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Staying Healthy with Saloni: Election edition

Take a step back from the chaos of the election. Limit your intake of news and social media pre-and-post election. Encourage positive conversations rather than heated debates over partisan topics. Practice relaxation techniques, be it yoga, meditation or anything else.
November 1, 2020

How many times a day do you read political tweets? How many times do you scroll through Instagram posts encouraging you to vote one way or the other? How many times have your conversations with friends...

So you want to be a poll worker?

Judi Souza, who first began volunteering as a poll worker in the election of 1980, has helped voters at the polls for more than 20 years, gaining a valuable and extensive amount of experience along the way. “I have always been civic-minded and I thought it'd be something to do. There were ads in the paper saying that they needed help and I was intrigued,” Souza recalls.
October 28, 2020

Anyone who has ever cast a ballot in-person has been helped by a poll worker, individuals who dedicate their time and energy to the impressive and difficult task of staffing the election. From checking...

Let’s (sc)roll: Roller skating community finds new members during quarantine

Clicking #rollerskating on any social media platform is sure to conjure lively videos of agile roller skaters navigating the concrete mazes of skate parks, ebullient dancers jamming out on their wheels and the hiss of toe stops with “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac playing in the background. Many have fallen for the dreamy aesthetic of quad skating depicted online, myself included.
October 12, 2020

Clicking #rollerskating on any social media platform is sure to conjure lively videos of agile roller skaters navigating the concrete mazes of skate parks, ebullient dancers jamming out on their wheels...

Taking a break: Planning your day in quarantine

Taking the time to rest can often be difficult, especially when we often prioritize the completion of tasks over making space in our schedules for brief respites.
September 21, 2020

Every day since quarantine started, you find yourself exhausted after spending a day hunched over a screen, taking meeting after meeting. After school, you dive headfirst into a mountain of work, draining...

So you want to be a farmer?

Tara Beaver Coronado poses at her vineyard in Northern California. Despite the 10 to 20 year commitment of a vineyard, Coronado loves facing challenges, asking questions, and continually learning. Since planting her vineyard in April 2018, Coronado just completed her first harvest in late August of this year, a three-night culmination of two years of work.
September 19, 2020

Despite being a fifth-generation farmer, Tara Beaver Coronado didn’t plan on going into agriculture. Growing up on her parents’ farm, she always loved the outdoors and animals, but later considered...

Lights, camera … and (Zoom) fashion?

As the fall semester continues online, students find that fashion can still be that constant outlet of personal expression in their lives. Though our social interactions are limited, it does not mean that our outfits have to be. 
September 15, 2020

The air was crisp and cool, the perfect level of humidity and air conditioning soaking into clean walls, the dozens upon dozens of chairs, the in-season outfits of haute couture people filling the rows.  And,...

Dalgona coffee: The latest whipped internet sensation

This is a tutorial on how to make dalgona coffee, a viral food trend popularized by social media.
April 13, 2020

As states across the country have issued orders to shelter in place, people with more leisure time on their hands are now picking up new hobbies and diving into a variety of different activities including...

Skating the curves

Skating the curves
Local skate parks promote inclusion through acceptance of errors
December 7, 2019

High schooler Esteban Rodriguez leans against the rails of the Lake Cunningham Actions Sports Park in San Jose, nonchalantly flipping his black board emblazoned with a painted white skull, its bare teeth...

More than just paint: Street art speaks out on public walls

A mural by the group Hospitality House features a crowd of people of varied age and racial background holding a rainbow sign advocating for a healthy and safe community. The alley hosts a total of 700 murals, according to the project’s website.
November 16, 2019

Sandwiched between a hot pink complex and a beige building in San Francisco, a colorful alley decorated from top to bottom with murals hides in plain sight. Painted words, flowers and symbols extend down...

Fall Fashion: Where Colors Meet Comfort

In a subtle but vibrant manner, Gina Partridge (12) uses her socks as an outlet for her fashion style. Accessories are another important aspect of design and style.
A lookbook into popular and unique back-to-school trends
September 18, 2019

Along with the bustle of students transitioning into their back-to-school lifestyles, the outfits and accessories of students seem to be evolving from summer style to fall fashion.  Among upper school...

Harker alumnus swings into PGA tour

Last week, McNealy qualified for the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) tour, in which he will start in three weeks, by finishing in the top 25.
August 28, 2019

Clad in a bright white cap, striped navy polo and slate gray pants, Harker alumnus Maverick McNealy (‘13) finishes his stroke with a determined expression, eyes cast into the distance. From the time...

Sweet treats to eat: the influence of Asian desserts

Nestled in the far corner of Cupertino Main Street Plaza, SomiSomi sells taiyaki, a Japanese fish shaped waffle with a red bean filling. However, SomiSomi blends American and Japanese desserts, offering a wider range of taiyaki fillings, including Nutella, custard or red bean, along with soft serve ice cream. 
August 28, 2019

The Bay Area is a hub of immigrants, leading to a fusion of cultures in every aspect of life. One noticeable example of this “melting-pot” is the popularity of Asian desserts among people of all backgrounds....

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