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Performing arts presents annual Student Directed Showcase

Peter Galen, played by Alex Kumar (11) in

by Sriya Batchu and Lauren Liu

January 14, 2020

After a semester of preparation and hours upon hours of rehearsals, the Student Directed Showcase (SDS), featuring four plays, took the stage last Friday and Saturday night. in the Rothschild Performing Arts Center. From comedic stories of interrogation to tales of love and loss, this year’s plays w...

School meeting recap 1/13/2020: Eagle Update, new semester electives, and a Night of Nostalgia

Head of Upper School Butch Keller delivers a talk at school meeting about recent incidents of students using disrespectful language and racial slur. Keller presented an initiative called Challenge Day that aims to encourage diversity of perspective and break down barriers between students and faculty.

by Lucy Ge, Asst. News Editor

January 14, 2020

Avi Gulati (12) started off yesterday’s school meeting by welcoming everyone. On behalf of ASB, he announced that students should submit slides through the form instead of email. On behalf of upper school security, he urged students to limit their use of Doordash, especially during school hours. Followi...

School meeting recap 1/7/2020: Student directed showcase, new basketball hoop and course selections

Members of the boys soccer team announce that their annual Kicks Against Soccer games are on Friday. The boys junior varsity team plays at 3 p.m. against Pinewood, girls varsity team plays at 4:45 p.m. against Notre Dame and boys varsity team plays at 6:30 against Priory.

by Lucy Ge, Asst. News Editor

January 8, 2020

Avi Gulati (12) started off the meeting by welcoming everyone to 2020 and stating his new year resolutions.  Roma Gandhi (12) announced on behalf of the Student Events Committee that the deadline to sign up for Hoscars is Jan. 20. Applicants need to submit their Hoscars submission form and email ...

After struggling for wider voter base appeal, Julián Castro ends bid for presidency

Julián Castro brings up his concerns with the current administration's immigration policy during the California Democrats’ State Convention in June 2019. He was formerly the mayor of San Antonio, Texas, and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

by Eric Fang, Winged Post Editor in Chief

January 7, 2020

Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, 45, ended his campaign for the presidency Thursday morning, as he announced in a nearly four-minute video on Twitter.  His message failed to resonate with a wider voter base. Between Dec. 11 and 31, Castro polled at just 1.1 percent national...

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins hands with Bernie Sanders in her first public endorsement of his campaign

At the start of his speech, presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders joins hands with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as the crowd shows their support. This rally was the conclusion of Sanders' campaign across Southern California over the past week.

by Kathy Fang and Nicole Tian

December 23, 2019

An ocean of blue signs promoting “Bernie 2020” floods Venice Beach as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) runs upstage and greets the crowd members with an enthusiastic “What’s up Los Angeles!” Shouting back their affirmations, tightly packed crowd members drown out one another, wildly waving ...

Local perspectives on impeachment: Students and political groups divided in predictions of impeachment’s impact on presidency

A demonstrator at a Cupertino pro-impeachment rally on Tuesday holds out an electric candle at cars turning onto Stevens Creek Boulevard. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in various locations around the Bay Area to voice their support of the articles of impeachment, which the House voted to pass on Wednesday, making President Donald Trump the third ever U.S. president to be impeached.

by Eric Fang and Varsha Rammohan

December 21, 2019

When the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday, upper school students and local political groups expressed mixed support. Few reacted with surprise.  Many local residents have followed the impeachment proceedings since the House launched a formal inquiry ...

Dance teams combine into Harker Dance Company

Charlotte Blanc (12) performs during the Homecoming rally. Both varsity and junior varsity dance teams joined this year to form the Harker Dance Company.

by Esha Gohil, Humans of Harker

December 20, 2019

The junior varsity and varsity dance teams merged together for the first time ever to form the Harker Dance Company at the start of this school year. The choreographers, Karl Kuehn, who previously coached varsity, and Rachelle Haun, who coached junior varsity, decided that the timing was right to proceed...

President Donald Trump becomes third president impeached by House

Longworth 1100 in the Longworth House Office Building, where testimonies for the impeachment inquiry were held.

by Kathy Fang and Eric Fang

December 18, 2019

The U.S. House of Representatives approved two articles of impeachment today against President Donald Trump this evening, marking the third time in American history that a president has been impeached. After nearly 12 hours of debates across both sides of the House and months of testimonies from ...

Demonstrators call for impeachment on street corners around Bay Area on the eve of historic impeachment vote

Protestors cross De Anza Boulevard and wave signs at cars that call for the House to pass two articles of impeachment tomorrow.

by Kathy Fang, Editor-in-Chief

December 18, 2019

On the eve of a historic House vote on two articles of impeachment, activists voice their support for impeachment at demonstrations around the Bay Area, joining over 600 rallies and protests nationwide organized by the advocacy group MoveOn. The rallies and demonstrations took place across the nation, in various public areas and c...

Finals to be taken by freshmen, sophomores and juniors before winter break

Students study in the library for upcoming final exams. The library has instituted a

by Catherine Feng, Asst. Copy Editor

December 16, 2019

Starting tomorrow, finals for freshmen, sophomores and juniors will start, following the special schedule today. Seniors will not take finals. Math classes up to and including the APs will have finals tomorrow morning, followed by AP Computer Science, Behavioral Economics and Economics in the afte...

Annual BAD concert from student performers brings holiday cheer to all campuses

Members of the upper school all-male dance team Kinetic Krew perform during the annual BAD concert.

by Irina Malyugina and Alysa Suleiman

December 16, 2019

The luxuriously heavy crimson drapes slowly unfurl to the wings of the stage, revealing a vast ensemble of seated students, dressed in identical cream-gray sweatshirts, Santa hats or reindeer ears and facing the centerstage in a semicircle. Soft beams of indigo, gold and magenta diffuse across the stag...

Downbeat travels around the Bay Area during their annual Winter Tour

Downbeat wraps up their tour last Friday with their final show of the day, at the upper school's Patil Theater. Their closing number, pictured here, was a dance number,

by Sriya Batchu, Reporter

December 12, 2019

Last Friday, Downbeat went on their annual winter tour where they sang and spread cheer at six different stops. The group left the upper school around 9 a.m. and visited the preschool campus, where they sang carols to the young children. Their next stop took them all the way to perform and hand out...

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