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The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

An illustration depicting some of the new courses for the 2023-24 school year. Next year, the upper school will offer new courses in a variety of topics, including: Corporate Finance, Venture Capital, Latin American History, Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies and several course evolutions including new vocal classes Rhapsody and Dolce Voce; and changements to both French electives: Honors French Prose, and Honors French Literature & Film.

Additions and advancements: New courses announced for 2023-24 school year

by Claire Bauschlicher, Reporter February 2, 2023

In the 2023-2024 school year, the upper school will offer new courses in a variety of topics, including: Corporate Finance, Venture Capital, Latin American History, Introduction to Women’s and Gender...

President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shake hands at the North American Leaders’ Summit. Biden and Trudeau joined Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for the summing from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10 in Mexico City.

Global Headlines (Issue 4)

by Andrew Liang and Isabella Lo February 2, 2023

Pope Benedict XVI dies at 95 Former Pope Benedict XVI passed away in the Vatican at the age of 95 on Dec. 31 last year. Benedict, who assumed the papacy in 2005, resigned in 2013 due to poor health,...

Art Club officers Laurel Davies (11) and Sonya He (11) speak about the Honors Directed Portfolio art showcases. The showcases will feature seniors Austina Xu, Sonya He, Aastha Mangla and Vivian Bi.

School meeting recap 1/24/23: Valentine’s grams, AI Journal and Black History Month

by Young Min, Assistant A&E Editor January 31, 2023

The school meeting on Jan. 24 started off with Siddhi Jain (11)  from Rock Climbing Club who introduced the club's Community Climbing session. The session took place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m....

California Republican House Representative Kevin McCarthy was elected House Speaker on Jan. 7 after an unprecedented 15 rounds of voting. McCarthy finally achieved the win with 216 out of 428 votes.

Kevin McCarthy elected House Speaker after unprecedented 15 rounds of voting

by Shareen Chahal and Katerina Matta January 28, 2023

California Republican House Representative Kevin McCarthy was elected House Speaker on Jan. 7 after an unprecedented 15 rounds of voting. Following the recent midterm elections, the Republican Party...

Public Health Club Vice President Justin Chen (11) leads attendees through a discussion question at the clubs meeting in Main 2 on Friday during long lunch. The meeting started with a presentation of background information before moving into a discussion period.

Public Health Club holds meeting about China’s reopening, COVID-19 outbreak

by Emma Gao, Co-News Editor January 17, 2023

The Public Health Club conducted a community discussion about China’s lifting of its “Zero-COVID” policy in Main 2 on Friday during lunch.  Co-president Fiona Yan (11) started the meeting at...

The nation observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day, named for the late activist who pioneered the American civil rights movement, as schools, including all Harker campuses, and businesses closed to create time for community service today. Born on Jan. 15, 1929, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. pioneered the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s through nonviolent protests and described his vision in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963.

Nation commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with service

by Desiree Luo, Co-Features Editor January 16, 2023

The nation observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day, named for the late activist who pioneered the American civil rights movement, as schools, including all Harker campuses, and businesses closed to create...

Public Health Club officers Fiona Yan (11) and Johnathan Mo (12) speak about Chinas newest COVID-19 policies. The Public Health Club held a discussion about these topics on Friday during long lunch.

School meeting recap 1/11/23: Pasta Party, Make Our Schools Safe and Winter Instrumental Concert

by Vika Gautham, Assistant Features Editor January 16, 2023

Content warning: This article mentions gun violence. We advise readers who may be sensitive about these topics to reconsider reading this piece. Associated Student Body (ASB) Vice President Gordon Chen...

Katie Wang (12), Laurie Jin (12), Zubin Khera (12), Jacob Fernandez (12), Miki Mitarai (11) and Sawyer Lai (12) sing Christmas songs during the Winterfest celebration in front of Manzanita Hall on Thursday after school. “[Winterfest] was a huge success, and thats down to the hard work, the dedication and the creativity of our HSLT,” Director of Student Organizations Eric Kallbrier said. “A lot of our HSLT members
didnt even get to participate in the activities, but they got their joy out of making joy for others.

Winter wonderland: Students and faculty delight in holiday-themed spirit festivities

by Felix Chen and Ella Yee December 17, 2022

Members of the Harker community enjoyed winter spirit activities from elf spaghetti to ice fishing in events organized by the Harker Spirit Leadership Team (HSLT) and Student Activities Board (SAB) throughout...

Cards with encouraging messages were displayed around campus during Wellness Week. “We all wrote down some kind of encouraging phrases on notecards to put around school,” Sonya Apsey (11) said. “It was really nice to see our advisory bonding over something [we] normally wouldn’t get an opportunity to talk about, and I think Wellness Week gave [us] that opportunity.”

Wellness Week: LIFE lessons with LIFE Board

by Shareen Chahal and Isha Moorjani December 14, 2022

The Living With Intent, Focus and Enthusiasm (LIFE) Board hosted their annual Wellness Week from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 with activities dedicated to reframing, nutrition, exercise, sleep, relaxation and more...

Rain pours on the lunch tables in front of the journalism room Thursday evening. Heavy rains continued this weekend as a storm hit much of the Bay Area.

Heavy rain falls across Bay Area as storm continues

by Emma Gao, Co-News Editor December 11, 2022

Over two inches of rain have fallen in Santa Clara County since Dec. 1, an amount 21% higher than the average rainfall for this time of year, with strong rains and a storm continuing throughout this weekend. Heavy...

Head of upper school Paul Barsky claps after reading excerpts from English teacher Charles Shuttleworths recently published book “Desolation Peak: Collected Writings. Barsky read from number 11 of 12 choruses and thanked Shuttleworth for his scholarship.

School meeting recap 11/28/22: Winterfest, “Desolation Peak” and Middle Eastern Student Association

by Felix Chen, Assistant News Editor December 6, 2022

Associated Student Body (ASB) President Kris Estrada (12) opened the school meeting on Nov. 28 after students entered Zhang Gymnasium to the tune of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You”...

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced in a press release on Oct. 28 an additional $275 million of aid for Ukraine to help in the country’s resistance against Russia. “[I think that the U.S. should be] increasing aid, providing more refugee opportunities,” Stefan Maxim (10), who has observed the evolution of the war over its duration, said.

United States sends $275 million more in aid to Ukraine

by Felix Chen, Assistant News Editor November 25, 2022

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced in a press release on Oct. 28 an additional $275 million of aid for Ukraine to help in the country’s resistance against Russia. This additional military...

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