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Humans of Harker: Davis Howard plays with no fear under pressure

Humans of Harker: Davis Howard plays with no fear under pressure

by Gloria Guo, TALON Academics Editor

November 11, 2016


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Davis Howard (12) remembers everything about that one play. The sweat dribbling down his temples, the black helmet adorned with a glossy “H” perched on top of his head. Illuminated by the lights beaming down on the field, the 5-foot-9-inch offensive lineman hurtled towards the gap between two 300...

Humans of Harker: Andrew Rule and the personas we make

Humans of Harker: Andrew Rule and the personas we make

by Derek Yen, STEM Editor

November 9, 2016


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Andrew Rule, who writes short stories, is fascinated with the construction of characters. Andrew pursues his interest in writing in his free time, serving as a co-editor-in-chief of Harker’s Eclectic Literary Magazine (HELM). “Academically, [Andrew]’s very good at English,” Kai-Siang Ang (12), who has ...

Humans of Harker: Vedaad Shakib programs robots

Humans of Harker: Vedaad Shakib programs robots

by Ashley Jiang, Photo Editor

November 7, 2016


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Swiping his membership card over the sensor on the door into the TechShop, Vedaad Shakib (12), carrying his backpack on his back, steps into the brightly lit, equipment-filled workshop –– his second home, where he can finally isolate himself from the outside world and delve into an entirely diff...

Humans of Harker: Trisha Dwivedi values family

Humans of Harker: Trisha Dwivedi values family

by Meena Gudapati, Winged Post News Editor

November 5, 2016


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Every day, Trisha Dwivedi (12) wears earrings and a necklace from her parents, a turquoise beaded bracelet from her uncle and two rings from her grandmothers. Each with a different significance, these accessories remind her of her extended family. The second-youngest of 18 cousins on her father’s side, Trisha...

Humans of Harker: Kai Ang likes to challenge himself with complex math problems

Humans of Harker: Kai Ang likes to challenge himself with complex math problems

by Melissa Kwan, TALON Seniors Editor

October 31, 2016


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To Kai Ang (12), being “good” at math doesn’t necessarily mean finishing problems first. His level of expertise lies not in rote calculations or speed competitions, but in the most complex problems that challenge him even without a time limit. “I'm very bad at being super fast and being a human calculator...

Humans of Harker: Avi Khemani risks it for the biscuit

Humans of Harker: Avi Khemani risks it for the biscuit

by Vijay Bharadwaj, Aquila Opinion Editor

October 28, 2016


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Avi Khemani (12) has a routine before putting the golf ball. He kneels down and shuts one eye, spends 30 seconds meticulously lining up his shot, then strikes the ball with a gentle but powerful tap from his club. “Whenever I step out in the golf course, I force myself to focus and not let anyth...

Humans of Harker: Danny Reidenbach stays calm to get in the zone

Humans of Harker: Danny Reidenbach stays calm to get in the zone

by Michael Sikand, Social Media Editor

October 26, 2016


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While his football teammates yell and jostle each other to energize before the game, Danny Reidenbach (12) prefers to stand quietly off to the side, focusing inward. “I stay more quiet, I’m not into all the yelling, screaming and hype before a big game,” Danny said. “I just want to be quiet ...

Humans of Harker: Taylor Iantosca develops a liking for rowing

Humans of Harker: Taylor Iantosca develops a liking for rowing

by Megan Cardosi, TALON Sports Editor

October 26, 2016


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3:30 a.m. wake-up call, three times a week. Before sunrise, Taylor Iantosca (12) has driven the 20 minutes to Palo Alto and is already out on the water, squeezing in a rowing practice before school. “Most clubs either practice late at night or early in the morning, so the water’s pretty smooth,...

Humans of Harker: Jordan Goheen bonds with his father through bikram

Humans of Harker: Jordan Goheen bonds with his father through bikram

by Julia Huang, TALON Organizations Editor

October 24, 2016


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104 degrees Fahrenheit. 40 percent humidity. Jordan Goheen has practiced hot yoga, or bikram, every summer with his father ever since the seventh grade. Initially, they started this activity to support his father’s friend who opened the studio. “We went one summer, and we were not ready at all,” Jordan s...

Humans of Harker: Parth Pendurkar develops a love for exploring

Humans of Harker: Parth Pendurkar develops a love for exploring

by Eleanor Xiao, TALON Student Life Editor

October 19, 2016


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Earphones in and hands gripping the bike handles, Parth Pendurkar (12) begins his ritual night-time bike ride around his neighborhood in the Los Gatos Hills, surrounded only by the fresh summer breeze and rows of houses and cars on either side. Fascinated by the discoveries he made about the very area whe...

Humans of Harker: Noor Singh loves travel and dance

Humans of Harker: Noor Singh loves travel and dance

by Jenna Sadhu, Reporter

October 17, 2016


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Unlike most teenagers who cherish sleeping in, Noor prefers to wake up early and watch sunrises with her friends or working out. “I’m such a morning person,” she said. “I’m up at 6 a.m. no matter what.” Her active personality motivated her to pursue hiking and run marathons with h...

Humans of Harker: Venkat Sankar hikes to surround himself with nature

Humans of Harker: Venkat Sankar hikes to surround himself with nature

by Sharon Yan, Student Life Editor

October 14, 2016


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Immersed in nature’s serenity, Venkat Sankar (12) relishes the feeling of independence when out on a hiking trail by himself. Surrounded by nothing but wildlife and the outdoors, he frequently takes pleasure in spotting bobcats, coyotes, grey foxes, elk, bald eagles and other small mammals. “...

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