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Sophomores Lucho Caballero, David Li, Rishi Radhakrishna and Ram Batchu talk while eating snacks and drinking boba from the sophomore advisory potluck. Advisories brought snacks such as homemade brownies, Bundt cakes, chips and pastries.

Sophomore advisories share food and fun in potluck

by Lily Shi, Assistant STEM Editor February 14, 2024

22 sophomore advisories gathered for a class potluck and brought a wide variety of food to the Auxiliary Gym during advisory on Jan. 31.  Each advisory coordinated snacks to bring to the potluck, allowing...

Junior Harriss Miller gives a thumbs up to senior varsity boys soccer team member Ben Cha during the Kicks Against Cancer bake sale on Feb. 31 in Manzanita Hall. Fundraiser proceeds go to Camp Okizu, a nonprofit organization that organizes camp sessions for children with cancer and their families in Northern California.

Soccer fundraiser kicks cancer

by Desiree Luo and Gabe Sachse February 9, 2024

The varsity soccer teams sold baked goods and merchandise for the annual Kicks Against Cancer fundraiser from Jan. 29 to Feb. 2. Proceeds go to Camp Okizu, a nonprofit organization that organizes camp...

Staff from the Stanford Blood Center process blood donations during the blood drive on Jan. 29. The drive took place all throughout the school day in Nichols Atrium.

Upper school partners with Stanford Blood Center to host blood drive

by Anika Maji and Claire Bauschlicher February 9, 2024

Upper school seniors and faculty took part in a blood drive organized by junior Sahngwie Yim in partnership with Medical Club and the Stanford Blood Center on Jan. 29. Staff from Stanford Blood Center...

The Panama Canal Authority cut traffic through the canal indefinitely by 36% on Jan. 17, leading to global shipping delays. An ongoing El Niño exacerbated the drought in Panama. (Provided by statemag.state.gov)

Severe drought in Panama slashes traffic in canal by a third

by Jonathan Szeto, Assistant News Editor February 9, 2024

The Panama Canal Authority cut traffic through the canal indefinitely by 36% on Jan. 17 due to an extreme drought in Gatún Lake. Authorities now permit only 24 ship crossings per day, down from 38...

Dhanya Ramanan (9) recites Love Song of the Bat with Vertigo by Martín Espada for Harkers Poetry Out Loud competition on Jan. 31. Of the eleven contestants, Eric Zhang (11) and Iris Fu (12) advanced to the Santa Clara County regional round.

Contestants recite for Poetry Out Loud

by Jeremy Peng, Assistant Copy Editor February 9, 2024

Eleven students competed in Harker’s annual Poetry Out Loud contest in Nichols Auditorium on Jan. 31 during long lunch.  Each contestant recited a poem of their choice to three judges, English teachers...

French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a speech to Congress about the relations between France and the United States in 2018. Macron chose Gabriel Attal as Frances new Prime Minister on Jan. 9. (Provided by house.gov)

Global Headlines (January 2024)

by Aryana Bharali and Ella Guo February 6, 2024

Gabriel Attal becomes France’s youngest and first openly gay prime minister 34-year-old Gabriel Attal made history as France’s youngest and first openly gay prime minister on Jan. 9. Appointed...

Director of Student Organizations Eric Kallbrier announces the winner of the 49ers Nick Bosa cutout. Cynthia Wang (12) won the cutout after guessing the result of the 49ers game against the Lions correctly.

School Meeting 1/29: Parchment accounts, Holocaust Day of Remembrance, Lunar New Year celebrations

by Ella Guo, Humans of Harker Profiler February 5, 2024

Associated Student Body President Daniel Lin (12) opened the school meeting on Jan. 29.  Director of Standardized Testing and Scheduling Troy Thiele talked about student transcripts and Parchment accounts,...

Juniors Shiv Deokar and Caitlyn Wong sing along on the Winter Ball dance floor. The DJ played a variety of music, from Travis Scott to ABBA, over the course of the night.

Lights, camera, action: Students shine like the stars at “Old Hollywood” themed winter ball

by Gabe Sachse, Assistant News Editor February 3, 2024

Students attended the annual winter ball in the Auxiliary Gym and Main Hall on Jan. 20 from 7 to 10 p.m. Rain forced the dance to shift to an entirely indoor event, changing the typical layout of activities...

Samuel Tong (10) fills out his answer form for the 2024 NACLO competition in Nichols Auditorium on Jan. 25. “It was a fun experience even though the questions were a little challenging, and I got the opportunity to do some critical thinking, Samuel said.

Students compete in annual national linguistics competition

by Jonathan Szeto, Assistant News Editor February 2, 2024

Twenty-nine students participated in the North American Computational Linguistics Open Competition in the Nichols Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Jan. 25. The three-hour exam, which included eight...

Conservatory representatives announce the dance productions show times on Friday and Saturday and encourage students to attend. They also highlighted the Orchestra performance at the Green Music Center in Sonoma County on Thursday.

School Meeting 1/23: Kicks Against Cancer, CareerConnect, student exhibitions

by Jessica Wang, Co-Opinions Editor January 29, 2024

Associated Student Body President Daniel Lin (12) opened the school meeting on Jan. 23 and apologized for technical difficulties regarding the projector, which was unable to play videos and made the slides...

Former president Donald Trump celebrates at a post-caucus watch party in Des Moines, Iowa on Jan. 15. Trump won a record majority of the votes cast and half of the states 40 delegates to the Republican National Convention in July. (Provided by AP News)

Trump dominates Iowa caucuses, DeSantis narrowly outperforms Haley for second place

by Disha Gupta and Jonathan Szeto January 28, 2024

Former president Donald Trump won the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 15, defeating Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who placed second and third respectively. Only...

The Japan Self-Defense Forces scout around a damaged road, looking for an evacuation route, in the city of Wajima, Ishikawa on Jan. 6. Some people who dont live in the area would like to help, but they dont welcome trucks or food because the roads are destroyed, Japanese teacher Noriyo Ikeda said. (Provided by the Japanese Ministry of Defense)

7.6-magnitude earthquake strikes Japan on New Year’s Day

by Jessica Hu, Assistant Copy Editor January 24, 2024

A 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit the western coast of Japan at around 4:10 p.m. on Jan. 1, killing 232 people, setting off tsunami waves and causing widespread damage.  The earthquake, which struck the...

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