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Humans of Harker: Home away from home

Humans of Harker: Home away from home

by Andrew Chang, TALON Sports Editor

October 12, 2018


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The words that Lizhi “Nemo” Yang (12) remembers hearing from his dad when Nemo moved to America alone four years ago have stuck with him: “The harder you work, the luckier you will get.” Nemo’s life differs from most others; he moved to a new country by himself after his middle school years, leavin...

Humans of Harker: Creating character

Humans of Harker: Creating character

by Delaney Logue, TALON Photo Editor

October 11, 2018


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A bright red head amongst a crowd of black, brown and blonde-haired people, Hannah Eckert stands out in stark contrast from her surroundings, her dark clothes creating a striking juxtaposition. Spending 30 minutes with an XL Ziploc Bag full of red hair dye on her head, she made the spur-of-the-moment...

Humans of Harker: Beyond the labels

Humans of Harker: Beyond the labels

by Sara Yen, Asst. Features Editor

October 10, 2018


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Poised and graceful, Constance Horng (12) nods over her bow, signaling the other players in the quartet to start, as she smoothly glides her bow across the strings of her violin, releasing a clear, precise note that rings out into the quad, capturing the attention of the audience for the duration of...

Humans of Harker: The frontier of kindness

Humans of Harker: The frontier of kindness

by Emily Chen, TALON Co-Academics Editor

October 9, 2018


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Whether it’s her bright and bubbly personality shining through at Interact Club meetings, her enthusiastic smile radiating across the field when cheering or her selflessness in caring for others, Stephanie Xiao (12) never fails to make an impression. You can always find Stephanie standing on the...

Humans of Harker: Making a sound purchase

Humans of Harker: Making a sound purchase

by Laura Wu, TALON Co-People and Seniors Editor

October 8, 2018


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As the needle scratches to find its groove, a slight static noise fills Streetlight Records, a music store in Willow Glen, before the needle falls into place and the music starts to play. Long rows of shelves cross the room, filled with different types of electronics from records to DVDs to Gameboy games....

Humans of Harker: Where patience meets grit

Humans of Harker: Where patience meets grit

by Saloni Shah, Asst. Humans of Harker Editor and Columnist

October 6, 2018


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Gazing intently at his computer screen, you will find him lost in deep thought about the simulations running for his research project. Quiet, reserved, and a man of few words, senior Ayush Pancholy’s modest demeanor may be the Ayush that many fellow seniors have known for the past four years, but Ashwin...

Humans of Harker: Eagles up and walls down

Humans of Harker: Eagles up and walls down

by Katherine Zhang, Editor-in-chief

October 4, 2018


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"Put. Your. Eagles….. UUUUUUUPPP!" We’ve all seen him: springing from one side of the gym to another at school meeting, his face contorted in an effort to achieve a sound that will carry across a sea of 800 students, Matthew Hajjar (12) breathes a new kind of life into each syllable. Whether...

Humans of Harker: Channeling life through beats

Humans of Harker: Channeling life through beats

by Anjay Saklecha, Senior Copy Editor

October 3, 2018


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If you hear a rhythm, you may see Jerry Peng (12) nearby, tapping out the tempo with his heel. His mind focused, eyes closed and head nodding synchronously with his foot. For Jerry, life moves to the beat of music. It defines who he is and how he conducts his life. “Music is my life,” he said. “Every si...

Humans of Harker: When 110 percent effort comes with smiles all around

Humans of Harker: When 110 percent effort comes with smiles all around

by Nicole Chen, Editor-in-chief

October 2, 2018


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CEO. Philanthropist. Volleyball player. At first glance, Nishka Ayyar (12) appears to be an ambitious person who stops at nothing to get what she wants. In reality though, at her core, she’s your carefree, high-spirited, easy-to-talk-to friend. Despite her involvement in volleyball– a fairly aggressive...

Humans of Harker: Power in thought

Humans of Harker: Power in thought

by Prameela Kottapalli, Editor-in-chief

October 1, 2018


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Unlike Ryan, the question is unremarkable. But it’s narrow in an attempt to capture his detail-oriented persona: “Why do you wear a watch?” While considering the question, he lounges on a modernist couch in Shah’s John Near center, his elbow propped up against a faux-leather backrest. Novels,...

Humans of Harker: Toy libraries, jazz music and “person of the people”

Humans of Harker: Toy libraries, jazz music and “person of the people”

by Kathy Fang, Managing Editor

September 27, 2018


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Many students in public service begin their careers in high school or even middle school, stepping first into positions of student government as advocates of later start times, increased snack options and the such. Kelsey Wu (12) began her career in the first grade. It all started with a Word document and an a...

Humans of Harker: Isabella Spradlin gleans insight from sisterhood

Humans of Harker: Isabella Spradlin gleans insight from sisterhood

by Melissa Kwan, Humans of Harker managing editor

July 15, 2018


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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...

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