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10 things to look forward to in the final season of “Game of Thrones”

10 things to look forward to in the final season of “Game of Thrones”

by Eric Fang, News Editor

April 14, 2019

The last season of the award-winning TV show “Game of Thrones,” an adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s book series A Song of Ice and Fire, premieres tonight at 6 p.m. Pacific Time on HBO. Since its debut in 2010, the show has accumulated one Golden Globe of four nominations and 38 Emmy Awards of 132 nominations...

Different methods of learning provide alternatives to traditional education

Different methods of learning provide alternatives to traditional education

by Varsha Rammohan, Copy Editor

April 11, 2019

Sounds of jazz music filled the athletic center on March 18, as students walking in for a school meeting found an immense photo of a smiling Langston Hughes displayed on the white screen. USC Thornton School of Music professor Dr. Ron McCurdy, along with four other musicians, visited the upper school...

“This is Urinetown”: Spring musical “Urinetown” delves into a drenched world

“This is Urinetown”: Spring musical “Urinetown” delves into a drenched world

by Erica Cai, Esha Gohil, Sara Yen, and Gloria Zhang

April 11, 2019

With the house lights in the Patil Theater dimmed, Performing Arts Director Laura Lang-Ree exclaims from the back row of the orchestra seats, “Alright, take it to the top of the show!” Hearing these words, the cast, scattered around the stage, transforms from relaxed high school students to actors ...

Student council hosts annual school supplies drive

Student council hosts annual school supplies drive

by Gloria Zhu, Reporter

March 26, 2019

In the corner of upper school math teacher Bradley Stoll’s classroom, there is a heather gray backpack, brand new, the tag still on. Inside, one can find markers, pencils, and a brand new Five Star™ notebook. These supplies, donated by members of the Stoll advisory, will eventually be loaded onto a bus...

A backstage look of Harker’s most diverse and well-loved performance

A backstage look of Harker’s most diverse and well-loved performance

by Esha Gohil, Reporter

March 24, 2019

Swarms of singers from various choral groups exit the stage, having finished a playful Harker themed rendition of the song “Seasons of Love” from the musical “Rent”. As the show ended,  senior host Matthew Hajjar announced the start time of the next class, the coordinator of the show, Neil R...

Appreciation Committee creates posters for staff appreciation

Appreciation Committee creates posters for staff appreciation

by Nicole Tian, Reporter

March 17, 2019

Lining a bulletin board in one of the corridors in Manzanita are 17, out of the 24, beaming faces of the upper school kitchen staff, accompanied by their favorite sports teams, music, bucket list items and other similar questions. Executive Chef Steve Martin, who has been on staff since Harker was a...

Bone Kettle serves fresh, bold Southeast Asian flavors

Bone Kettle serves fresh, bold Southeast Asian flavors

by Sara Yen, Assistant Features Editor

March 9, 2019

As soon as you walk into Bone Kettle, the first thing that most likely catches your attention is the modern design of the restaurant. Thin wooden panels and bold artwork pad the walls of the eatery, which is lit up by lightbulbs encased in upside down glass jars. Creating an almost tropical feel, large...

Honor Week celebrates honor for Harker’s 125th anniversary

Honor Week celebrates honor for Harker’s 125th anniversary

by Lucy Ge, Reporter

March 3, 2019

Microphone in hand, physics and science research teacher Chris Spenner spoke on Wednesday, Feb. 20 during the school meeting about acceptance within the Harker community. He highlighted three speeches given earlier in the school year by Haris Hosseini (12), Raphael Sanche (12) and chemistry teacher Robbie...

Downbeat’s journey to the International Championship of High School A cappella

Downbeat’s journey to the International Championship of High School A cappella

by Nicole Tian and Emily Tan

February 27, 2019

“[Downbeat does] so many different things, and we don't fit a music education niche, if you will, outside of Harker—we're our own thing,” vocal teacher Jennifer Sandusky said. “This [a cappella competition] was what I felt like would be a really great opportunity for our students based on size...

So you want to be a librarian?

So you want to be a librarian?

by Nina Gee and Irina Malyugina

February 27, 2019

If you've been at Harker for more than a year, chances are you've probably had contact with one or more of the campus librarians. Their skill sets seem endless, from evaluating your interpretation of a literary theory to finding obscure primary documents for that history research essay. They are a sign...

Doing little bits of good every day

Doing little bits of good every day

February 23, 2019

Whether he’s vacuuming the carpet of Main, mopping the floor of Manzanita or getting a ladder for a staff member who needs one, custodian Johnny Lockett is a familiar face to all who wander through Main’s hallways sometime after 2:30 pm. Lockett was born in Louisiana and joined the military after...

The international student journey

The international student journey

by Gloria Zhang, Jessie Wang, and Erica Cai

February 23, 2019

International Student Nemo “Li Zhi” Yang (12) found himself in a predicament with the most bothersome adulthood chore: tax return. After filing his documents, Nemo did not notice their disqualification due to misfilled information. And a series of unfortunate events preceded. First, his financial institution...

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