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The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

Humans of Harker: Illustrate to illuminate

Humans of Harker: Illustrate to illuminate

by Kairui Sun and Katelyn Zhao May 17, 2024

Cleats thunder on the turf, kicking up bits of grass and soggy soil. The harsh clash of plastic on plastic carries through the field. This is lacrosse: where Maryam Zehra (12) often spends her spring...

“I heard that life is not about finding out who you are, it’s about creating yourself. That’s really inspirational because I’ve been trying to figure out who I am. I was too easily influenced by everyone else, and I did a lot of things for other people. But this quote reminds me that ‘myself’ is not someone that I have to keep looking for. It’s someone that I can create. So when I do things for myself, I’m creating myself, Carol Song (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Underlying harmony

by Yifan Li, TALON Co-Conservatory Editor May 14, 2024

As calloused fingers press down on the guitar strings, the melody of a Shawn Mendes song floats through the air and creates a refuge of serenity. Immersed in her own world, Carol Song (12) sings along...

“I felt like track was more in my control and from track I learned the discipline of mind body connection and just pushing my body to its limits made me realize any mental stress I put on myself academically is just not worth it and it’s not in my control,” Anjali Yella (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Head up and headstrong

by Samaara Patil, Staff Reporter May 14, 2024

One breath in, one breath out. The work put in and the race plan created all led up to this final race. The gun cuts through the air with a loud boom indicating the start, and Anjali Yella (12) drives...

Humans of Harker: Dynamics of dance

Humans of Harker: Dynamics of dance

by Lily Peng and Katelyn Zhao May 14, 2024

The reverberating thrum of a snare drum, the tinkling strums of an electric guitar and the delicate cascade of a harp synthesize together — unfamiliar, unique chords that fill Kuga Pence's (12) imagination....

Humans of Harker: First impressions last

Humans of Harker: First impressions last

by Jeremy Peng, Co-Assistant Copy Editor May 14, 2024

Brindha Chandran (12) prefers notes from the strings of an instrument over words when communicating with others. What Brindha does not say, she creates and hopes to convey the richness that can exist...

“Ive always been interested in science, but chemistry in particular appeals to me because its one of the more intuitive subjects. In chemistry, you can design experiments and then witness stuff that you actually hope to see, Gautam Bhooma (12) said.

Humans of Harker: From ligands to languages

by Andrew Liang, Co-News Editor May 13, 2024

One moment Gautam Bhooma (12) is investigating how to separate the isomers of xylene, a widely-used industrial solvent and cleaning agent. The next moment, he is reading about Frederick the Great’s role...

“The glow that I am able to put in others and the way I am able to see people light up as a result of my efforts is so rewarding. Whether it is my guidance or my support for something, I love being able to help other people shine. There is this physical radiance that I can see in people when I know that they’re proud of themself or they know that they’re doing something that they love, and my ability to contribute to that is what makes it worth it, Shreeya Merchia (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Uncovering the unseen

by Janam Chahal, Co-Features Editor May 13, 2024

Passionate and persistent. Outgoing and optimistic. Creative and charming. Shreeya Merchia (12) approaches marketing, multimedia, mentorship and music with these qualities in mind, always aiming to support...

Humans of Harker: Pros and cons

Humans of Harker: Pros and cons

by Grant Yang, Co-Academics Editor May 13, 2024

A seventh grader tags along with a group of high schoolers, shy, nervous and unsure of how to approach conversation with them or how to ask a question out of fear of looking inexperienced. Ansh Sheth...

“I think like I said a bit helps with developing work ethic and also just because of the mental and physical commitment and helps with time management because like, really, I mean, like when you get back I mean, you have less time and youre more tired. So it is hard to do work but kind of helps you get organized so that youre able to get your work done, Adam Sayed (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Off to the races

by Connie Xu, TALON Reporter May 13, 2024

Ready. Set. Go! An air horn goes off, and the cross country race on September 16th finally begins. The blaring sound echoes in Adam Sayed (12)’s ears as he begins running, and adrenaline pumps through...

“I would love to be known as a friendly face on campus. Something that I worked on a lot in SDS was being not only their director, but also their friend. I tried to develop strong relationships with every single person in my cast. I try to take that into the Middle Eastern Student Association, choir, and just around campus in general, Sonya Apsey (12) said.

Humans of Harker: A voice for change

by Shareen Chahal, Co-Winged Post Managing Editor May 13, 2024

“And now, a moment of silence.”  Sonya Apsey’s (12) voice lingers in the now-hushed Zhang Athletic Center as students, teachers and administrators alike bow their heads in recognition of the...

“Drawing has definitely taught me that it doesnt have to be perfect to be good. I think that through my failures in art, Ive learned that just because it doesnt look how I imagined it or it didnt turn out how it was supposed to, that doesnt make it bad or worthless. It just makes it different. And I think that really helps with my flexibility. Especially at Harker, its hard to be so rigid because things often dont go your way, especially in classes, Phoebe Castle (12) said.

Humans of Harker: To the drawing board

by Jessica Hu, Co-News Editor May 8, 2024

Growing up speaking Mandarin in Singapore. Living in the suburbs of London. Bonding with Tom Cruise’s daughter at an elite school in New York. Meshing into the academic bustle of the Bay Area. To...

Humans of Harker: Catalyzing kicks and kindness

Humans of Harker: Catalyzing kicks and kindness

by Samuel Tong, Staff Reporter May 8, 2024

Fourth quarter. Fifteen yards to the endzone.  Ryan Barth (12) lines himself up in the perfect position to kick. He calms himself down and prepares to bring his team to victory. The deep breath,...

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