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Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

I like to see how much I’ve grown. I’m proud to say that the Charmander on my screen became a real sketch; and maybe someday I can create a game that inspires someone like it did for me, Carlo Banzon (23) said.

Humans of Harker: Sketches from a screen

by Ananya Sriram, Winged Post Co-Managing Editor June 1, 2023

Minecraft. Pokémon. Fortnite. To many, these names simply embody entertainment. Yet, to Carlo Banzon ('23), these video games, along with the many others he plays, are carefully curated pieces of design...

Even though high school can be daunting at Harker, don’t be afraid, and go out and do what you want to do. I was scared to try things at first: I didn’t try out for the DECA leadership team, I didn’t play football, and I didn’t hang out with the people that I wanted to hang out with. There’s a lot of things that I didn’t do because I was scared, and it took a pandemic for that to change for me. Don’t make that mistake. If you fall down, you’ll be able to get yourself back up, Rohan Gorti (23) said.

Humans of Harker: ‘Tuff’ness in a touchdown

by Ananya Sriram, Winged Post Co-Managing Editor May 30, 2023

36 seconds. While the timespan is short, in football, a game of clever coordination and tight timing, every moment matters. As the clock ticked down the final moments of the first half during the 2022...

I was running through some of my lessons with my teachers, and I asked them, When does somebody stop taking lessons? When will somebody stop trying to explore music? They responded, When it stops being fun, Vishal Rohra (23) said.

Humans of Harker: Composed of compassion

by Andrew Liang, Aryana Bharali May 29, 2023

The soulful sound of Vishal Rohra’s ('23) saxophone reverberates throughout the dimly lit auditorium. His fingers glide effortlessly along the golden keys, mesmerizing the audience with his melodic grace...

“My favorite part of computer science is having the ability to create solutions. Computer science is a very complicated subject, so trying to navigate and combine concepts to create solutions. Computer science taught me how to learn on my own or find solutions on my own because its very complex,” Benjamin Tian (23) said.

Humans of Harker: Tides of curiosity

by Lindsey Tuckey, TALON Co-Conservatory Editor May 28, 2023

In the ocean’s depths, the eerie glow emanating from bioluminescent creatures remains the only respite from total darkness. Despite the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench extending seven miles below...

In a way, music is a second language for me. When I sit down at the piano, or when I’m performing, I get a sense of comfort, because at that moment, I don’t need to do anything. The music does it for me, and that’s what makes it all worth it, Hita Thota (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Symphonic storytelling

by Katelyn Zhao and Chayce Milheim May 18, 2023

Taking a deep breath in, Hita Thota (12) trains her eyes on the black and white music sheet in front of her and focuses on the first note. Closing her eyes, she begins to guide the violin bow across the...

“Journalism really helped me with people skills. I [also] got to take photos and meet a lot of my closest friends in journalism that I dont think we would have otherwise. Photographing and capturing a lot of peoples memories and being able to provide people with those pictures feels super special,” Smrithi Sambamurthy  (12) said.

Humans of Harker: A designer’s eye

by Brandon Zau, Photo Editor May 18, 2023

As Smrithi Sambamurthy (12) stepped onto a flight headed to Pittsburgh, a wave of uncertainty occupied her mind. Smrithi’s first time traveling alone, the experience filled her with anticipation. But...

“When you learn how to learn, its not only in athletics, not only in school, not only in your social life: it applies to everything because its the process of learning how to learn and figuring out how you learn. You learn when youre intentional about the work that you do, when you put effort into the work and are mindful about doing the right things, Sydney Adler (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Splash of spirit

by Olivia Xu and Angelina Burrows May 17, 2023

“Eagles on three. One, two, three. Eagles!” Sydney Adler (12) huddles with her team, rallying her teammates as they prepare for the start of another game. It’s Sydney’s last home game, and the...

“All the people knew each other already and from my perspective, they were all friends. So I got to make friends with people I would have never talked to otherwise. I got to know them outside of the journalism classroom, and that strengthened our bond,” Katie Wang (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Leap of faith

by Chayce Milheim and Sidak Sanghari May 16, 2023

Breathe in. Ten meters, 32 feet. Two flips and one full twist, accelerating from zero to 35 miles per hour in just one second. Breathe out. Katie Wang (12) jumps from the diving board before fear can...

To me, water polo feels like an escape from schoolwork. That facet of it inspires me to play even more and improve. School’s pretty stressful, so at the end of the day, it’s nice to get out there with my friends and play together for a couple hours. The water serves as my de-stress zone, Andrew Reed (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Making a splash

by Katie Reed, TALON Business and PDA Manager May 15, 2023

As the bright golden ball falls into the open palm of Andrew Reed (12), the crowd watches in anticipation. Drowning out the shouts of his teammates, Andrew tenses his arm in preparation to shoot the ball....

My parents told me, You can’t change anything about yourself. Despite how good it feels when people enjoy what I make, I don’t want to trap myself in the mindset of depending on others for validation. I have to accept who I am, Sonya He (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Coloring in the gaps

by Alison Yang, Co-A&E Editor May 15, 2023

To create is peculiar. In one sense, everything is simply an amalgamation of past materials and experiences, and nothing is ever truly new. But by infusing narrative and intention, one can distinguish...

I expect the rocket to break on the first try. But with projects like these, the final test is just something at the end you do to see if it works. The main takeaway is the experience of building it. If it lands, that’s wonderful, but if it doesn’t, everything I’ve learned from the project is still there, Grant Sims (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Engineering dreams

by Andrew Liang, Co-News Editor May 13, 2023

Launching rovers to Mars is always a tense process for NASA, and some of the most critical moments are those just before the rover touches down. When NASA sends the rover its last commands before landing,...

“When I’m in despair and anguish, I’ll make something really jarring. My work goes like that. Based off of how I’m feeling, I put that in my work. Art in general expresses who we are because it’s everyone’s art, your art, my art, Shreya Balakrishnan (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Essence of expression

by Angelina Burrows, TALON Co-Sports Editor May 11, 2023

As you walk into Shreya Balakrishnan's (12) AP Art Exhibit, the striking images on display jump off the walls and come to life. From dissociation to body dysmorphia, Shreya takes their audience on a journey...

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