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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

Art Club officers Laurel Davies (11) and Sonya He (11) speak about the Honors Directed Portfolio art showcases. The showcases will feature seniors Austina Xu, Sonya He, Aastha Mangla and Vivian Bi.

School meeting recap 1/24/23: Valentine’s grams, AI Journal and Black History Month

by Young Min, Assistant A&E Editor January 31, 2023

The school meeting on Jan. 24 started off with Siddhi Jain (11)  from Rock Climbing Club who introduced the club's Community Climbing session. The sessionh took place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m....

“Science is intimidating. This is where the word conduit comes in: its acting as a teacher to bring the information such that they’re prepared to seek it out for themselves. But the thing about teaching is it comes down to how well you can captivate the audience. Can you make sure that theyre listening to you, that they understand you? Thats the essence of learning: just going out, absorbing information without a purpose, having fun exploring by yourself, Rohan Bhowmik (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Critical thinker, community builder

by Angelina Hu, TALON Student Life Editor January 29, 2023

As lunch approaches its peak, a group of students congregates at the chocolate milk machine — only to realize the dispenser is clogged. A buzz of disgruntlement grows among the crowd as they wonder what...

“Art classes create a community with other artists. Its much easier for me to talk and be more outgoing when Im talking about something Im passionate about. Even when we’re working on projects, everyone’s talking or having conversations. Looking at art also starts conversations. Its a way to start talking, Avery Olson (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Symphony of colors

by Desiree Luo, Co-Features Editor January 28, 2023

A white sailboat rests atop a tranquil sea, its reflection shimmering on the dark navy surface. Behind it lies an island with lush green hills, on top of which sit white houses with bright red rooftops....

California Republican House Representative Kevin McCarthy was elected House Speaker on Jan. 7 after an unprecedented 15 rounds of voting. McCarthy finally achieved the win with 216 out of 428 votes.

Kevin McCarthy elected House Speaker after unprecedented 15 rounds of voting

by Shareen Chahal and Katerina Matta January 28, 2023

California Republican House Representative Kevin McCarthy was elected House Speaker on Jan. 7 after an unprecedented 15 rounds of voting. Following the recent midterm elections, the Republican Party...

Upper school speech and debate teacher Greg Achten was recently elected to the National Debate Coaches Association (NDCA) Board. “I want to make debate a more open and inclusive and kind of awesome place for students to come together and express their ideas,” Achten said. “Thats what I would like. [The debate coaches at Harker] all share the same vision of having a vibrant community where we all appreciate each others work.”

Upper school speech and debate teacher Greg Achten elected to NDCA Board

by Jessica Wang, Assistant Opinions Editor January 27, 2023

Upper school speech and debate teacher Greg Achten was elected to the board of the National Debate Coaches Association (NDCA) for the October 2022 to 2025 term following his involvement in the association...

“[In] golf, I realized that there’s only so much you can control through technique. If you can really just focus on feeling the club and getting your shot and executing something you visualize, you have a much more productive and enjoyable experience. I tend to view a lot of things like that. Even in the way I study, the way I approach the classes, I try to make them as artistically enjoyable as possible, always trying to find a way to sort of visualize an outcome and play around with things until I get it, Athreya Daniel (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Athletic artistry

by Jonathan Xue, HoH Profiler January 27, 2023

A painter perfecting their latest masterpiece. A violinist performing a soulful sonata. A singer sustaining a flawless high note. All these vignettes could be described as artistic in nature. But the definition...

Lunar New Year decorations spice up a local Gogo Pho restaurant. We celebrate happiness and success together and hope to have good luck for earning more money in the new year, Gogo Pho waiter Tung Nguyen, who identifies as Vietnam, said.

Lunar New Year welcomes in Year of the Rabbit

by Emma Gao, Ella Yee, and Sabrina Zhu January 27, 2023

“I miss my parents so much.” Eight years ago, Tung Nguyen, a waiter at local restaurant Gogo Pho and student at San Jose State University, left his family in Vietnam to study electrical engineering...

“I got a job as a gymnastics coach that I really enjoy. When Im coaching and I see a kid make progress on a skill, that makes me happy. And when you build a bond with little kids, its really something different, Pelin Unsal (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Gold medal, gold heart

by Anwen Hao, Asst. Multimedia Editor January 26, 2023

A smile radiant with pride and exhilaration. A sigh of relief as a gold medal finds its way onto her neck. Pelin Unsal (12) cannot hide her satisfaction, finally witnessing her years of effort in gymnastics...

“I live by ‘Everybody does things for a reason. Why Im interested in psychology is that, no matter how out of it someone else might be acting, you dont know whats going on and you really cant judge how someone acts just off of your first impression, Sophia Shan (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Ardor for art

by Ariana Goetting, Co-A&E and Lifestyle Editor January 25, 2023

When Sophia Shan’s (12) teacher at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) insisted that she find the “coolest” place to paint from observation this summer, she did just that. In the 90 degree heat...

Math Club members Juliana Li (10) and Lily Shi (9) work on problems during the Jan. 9 lecture. Math Club hosted a speaker event with alumnus and former Math Club President Jeffrey Kwan ‘20, where he discussed math problems and held a Q&A to answer questions about math.

Math Club hosts speaker event and wins Arete Competition

by Steven Jiang, TALON Reporter January 25, 2023

Math Club hosted a speaker event with alumnus and former Math Club President Jeffrey Kwan (‘20), where he discussed math problems and answered questions from participants on Jan. 9 during lunch. During...

Ellen Bass is the author of four poetry collections, including most recently, “Indigo,” published in 2020. Bass spoke with Harker Aquila about her experiences reading, writing, and teaching poetry, making a home and a life out of this art.

The Poet’s Project: ‘The magic and mystery of it’

by Felix Chen and Sarah Mohammed January 24, 2023

Ellen Bass is the author of four poetry collections, including most recently, “Indigo” (Copper Canyon Press 2020). Her poems have been published in the New Yorker and the American Poetry Review and...

“I find my mom inspiring just because she does what she wants to do. I find it really inspiring that shes able to jump and do what she likes. She was a lawyer, and when that wasnt fun, she became a teacher. When I graduate, she wants to go into film. I always find doing new things really scary. I want to be able to go through my life, do what I love, try new things and be able to feel satisfied at the end of my life, Kyra Hawk (12) said.

Humans of Harker: ‘Master of her own destiny’

by Gabe Sachse, Asst. Sports Editor January 24, 2023

The thud of the round, rubber lacrosse ball flying back and forth between players rings out in a memory from Kyra Hawk’s (12) junior season of the sport. It was a cold night, and Harker was playing at...

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