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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

“Something that inspired me is every time I lost in a debate tournament. While I do love when I do well, reflecting back on the past and seeing the hard work Ive put in has pushed me to realize how important it is to reflect on your past, Aaditya Gulati (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Eagle in flight

by Ariana Goetting, Reporter January 24, 2022

As Aaditya Gulati (12) reminisces about his first-ever football game in late August of his senior year, a smile spreads across his face, his eyes glistening and his head held high. Having scored both the...

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

Music Monday: Throwback to childhood theme songs with Aquila

by Sally Zhu, A&E and Lifestyle Editor January 24, 2022

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. “Hey, Jessie! It feels like a party every...

Zoom Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Kelly Steckelberg speaks to over 40 students on Jan. 13 in a joint speaker event hosted by CareerConnect and Oeconomia. Steckelberg touched on the possible economic shift away from business travel, Zoom’s expansion of services and the power of networking.

Zoom CFO shares insights into career journey and economic trends

by Lucy Ge, Co-Managing Editor January 23, 2022

Zoom Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Kelly Steckelberg spoke to over 40 upper school students on Jan. 13, sharing insights into her daily responsibilities as CFO and her journey in the business world.  Steckelberg,...

Marvel’s ‘Eternals’ falls flat in portrayal of diverse characters

Marvel’s ‘Eternals’ falls flat in portrayal of diverse characters

by Kinnera Mulam, Reporter January 22, 2022

There they were. All 10 of them, capes undulating in the wind, heads held high as they surveyed the arid landscape, solemnly nodding at those thanking them for their heroic efforts. One of them stood little...

Instead of trying to cling on to my routine during the pandemic, I was like, ‘I cant live like this for the rest of my life.’ Thats when I started to try and change things a little bit, [and] that made me proud of myself: being able to recognize that and [change] my mindset, Emma Cabral-Gurleroglu (12) said.

Humans of Harker: A change of pace

by Olivia Xu, Reporter January 21, 2022

Most freshmen and sophomores are sound asleep at 5 a.m., but when Emma Cabral-Gurleroglu (12) was a sophomore, she would be wide awake, arriving at City Team, a homeless shelter in San Jose, in the early...

Robotics members Tanay Sharma (11), Gary Ding (11), Will Lee (11), Nolan Dagum (9), and Agastya Ravuri (9) consider potential features for the robot on a whiteboard. At the kickoff, groups brainstormed design ideas for competition and later presented their concepts.

Robotics kickoff marks the start of build season

by Margaret Cartee and Sabrina Zhu January 21, 2022

Harker Robotics hosted a kickoff marking the beginning of the build season for about 40 members in the Nichols atrium from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 8.  To start the kickoff, members watched a livestream...

“The most satisfying part of playing piano is when I’m working on a really difficult passage for a long time, and then, for the very first time, I can play it through without stopping or mistakes. Even though the process of getting there can be really frustrating, at that one moment, it feels like everything before was worth it, Yvan Grinspan (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Keys to compassion

by Lakshmi Mulgund, TALON Social Media and Co-Sports Editor January 20, 2022

As he sits down on the piano seat, Yvan Grinspan’s (12) fingers hesitate for a second before resting on the keys. He waits a few seconds before he lets his fingers sink into each key. Yvan’s smile...

Students in Governing Alice played by Sidak Sanghari (9), Leyla Artun (12) and Arianna Weaver (12) wave their hands. Four student-directed plays performed in the Rothschild Performing Arts Center on Jan. 7 and Jan. 8.

Annual Student Directed Showcase production entertains audience amidst COVID-19 pandemic

by Sally Zhu and Kinnera Mulam January 20, 2022

Where can you learn about all of American history and grow inspired by a basketball team’s hunt for new players in one sitting? Or enter a fictitious world of shunned “lefties” and sympathize with...

[Painting] makes you feel like youre the only person in the world. The idea that I could do it for fun for myself has been the reason I like getting into it. [It’s] the idea of independence and doing things that you want to do. If you cant come up with a reason for [your decisions], then you should reevaluate how youve been living your life, Jackie Hu (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Reshaping escape

by Smrithi Sambamurthy, TALON People Editor January 19, 2022

Jackie Hu (12) reflects on fond memories of Saturdays spent at the library as a kid. Surrounded by the vibrant covers of the Geronimo Stilton and Rainbow Magic series, Jackie immersed herself in the endless...

STEM Scene showcases briefs to update our community on the STEM world.

STEM Scene: Jan. 19

by Angelina Hu and Jasleen Hansra January 19, 2022

Consumer Electric Show launches new technology products The 2022 Consumer Electric Show (CES) took place in Las Vegas from Jan. 5 to Jan. 8 to exhibit new tech trends and products from companies...

Liam Jeffers (9) waits for the referees call while a teammate gestures to indicate the Eagles had possession of the ball. The referee decided in the Eagles favor.

Freshman and sophomore boys basketball team triumphs over Nueva

by Trisha Iyer, Assistant Features Editor January 18, 2022

The freshman and sophomore boys basketball team defeated Nueva 45-30 last Tuesday for their first win of the season. The Eagles jumped out to an early lead, scoring a series of two-pointers and a free...

“Do what you want to do and explore what you want to explore. Don’t feel the pressure to fit others expectations. If you have an interest in something, pursue it. You don’t need anybody to teach you how to do it. Go after it yourself,” Kaden Kapadia (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Pedal to the metal

by Muthu Panchanatham, Opinions Editor January 18, 2022

A pink glow blankets the horizon, filling the blue sky with a lively glow. As the shimmering sun sinks below the clouds, a figure emerges from below, gliding effortlessly onto the precipice overlooking...

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