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Humans of Harker: Find your inner artist

Humans of Harker: Find your inner artist

by Ritika Rajamani, TALON Photo Editor

January 22, 2020

With a paintbrush in her hand, Zara Vakath (12) stares decisively at the white canvas. After dipping her paintbrush into bright, textured oil paints, she lifts it up to the canvas. Without thinking, her hand flicks, leaving a smooth brushstroke of the bright paint on the canvas.  At the age of six,...

Humans of Harker: Bullseye

Humans of Harker: Bullseye

by Erica Cai, Humans of Harker Profiler

January 21, 2020

Ten concentric circles. Three slender arrows. One determined face.  Dressed in a red and black jersey, Lila Gorman (12) swiftly hooks an arrow onto her metallic blue bow. Her eyes focus on the foam target in front of her, the paint cracked and flaking from years of practice. She widens her stanc...

Humans of Harker: An intricate story

Humans of Harker: An intricate story

by Rachel Ning and Lavanya Subramanian

January 21, 2020

Brows knitted together with intensity as she moves her pen from line to line, a growing smile forms on Sofie Kassaras’s (12) face as she writes on her slightly worn notebook covered with different lines of tape. Pen rarely stopping, ideas are thrown on to the page as she thoughtfully constructs her...

Humans of Harker: Quirks and all

Humans of Harker: Quirks and all

by Erica Cai, Humans of Harker Profiler

January 17, 2020

Leaning against a wooden bench, he fiddles with the rubber band on his wrist, stretching it and letting it snap back as he ponders his answer to the question. An upperclassman passes by and calls out to him, and they fistbump each other in a series of handshakes as they exchange light-hearted banter. ...

Humans of Harker: Acting with confidence

Humans of Harker: Acting with confidence

by Isha Moorjani and Sally Zhu

January 15, 2020

Face animated and eyes bright with energy, Riva Saksena (12) chuckles as she recounts the events that occurred at one of the SDS productions last year. She describes the passion she had felt while performing, and how she accidentally spit water onto the stage when too immersed in her acting. Riva dr...

Humans of Harker: To lose control

Humans of Harker: To lose control

by Lucy Ge, Winged Post Asst. News Editor

January 14, 2020

The afternoon sunlight filters through tree branches, casting long shadows on the trails of the nature reserve. She slips on her running shoes, worn from use, and starts jogging, her black hair swishing behind her in a ponytail. By her side is a friend who keeps up with her pace. Step, step, step. The...

Humans of Harker: Breaking the bubble

Humans of Harker: Breaking the bubble

by Anoushka Buch, TALON Student Life Editor

January 14, 2020

Take a look at Charlotte Blanc (12). What do you see? Most of her peers at Harker see a poised, collected young woman with a mess of freckles and a dancer’s body: someone they’re used to seeing standing at the front of a line of performers at a rally or sinking into her splits on the stage of the ...

Humans of Harker: Adding color

Humans of Harker: Adding color

by Shreya Srinivasan, TALON Managing Editor and Business Manager

January 13, 2020

Laying a colorful striped blanket on the moist grass, Delaney Logue (12) sets her clear box of art supplies and her black headphones down before sitting down. She clicks the triangle-shaped icon on her phone and mellow music begins to block out the sound of the passing wind. With a small rectangular ...

Humans of Harker: Courage to question

Humans of Harker: Courage to question

by Nicole Tian, Co-Lifestyle Editor

January 13, 2020

Tucked beside a corner upstairs in Shah Hall sits the unassuming entrance to the Near Mitra Scholar Center with a sign on the door inviting those inquisitive students. Upon entering the room, the walls are stained with a hue of navy and decorated with frames of moments in history, from the photo of a...

Humans of Harker: Organized chaos

Humans of Harker: Organized chaos

by Varsha Rammohan, Co-Managing Editor

January 12, 2020

Dressed in a bright red Harker CTF sweatshirt and blue jeans, Bennett Liu (12) dumps out the contents of his backpack on the chilly Nichols Hall floor. Out tumbles a copy of V for Vendetta, a tangled pair of earphones and a pack of blue floral tape, to name a few.  Bennett’s wild assortment of objec...

Humans of Harker: Pushing limits

Humans of Harker: Pushing limits

by Aditya Singhvi, Co-Sports Editor

January 12, 2020

As he leans back on a couch in the Nichols Rotunda, one leg crossed over the other, a sparkle emerges in his eyes and his usually-deep voice reaches a pitch of child-like wonder, unable to contain his excitement. Mouth curving into an ecstatic smile, he motions with his hands as he blurts “It's also...

Humans of Harker: Lead and learn

Humans of Harker: Lead and learn

by Nilisha Baid, TALON Organizations, People and Social Media Editor

January 11, 2020

Freshmen and sophomores swarm to Ishaan Chandra (12) during DECA’s Silicon Valley Career Development Conference (SVCDC). Ranging from “Where’s the bathroom?” to questions about the event, they bombard him with questions. Armed with snacks and information about the event, Ishaan remains an is...

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