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Humans of Harker: Isabella Spradlin gleans insight from sisterhood

“I can be serious, and I care a lot about a lot of things, but I also just like having fun and people feeling comfortable being their true selves,” Isabella Spradlin (12) said. “You don't have to be one-sided — you can have different sides of your personality, and different moods.”

by Melissa Kwan, Humans of Harker managing editor

July 15, 2018

A sense of humor can be “droll” or “witty,” “dry” or “tongue-in-cheek” ; each word carries a slightly different meaning. “Goofy” is Isabella Spradlin’s (12) descriptor of choice. “I feel like ‘goofy’ means that sometimes you have to be okay with people laughing at you i...

Humans of Harker: Rahul Mehta befriends others through banter

“This is like a melting pot of Cupertino, Lynbrook, Saratoga, some people from De Anza, so you meet all kinds of people,” Rahul Mehta (12) said. “Half the time I’m not even playing with my friends, so I’m playing with random people. You start off in the beginning a bit wary of each other, and then by end you’re playing like they’re your friends. It’s kind of gradual. Like after a really cool play, you’ll high five each other, and that’s how it all begins.”

by Melissa Kwan, Humans of Harker managing editor

June 24, 2018

“Let me tell you, that guy knew he was a natural charmer,” Preeya Mehta (‘14) said of her brother Rahul Mehta (12) in his childhood years. She and Rahul are standing by the counter at the bustling Philz Coffee on Main Street, waiting to place their orders. Preeya leans conspiratorially towards...

Humans of Harker Video: Tiffany Shou pushes her limits in the weight room

by Sydney Takemoto, Reporter

June 21, 2018

This is the eighth installment of the Humans of Harker 2018 video series. Through this project, the Harker journalism program aims to tell the story of the senior class, one profile at a time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoLqvlyQjGY

Humans of Harker: Sparsh Chauhan takes pride in his work

“First, I start at my house,” Sparsh Chauhan (12) said. “Then, I turn on Saratoga, and it’s always crowded with traffic and stuff. That’s when I’m setting the music, checking the tire pressure, the gas. After downtown, the road gets smooth, which is when I put the windows down. I go all the way down until there’s a dip and then I go back. Even when I have stuff to do, I drive that same route every day. I don’t have to take directions. I know all the traffic times; I know exactly where I’m going.”

by Zachary Hoffman and Melissa Kwan

June 20, 2018

Like many seniors, Sparsh Chauhan (12) got his license sophomore year. But unlike many seniors, he views cars as more than a mode of transportation. “I strongly believe that when people drive, it represents them in a way,” Sparsh said. “I feel like my car is a big part of me.” Through hours...

Humans of Harker: Angel Cervantes chases his goals

“My slogan is ‘slow feet, don’t eat, and I’m hungry.’ You need to run fast to get where you are–you aren't going to get those championships if you aren't fast,” Angel Cervantes (12) said. “I want to do well in school on my tests and in track and win championships for my team. I live by that, [and] I can do that anywhere: in the classroom or on the field.”

by Nicole Chen and Julia Amick

June 16, 2018

For everything Angel Cervantes (12) does, he looks to the future for inspiration and motivation. And the harder his goals are to achieve, the better. “I do [everything] because I have a goal in mind. It doesn't bother me that my goals are really high. The higher they are, the harder I have to wo...

Humans of Harker: Maxwell Woehrmann acts incisively

“Even when it's the 15th time you've done the scene, it's still a new experience and there're still new things to be discovered,” Maxwell Woehrmann (12) said. “You can always strive for better during rehearsal and finally when it comes to the show, just a seconds before I go on stage. That's why I do theater, it's for the seconds before I go on stage because I feel very alive. You're so aware. You're full of adrenaline. Your fight or flight response is kicking in, and you're about to go on stage and cannot forget your lines. It's very intense and I've learned to kind of crave the anxiety that comes with performing.”

by Laura Wu and Kathy Fang

June 13, 2018

Among his friends, Maxwell Woehrmann (12) is known for his mischievous personality and clever sense of humor, but once he steps into the rehearsal room, his demeanor shifts completely. He channels his characteristic playful energy into diligent focus, and he adopts a more reserved manner of behavior, co...

Humans of Harker: Aadith Srinivasan leads silently

by Andrew Chang, TALON Organizations Editor

June 12, 2018

Aadith Srinivasan (12) spends his summer days suited up in his classic Harker Eagles speedo by the Harker or Los Gatos pool, playing water polo. "If I could describe water polo in one word, I would say it's tough,” he said. “From early morning conditioning to summer practices in the blazing heat to ...

Humans of Harker: Raveena Panja synthesizes art and video games

by Sydney Takemoto and Melissa Kwan

June 10, 2018

Harker, some say, is a very STEM-focused school. But despite the push to pursue science, Raveena Panja (12) found herself pulled towards art. “I was surrounded by a lot of people that didn’t quite understand why I wanted to do art in spite of going to a very STEM school,” she said. “I think...

Humans of Harker: James Pauli draws strength from faith and family

“I value my whole family. Cousins, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters, we all haven’t been financially stable,” James Pauli (12) said. “Thinking of my family keeps me going. They make me want to be a better person. They give me the motivation to be successful.”

by Cameron Zell and Kathy Fang

June 10, 2018

To James Pauli (12), football is so much more than a game or even a sport. Not only is it a family tradition, but it also offers him the opportunity to define himself. “I came to this school not knowing if there was going to be a football program, but after playing football for this school for ...

Humans of Harker: Akshaya Vemuri retains elements of tradition in her friendships

“Most of our entire friend group played basketball in middle school,” Akshaya Vemuri (12) said. “And on one bus ride, we wanted to come up with names for each other that were related to a family. Everyone has their unique identity in the group, and we kind of use their nickname to identify them. [Meena Gudapati (12)]  was just writing down a ton of nicknames for me, and she started calling me ‘Akla’ after ‘baklava’ and just shortened it.”

by Anika Rajamani, Reporter

June 9, 2018

Born four weeks premature, Akshaya Vemuri (12) has always been considered small for her age, but this never stopped her from pursuing her athletic goals. She initially played varsity basketball her freshman year before deciding to pursue cross country. Through the past three years, Akshaya has...

Humans of Harker: Eric Tran carries over lessons from summer camp

by Krishna Bheda, Reporter

June 8, 2018

Every summer, Eric Tran (12) can be found leading kids through games of Capture the Flag and running through sprinklers at the Harker Summer Camp. It’s not only the place where he works, but also the place where he grew up. “I came to summer camp the summer before kindergarten. Meeting these new ...

Humans of Harker: Krishna Bheda draws inspiration from role models

by Sahana Srinivasan, Winged Post Editor-in-Chief

June 6, 2018

Krishna Bheda (12) has many role models. Arguably the person who most influenced her value system is her mother. For her personality, it’s her sister. For her love of music, her sister and Cantilena conductor and vocal music teacher Susan Nace. “I definitely got my values from my mom. My mom has...

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