Harker Aquila

Building a community from the ground up

Facilities director Mike Bassoni posed on a pathway in the landscaping in front of the Rothschild Performing Arts Center. Bassoni played a key role in the landscaping’s development, providing input on its design.

by Arely Sun, Esha Gohil, Alysa Suleiman, and Anna Vazhaeparambil

June 10, 2019

With his head tilted to one side, eyes unfocused and thoughtful, Mike Bassoni smiles as he answers questions about his lifetime of work at Harker. As he touches on his past and present accomplishments, his voice softens nostalgically from its usual upbeat rhythm, his memories taking him back decades. Bassoni...

The Butterfly Effect: A metamorphosis on manhood, movies and “Minding the Gap”

Mind the gap

by Nina Gee, Visuals Editor

June 10, 2019

Fifteen years ago, 2004. Rockford, Illinois. A tall, lanky Asian boy, all limbs and joints, dark hair down past his ears, stands in front of the camera. The scene around him is warped outwards in its fish-eyed lens, almost as if the world is exploding out of him, fracturing around him. Yet he is all...

Inside the Dash: Age of Aquarium

Inside the Dash: Age of Aquarium

by Helen Zhu, TALON Academics Editor

May 31, 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. How many hours, minutes, or seconds do you spend on looking around you and appreciating the flowers blooming in your yard or the delicious food you’re eating or just your friends? Over the course of the past month, I’ve witnessed the cherry tree in my Cupertino front yard blossom, bloom and wither. I pass...

Keeping up with the Kuehn Klass: Behind the scenes of after school dance classes

Dancers stretch out their splits in the

by Alysa Suleiman, Reporter

May 27, 2019

Ambient white blocks of fluorescent lights line the angled ceiling, reflecting in the wall-length mirror of the dance room. Spread across the polished wooden floor in two straight rows, dancers in the Tuesday 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 pm. “stretch, leaps and turns” class sit in a straddled stretching position...

Behind the scenes of AP testing

A stack of AP prep books. While students across all grades are busy reviewing for APs and other end-of-the-year cumulative exams, Director of Standardized Testing and Scheduling Troy Thiele works behind the scenes to coordinate and coordinate testing logistics.

by Nicole Tian and Irene Yuan

May 26, 2019

During the first two weeks of May, the doors of the auxiliary gym and Nichols are lined with backpacks starting from 8 a.m. and stretching long into the afternoon. However, members of scheduling begin planning for the APs long before the atmosphere surrounding them sets in. Scheduling for these exams...

College here I come!

This College Starter Pack lists items seniors might want for college. In this article, alumni offer advice to the seniors about what they wish they knew before coming to college.

by Erica Cai, Esha Gohil, Saloni Shah, and Alysa Suleiman

May 23, 2019

In just a few months, a quarter of the Harker Upper School population will be heading off to college, into the great beyond. To prepare our beloved seniors for the next stage of their journeys, seasoned alumni shared some words of wisdom that might enrich soon-to-be freshmen’s college experience. Advice #1...

Behind the Scenes: Students rehearse for annual Senior Showcase performance

Members of both JV and Varsity dance stand in a line and execute a move from Olivia Esparza's (12) senior showcase dance.

by Esha Gohil and Gloria Zhang

May 21, 2019

The annual Senior Showcase premiered the performances of graduating Certificate Program seniors and their accompaniments last Friday at 7 p.m. in the Rothschild Performing Arts Center’s Patil Theater (RPAC). The upper school’s conservatory Certificate Program includes a four-year study within a f...

Helen’s BTS Podcast

Helen's BTS Podcast

by Helen Yang, Reporter

May 14, 2019

In her new podcast, senior Helen Yang dives into the basics of getting into BTS, the Korean boy group that has sparked an international craze, drawing many into the world of K-pop. Also known as Bangtan Sonyeondan, BTS is a seven-member South Korean boy band created in 2013 under the company Big...

This is Quadchella: Harker’s biannual music festival celebrates talent and “chillaxing”

Computer science teacher Anu Datar and her advisory performs a Bollywood dance. This Quadchella showcased mainly dance, vocal music and instrumental music.

by Gloria Zhang, Features Editor

May 8, 2019

“I don’t care. I don’t care. I don’t care. I don’t care. You’re a square. You’re a square. You’re a square. You’re a square.” The rhythmic beats of lil strype’s, also known as Nathaniel “Nash” Melisso (11), “idc (prod. 408)” reverberates around campus. The chorus of the e...

SweetHoney puts a trendy spin on traditional Cantonese desserts

The watermelon sago, mango tofu pudding and red bean soup with glutinous rice balls in their bright yellow bowls exemplify SweetHoney's theme of blending traditional with trendy. Each dish was priced at around $5 to $7.

by Arely Sun, Reporter

May 5, 2019

Nestled between Creamistry and an abandoned suite around the outside ring of buildings of Cupertino Village is SweetHoney, a trendy Cantonese dessert cafe. The playlist of the cafe consists of American and Asian pop songs, which create a friendly ambiance. Geometric patterns, such as pink stripes...

Seahorse tank emphasizes importance of conservation

A yellow kuda seahorse swims vertically. Their ability to swim is not as developed as other fish, so seahorses rely on camouflage as a defense technique.

by Nicole Tian, Reporter

May 2, 2019

With their mottled tails curled around a vibrant green and yellow sea fan, two 3-inch seahorses with beige speckles peek out from behind the veins of artificial coral. The newest additions to the tank have clearly made themselves quite comfortable, with their journey to the atrium of Nichols first starting...

Greetings from California

A spiritual experience.

by Arely Sun, Catherine Feng, and Helen Yang

April 25, 2019

Avi Gulati (11) Family Homeland: India Avi Gulati (11) is a second generation Indian-American. He has visited India at least once every year except for in 2008. Avi is obsessed with Alia Bhatt, a famous Bollywood actress. Two years ago, when he was in India, he decided to try to meet Bhatt. He and...

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