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Upper school students elect ASB for 2020-2021 school year

The 2020-2021 Associated Student Body (ASB).

by Irene Yuan, Asst. Photo Editor

April 17, 2020

Upper school students elected five juniors to the 2020-2021 Associated Student Body (ASB) council on Tuesday.  Current junior class president Jason Lin (11) won the position of ASB President against current sophomore class vice president Ayan Nath (10). Arusha Patil (11), the current junior cla...

Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends presidential campaign, making Joe Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee for president

Presidential Hopeful Bernie Sanders raises concerns about economic injustices. He pledged to combat large corporations if elected president.

by Eric Fang, Winged Post Editor-in-Chief

April 8, 2020

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-V.T.) announced that he would be suspending his Democratic presidential campaign via a video livestreamed on his website this morning.  Sanders’ exit clears the way for former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to become the presumptive Democratic nominee for president in the 2020 general electio...

Online publication receives top journalism award: Live coverage, political work leads staff to first Gold Crown

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association announced last Friday that Harker Aquila was one of eight high school sites nationwide to receive the Gold Crown award in digital news.

by Anna Vazhaeparambil and Sarah Mohammed

March 25, 2020

Harker Aquila, the journalism program’s online news site, was one of eight high school sites to receive the Gold Crown award in digital news from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) last Friday, the highest honor given to student publications by the organization. “It’s really nic...

Santa Clara County announces shelter-in-place directive

A shelf for soap, bleach and disinfectant is almost cleared out at a local Safeway.  The shelter-in-place order mandates that individuals must remain in their residence unless performing “essential” activities, which include grocery shopping, obtaining healthcare, or performing a job for an “essential business.

by Mark Hu and Aditya Singhvi

March 17, 2020

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department announced a “shelter-in-place” directive for all residences yesterday, joining five other Bay Area counties as the number of COVID-19 cases rose to 155 within the county and 4,226 nationally. Six counties — Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin and Alameda —  issu...

College Board closes SAT testing centers due to safety concerns over coronavirus

The College Board has closed numerous testing locations for the March 14 SAT as precautionary measures for the spread of the coronavirus.

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Co-Sports Editor

March 13, 2020

As more information is released about College Board closing centers due to the coronavirus, this article will be updated with the latest news. Check Harker Aquila for continuous coverage. This story was last updated March 14 to reflect new information about the number of nations, U.S. states and indiv...

All 4 campuses likely to close through spring break after parent of non-teaching staff member tests positive for COVID-19

The quad after school today. The upper school will be closed to all students beginning tomorrow following a reported case of COVID-19 in the family of a non-teaching staff member.

by Sara Yen, Anna Vazhaeparambil, Varsha Rammohan, Alysa Suleiman, Kathy Fang, Arushi Saxena, Aditya Singhvi, Esha Gohil, and Eric Fang

March 12, 2020

All four of Harker’s campuses will be closed for students after classes today after a parent of a non-teaching staff member in the upper school, with whom that staff member lives, tested positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19.  At the moment, it is not clear who the staff member is. Classes ...

Santa Clara County, local schools take additional precautionary measures as COVID-19 countywide case count reaches 66

The TV screen in downstairs Shah displays tips on staying healthy during the coronavirus outbreak.

by Eric Fang and Srinath Somasundaram

March 12, 2020

In addition to all four Harker campuses, dozens of schools across the Bay Area are suspending classes and extracurricular events, as Santa Clara County and California public health officials limited the size of gatherings to reduce community spread of COVID-19.  The Santa Clara County Public Heal...

“Give to grow”: Nanoseed Benefit Concert aims to alleviate poverty in rural China

A poster advertising the Nanoseed benefit concert, scheduled for this Friday. Nanoseed, founded in 2014, is a student-run nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviate poverty in areas of rural China. There are twelve branches across California, each of which is headed by three students at the school where the branch is located.

by Lauren Liu, Reporter

March 11, 2020

After months of planning, dozens of audition files and weeks of promotion, the Nanoseed Benefit Concert will bring music and dance to the Rothschild Performing Arts Center this Friday starting at 7 pm.  Tickets for this year’s concert are available at tiny.cc/nsconcert and can also be bought at b...

Colleges cancel classes and international travel to minimize risk of coronavirus

Columbia University last February. Columbia is one of several schools that has decided to cancel its admissions events as a part of new procedures that have emerged after the ongoing spread of the coronavirus.

by Varsha Rammohan, Managing Editor

March 11, 2020

As more information is released about the closure of universities and colleges around the United States, this article will be updated with the latest news. Check Harker Aquila for continuous coverage. This article was last updated on March 11 at 7:30 p.m. As the United States sees more cases of...

ETCon presents students with a deep dive into the world of bioethics

Postdoctoral researcher Dr. Vasiliki Rahimzadeh talks to students at ETCon. Rahimzadeh explored the use of genetic data in both aiding medical advances and presenting several legal issues regarding privacy and safety.

by Varsha Rammohan, Managing Editor

March 10, 2020

The upper school Ethics in Technology Forum hosted ETCon, a large conference held to discuss important ethical issues in biological research and medicine after school in the Nichols auditorium on March 6. The club invited three speakers from Stanford University to speak to attendees. Department of...

School meeting recap 3/6/2020: Soccer semifinals, Downbeat performance and basketball competition

Senior class dean Karl Kuehn takes a shot at the basket during the knock out game at last Friday's school meeting. In the game, students from all grade levels and faculty members competed for a bag of gummy worms.

by Lucy Ge, Asst. News Editor

March 10, 2020

Avi Gulati (12) welcomed everyone to school meeting. Adhya Hoskote (12), Meona Khetrapal (11) and Rohan Varma (11) gave the Eagle Update. Boys soccer won NORCAL semifinals. Upper school director of student organizations Eric Kallbrier asked the boys soccer team to come up to the front and had a photo...

Democratic primary field narrows as Joe Biden gathers endorsements from former presidential candidates

The field of former and current Democratic presidential candidates, with candidates who dropped out in black and white and candidates who are still running in color.

by Nicole Tian, Co-Lifestyle Editor

March 10, 2020

Before the first Democratic primary debates, 24 candidates made up the primary pool; at the start of this month, that number had dropped to seven. After Super Tuesday last week, the field is down to three candidates, former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders (I.-V.T.) and Representative Tu...

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