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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

“I like the simplicity with weightlifting. If I go to the gym for a week, Im going to get a certain amount of results. I stay consistent, keep building up. Its very predictable. I like to go in and destress while also making progress, Ryan Jeffers (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Approaching the end zone

by Jonathan Xue, Reporter October 1, 2022

The air stands still with anticipation. All eyes are focused on a lone football, sailing towards the golden-yellow goal posts. A second passes. Two. Three. And then the crowd bursts into celebration. Triumphant...

An illustration of some of our communitys favorite fall foods. Read the article and following recipes to see what fall foods three community members love to cook.

Pick of the patch: Community members share their favorite fall foods and recipes

by Young Min and Sabrina Zhu September 28, 2022

A slice of apple pie with a crispy, golden crust and a gooey, cinnamon-y filling. A perfectly tart and rich huckleberry sauce, spread atop a piece of pumpkin bread. A juicy chicken roast, surrounded by...

Green Team Public Relations Head Joelle Wang (11) and member Lindsey Tuckey (10) place trash in a bag as possible at a Campbell creek for Coastal Cleanup Day. A total of 18 students participated in the event as part of Californias Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 17.

Students clean creek for California Coastal Cleanup Day

by Kinnera Mulam, Co-STEM Editor September 28, 2022

18 students, including Green Team members, and three teachers attended the California Coastal Cleanup Day event on Sept. 17 in Campbell to clean up trash near a creek in an effort to decrease water contamination.  Coastal...

Emily Mitnick (10) tips a ball over the net in the varsity girls volleyball teams game on Thursday. The team defeated Eastside in three sets.

Varsity girls volleyball team triumphs over Eastside in three sets

by Felix Chen, Vika Gautham, Andrew Liang, and Aishani Singh September 27, 2022

The girls varsity volleyball team defeated Eastside on Thursday in a home game, winning all three sets 25-7, 25-10 and 25-9. Harker quickly took the advantage in the first set, with Claire Kampmeier...

Christy Ma (9) and Leana Zhou (9) participate in an activity at the Future Problem Solvers launch on Sept. 17. At the event, the upper school FPS club introduced their central problem-solving process in different activities.

FPS Launch introduces students to problem-solving process

by Olivia Xu, Humans of Harker Managing Editor September 27, 2022

Imagine a world where small artificial intelligence-powered robots can instantly destroy weeds and fertilize plants and farmers can trace apples to their roots through edible tags imprinted in the fruits....

Fern Biswas (10) admires the Diego Rivera bulletin board in Main Hall, which features over 150 paintings about Rivera’s dream of what North America would be like. Hispanic Heritage Month began on Sept. 15 and honors different types of Hispanic culture in the world.

‘We want to show that we are proud’

by Vika Gautham and Sarah Mohammed September 27, 2022

When she hears the words Hispanic Heritage Month, upper school mathematics teacher Jeanette Fernandez thinks of bringing awareness to others who aren’t as knowledgeable of the Hispanic culture in America....

As Gen-Z trends towards normalizing casual and authentic posting on social media, apps such as BeReal gain traction, fostering a more intimate view into people’s lives. Whether the app will continue its success or fade away remains unclear, but sustaining the app’s mission could be a step towards a healthier approach to social media.

What does it mean to Be Real?

by Selina Xu and Medha Yarlagadda September 27, 2022

“It’s Time to BeReal.” The notification appears on millions of phones once a day. Whether walking around the hallways, waiting in the lunch line or sitting on their couch at home, students flock...

Pressured by a Castilleja gator, senior Kyra Hawk passes the ball to a fellow teammate to allow Harker to be in a scoring position. The varsity girls water polo team fell to Castilleja in a close match on Tuesday.

Varsity girls water polo team falls just short to Castilleja in 13-14 loss

by Brandon Zau and Kevin Zhang September 25, 2022

The varsity girls water polo team lost a close match to Castilleja 13-14 in a fourth quarter thriller at home on Tuesday. Harker trailed by two points at the end of the first quarter, but the girls’...

Norah Mehanna (10) crouches to return the opponents serve at the varsity girls volleyball game against Westmont High School on Sept. 15. The girls lost in a close five-set game.

Varsity girls volleyball team loses to Westmont High School in close five-set game

by Shareen Chahal, Reporter September 25, 2022

The varsity girls volleyball team fell to Westmont High School on Sept. 15 at home 21-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-12 and 7-15. The Eagles began the first set with a strong lead and initially pulled ahead with...

The Pearl Post adviser Adriana Chavira speaks to student journalists at the Journalism Education Association (JEA) NorCal Media Day at Palo Alto High School today. “There’s a section of the Ed Code 48907 that protects advisers from retaliation,” Chavira said. “That was added about 15 years ago. The Ed Code 48907 was actually added back in the late 70s, and [it’s] the first such law for student journalists in the country. Were lucky we have this: it’s giving you First Amendment protections.”

‘This is so much bigger than just our publication’

by Isha Moorjani and Olivia Xu September 24, 2022

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Hundreds of students rise to their feet in applause, all facing the three journalists on stage. The speakers, from the journalism staff of Daniel Pearl Magnet School in Los Angeles,...

TALON yearbook reporter Angelina Burrows (10) takes notes during one of the JEA NorCal Media Day sessions. 31 Harker journalists attended the event today at Palo Alto High School.

Upper school journalism staff attend JEA NorCal media day

by Tiffany Chang, Felix Chen, Aishani Singh, and Sally Zhu September 24, 2022

PALO ALTO, Calif. – 33 upper school Harker Journalism staff attended the JEA NorCal Media Day at Palo Alto High School on Saturday, an annual convention for high school journalism students and advisors.  The...

Upper school Director of Journalism Whitney Huang holds up the Humans of Harker magazine. The Humans of Harker team delivered a presentation today at the JEA NorCal Media Day at Palo Alto High School.

Upper school Humans of Harker journalism staff present at JEA NorCal Media Day

PALO ALTO, Calif. – The upper school journalism program’s Humans of Harker team presented a 45-minute workshop at the Journalism Education Association (JEA) NorCal Media Day at Palo Alto High School...

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