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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

Being able to have a physical product from my art kind of gives it a sense of permanence, Ashley Ruan (12) said. Its something I can give to my family and my friends as a gift, and I feel like it feels more personal because its something that, I guess reminds them of either me or just my art.

Humans of Harker: From figure skater to figure creator

by Sally Zhu, Co-Editor in Chief November 29, 2022

Ashley Ruan (12): I started skating when I was five or six, after my first lesson. I mean, it was hard, but it was really fun. So I guess I just continued skating since I really enjoyed the feeling...

“Singing is a catharsis for me. When I sing, I’m able to bond with the people I sing with, and I’m able to forget about the daily stresses of everything. At school, I don’t think I’ve felt more free than when I’m singing. It’s the way I express myself: sing with friends and have fun, Anthony Zhao (12) said.

Humans of Harker: From chorus to course

by Vika Gautham, Assistant Features Editor November 8, 2022

Anthony Zhao (12) recalls the joyful tune of “Deck the Halls” as Downbeat sang in front of Pier 31 for their annual holiday tour, the music flowing through the numbing air. Smiling brightly, he sang...

“I enjoy the little things like memorizing the conjugations of a word or following a cell through its way of life. I feel like a lot of people might find it challenging or boring, but I have fun, Michelle Dorfman (12) said.

Humans of Harker: It’s all in the details

by Margaret Cartee, Opinions Editor November 8, 2022

Though biology and language courses are seemingly disparate disciplines, one based on STEM and the other on humanities, they actually share more similarities than what meets the eye. Both subjects require...

“[High school is] finite but not finite. Its finite in the sense that its going to eventually end. If you realize the finiteness of it, you learn to value the experiences you gain from it more, but its somewhat infinite too because the influences you gain from high school and the experiences of your high school journey are not over once you graduate high school, Austina Xu (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Expressing the infinite through the finite

by Isha Moorjani, Co-Editor-in-Chief October 31, 2022

Splashes of blue spiral with swirls of green, sharing a pas de deux on a glossy glass canvas as they effortlessly stream out of a thin paintbrush. This nebula of paint and color, expanding and spreading...

“I never thought that I would be involved in so many things. I just thought it would not be possible. I thought that even if I did, I would be completely miserable. But right now, Im extremely happy: Ive just been enjoying my life, while also being involved in activities that make me truly happy, Krish Maniar (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Taking kicks and taking risks

by Gemma Chan, Reporter October 23, 2022

The game clock ticks down to its last seconds. The championship game and 2015 Morgan Hill District Cup title now rely on Krish Maniar (12). He secures the soccer ball between his feet and kicks it straight...

“The amount of work that went into crafting fantasy worlds makes reading about them an enjoyable experience. Even though its fictional, there is still reason for it and a sense of understanding. There has been a lot of meticulous world-building and in-depth characters, Ethan Joseph (12) said.

Humans of Harker: In between pages

by Saahil Herrero, Reporter October 20, 2022

Some people think of reading as a pastime. Others consider it a requirement for certain classes. Before his sophomore year, Ethan Joseph (12) was part of the latter group. However, during the pandemic,...

“With programming, after working for a while, I could see my entire project come to life. Everything happened at once. Once I could see it all happening, it was just a big sense of accomplishment that I couldnt really find anywhere else, Saahil Thoppay (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Archives and algorithms

by Ella Yee, Co-News Editor October 19, 2022

A symphony of clattering keyboards echoes through the room, punctuated by occasional friendly banter. A group of students sit in a row facing their laptops, each with their eyes glued to the screen in...

“The thing that keeps me inspired is the gratification I get when I see a girl whos never learned programming before become so excited about it and continue it. The fact that I can inspire someone to that level keeps me going, Amiya Chokhawala (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Planting seeds of care

by Sarah Mohammed, Winged Post Co-Editor-in-Chief October 9, 2022

Amiya Chokhawala (12) keeps her eyes open. Curious about the world, attentive to the planet and sensitive about others’ feelings, she identifies as honest, creative and empathetic. If she sees a person...

“A lot of the connections and people I’ve met in journalism have inspired me to take actions in my community and improve how I should be as a person. For example, TALON has taught me a lot about how to be a leader in the real world: a big part of leadership is just being patient, trusting your staff and remembering that everyone is working hard and doing their best to put their full effort in, Lavanya Subramanian (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Our moments captured

by Sabrina Zhu, Winged Post Co-Editor-in-Chief October 7, 2022

A giggle, and snap! A moment of friendship, love and laughter, captured with perfect aperture and lighting through the lens of a Nikon DSLR. It’s a beautiful scene, caught and suspended in time forever.  Lavanya...

“A lot of things that I’ve done, I’ve done because of the fact that it was new. The process of just picking up something new and learning is so rewarding, Johnny Kuehnis (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Diving into community

by Katerina Matta, Reporter October 5, 2022

The other side crushes the ball. It hurdles to the middle of the court, directly between Johnny Kuehnis (12) — then a sophomore pushing to make varsity — and an experienced upperclassman defender....

“I want to be a person whos willing to foster innovation and change and have an impact on intellectual curiosity and exploration. Through the investment club, through doing research and through mentoring other kids, I want to stimulate creativity,” Armaan Thakker (12) said.

Humans of Harker: On the fast track

by Lakshmi Mulgund, TALON Co-Editor-in-Chief October 4, 2022

Maybe you’ve seen him walking through the halls with his colorful hoodies and eccentric shoes, cracking a smile while talking to friends. Perhaps you’ve heard his name come up in Eagle Updates during...

“With math research, you really dont know if what youre doing is possible or how simple or how difficult it can be. It taught me a lot about doing small steps and being appreciative of smaller successes I had in my research,” Sally Zhu (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Deciphering the equations of life

by Lavanya Subramanian, TALON Co-Editor-in-Chief October 2, 2022

Imagine you’re on a game show. You have three doors in front of you: behind two of them are goats, and behind the third is a car. The host tells you to choose a door, and you point to the first one....

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