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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

Seniors Aimee Wang, Emily Zhou and Tina Zhong sit on Davis Field during a 10-minute break in upper school history teacher Donna Gilberts third period AP Art History class on Oct. 26. Upper school students have been receiving varied amounts of break times in different classes since the beginning of the school year.

Do in-class breaks matter?

by Sarah Mohammed, Anika Maji December 1, 2021

Every day her Introduction to Journalism classes meet, upper school journalism teacher Whitney Huang gives all her students a five-minute break, sectioning off the 85 minutes into two blocks with a small...

New York-stationed journalist Isabelia Herrera smiles, tucking her hair behind her ears. Herrera writes about music and Latinx culture as an Arts Critic Fellow at The New York Times.

So you wanna be a … music and arts critic?

by Sally Zhu and Sarah Mohammed November 27, 2021

2021-22 New York Times Arts Critic Fellow and 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 Media honoree Isabelia Herrera never thought she would be a critic. She always loved music, especially music that reminded her of home,...

Time management is the act of organizing and allotting your time to different activities in order to optimize the 24 hours that are given in a day. A study from Princeton University found that adopting small habits such as having a routine, having an organized environment, and properly planning out your schedule are important keys to integrating good time management into a daily ritual.

Tick tock: Time management plays important role in student lives

by Rachel Ning and Smrithi Sambamurthy November 18, 2021

When Tanya Karpinchyk (10) started in-person school this year, an overload of homework suddenly hit her, leading to procrastination and unprecedented levels of stress. Although the need to quickly adapt...

A freshly baked batch of lemon bars sits in a tray with parchment paper. Follow along with this lemon bar recipe that is perfect for the fall.

When life gives you lemons, make lemon bars for the fall

by Anika Mani, Talon Co-Editor-in-Chief October 10, 2021

Looking for a way to use leftover summer lemons? Lemon bars are the perfect solution! The bars take about an hour to make, and they are a perfect treat for an afterschool snack, dessert or even sweet breakfast. Find...

Dr. Sue McNeill-Bindon takes a walk with her rescue dog Honey. McNeill-Bindon found the dog 12 years ago at the dump and nursed her back to health.

So you wanna be a … Animal shelter worker?

by Medha Yarlagadda, Reporter October 10, 2021

When Dr. Sue McNeill-Bindon first found her dog Honey at the dump, the dog was sick and unfamiliar to humans and interaction. It took months before anyone could touch her, making it difficult to treat...

Explore the variety of jean styles that students love and wear around campus as well as the great ripped versus unripped jeans controversy. 

Denim for days: Jeans hit the campus catwalk!

by Trisha Iyer, Reporter September 28, 2021

Denim has come a long way from being the sturdy pant material of choice for gold miners in the mid-eighteenth century. The fabric is now so pervasive that not wearing denim is an identifying personality...

Students and faculty fall fashion bring new shopping and styles to this school year. Some have explored thrifting and trends from social media.

Fall fashion: Rise in the realm of thrifting

by Sally Zhu, A&E and Lifestyle Editor September 7, 2021

Fashion, by definition ever-changing and transitory, inevitably continues to evolve in the form of trends or individual styles. After more than a year of shelter-in-place, thrifting and secondhand shopping,...

Upper school Latin teacher Scott Paterson shows his son, Virgil, holding some Amanita Muscaria mushrooms in Jan. 2020.

Meet your teacher: Mad for mushrooms

by Sally Zhu, Humans of Harker Profiler March 24, 2021

Upper school Latin teacher Scott Paterson kneels in a large forest in camping gear, holding a bright red Alice-in-Wonderland mushroom with his son Virgil. He’s featured in more photos, smiling and holding...

Right across the Golden Gate Bridge lies the town of Sausalito and the Marin Headlands, tucked away from the busy city of San Francisco. Marin Headlands is filled with scenic drives and numerous beaches including Black Sand Beach. While Sausalito is slightly farther than the city of San Francisco, grabbing take-out food from restaurants in town and picnicking on the beach is the perfect way to spend a warm, sunny day.

Hidden gems in the Bay Area to explore on your next quarantine adventure

by Anika Mani and Lavanya Subramanian February 26, 2021

On March 13, 2020, Harker made the announcement that they would be transitioning to a virtual learning environment. Although there was some apprehension about the impending pandemic, the thrilling idea...

Ysabel Chen (11) works on her digital application Lucky Paw, which she designed to centralize the pet adoption process. She is currently enrolled in Harkers Incubator 1 class where students ideate and execute their own businesses.

From an idea to reality: Student entrepreneurs continue to help their community during the pandemic

by Arely Sun, Winged Post Lifestyle Editor February 23, 2021

In the hustle and bustle of a Spanish National Honor Society meeting, an idea was born. Seniors Shreya Srinivasan and Julia Biswas decided to create Luna Y Sol, a bracelet-making nonprofit that raises...

Upper school economics teacher showcases the myriad of board games he enjoys playing, whether it be with friends, family or his advisory. The big draw to me is that board games allow you to connect with people in ways that you normally wouldnt be able to, Lizardo said. Because sometimes were just looking at a screen or playing video games, you dont actually get to see or talk to these people.

Meet your teacher: Economics teacher finds joy in board games

by Arely Sun, Winged Post Lifestyle Editor February 18, 2021

Behind his desk, upper school economics teacher Dean Lizardo keeps a stash of board games, stuffing the cubby of his tall bookshelf full of multicolored boxes.  “It would probably be pretty clear...

I like my pens inky, my paper smooth and my pencils precise. Fancy writing supplies don’t necessarily give rise to magnificent works or penmanship, but, hey, they look and feel cool.

Sara’s Stationery: Pens

by Sara Yen, Winged Post Editor-in-Chief December 4, 2020

I like my pens inky, my paper smooth and my pencils precise. Fancy writing supplies don’t necessarily give rise to magnificent works or penmanship, but, hey, they look and feel cool. I’m by no means...

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