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Magical myths: innocuous or inimical?

Magical myths: innocuous or inimical?

by Aditya Singhvi, Reporter

December 13, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusive, Opinion

As the holiday season draws near, so do all of the festivities associated with it. The smell of brownies baking permeates the air, holiday music firmly lodges itself in ears everywhere and grotesque sweaters are suddenly socially acceptable garments. And whether you celebrate Christmas or not, it is impossi...

Humans of Harker: Shaya Zarkesh doesn’t shy away from spontaneity

Humans of Harker: Shaya Zarkesh doesn’t shy away from spontaneity

by Eleanor Xiao, TALON Editor-in-Chief

December 11, 2017


Filed under Class of 2018, Humans of Harker, Online Exclusive

Catch Shaya Zarkesh (12) humming (or maybe belting) “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas in the hallways, or maybe racing as fast as he can towards any soccer ball that comes in his sight. Maybe you’ll see him presenting at Science Competitions club about the nuances of Nuclear Energy, or speaking...

Equity Beat: How to help victims of recent natural disasters in the U.S.

Equity Beat: How to help victims of recent natural disasters in the U.S.

by Rose Guan, Wingspan designer and writer

December 11, 2017


Filed under Features, Online Exclusive

Several catastrophic natural disasters have shaken the U.S. in recent months. To match the spirit of the holidays, here is a guide about what you can do to help with recovery efforts for some major natural disasters. Hurricane Harvey Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on Aug. 25. The first major hur...

10 classic holiday movies to watch over break

10 classic holiday movies to watch over break

by Helen Yang, Aquila Asst. STEM Editor

December 10, 2017


Filed under Features, Lifestyle, Online Exclusive

Trying to unwind and get into the holiday spirit? Just grab a hot chocolate, curl up in some blankets and choose a Christmas classic to watch with your family. Whether you’ve never seen them before or if you’re watching for the twentieth time, here are 10 classic holiday movies to enjoy over break. ...

Humans of Harker: Nastya Grebin blends the best of both worlds

Humans of Harker: Nastya Grebin blends the best of both worlds

by Anna Vazhaeparambil

December 8, 2017


Filed under Class of 2018, Humans of Harker, Online Exclusive

“We used to tease her that she was a Russian spy,” senior Lauren Russell said of her close friend Anastasiya “Nastya” Grebin (12). “She's like, 'No, I'm not Russian, I'm Ukrainian. She lived in Moscow, so a lot of people think she's Russian, but she's not. She's Ukrainian and very proud of...

Red Cross Club and Harker UNICEF hold joint club week

Red Cross Club and Harker UNICEF hold joint club week

by Zoe Sanders, Reporter

December 8, 2017


Filed under News, Online Exclusive, Showcase

Red Cross Club and Harker UNICEF promoted different causes by organizing fundraisers throughout their joint club week this week. Red Cross Club collaborated with the American Red Cross organization to host a blood drive for students and staff over the age of 16 on Monday. In total, 35 participants each...

Upcoming math competitions in 2018

Upcoming math competitions in 2018

by Jessie Wang, Reporter

December 7, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusive, STEM

As 2017 winds to a close, many math and science competitions approach, the two closest ones being the TEAMS competition and the AMC 10/12. The AMC 10 and the AMC 12 are both 25-question tests that last for 75 minutes, designed to test students’ skills in math. The AMC 10 will be open to sophomo...

Humans of Harker: Selin Sayiner takes charge of her identity

Humans of Harker: Selin Sayiner takes charge of her identity

by Jin Tuan, Reporter

December 7, 2017


Filed under Class of 2018, Humans of Harker, Online Exclusive

Nike duffel bag slung over one shoulder, Selin Sayiner (12) navigates the hallways of Shah, starting conversations with just about anyone. Ask most seniors about Selin, and “basketball” is the first word that comes to mind. But she defines herself more broadly, attributing her open-minded character...

Humans of Harker: Yannick Bohbot-Dridi finds purpose in the water

Humans of Harker: Yannick Bohbot-Dridi finds purpose in the water

by Srinath Somasundaram, Reporter

December 6, 2017


Filed under Class of 2018, Humans of Harker, Online Exclusive

A series of splashes sends ripples of waves through the water as Yannick Bohbot-Dridi (12) speeds across the pool. His body is a well-oiled machine, refined and optimized through extensive practice. “You feel kind of free, at least that's how I feel,” Yannick said. “No one can see the emotions...

Secret Santa or Santa Claus?

Secret Santa or Santa Claus?

by Varsha Rammohan, Reporter

December 6, 2017


Filed under Features, Lifestyle, Online Exclusive

Bright lights adorn the ceiling in Main, teachers put up trees in their classrooms and students flock to Manzanita for a cup of hot cocoa. Students bring out their fuzzy jackets and boots, Christmas music plays nonstop on every radio station and the weather becomes cooler and cooler. As the excited buzz...

Humans of Harker: Kristin LeBlanc becomes comfortable with the uncomfortable

Humans of Harker: Kristin LeBlanc becomes comfortable with the uncomfortable

by Zoe Sanders, Reporter

December 5, 2017


Filed under Class of 2018, Humans of Harker, Online Exclusive

From spontaneously singing “Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber to wearing white Crocs with socks to school, Kristin LeBlanc (12) is notorious for her off-the-wall antics. As a Harker student since middle school, she remembers her sixth grade years with a sheepish smile. "I had bangs and I wore pants...

Meet your teacher: Jeffrey Draper reflects on his performing arts career

Meet your teacher: Jeffrey Draper reflects on his performing arts career

by Kathy Fang, Photo Editor

December 5, 2017


Filed under Features, Online Exclusive

Beyond his work as a theater teacher and a director at the upper school, Jeffrey Draper also performs as four vastly different characters in Center REPertory Company’s annual production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” a classical Christmas story of love, generosity and self-redemption....

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