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Humans of Harker: Mallory Millard cares about human connection

Humans of Harker: Mallory Millard cares about human connection

by Farah Hosseini, Reporter

November 16, 2017


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To Mallory Millard (12), human interaction is an art form. She photographs people, but with an unusual twist—she obscures her subjects’ faces. In doing so, she hopes to draw the viewer’s attention towards a subtler form of human expression: body language. “When you see a picture of somebody and a ...

Humans of Harker: Dominic Cea puts in work behind the scenes

Humans of Harker: Dominic Cea puts in work behind the scenes

by Eric Fang, Global Editor

November 15, 2017


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Dominic Cea (12) wakes up at 6:00 a.m. every morning with a singular goal: college football. At 6:15 a.m., he runs half a mile around his nearby Silver Leaf Park. Just prior to going to bed, he performs 50 push-ups and 50 sit-ups. “Football’s pretty much the biggest part of my life,” he said. “Every morning,...

Humans of Harker: Ananya Krishnan keeps a global perspective

Humans of Harker: Ananya Krishnan keeps a global perspective

by Arya Maheshwari, Reporter

November 14, 2017


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Incoming freshmen have a choice of courses to fill their Extra Period Option. Some choose dance; others choose Bel Canto; others choose a free period. Ananya Krishnan (12) chose Principles of Business and Entrepreneurship. “It kind of startled me how much business is involved in everyone's life,...

Humans of Harker: Adriano Hernandez tinkers with electronics

Humans of Harker: Adriano Hernandez tinkers with electronics

by Sara Yen, Reporter

November 13, 2017


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A pattering of clicks from typing away at his keyboard fills the atmosphere. Line after line of code, each for its own function, materializes on his laptop screen. Adriano Hernandez (12) loves to build things, and has dedicated much of his free time to programming. In sixth grade, he started to cr...

Humans of Harker: Anthony Contreras channels his mother’s strength

Humans of Harker: Anthony Contreras channels his mother’s strength

by Gloria Zhang, Aquila Asst. Features Editor

November 10, 2017


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“He’s my son. He’s a funny boy. He likes to compete. When he is committed to something, he tries his best. Sometimes he’s quiet. Sometimes he’s not.” Anthony Contreras’ (12) mother, Aida Mendivil—tongue-tied—scrambles to perfectly describe her son. Most seniors know Anthony as an athlete...

Humans of Harker: Nirban Bhatia reflects on “grit”

Humans of Harker: Nirban Bhatia reflects on “grit”

by Varsha Rammohan, Reporter

November 9, 2017


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Nirban Bhatia (12) sits on the steps of Shah patio, his sky blue turban standing out in the sea of dark attire. “I guess generally I’m the one person who will stand out in a crowd, and that is because of my identity,” he said. “I’m not afraid of that—that just propels me forward everyday...

Humans of Harker: Karina Butani combats her commute with conversation

Humans of Harker: Karina Butani combats her commute with conversation

by Kaidi Dai, Reporter

November 8, 2017


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Despite her 5’9’’ stature, Karina Butani (12) maintains a low profile at Harker. She lives in Pleasanton and spends three hours in the car on an average day, making it difficult to spend time with her friends and peers from San Jose. “In Pleasanton, it’s easier for me to meet people,” she sa...

Humans of Harker: Matthew Lee finds meaning in contradiction

Humans of Harker: Matthew Lee finds meaning in contradiction

by Irina Malyugina, Reporter

November 7, 2017


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Matthew Lee (12) speaks softly, but his words carry weight. Whether delivering a wry comment during Modern International Affairs or writing for his Near research paper, he phrases his sentences with care. “Basically, all words are meant to be said aloud,” he said. “That’s the nature of dict...

Humans of Harker: Neelesh Ramachandran seeks to understand

Humans of Harker: Neelesh Ramachandran seeks to understand

by Saloni Shah, Reporter

November 6, 2017


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The book sits on a table; the table exerts a normal force on the book. You remove the book from the table; the table relaxes that force in proportion to the speed of your motion. In elementary school, Neelesh Ramachandran (12) stared at the configuration, wondering how the inanimate objects could kno...

Humans of Harker: Olivia Long balances old and new

Humans of Harker: Olivia Long balances old and new

by Krishna Bheda, Columnist

November 3, 2017


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As a gymnast since age two, Olivia Long (12) loves the feeling of flying. “It's just so free,” she said. “I know I'm in control, and it's so fun. When I tumble, I can get so high in the air. I can jump so high and I don't know, there’s just something exhilarating about it.” After devo...

Humans of Harker: Abha Patkar prioritizes her friendships

Humans of Harker: Abha Patkar prioritizes her friendships

by Jenna Sadhu, Aquila Broadcast & Multimedia Editor

November 2, 2017


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Few people know about Abha Patkar’s (12) community service accolades—a Red Cross “Youth of the Year” Award and a Fisher House Challenge prize, to name two—because she chooses not to broadcast her accomplishments. Instead, she hopes to be remembered for her genuine personality. “I want peopl...

Humans of Harker: Gracean Linthacum-Janker dances to her own rhythm

Humans of Harker: Gracean Linthacum-Janker dances to her own rhythm

by Nicole Chen, Aquila Features Editor

November 1, 2017


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Gracean Linthacum-Janker (12) remembers the moment—the blinding lights casting her figure in a silhouette, her heart beating nervously as she waited for the music to begin. But when she heard the first few notes of the song and her body started moving to the music, everything felt right. Gracean started ...

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