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The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

Fallen electrical lines outside of the music resource room caused the power outage. Notices informing students of the cancellation went out throughout the following hour.

Hammies and Senior Showcase rescheduled to Friday

by Suhani Gupta, Co-A&E/Lifestyle Editor May 22, 2024

A power outage on the upper school campus led to Hammies and Senior Showcase being postponed before the show started on May 18. The event is rescheduled to Friday after school. Fallen electrical lines...

English teacher Susanne Salhab congratulates seniors Daniel Lin and Claire Miao on their completion of high school. Daniel and Claire were both members of Salhabs AP Literature class.

Classes of 2024 and 2025 close the year with bricks and Baccalaureate

by Jessica Hu and Felix Chen May 20, 2024

Seniors, their family members, juniors and faculty celebrated the class of 2024 during the Brick Ceremony and the transfer of leadership to the class of 2025 at Baccalaureate Friday night.  Head...

Junior Shreyas Chakravarty opens the event by introducing the six participants and the resolution of the debate. Debaters argued on the resolution “The United States should ban single-use plastics.”

Students argue on single-use plastic in Earth Week-themed debate

by Lily Shi, Co-News Editor May 11, 2024

The Speech and Debate department held a public debate on the resolution “The United States should ban single-use plastics” on May 1. Held annually during Earth Week, this event raises environmental...

Downbeat members Isabella Ribeiro (12), Shayla He (12), Varun Bhupathi (11), Simon Kirjner (10), Ian Ogden (12) and Ethan Liu (12) perform Levitating by Dua Lipa during the school meeting. The performance served as a goodbye for Downbeats seniors.

School Meeting 5/1: New leadership, Walk for Water and Downbeat

by Jessica Hu, Co-News Editor May 5, 2024

Associated Student Body president Daniel Lin (12) opened the last school meeting of the year on Wednesday.  He played a video from the newly elected ASB leadership, who expressed their excitement for...

 Daphne Avkarogullari (12) presents her research at the Near Mitra reception.
Daphne explored W. E. B. Du Bois’ idea of double consciousness in Black Americans.

Near Mitra Scholars honor past and present of program

by Margaret Cartee and Aishani Singh May 4, 2024

Five Near Mitra Scholars presented their year-long research projects to an audience of over 40 students, teachers and family members and honored incoming Near Mitra Scholars on April 24 in the Nichols...

Spanish teachers Diana Moss and Isabel Garcia dance the cumbia to Baila Esta Cumbia by Selena. Attendees also danced the salsa at the end of the night in a competition.

La Noche Cultural celebrates diverse Hispanic culture

by Lily Shi and Ashley Mo April 26, 2024

Students and faculty gathered to celebrate La Noche Cultural, Spanish Culture Night, on April 19. Hosted by the Spanish National Honor Society, the annual event welcomes past and present Spanish students...

Alum Simar Mangat (’13) describes his efforts to resolve the climate crisis through cryptocurrency and business. He emphasized the decline of biodiversity as a result of the Earths rapid warming.

School Meeting 4/19: Earth Day, dual identities and Artstravaganza

by Isabella Lo, Aquila Co-Managing Editor April 23, 2024

Upper School Division Head Paul Barsky opened the school meeting on April 19 by introducing Green Team co-president Siddhi Jain (12). Siddhi reminded students of the importance of honoring Earth Day...

Juniors Sam Parupudi, Alicia Ran, Jia Jia Jiang and Daniel Chen and sophomore Ananya Pradhan took on the positions of president, vice president, secretary, spirit coordinator and treasurer, respectively, during last weeks ASB election. This marks the first time in nine years that a non-male candidate takes on the role of ASB president.

ASB elections conclude with non-male majority council

by Lily Shi and Jessica Hu April 20, 2024

Upper school students elected juniors Sam Parupudi, Alicia Ran, Jia Jia Jiang and Daniel Chen and sophomore Ananya Pradhan for the positions of ASB president, vice president, secretary, spirit coordinator...

Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs Jennifer Gargano speaks about the mission of the school. Gargano also mentioned Harkers awards, where teachers select students based on three categories.

School Meeting 4/15: Academic awards, Green Team and Earthchella

by Ella Guo April 18, 2024

Associated Student Body Secretary Cynthia Wang (12) opened the school meeting on April 15.  Upper School Division Head Paul Barsky congratulated jazz concert performers and Research Symposium volunteers...

Robert Fields (11) completes a quiz in AP U.S. History. Some colleges are reinstating requirements for standardized test scores that they removed during the pandemic.

Top colleges across U.S. reinstate ACT/SAT requirement

by Jonathan Xue and Charlie Wang April 16, 2024

On Wednesday, the California Institute of Technology announced that standardized test scores would be required for incoming college applications. Harvard University followed suit on Thursday. Over the...

Team 1072s technical president Chiling Han (11) runs code on the robot at the competitions practice field. Despite multiple rounds of bug fixes, the robots autonomous routine failed to run properly.

Robotics team bounces back at Sacramento Regional

by Mihir Kotbagi and Charlie Wang April 11, 2024

Harker Robotics competed at the 2024 Sacramento Regional hosted at Pleasant Grove High School from March 13 to 16, making a comeback run to the finals alongside alliance partners Citrus Circuits, Berkelium...

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