Harker Aquila

Blues and bass lines: Harker’s annual Evening of Jazz features student jazz groups from middle and upper school

Kelsey Wu (12) sings with accompaniment from the upper school's Jazz Band. Kelsey was among the seniors honored at the end of her performance.

by Arushi Saxena, Global Editor

April 25, 2019

Lights flooded the stage as a medley of saxophones embarked on a melody, softly accompanied by a piano riff which soon swelled in conjunction with the rest of the band. With a crash and a bang from the drums, Harker’s annual Evening of Jazz began. Opening with a set by the middle school’s Jazz...

A Day in the Life of: Facilities

This is the second issue of A Day in the Life. Every issue of A Day in the Life features a different group of people on campus.

by Gloria Zhang, Sara Yen, Erica Cai, Esha Goyal, Irina Malyugina, and Catherine Feng

April 23, 2019

This piece was originally published in the pages of The Winged Post on April 17, 2019.                  ...

In pictures: Spirit Week one day at a time

Grace Hajjar (11) waves the 2020 class flag in support of her fellow juniors. The juniors lost the volleyball game to the seniors, who went on to participate in the student-faculty volleyball game.

by Nina Gee, Visual Editor

April 17, 2019

Monday: This year's spirit week kicked off with Movie/Music Day, where students dressed up as characters from their favorite movies or wore merch from their favorite artists. The school saw costumes ranging from the iconic white-and-yellow checkered suits of Cher and Dione from Clueless to students...

SomiSomi creates a trendy twist on a traditional Korean dessert

A traditional blend of flavors, the matcha and red bean Taiyaki ice cream is the perfect treat for a warm day–or even a cold one. The fruity pebbles and rainbow sprinkles provide a photo-savvy burst of color.

by Alysa Suleiman and Arely Sun

April 15, 2019

Nestled in the far corner of Cupertino Main Street Plaza, SomiSomi is a small, simple nook in a row of tall beige buildings that sells a mouthwatering treat known as taiyaki, an originally Japanese fish shaped waffle with a red bean filling. Welcoming mellow yellow letters sit far above the entrance...

10 things to look forward to in the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’

The final season of

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. on HBO. Since its debut in 2010, the show has accumulated one Golden Globe and 38 Emmy Awards, making it the most awarded show in Emmy Aw...

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

Bobby Strong, played by Mathew Mammen (12), leads a team of rebels in the first act's finale number in the musical

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

A gray backpack, markers, and other miscellaneous school supplies sit in the corner of upper school math teacher Bradley Stoll's classroom. The contents of each donated backpack usually vary depending on the items and quantity of items that are donated.

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

Charlotte Blanc (11) executed a stag leap with her arms out while performing a self choreographed jazz-contemporary piece for Hoscars. In just 14 acts and one hour, around 80 student performers sang, danced and magicked their way into the hearts and memories of the Harker community during Hoscars on March 8.

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

Director of Community Service Kerry Enzensperger and Alyssa Huang (11) position the posters. LIFE agreed to lend their bulletin board to the Appreciation Committee.

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

In lowercase serif font, Bone Kettle’s simple yet modern sign hangs in front of the restaurant. The eatery is located on 67 N Raymond Ave in Old Town Pasadena nearby the California Institute of Technology and the Metro Gold Line.

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

During the campus clean-up on Friday, Clarice Wang (9) put a piece of trash in a garbage bag held open by Abel Olivas, Spanish teacher and department head of Modern and Classical languages.

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...

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