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Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

Humans of Harker: Computing life’s next move

Humans of Harker: Computing life’s next move

by Ashley Mo, Co-Assistant STEM Editor April 9, 2024

Bladed weapons. Skillful dueling. Swift movements. All these are important aspects of fencing, but Alec Zhang (12) specializes in the calculated side of the sport. Every move, lunge and advance is...

“Keep looking forward, never stop being optimistic. Theres not enough time in the world to experience everything, and why waste time by being pessimistic? I always try to find the good parts in everything. Even if I find myself at a standstill, like if I dont know what to do in the future, just do something. It doesnt matter if it turns out with a good outcome or a bad outcome. I just always want to be out, always moving, always trying new things,” Cynthia Wang (12) said.

Humans of Harker: From small moments to big causes

by Michelle Wei, Humans of Harker Co-Managing Editor April 8, 2024

You might find her doubled up with laughter in the orchard with her friends. Or admiring a sunset as soccer practice comes to a close. Or tirelessly working to put together the next school meeting. From...

“The highlight of my day is always small moments, whether its a good conversation with someone, learning a lot from an interview, or one small move forward in a research project. Those are the things that bring me the most joy,” Ella Yee (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Blossoming with compassion

by Alena Suleiman, Co-Editor-in-Chief April 8, 2024

While most high schoolers yearn for the comfort of home on a Friday afternoon, Ella Yee (12) can be found in the center of a busy newsroom pitch meeting, undeterred by the imminent weekend. Flitting from...

Music Monday is a new installation featuring a different category of songs on a weekly basis.

Music Monday: Commemorate Arab American Heritage Month

by Katerina Matta, Co-Sports Editor April 1, 2024

Music Monday features a different category of songs on a weekly basis. Each Monday, Harker Aquila will release seven songs, one song for each day of the week. This April, enjoy these iconic Arab hits...

Arthur Wu (11) cheers for his grade before the announcement of the spirit winners. The juniors finished the spirit events in first place with 4,475 points.

Spirit Week Day 5: Juniors sweep spring rally

by Tiffany Zhu and Emma Milner March 29, 2024

Students and staff closed out spirit week with a rally held in the Athletic Center, wearing their class shirts and cheering on their respective grades on Friday.  Hip-hop group Kinetic Krew opened...

Spirit Week Day 4: Students and faculty dress as “twins,” build Lego castles

Spirit Week Day 4: Students and faculty dress as “twins,” build Lego castles

by Gabe Sachse and Janam Chahal March 28, 2024

Upper school students and staff wore matching outfits for Twin Day and built Lego castles outside of Manzanita Hall during lunch on Thursday. Harker Spirit Leadership Team offers students and staff...

Senior Saahil Kajarekar paddles the class of 2024s regatta floatie across the pool. “I think its cool because a lot of the students put all their time into the spirit stuff,” belly flop judge Kadar Arbuckle said. “I actually really like how they make it more official with the judges. I was just here today to add to that.”

Spirit Week Day 3: Regatta and belly flops make a splash

by Margaret Cartee and Mendy Mao March 27, 2024

Students and teachers competed in the regatta race and belly flop performances at the Singh Aquatic Center during lunch, and pink clothing dominated the campus’s outfits for Wednesday’s dress up theme...

Upper School Math teacher Caren Furtado hosts the Are You Smarter Than a Teacher Event at lunch on Tuesday. Participants were asked questions like “Which college has a Squirrel Club?” and “What is Lord Voldemort’s real name?”

Spirit Week Day 2: Students and teachers dress as “Tacky Tourists,” battle in trivia game

by Anika Maji and Claire Bauschlicher March 26, 2024

Upper school students competed against teachers in a trivia-style competition during Tuesday lunch and dressed up according to a “Tacky Tourist” theme to mark the second day of Spirit Week. The...

Students cheer during the knockout basketball tournament in the spirit assembly on Monday. Max Xing (12) won the competition, gaining points for the Class of 2024.

Spirit Week Day 1: Grades represent class themes, fight for first in Spirit Assembly

by Jonathan Szeto and Charlie Wang March 25, 2024

Upper school students and staff opened Spirit Week by dressing up and competing in various games for spirit points during the “Tournament of Champions” spirit assembly in the Athletic Center on Monday. Each...

“A large portion of my interest in math and why its so fun for me is because at some point, I learned how to apply it to different areas. I found out about this concept called mathematical biology, and I was so fascinated by it. I was like, ‘Oh my god, this is the moment, this is destiny.’ I could model biological systems with math,” Ananya Sriram (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Destiny of design

by Alena Suleiman, Aquila Co-Editor-in-Chief March 25, 2024

As the sun dips below the horizon, a breathtaking scene unfolds. Hues of crimson and gold settle into the tranquil mystery of night. For Ananya Sriram (12), this mesmerizing sunset represents the delicate...

Ritu Belani (12), Anna Lee (12) and Caden Ruan (10) choose food options from the LIFE Boards snack bar after school on March 14. The board set up the snacks as a healthier alternative option with orange juice, donuts and more.

LIFE nutrition month encourages healthy eating through speaker event and snack bars

by Jonathan Szeto, Assistant News Editor March 25, 2024

The Living with Intent, Focus and Enthusiasm (LIFE) Board held a speaker event on March 11 and two snack bars, one on March 14 and the other on March 27, as part of their Nutrition Month initiative. Dietitian...

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