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Humans of Harker: All fun and games

“You just have to go for it. You think, 'In the future, if I think back and regret it, is that how I want to end up — or would I rather just try something and see what happens?' Usually, it turns out well,” Montek Kalsi (’20) said. 

by Jin Tuan and Aditya Singhvi

July 1, 2020

As music blares in the parking lot after school, a flurry of cards sprays into the air and scatters all over the shining roof of the jet black Mazda6 as Montek Kalsi ('20) — clad in an olive sweatshirt and gold-rimmed glasses — poses through the sunroof for his Humans of Harker portrait, a smile on ...

Humans of Harker: Leadership and love

“I'm not nearly there yet, but [my confidence has] definitely been getting better since I was pretty shy and timid coming into Harker my freshman year. I know that there's a lot of people that are really confident in what they do, and I really admire them. Everyone's so driven and that has really pushed me to kind of try to find my own place in high school and be more confident,” Alyssa Huang (’20) said.

by Emily Chen, TALON Co-Editor-in-Chief

June 30, 2020

Even at a small school like Harker, it’s tough to remember everyone’s names, especially if they’re in a different grade. But there’s one person everyone knows—Alyssa Huang ('20). Whether she's announcing the sale of Valentine’s Grams or hanging up appreciation posters for the school’s staf...

Town hall discussion explores solutions for racism at Harker

Middle school computer science teacher Sharmila Misra offers her opinion during the town hall last Tuesday. This event took place in light of the racism towards African American students at Harker and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters across the nation.

by Lucy Ge, Winged Post News Editor

June 23, 2020

Why are there so few African American and Latinx students at Harker? What should the school do to be more inclusive? Is there a way for the school to be more transparent with consequences for racial incidents on campus?  Over 170 Harker faculty, staff and students from sixth to 12th grade gather...

Humans of Harker: Grit and grind

Humans of Harker: Grit and grind

by Nina Gee and Sydney Takemoto

June 19, 2020

This is the fourth installment of the Humans of Harker 2020 video series. Through this project, the Harker journalism program aims to tell the story of the senior class, one profile at a time. ...

Humans of Harker: Artistic nonconformity

Humans of Harker: Artistic nonconformity

by Michael Eng and Nina Gee

June 17, 2020

This is the third installment of the Humans of Harker 2020 video series. Through this project, the Harker journalism program aims to tell the story of the senior class, one profile at a time. ...

Humans of Harker: Make the most out of every moment

“I like being guided by the idea of making the most out of any situation because it is intentionally ambiguous. It gives me the flexibility to define it as I see fit. And then pursue it as I see fit,” Nerine Uyanik (’20) said.

by Jessie Wang, Senior Copy Editor

June 17, 2020

“Keep putting out good. It will return to you tenfold in unexpected ways.”  That’s the piece of wisdom found at the bottom of every email sent by Nerine Uyanik ('20). A variation on a quote by Farrah Gray, the adage found its way into the bottom of Nerine’s email signature in early 2018, b...

Humans of Harker: Maintaining equilibrium

“Prioritize yourself. I now prioritize my health over any grade. Overworking is one of the biggest things you should not do because the results are not always what you want, which leads to you feeling like you did it for nothing. I feel like taking that breather, and finding why you’re really doing something is really important,” Srivani Vegesna (’20) said.

by Arushi Saxena, Co-Managing Editor

June 17, 2020

Sitting cross-legged in Dobbins Hall, Srivani Vegesna ('20) balances herself evenly on one of the concrete benches, gently setting her phone down beside her. The sun reflects off of her sleek black hair, and she holds her short frame tall. She sits calmly with a light smile on her face, her cool pre...

Editorial: Say their names — and listen

This illustration depicts how the country has reached a flashpoint. The African American community is speaking out against systemic racism and police violence, across the nation and in the Harker community, too.

by Editorial Board

June 14, 2020

Say their names.  Tony McDade. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Eric Garner. Rodney King. Tamir Rice. And so many more African American men and women — most unpublicized, many minors — have been killed by the police in this country. Black lives matter.  Yet this country continues to sys...

Humans of Harker: Story of a STEMinist

“My ability to adjust to these situations by readily adapting and optimizing the outcome of the unpredictable led to superior outcomes and taught me the power of flexibility and open-mindedness. The unknown used to terrify me, but I have learned to recognize, appreciate and find comfort in unplanned spaces. Rather than remaining married to my plans, I have gained trust in myself to think creatively on the spot and in others,” Aarzu Gupta (’20) said.

by Kathy Fang, Editor-in-Chief

June 9, 2020

Aarzu Gupta’s (‘20) journey into the world of coding began on the other side of the fence: in art. Specifically, with a digital turtle who could draw upon command. In elementary school, Aarzu, who attended Challenger School at the time, was introduced to computer science through the program Te...

Humans of Harker: Someone to talk to

“I'm a firm believer in the idea that you need to have healthy relationships and healthy friendships in order to grow in order to feel confident in yourself. And part of that is understanding what you deserve and how you deserve to be treated, which is really hard, especially when you're going through high school. I think that if you surround yourself with people who are trying to and willing to help you grow and it's just a mutually beneficial relationship, you can get through almost anything that life throws at you,” Emi Armstrong (12) said.

by Esha Gohil, Humans of Harker Managing Editor

June 8, 2020

A quiet excitement fills the crowd as the curtains open and the lights begin to shift from black to a blue-violet hue, illuminating the silhouettes of the dancers ready to perform in the Harker’s annual dance show. As Usher’s uptempo song “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” fills the theatre of th...

Harker community holds vigil to discuss racism and current Black Lives Matter protests

Attendees at the virtual Solidarity and Fellowship Vigil used images of candles as their Zoom backgrounds to symbolize their support and solidarity. The hosts provided the photo of the candle in the Zoom chat for participants to download.

by Lucy Ge and Isha Moorjani

June 7, 2020

Over 250 Harker students, faculty, staff and alumni attended the virtual Solidarity and Fellowship Vigil event on Thursday evening to speak about issues of racial inequality and community exclusion in an hour of open discussion. The Harker Diversity Committee organized the vigil in light of the recent ...

Inside the Dash: Growing gratitude

Inside the Dash: Growing gratitude

by Helen Zhu, TALON Managing Editor

June 4, 2020

When you visit someone’s cemetery, you see the dates they were born and the dates they passed. But when you wonder about their lives, they aren’t represented by those two dates; their life is the times between the dates. Between the two dates on the tombstone, there’s a small dash to sepa...

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