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Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

Harker Spirit Leadership Team officers, some donning dinosaur costumes, discuss Homecoming week activities at yesterdays school meeting. Other topics included Student Directed Showcase announcements, CareerConnect opportunities and Honor Week activities.

School meeting recap: 09/21/22: CareerConnect, Student Directed Showcase and “Guess That Song”

by Katerina Matta, Reporter September 22, 2022

Associated Student Body (ASB) President Kris Estrada (12) opened the school meeting yesterday.  History club President Rupert Chen (12) and Vice President Sarah Mohammed (12) introduced their trip...

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen wave to Taiwanese officials at a press conference in Taipei on Aug. 2. During the conference, Pelosi stated that she was dedicated to supporting Taiwan and promoting further collaboration between the two countries.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan, holds press release with President Tsai Ing-Wen

by Selina Xu and Medha Yarlagadda September 21, 2022

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi flew to Taiwan on Aug. 2 to meet with lawmakers and President Tsai Ing-Wen to reinforce U.S-Taiwan relations, heightening tensions between the U.S. and China.  The Chinese...

Divya Venkat (11) explains the goals of Make Our Schools Safe, a nonprofit organization devoted to combating gun violence. “The personalities of the people running the stands [were what drew me in],” Ryder Hewitt (9) said. “I got the vibe of the whole club. When I saw very invested, excited people, it made me more invested in their clubs.

75 clubs share new initiatives at annual Club Fair

by Shiv Deokar and Ella Yee September 19, 2022

Students visited different booths set up by clubs and organizations at this year’s Club Fair, which took place in front of the Rothschild Performing Arts Center (RPAC) during lunch on Thursday. The...

Sahngwie Yim (10) practices speed reading at the  National Speech and Debate opener in Lexington, Kentucky last weekend. Ten upper school students participated in the tournament, with several receiving top awards and bids.

Ten upper school students attend National Speech and Debate Season opener, win several bids and take second place

by Sidak Sanghari, Reporter September 18, 2022

Upper school debate students received bids and top awards while attending the National Speech and Debate opener in Lexington, Kentucky from Sept. 9 to Sept. 12. The tournament took place at the University...

Rahul Sundaresan (9) raises a card with the name China during the Model U.N. kickoff yesterday. The kickoff, with over 30 student attendees, included a mock conference about several topics.

Upper school Model U.N. kicks off the school year with mock conference

by Felix Chen and Katerina Matta September 17, 2022

Over 30 middle and high school students attended the upper school Model U.N. Kickoff, an introductory event which replicates typical Model U.N. proceedings in a mock conference, from 4 to 8 p.m. yesterday...

A chair leans against the door of upper school English teacher Susanne Salhabs room to act as a barricade during todays campus lockdown. After the lockdown from approximately 5 p.m. to 6:10 p.m., police have cleared the campus of a potential threat.

Upper school activates lockdown, campus “all clear”

by Isha Moorjani, Felix Chen, Sally Zhu, and Tiffany Chang September 13, 2022

The upper school campus activated lockdown protocol this evening from approximately 5 p.m. to 6:10 p.m., and police have now cleared the campus of a potential threat.  At approximately 5 p.m., the...

TEDx co-curator Medha Yarlagadda (11) and TEDx Public Relations Director Daniel Lin (11) speak to a parent. The upper school hosted Back to School day yesterday for parents to explore the campus and classes.

Back to School Day offers glimpse of student life

by Desiree Luo and Medha Yarlagadda September 11, 2022

Upper school parents attended the annual Back to School Day to familiarize themselves with classes, teachers and extracurriculars yesterday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Saratoga campus.  “[The...

Research Club officers Brian Chen (12) and Alex Lan (12) introduce the Synopsys Information Session at yesterdays school meeting. The meeting also included information about the Dance Production, a sports recap, and several club announcements.

School meeting recap 9/9/22: Quadchella, Dance Production and emergency drills

by Shareen Chahal, Reporter September 10, 2022

Associated Student Body (ASB) President Kris Estrada (12) opened the school meeting yesterday. The ASB Student Events Committee, led by Ella Lan (11), Jacob Huang (12) and Sam Parupudi (10), started...

Queen Elizabeth II raises her glass in a toast with President Barack Obama in London in 2011. Elizabeth, the longest reigning monarch in English history, died at 96 years old in Scotland this morning.

BREAKING: Queen Elizabeth II dies at 96 after 70-year reign

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in English history, died at 96 years old in Scotland this morning, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace. The palace released an update on...

The tables in the orchard sit deserted as students remain indoors to escape the heat on Tuesday afternoon, when temperatures reached over 100 degrees. A record-breaking heat wave on the West Coast raised temperatures to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit at the upper school campus, leading to the cancellation of outdoor activities this week.

Temperatures reach record highs in week-long heat wave, upper school cancels outdoor activities

by Felix Chen, Isabella Lo, and Emma Gao September 8, 2022

A record-breaking heat wave on the West Coast raised temperatures to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit at the upper school campus, leading to the cancellation of outdoor activities this week. As per school...

Jai Vir Mehta (12) rides on the mechanical shark, one of the main attractions at Fridays Spirit Kickoff. Harker Spirit Leadership Team hosted the kickoff, themed Spirit of Summer, on Friday afternoon.

Surf, swim and summer sun: Annual Spirit Kickoff excites with beach-themed activities

by Felix Chen and Kinnera Mulam September 7, 2022

Over 200 students and faculty attended the Spirit Kickoff event themed Spirit of Summer in the quad on Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Harker Spirit Leadership Team (HSLT), who organized the event, distributed...

Harker Spirit Leadership Team (HSLT), led by president Sawyer Lai (12) and vice president Paulina Gicqueau (12), entered to the song Classic by MKTO.  Mondays school meeting included announcements by HSLT, TedX, Dance Club and other organizations.

School meeting recap 8/29/22: Student Diversity Leadership Conference, math competitions and spirit kickoff

by Ella Yee, Co-News Editor August 31, 2022

Associated Student Body (ASB) president Kris Estrada (12) opened the second school meeting of the year in the Zhang Athletic Center on Monday. Performing Arts Production Manager Brian Larsen reminded...

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