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Town hall discussion explores solutions for racism at Harker

Middle school computer science teacher Sharmila Misra offers her opinion during the town hall last Tuesday. This event took place in light of the racism towards African American students at Harker and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters across the nation.

by Lucy Ge, Winged Post News Editor

June 23, 2020

Why are there so few African American and Latinx students at Harker? What should the school do to be more inclusive? Is there a way for the school to be more transparent with consequences for racial incidents on campus?  Over 170 Harker faculty, staff and students from sixth to 12th grade gather...

Harker community holds vigil to discuss racism and current Black Lives Matter protests

Attendees at the virtual Solidarity and Fellowship Vigil used images of candles as their Zoom backgrounds to symbolize their support and solidarity. The hosts provided the photo of the candle in the Zoom chat for participants to download.

by Lucy Ge and Isha Moorjani

June 7, 2020

Over 250 Harker students, faculty, staff and alumni attended the virtual Solidarity and Fellowship Vigil event on Thursday evening to speak about issues of racial inequality and community exclusion in an hour of open discussion. The Harker Diversity Committee organized the vigil in light of the recent ...

Community vigil and town hall meeting regarding protests to take place

In response to the protests in the Bay Area, Harker's administration and Diversity Committee are hosting a virtual community vigil and town hall meeting for students and faculty in the upcoming week.

by Lucy Ge, Winged Post News Editor

June 3, 2020

In response to civil unrest breaking out across America and Black Lives Matter (BLM) protestors calling for reform of the police system, Harker administration and the Harker Diversity Committee is hosting a virtual community vigil and town hall meeting for students and faculty to process the current ...

Senior pick-up day celebrates new graduates with drive-thru ceremony

Upper school computer science teacher Marina Peregrino and Eric Fang ('20) pose for a selfie at the drive-thru. As seniors drove through, they were able to return items and receive their gifts from masked faculty members stationed in tents.

by Lucy Ge, Winged Post News Editor

May 30, 2020

A rare sight was seen on Thursday at the upper school campus in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic: grinning faces of the graduating senior class and their families peering through car windows, greeted by cheers and applause from masked Harker faculty members.  Seniors arrived on campus throughout the day...

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Bing Liu speaks to members of Harker Journalism

Filmmaker Bing Liu spoke to upper school journalism students over Zoom. He talked about his journey into filmmaking and gave advice for those interested in producing films.

by Lucy Ge, Assistant News Editor

May 25, 2020

The scene opens in a skateboarding park in Rockford, Illinois. A shirtless, scrawny teenage boy in blue denim jeans, black shoes and a pink belt attempts to land a kickflip onto a platform. When he fails, he throws down his skateboard in apparent frustration and then sits down, burying his head in his k...

“A pretty big domino to fall”: UC schools to eliminate SAT and ACT testing consideration by 2025

In a landmark decision, University of California announced on Thursday their plans to completely eliminate the influence of the SAT and ACT on their admissions process by 2025.

by Lucy Ge, Winged Post Asst. News Editor

May 23, 2020

The University of California (UC) Board of Regents unanimously decided on Thursday to take measures to eliminate consideration of SAT and ACT test scores by 2025 to reduce inequity in college admissions, according to a UC press statement. Like over a thousand other schools, the UC system had already made the admissions process for the class of 2021 test-optional in response to the coronavirus pandemic h...

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo speaks to upper school journalism program with message of encouragement

Students of third period journalism were able to ask Representative Anna Eshoo questions. Eshoo talked about issues regarding the pandemic such as mental health and eviction moratoriums.

by Lucy Ge, Assistant News Editor

May 22, 2020

In a Zoom visit with upper school journalism students on May 7, Representative Anna Eshoo of California’s 18th congressional district delivered a message of optimism amidst the current pandemic and encouraged students to continue taking initiatives in their community.  As Eshoo noted to Winged Post co-editor in c...

Harker Aquila’s guide on how upcoming events are impacted by coronavirus

A guide to any questions one might have about upcoming school events and how they have been impacted due to COVID-19 and the school closure.

by Lucy Ge, Winged Post Asst. News Editor

May 11, 2020

This story was updated on May 11 to include updates on the senior trip, baccalaureate, graduation, locker clean-outs and Harker summer programs. It has now been about two months since school shut down. Students and faculty alike have adjusted to online Zoom classes and the strangeness of our new rea...

New Jersey doctor speaks to Harker community about working on front lines of COVID-19 pandemic

Dr. Akanksha Kumar used slides as a part of her talk about her experiences working on a COVID-19 team. She is a family medicine physician  at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey.

by Lucy Ge, Winged Post Asst. News Editor

May 10, 2020

Family medicine physician Dr. Akanksha Kumar spoke to 63 Harker students and faculty via Zoom during long lunch on Friday about her experience working on a COVID-19 team at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey.  With this speaker event, organized by Riyaa Randhawa (10), Dr. K...

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden receives more campaign endorsements as the 2020 presidential race narrows

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is left as the only Democratic nominee in the presidential race after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-V.T.) declared the suspension of his campaign on April 8.

by Alysa Suleiman, Sports Reporter

May 4, 2020

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is left as the only Democratic nominee in the presidential race after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-V.T.) declared the suspension of his campaign on April 8.  Sanders, who trailed around 300 delegates behind Biden, has turned his support towards Biden, calling for the need to “come together to defeat the most dangerous president in mod...

Spirit Week bridges upper school community virtually

A flier made by the freshman class summarizing the events taking place throughout Spirit Week. “I was definitely looking forward to the spring spirit rally, but I’m glad HSLT and the student council worked together to ensure a virtual version of spring spirit still would happen,” Michelle Jin (9) said.

by Sarah Mohammed, Reporter

April 26, 2020

Upper school students participated in a virtual spirit week for the first time this year, with various events and dress-up days organized by the Harker Spirit Leadership Team (HSLT) throughout the week of April 13.  Each class made their own virtual “quilts,” collages of drawings students wer...

Upper school online classes canceled tomorrow for 50th annual Earth Day

A poster describing the daily challenges for each day of Earth Week. “We wanted to still be as engaging as possible this week, even if it wasn’t in person,” upper school Green Team President Anvi Banga (12) said. “Take advantage of tomorrow, because it’s not every day that we get to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.”

by Aditya Singhvi and Arya Maheshwari

April 21, 2020

All upper school online classes will be canceled tomorrow in observance of the 50th annual Earth Day following a virtual webinar at 9:30 a.m., giving members of the community a chance to unplug and spend time outdoors. No classes will be held tomorrow, skipping periods five, six and seven. Classes w...

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