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Building a community from the ground up

Building a community from the ground up

by Arely Sun, Esha Gohil, Alysa Su, and Anna Vazhaeparambil

June 10, 2019

With his head tilted to one side, eyes unfocused and thoughtful, Mike Bassoni smiles as he answers questions about his lifetime of work at Harker. As he touches on his past and present accomplishments, his voice softens nostalgically from its usual upbeat rhythm, his memories taking him back decades. Bassoni...

The Butterfly Effect: A metamorphosis on manhood, movies and “Minding the Gap”

The Butterfly Effect: A metamorphosis on manhood, movies and “Minding the Gap”

by Nina Gee, Visuals Editor

June 10, 2019

Fifteen years ago, 2004. Rockford, Illinois. A tall, lanky Asian boy, all limbs and joints, dark hair down past his ears, stands in front of the camera. The scene around him is warped outwards in its fish-eyed lens, almost as if the world is exploding out of him, fracturing around him. Yet he is all...

Humans of Harker: Moving to the beat

Humans of Harker: Moving to the beat

by Nina Gee, Visuals Editor

June 4, 2019

This is the third installment of the Humans of Harker 2019 video series. Through this project, the Harker journalism program aims to tell the story of the senior class, one profile at a time. ...

Harker students organize Opportunity X science fair to showcase middle schoolers’ projects

Harker students organize Opportunity X science fair to showcase middle schoolers’ projects

by Arely Sun, Reporter

June 4, 2019

Students of Opportunity X, a student-founded program that teaches students at underprivileged schools about science research, gathered in the Dr. Roberto Cruz Alum Rock Branch Library community center to share their projects at the program’s first science fair on May 25. The participants had been working...

Harker DECA concludes 2018-2019 season with banquet celebration

Harker DECA concludes 2018-2019 season with banquet celebration

by Alysa Su

June 3, 2019

Harker DECA hosted one of their two annual end-of-the-year events, the banquet celebration, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. last Thursday in the Nichols Atrium. DECA parent night, the other end-of-the-year event held specifically to inform new and returning parents of the DECA program, was held on Tuesday, May...

Humans of Harker: Dueling with duality

Humans of Harker: Dueling with duality

by Ryan Guan and Kathy Fang

June 2, 2019

"Period six starts in 45 minutes at 10:50; may the exodus commence." A momentary confusion sweeps across the crowd of students and faculty at this unfamiliar deviation from his trademark line, before delighted laughter and the usual chatter break out once more. From finding alternative ways to...

Exploring international sports at Harker

Exploring international sports at Harker

by Vishnu Kannan and Kushal Shah

June 2, 2019

Sports are one of the most popular pastimes in the world, and each one has a dedicated player and fanbase. Despite their popularity, however, some of these activities are less well-known than others and deserve to be in the spotlight more often. While some of these sports may seem uninteresting to people in c...

Humans of Harker: Humanity in art

Humans of Harker: Humanity in art

by Heidi Zhang, TALON Editor-In-Chief

June 1, 2019

This is the second installment of the Humans of Harker 2019 video series. Through this project, the Harker journalism program aims to tell the story of the senior class, one profile at a time. ...

Blue Wave Rolling: Democratic presidential hopefuls reach out to voters in California Democratic State Convention

Blue Wave Rolling: Democratic presidential hopefuls reach out to voters in California Democratic State Convention

by Eric Fang, Kathy Fang, Arushi Saxena, and Anna Vazhaeparambil

June 1, 2019

More than a dozen Democratic presidential hopefuls travelled to San Francisco this week to attend the California Democrats’ State Convention at the Moscone Center. 11 of those candidates addressed an audience of more than 3,000 at the morning and afternoon general sessions, presenting highlights of...

“Dream big, fight harder”: Elizabeth Warren has a plan for American families

“Dream big, fight harder”: Elizabeth Warren has a plan for American families

by Kathy Fang and Eric Fang

June 1, 2019

With the American flag behind her and a crowd of several thousand Bay Area voters and supporters before her, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) stepped into the spotlight in the middle of a soccer field, both arms outstretched to welcome the cheers of her audience. Before...

Inside the Dash: Age of Aquarium

Inside the Dash: Age of Aquarium

by Helen Zhu, TALON Academics Editor

May 31, 2019

This podcast series hopes to slow things down for a few minutes of conversation with someone in this community, and to tell the stories of the lives of our community—inside the dash. How many hours, minutes, or seconds do you spend on looking around you and appreciating the flowers blooming in your yard or the delicious food you’re eating or just your friends? Over the course of the past month, I’ve witnessed the cherry tree in my Cupertino front yard blossom, bloom and wither. I pass by this tree ev...

Humans of Harker: Defying limits

Humans of Harker: Defying limits

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Asst. Sports Editor

May 30, 2019

When you hear the name “Kat Tian” uttered by underclassmen in the Main hallway, the words tend to be followed by reverent whispers of “Siemens Finalist,” “USAJMO qualifier” or even just the simple praise, “She’s smart.” Walk over to Nichols or Dobbins, and it is unsurprising to find...

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