalgon...

Zooming through Zoom

Members of Harker Journalism test out Zoom's features as upper school students made the transition to virtual learning last week.

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Co-Sports Editor

March 25, 2020

It’s been a week since we made the transition to online learning on the beautiful Zoom campus, and I think it’s safe to say that we haven’t seen this much confusion over a software change since the controversial shift to Infinite Campus of 2019. Regardless, the upper school community has started ad...

Fun, food and flamenco: Students and faculty celebrate Spanish culture with “La Noche Cultural”

Nerine Uyanik (12) and Simren Gupta (12) dance together during the salsa competition of

by Amruta Dharmapurikar and Sally Zhu

March 19, 2020

Vibrant banners line the walls of the auxiliary gym, circling around the multi-colored round tables topped with toy maracas, sombreros and balloons that float nearby. As preparations and decorations are finalized, the bustle of excited students and beats of lively Spanish music starts to fill the air as...

Album review: “Changes” for the worse or the better?

An edit of Justin Bieber's

by Alysa Suleiman, Sports Reporter

March 12, 2020

The year is 2010. In a Youtube video online, stage lights flood the arena, filling the screen, as electric guitars, bases and drums crash to the beat of the swelling music. The beat drops, and the arena pulses with the heartbeat of the thousands of fans in the audience, belting out the lyrics in uniso...

AP Studio Art Exhibit showcases diverse student artwork

AP Studio Art Exhibit showcases diverse student artwork

by Sarah Mohammed and Brian Chen

March 10, 2020

Soft music by Billie Eilish filled the air as parents and students gathered, transfixed, around the bold displays of artwork adorning the Nichols Auditorium. Carefully crafted portfolios exhibited a unique blend of artistic skill and imaginative thinking that attendees of the annual AP Studio Art Exh...

Novel coronavirus: How to prepare for potential local outbreak

Browsing nearly empty shelves, a customer shops for surface wipes at Target in the Westgate Center. Stores like Target and Costco have been running low on hygiene products in the past week as local residents stock up on essential supplies to prepare for a potential COVID-19 outbreak.

by Kathy Fang, Varsha Rammohan, and Arushi Saxena

March 3, 2020

With the rise of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in Santa Clara County last week, as well as the report of the first possible case of community spread in the U.S. in California last Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health agencies encourage residents...

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