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A glance into democracy

The Capitol dome at sunset. Congress was in session until Thursday of this week and voted on a number of legislative actions.

by Gloria Zhang

November 23, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Eight blue panels, eight auburn circles, eight chandelier baubles. Ornate decor embellishes the hallway ceiling. Only a couple feet away, one door opens to a room inundated with passionate voices. All four corners are lined with blue wallpapers, surrounding rows of balcony level...

Holly jolly holiday market

Customers walk through the sidewalk adjacent to Seventh Street. The Holiday Market opened yesterday and features local hand-crafted goods.

by Erica Cai and Catherine Feng

November 23, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The scent of frying batter and sugar from a stall selling donuts hangs in the air. Crowds of people bundled in winter scarves and puffy coats stroll through. Muted chattering floats around the shops, masked by a baritone rendition of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” which filters...

From the Capitol to Cortez: Our quest for interviews

Nicole Tian (10) writes a message on a Post-It note to add to the mural of Post-Its around Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) Cannon office door.

by Kathy Fang and Nicole Tian

November 23, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The gleaming white dome of the Capitol towered above us, sparkling in the morning autumn light. Groups of visitors dotted the lawn opposite the seat of Congress and posed on its marble steps, their eager tourism unperturbed by the armed police patrolling every entrance and exit....

A family in war and peace

A family in war and peace

by Nicole Tian, Co-Lifestyle Editor

November 19, 2019

“Sacrifice.” When asked about a word to describe Veterans Day, the annual holiday on Nov. 11 honoring those who have served in the military, first-year upper school history teacher and retired U.S. Army Capt. Karen Haley recalls duty, honor, discipline and various other qualities her fellow soldier...

More than just paint: Street art speaks out on public walls

A mural by the group Hospitality House features a crowd of people of varied age and racial background holding a rainbow sign advocating for a healthy and safe community. The alley hosts a total of 700 murals, according to the project’s website.

by Arely Sun, Co-Lifestyle Editor

November 16, 2019

Sandwiched between a hot pink complex and a beige building in San Francisco, a colorful alley decorated from top to bottom with murals hides in plain sight. Painted words, flowers and symbols extend down the concrete of the narrow street and flow into other sentences and designs. Clarion Alley is ju...

Herald of a new era: Harker’s new history journal

The Harker Herald is a new publication about research essays created by junior Andrew Lu.

by Michelle Liu and Tessa Muhle

November 14, 2019

Everyone knows of Harker’s student-run magazines Horizon and Harker Eclectic Literature and Media (HELM), but junior Andrew Lu has added a third magazine to this list: the Herald, a history journal that will celebrate student excellence in history and act as a model to student research essays.  ...

Trick or treat: Zombies, princesses, and e-boys, oh my!

Freshmen Allison Zhu and Alexis Nishimura dress as a devil and angel in classic red and white for the costume.

by Alysa Suleiman, Sports Reporter

November 1, 2019

As the clock strikes 8 am on a crisp and windy Thursday morning, the perfect Halloween weather, students scramble into class, greeting each other with shouts of laughter as they view each other’s costumes. Like a wild fashion show, each new entrance sporting every homemade or store-bought costume imagina...

Family, Tradition, and Celebration: the essence of Indian festivals

As October rolls around the corner, billions of Hindus begin the annual preparations to honor the traditions specific to Navaratri, Dussehra and Diwali, the main Indian festivals during fall.

by Alysa Suleiman and Varsha Rammohan

October 9, 2019

Women adorned in jewelry and draped in yards of colorful silk around the waist and shoulder, known as the traditional saree, vividly complement an assortment of brightly colored Indian sweets and snacks lining the table. Sticky little hands demolish the tower of sweet morsels, which range from ladoo,...

Local tribe protests Santa Clara County mining operation

Roxanne Gaona, a senior at Central High School in Fresno, and another youth activist hold a banner reading

by Eric Fang, Winged Post Editor-in-Chief

October 1, 2019

At the southern end of Santa Clara County, just west of Highway 101, green and gold hills stretch for over 6,000 acres. Oak and sycamore trees dot the rolling landscape known as Sargent Ranch, providing shade for cougars and tiger salamanders that dart through the tall grass. For thousands of yea...

Inside the Dash: Galloping Forward

Inside the Dash: Galloping Forward

by Helen Zhu, TALON Academics Editor

September 30, 2019

This podcast series hopes to slow things down for a few minutes of conversation with someone in this community, and to tell the stories of the lives of our community — inside the dash. Are you happy? This seems like such a simple question, one asked in passing and almost always answered with a simple “yes” or “no.” Earlier this month, I participated in a team bonding activity framed like the Privilege Walk but with standard ‘get-to-know-you’ questions. Chatter rang out across the blacktop as...

Inside the Dash: Spelling New Risks

Inside the Dash: Spelling New Risks

by Helen Zhu, TALON Academics Editor

September 24, 2019

This podcast series hopes to slow things down for a few minutes of conversation with someone in this community, and to tell the stories of the lives of our community — inside the dash. Walt Disney said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”  Here’s a dream I had, a dream about spelling big words. Imagine your 6-year-old self, sitting ‘criss-cross applesauce’ on the floor of your elementary school auditorium, eyes glued to the coolest fifth grad...

Fall Fashion: Where Colors Meet Comfort

In a subtle but vibrant manner, Gina Partridge (12) uses her socks as an outlet for her fashion style. Accessories are another important aspect of design and style.

by Alysa Suleiman, Sports Reporter

September 18, 2019

Along with the bustle of students transitioning into their back-to-school lifestyles, the outfits and accessories of students seem to be evolving from summer style to fall fashion.  Among upper school students, it’s safe to say that with the new school year starting, creativity and style exploratio...

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