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Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

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Two chairs are pushed against the door in the Nichols 307 classroom during the shelter-in-place (SIP) at the upper school campus today. The school activated SIP this afternoon after an unarmed intruder entered the campus, and all students and staff are safe.

Upper school activates shelter-in-place, all students, staff safe

by Emma Gao, Isha Moorjani, Sally Zhu, and Sabrina Zhu June 22, 2022

The upper school campus activated a shelter-in-place (SIP) this afternoon after an unarmed intruder entered the campus during a police chase.  All students and staff are safe, according to an email...

Members of the Class of 2022 clap during their graduation ceremony. The ceremony took place at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga on May 19 at 5 p.m.

Class of 2022 graduates at Mountain Winery

by Kinnera Mulam, Ananya Sriram, and Olivia Xu May 28, 2022

The class of 2022 concluded their high school careers at their graduation ceremony at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga on May 19 at 5 p.m. Graduates and faculty arrived at the winery at 3 p.m., followed...

Students from the classes of 2022 and 2023 listen as Cantilena performs an arrangement of Youre My Best Friend by John Deacon during baccalaureate on Davis Field. “[Performing at baccalaureate] is definitely a very bittersweet occasion,” Cantilena leader Teresa Cai (‘22) said. “I’ll definitely miss being at high school and the people Im with, but Im excited to go off and make the people here proud.”

Annual baccalaureate transfers leadership from graduating to rising senior class

by Desiree Luo and Olivia Xu May 27, 2022

As the sun began to set on Davis Field, the classes of 2022 and 2023 filed onto the field in advisory clusters, dressed in formal attire. As their peppered conversations faded away, an arrangement of “Café...

Pencil in hand and timer set, Junior Jessica Zhou writes a practice test during an AP United States History (APUSH) class yesterday. The APUSH exam is scheduled to take place this Friday.

Upper school students take AP exams with special bell schedule

by Emma Gao, Co-Copy Editor May 5, 2022

Upper school students began taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams on Monday, with exams continuing on campus next week until May 13.  The upper school operates on a special bell schedule during these two...

Sporting a yellow class shirt, junior Richard Zhang delivers a response to a question asked by junior class dean Karl Kuehn. Prior to the question and answer session, the junior class could view candidates responses to a set of five questions.

Freshmen, sophomores, juniors elect class council and SAB representatives

by Ananya Sriram, Isha Moorjani, Katerina Matta, and Jessica Wang April 30, 2022

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors elected class council and Student Activities Board (SAB) representatives after watching candidate videos during advisory on Thursday and attending Q&A panels on Tuesday.  Tuesday’s...

Downbeat takes the stage with an a cappella arrangement of TV show “Euphoria”’s song “All for Us. Spring Choral Concert took place last Thursday at 6:30 p.m., with performances by upper school singing groups Bel Canto, Camerata, Cantilena and Downbeat.

School meeting recap 4/18/22: Downbeat performance, lockdown drill and Green Team club week

by Selina Xu, Asst. Multimedia Editor April 25, 2022

Associated Student Body (ASB) President Dawson Chen (12) opened the school meeting last Monday in the Athletics Center. Harker Spirit Leadership Team (HSLT) Co-Secretary of Athletic Affairs BB Ajlouny...

Students look on as the sprinkler sprays others exiting the library. “I was very surprised, of course, you don’t really see that kind of thing every day,” said Richie Amarillas (12), who was outside the library when the pipe burst. “When I looked outside I just thought it was raining because it was supposed to rain today, but no, it was a sprinkler.

BREAKING: Sprinkler bursts near library, temporarily drenches walkway

by Shiv Deokar, Sidak Sanghari, Grant Yang, and Felix Chen April 21, 2022

Additional reporting by Sabrina Zhu, Sally Zhu, Arjun Barrett and Isha Moorjani.  This is a developing story. Check back on harkeraquila.com for more updates.  A sprinkler head outside the upper...

Elvis Han (12) adds a chair to the barricade of Upper School Science Department Chair Anita Chettys period 6 Honors Human Anatomy and Physiology class on Monday. Upper school students and staff participated in a “Run, Hide and Defend” drill to practice emergency response protocol from 10:20 to 10:50 a.m. on Monday.

Upper school community practices lockdown drill

by Isha Moorjani, News Editor April 20, 2022

Additional reporting by Kinnera Mulam.  Upper school students and staff participated in a “Run, Hide and Defend” drill to practice emergency response protocol during sixth period on Monday from...

Sonia Yu (9) leads the freshmen in a section of their class dance. The juniors placed first in the class dance competition, followed by the seniors, the sophomores and the freshmen, respectively.

From heroes to villains: Upper school hosts in-person spring Spirit Week

by Harker Journalism Staff April 20, 2022

Cheers infuse the crisp air on Davis Field. The chants emanating from white, black, yellow and green clusters — freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes dressed in their respective colors — overpower...

The freshmen step into formation while rehearsing their dance routine on April 1 on Davis Field for spirit week. The dance was choreographed by freshmen Maya Affaki, Yasmin Sudarsanam and Sonia Yu.

Spirit week activities to begin tomorrow

by Ananya Sriram, Asst. News Editor April 10, 2022

This is a developing story. Check harkeraquila.com for more updates throughout the week. Additional reporting by Kinnera Mulam and Isha Moorjani Upper school students will take part in spirit week...

The Harker Aquila staff and co-advisers Whitney Huang and Ellen Austin, MJE, receive a Pacemaker award at the National High School Journalism Convention today. Harker Aquila also placed sixth in the Best of Show competition as an online news site.

Harker Journalism attends National High School Journalism Convention in LA, receives national recognition

by Sabrina Zhu, STEM Editor April 9, 2022

LOS ANGELES — Thirteen Harker Journalism members traveled to Los Angeles to attend the National High School Journalism Convention (NHSJC) from Wednesday to Saturday. The National Student Press Association...

Harker Journalisms Quiz Bowl team competed this morning in the finalists round at 8 a.m. in the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. The team consisted of Shinjan Ghosh (12), Tiffany Chang (11), Lakshmi Mulgund (11) and Lavanya Subramanian (11).

Harker Journalism advances to National Journalism Quiz Bowl finalist round

by Alysa Suleiman, Co-Editor-in-Chief April 9, 2022

LOS ANGELES — Four Harker Journalism staff members competed in a live buzzer round in the National Journalism Quiz Bowl competition today at 8 a.m. after passing the preliminary written test held yesterday....

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