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As 2 cases of new coronavirus confirmed in Southern California, public health measures ramp up worldwide

Emergency masks in the upper school office of nurse Clare Elchert. Masks like these are being used in China in public areas, where a novel coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, is rapidly spreading.

by Kathy Fang and Eric Fang

January 28, 2020

Three new cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been confirmed in California and Arizona yesterday, as health departments around the world increase disease control measures and as Harker recommends additional safety initiatives to limit the virus’ spread.  As of today, the Centers for Disease Control...

English teacher leaves upper school, handing over classes

The upper school Main office building.

by Kathy Fang, Editor-in-Chief

January 26, 2020

English teacher Dr. Anne Douglas will not be returning to the upper school for the second semester. Her two sections of AP English Literature will be taught by English teacher Nikolai Slivka, and her sophomore British literature class will be taught by English teacher Christopher Hurshman. Dr. Dougl...

New coronavirus outbreak spreads globally, raising public health concerns

Emergency masks in the upper school office of nurse Clare Elchert. Masks like these are being used in China in public areas, where a novel coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, is rapidly spreading.

by Kathy Fang and Eric Fang

January 24, 2020

The outbreak of a new coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China, has elevated public health concerns as it spread globally to countries as far as the U.S. and France. The spread of this virus has also complicated travel plans locally as upper school students and families prepare for Lunar New Year festi...

Inside the fishbowl: Students explore diversity and race at the Student Diversity Leadership Gathering

Attendees at the second annual Student Diversity Leadership Gathering participate in the fishbowl activity. In the “fishbowl activity,” chairs were set up in the center of the room with people of color in the middle and white people forming a ring around them. Featured speaker and organizer Dr. Rodney Glasgow showed three videos to prompt discussion.

by Isha Moorjani and Irene Yuan

January 23, 2020

The Diversity Committee hosted the second Student Diversity Leadership Gathering at the upper school on January 20 from 8 a.m. from 4 p.m., and it was also Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day on which people reflect on the civil rights activist’s work during the Civil Rights Movement and his hopes f...

Senior named one of 40 Regeneron finalists in nation

Senior Cynthia Chen, who has been named one of 40 Regeneron finalists in the nation. Cynthia was the only Harker student to receive this honor this year.

by Varsha Rammohan and Arushi Saxena

January 22, 2020

Senior Cynthia Chen was selected as one of 40 finalists in the 2020 Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest math and science research competition for high school seniors.  Cynthia’s research focused on using computational methods to uncover patterns that predict cancer types. Her project was...

Upper school music groups celebrate end of semester with annual winter concert

Senior violin soloist Hanoom Lee leads the orchestra in Pablo de Sarasate's “Zigeunerweisen

by Sarah Mohammed and Saurav Tewari

January 22, 2020

The upper school orchestra, jazz band and lab band performed in their annual winter concert on Friday in the Rothschild Performing Arts Center, commemorating their work this semester. The orchestra played a variety of specially picked pieces, including George Gershwin's “American in Paris Suite,”...

Four years later, the fight continues

by Kathy Fang, Lauren Liu, Alysa Suleiman, Anna Vazhaeparambil, and Eric Fang

January 22, 2020

“I do my hair toss / Check my nails / Baby how you feelin'? / Feeling good as h---.”  Vendors lined the streets near the protest, selling goods from feminism flags to caricatures. As Lizzo’s hit single “Good as H---” boomed from the loudspeakers, voices across the mass of eager faces, p...

School meeting recap 1/17/2020: Mercutio, Thirsty Thursday, and free yearbooks

TALON yearbook editors-in-chief Emily Chen (12) and Anthony Xu (12) and TALON managing editor Shreya Srinivasan (11) announce that all yearbooks from this year onwards will be free to all students and faculty at school meeting last Friday.

by Lucy Ge, Asst. News Editor

January 22, 2020

Avi Gulati (12) welcomed everyone to the last school meeting of the semester. On behalf of the performing arts program, Annabelle Ju (12) announced the Winter Concert, which was on the night of Friday, Jan. 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Patil Theater. Upper school lab band, jazz band and orchestra all perf...

Striving for social justice

by Arushi Saxena, Emily Tan, Nicole Tian, and Sara Yen

January 21, 2020

“Show me what democracy looks like!” Behind the banner emblazoned with “Women’s March 2020,” loudspeakers blared from the event’s organizers as they led the enthusiastic protestors in a resounding chant. The crowd, spanning all generations, waved cardboard signs, filled the entire bre...

“Together, We Rise”: Women’s rights, civil rights activists around Bay Area call for change at fourth annual Women’s March

A crowd of 30,000 gathers for the fourth annual Women's March rally in San Francisco last Saturday. Later that afternoon, about 12,000 demonstrators marched down Market Street to the Embarcadero, according to estimates provided by the march's press team.

by Kathy Fang, Lauren Liu, Arushi Saxena, Alysa Suleiman, Emily Tan, Nicole Tian, Anna Vazhaeparambil, Sara Yen, and Eric Fang

January 21, 2020

Upper school students joined the 37,000 demonstrators who filled the streets of San Jose and San Francisco last Saturday for the fourth annual nation-wide series of Women’s Marches. Originally sparked in response to the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, the Women’s March movement has since...

Harker DECA attends Silicon Valley conference, second conference of 2019-2020 season

Clarice Wang (10) and Melody Luo (10) chat about past experiences at DECA conferences while waiting for the opening ceremony to start last Friday evening.

by Emily Tan, Asst. Features Editor

January 16, 2020

After months of preparation, 116 upper school students, accompanied by 8 faculty chaperones, competed at this year’s Silicon Valley District Career Development Conference (SVCDC) at the Santa Clara Marriott from Friday to Sunday. Harker DECA faced off chapters from high schools all around Silicon Vall...

Youth Activism Club to host voter registration during long lunches this week

A voting sign outside the journalism room during freshman elections in 2017.

by Kathy Fang, Editor-in-Chief

January 15, 2020

Students can register or preregister to vote in front of Manzanita today and Friday during long lunch. Youth Activism Club will be helping students ensure their registration for the upcoming primary elections on March 3 and the general election on Nov. 3. To register, students will need to know the ...

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