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Humans of Harker: Tennis and technology

“Even though we all grew up in the Silicon Valley, we're not all destined to go to do the same thing. We don't have to become the next Steve Jobs just because we grew up here. We could be the next philosopher, a great historian or anything we want to be,” Joshua Zhou (12) said.

by Catherine Feng, Asst. Copy Editor

March 23, 2020

Walking through the lobby of the Tech Interactive, previously known as the Tech Museum, Joshua Zhou (12) points at an exhibit below, explaining his job there as a volunteer. As he travels further down the lobby, he animatedly gestures toward an exhibit on the floor above. Reaching the entrance to the di...

Humans of Harker: Opting into optimism

“If everyone does these small things, on a massive scale it’s going to have a massive effect. I’m optimistic that every action I take, even if it is really small, can have a larger impact,” Rashmi Iyer (12) said. 

by Tina Xu, TALON Reporter

March 23, 2020

Strolling through the Manzanita cafeteria doors with a confident smile and a half-emptied box of cake, Rashmi Iyer (12) turns and waves cheerfully. Between the dessert and her warmhearted demeanor, she has an affinity for the sweeter things in life. She always looks forward to baking with her friends and ...

Humans of Harker: Distinctive individuality

“The east coast was very different from here. I kind of just [had to] adapt. I’m proud that I didn't succumb to the normality here and just stay[ed] true to who I am. I think I'm individual in a few ways, and I think if I had lost that when I came here, I would have just blended in,” Jack Connors (12) said.

by Jasleen Hansra, TALON Reporter

March 19, 2020

Standing by the couches in Shah Hall, Jack Connors (12), clad in light blue jeans and a white hoodie, prepares to catch a football from his friend on the other side of the hallway. As the ball flies towards him, he jumps up to catch it, hand stretched high above his head. Landing back on the ground, a h...

Humans of Harker: Code over words

“I want to combine programming and biology – I want to use computer science to create better tools for disease diagnosis. The research I did was specifically on neurodegeneration and Alzheimer’s. I want to do something with my skills to help other people,” Matthew Jin (12) said. 

by Sally Zhu, Reporter

March 18, 2020

Matthew Jin (12) can be found in the corners of the school campus, furiously typing away on his laptop as he programs a computational model for Alzheimer’s. He concentrates deeply, not needing to communicate with other human beings – only his computer. Matthew’s world of numbers and lines of c...

Humans of Harker: Leading through example

“I was proud that I was named captain and that the coaches had faith in me about my leadership abilities. It sort of gave me a little bit more confidence – that I am actually contributing to the team and leading them,” Sahil Gosain (12) said.

by Saurav Tewari, Sports Reporter

March 18, 2020

The after school bell rings, signaling the end of another school day. For many, it means spending time with friends before going home. However, Sahil Gosain (12), wearing a water polo jacket and track pants, quickly makes his way to the Singh Aquatic Center to help set up for the next water polo game...

Humans of Harker: A flair of aesthetic

by Arushi Saxena, Winged Post News Editor

March 17, 2020

Sitting poised at a table behind Manzanita, Mahi Kolla (12) dispels her business knowledge to her two DECA mentees, compiling her years of experience in short tidbits of wisdom. Mahi’s obvious business prowess shines through her advice, her powerful gestures and crisp diction perfectly suited to be ...

Humans of Harker: Living in motion

“Softball taught me so many things – how to be patient with myself, how to be resilient and most of all how to create these immensely strong bonds with my teammates. Coaching kids almost came naturally to me just due to how much I loved the sport and how much I wanted to share my passion with other people,” Arushi Nety (12) said.

by Varsha Rammohan, Managing Editor

March 17, 2020

Her black Puma sneakers tapping rhythmically on the bench, her long fingers fiddling around with one another and her hair waving back and forth in its ponytail. Arushi Nety (12) lives in motion.  As a six-year old, Arushi could not stop moving. Noticing her active nature, her parents signed her up...

Humans of Harker: Wandering, wondering and waiting

“If you can take the time to isolate yourself from a current time and place and objectively judge yourself [by asking] yourself questions, then you can ultimately be on this constantly pivoting mind where you put yourself forth and you embrace this idea of uncertainty. You find yourself in really rewarding and really fulfilling places where you meet new people and try new things,” Bryan Wang (12) said. 

by Lauren Liu, Reporter

March 13, 2020

There’s a theoretical and observational side to everything – and Bryan Wang’s (12) hobbies are no exception. From being co-president of Programming club to conducting research at University of California at Santa Cruz to playing the saxophone in his band The Jazz Factor, Bryan’s interests rev...

Humans of Harker: Bouncing on balloons

“Especially at Harker, where the academic pressure is very high, I think humor is a very good way to help both my friends and me destress ourselves. In fact, making others laugh gives me a sense of satisfaction, that I've done something good in the lives of others,” Emma Li (12) said. 

by Sally Zhu, Reporter

March 13, 2020

Friends wave to Emma Li (12) as she walks to her car, smiling, at the end of the school day. Wearing her green Harker Athletics jacket, she reaches through the back window of her car to say hello to her dog, Haruto, before responding to all those calling her name. Students show her new memes and videos o...

Humans of Harker: Effervescent economics

“[Game theory] showed me how there’s so many consequences of doing some action. For example, moral hazard and the concept of people offloading their risk. It’s so interesting to me how all these different people can be interconnected in their decisions. And I just think it’s allowed me to think about my decisions better,” Vishnu Jaisim (12) said.

by Athreya Daniel and Saahil Thoppay

March 12, 2020

At the lunch tables outside Manzanita Hall, Vishnu Jaisim (12) grabs his polished fork and waves it side-to-side in the air, hands moving energetically and animatedly as he crisply and clearly articulates his opinion. He pauses, allowing his friend to respond to his point, then slowly nods, already formu...

Humans of Harker: Kicking for a cause

“A lot of people … don’t have the same opportunities that I’ve been given as I’ve grown up, so I feel like my ability to sort of help them and give them some of the opportunities that I’ve had is special to me. I think that playing soccer is just a good way for everyone to destress, be active, interact with other people, make friends and just have a good time,” Darshan Chahal (12) said.

by Eric Fang, Winged Post Editor-in-Chief

March 12, 2020

Darshan Chahal (12) races down the field, expertly dribbling a soccer ball between his feet before being blocked by an opponent. With one quick feint to the right, Darshan kicks the ball left to his waiting teammate.  Darshan started playing soccer when he was only three years old. Since then, h...

Humans of Harker: Playing with a smile

“School and volleyball are really the same thing … they’re parallel. When you’re down in volleyball, you have to keep on going, just like in your studies. I think now I’m doing an excellent job of balancing my three aspects of life: activities, social life and sleep,” Liam Bakar (12) said.

by Brian Chen and Nicholas Wei

March 11, 2020

At the center of the court, knees slightly bent, Liam Bakar (12) focuses his eyes upon the opposing team. The whistle blows, and the ball soars over the net. A tightly organized network of bodies move and leap with coordination and control. At the center of attention is the ball. Pass. Set. Slam. The ...

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