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Humans of Harker: Sumati Wadhwa reflects on the human condition

Humans of Harker: Sumati Wadhwa reflects on the human condition

by Darren Gu, TALON Sports Editor

October 20, 2017


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

“Stand tall and proud. Sink your roots into the earth. Be content with your natural beauty. Go out on a limb. Drink plenty of water. Remember your roots, and enjoy the view!” Something about this redwood tree poster, the warm noodle soup bowl resting on her lap, the ambient incense candle aroma do...

Academic Decathlon holds club week

Academic Decathlon holds club week

by Farah Hosseini, Reporter

October 20, 2017


Filed under News, Online Exclusive, Showcase

Academic Decathlon hosted a mini Kahoot scrimmage for both members and non-members yesterday and sold boba tea outside of Manzanita during lunch today for their club week. As the theme for this year’s Academic Decathlon competitions is Africa, the Kahoot included questions focused mainly on African geo...

Research club begins new lecture series

Research club begins new lecture series

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Reporter

October 19, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusive, STEM

The Research Club’s new lecture series officially began with Rajiv Movva’s (12) presentation on the biology and ethics of gene editing last Friday in Nichols Auditorium. In his lecture, Movva first reviewed general information on genomes before explaining how CRISPR-Cas9, a gene editing tool, can...

Humans of Harker: Kevin Tzeng finds escape in other worlds

Humans of Harker: Kevin Tzeng finds escape in other worlds

by Alex Wang, Opinion Editor

October 19, 2017


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

Kevin Tzeng (12) has one blue earbud in as he listens to music, the other one dangling loose as he tunes into the world around him. What’s on his playlist? Most likely Day6, his current favorite K-Pop group. “I got into K-pop the same way I got into anime,” Kevin said. “My sister just showed...

Spanish National Honor Society holds annual Spanish Olympiad

Spanish National Honor Society holds annual Spanish Olympiad

by Srinath Somasundaram, Reporter

October 19, 2017


Filed under News, Online Exclusive, Showcase

Members of the Spanish National Honor Society (SNHS) participated in the annual Spanish Olympiad in Nichols Atrium during lunch today. The event included a few cultural activities, including a cultural bingo prepared by SNHS president David Wen (12) meant to refresh the students’ knowledge on Hispanic ...

Upper school debaters compete at Heart of Texas Invitational

Upper school debaters compete at Heart of Texas Invitational

by Anmol Velagapudi, Reporter

October 19, 2017


Filed under News, Online Exclusive

Eight members of the upper school speech and debate team competed in the Heart of Texas Invitational at St. Mark’s School from Oct. 14 to 16. Alan Hughes (12), Jacob Ohana (12), Megan Huynh (12) and Anusha Kuppahally (11) competed in the varsity policy division, while Jai Bahri (10), Maddie Hu...

Humans of Harker: Ashley Jiang sees the world through her camera lens

Humans of Harker: Ashley Jiang sees the world through her camera lens

by Gloria Guo, TALON Editor-in-Chief

October 18, 2017


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

Gripping onto the edges of the device, Ashley Jiang (12) carefully raises the camera body to her eye. Pressing her cheek onto the surface of her Canon EOS Rebel T3i, she squints and peeks through the viewfinder with her right eye. Agile fingers shift down to fiddle with the ridges of the focus dial as...

Therapist discusses gender at school assembly

Therapist discusses gender at school assembly

by Karina Chen and Tiffany Wong

October 18, 2017


Filed under News, Online Exclusive, Showcase

Students across all four grades attended an assembly hosted by guest speaker Maureen R. Johnston about gender roles and stereotypes today in Nichols Atrium. Johnston, a licensed marriage and family therapist with a practice in San Jose, first spoke to the sophomores and freshmen from 11:10 a.m. t...

Siemens regional finalists announced today

Siemens regional finalists announced today

by Helen Yang, Aquila Asst. STEM Editor

October 18, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusive, Showcase, STEM

Two upper school students were named regional finalists for the 2017 Siemens Competition today. 101 regional finalists from across the country were selected from the 491 semifinalists announced yesterday. Swapnil Garg (12) and Katherine Tian (11) are two of 11 regional finalists in California. Th...

Southwest Cafe Rio Adobe: Family-style Mexican dining

Southwest Cafe Rio Adobe: Family-style Mexican dining

by Kaidi Dai, Reporter

October 17, 2017


Filed under Features, Lifestyle, Online Exclusive

There’s nothing quite like the flavor of Mexican food, where vegetables and meat complement each other, where sour and savory blend in perfect satisfaction. Southwest cafe Rio Adobe is renowned for a variety of dishes that contain that classic, Mexican taste, thanks to the use of fresh ingredients...

Northern California wildfires: How to help

Northern California wildfires: How to help

by Karina Chen, Rose Guan, Kaitlin Hsu, Ashley Jiang, and Tiffany Wong

October 17, 2017


Filed under News, Online Exclusive, Showcase

Various organizations nationwide have begun recovery efforts for the fires that started in Northern California last Monday. Harker will be hosting a “Stuff the Bus” drive for canned goods, nonperishable food, clothing and gift cards, all of which will be delivered to the Finley Community Center a...

Northern California wildfires: Smoke travels south, fires continue to burn

Northern California wildfires: Smoke travels south, fires continue to burn

by Kathy Fang, Rose Guan, Kaitlin Hsu, and Prameela Kottapalli

October 17, 2017


Filed under News, Online Exclusive

The upper school operated on a rainy day schedule this past week with indoors lunches and cancelled outdoor events, including the annual Family and Alumni Picnic, following directives that Bay Area residents should avoid outdoor activity due to unhealthy levels of particulate matter from fires that started ...

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