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Boys volleyball clutches win over Northgate, advances in NorCals

Boys volleyball clutches win over Northgate, advances in NorCals

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Asst. Sports Editor

May 14, 2019

After a close three sets, the varsity boys volleyball team defeated Northgate High School 25-20, 26-24, 25-13 in the first round of Division 1 NorCal Championships on Tuesday, qualifying to play in the semifinals on Thursday. Head coach Chad Gordon credited the team’s consistency as one of the ...

Humans of Harker: Closer to perfect

Humans of Harker: Closer to perfect

by Kathy Fang, Managing Editor

May 14, 2019

She laughs and pauses, her eyes caught in a thoughtful yet smiling twinkle, before she comes up with an answer to the question. Before she speaks, though, she pauses again, hugging a white fluffy blanket closer around her knees, as if a new idea has suddenly flashed across her mind and she were now caught...

Helen’s BTS Podcast

Helen’s BTS Podcast

by Helen Yang, Reporter

May 14, 2019

In her new podcast, senior Helen Yang dives into the basics of getting into BTS, the Korean boy group that has sparked an international craze, drawing many into the world of K-pop. Also known as Bangtan Sonyeondan, BTS is a seven-member South Korean boy band created in 2013 under the company Big...

Humans of Harker: Balance

Humans of Harker: Balance

by Michael Eng and Nicole Chen

May 13, 2019

In the corner of Mr. Hurshman’s room during a long lunch, a simple tune – the Geometry Dash Theme song – throughout the background noise of the lunchtime chatter from an electronic keyboard resonates. Headphones slung around his neck, Leon Lu (12) sits at the piano in a “relaxed concentration,”...

Lacrosse closes out another league championship season

Lacrosse closes out another league championship season

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Asst. Sports Editor

May 12, 2019

After defeating Aragon High School 7-6 on Tuesday this week in their quarterfinals match, the girls lacrosse team qualified to play in the WBAL semifinals, where they lost 9-6 to Woodside High School. Although this is the team’s second loss to Woodside and marks the end of their season, the girls ea...

Humans of Harker: Kindness and character

Humans of Harker: Kindness and character

by Nicole Chen, Editor-in-Chief

May 12, 2019

Alexandra “Alex” Lu (12) usually presents herself with a quiet demeanor. When she speaks, her words are carefully picked out, her statement and her ideas perfectly executed and communicated. But when she’s not speaking, she’s observing—and observing helps her understand. Many of Alex’s...

Humans of Harker: Piece by piece

Humans of Harker: Piece by piece

by Erica Cai, Reporter

May 12, 2019

Leisurely reclining on a cushioned chair in Manzanita, hands clasped behind his head, Andrew "Andy" Koonmen (12) smiles subtly as he pulls to mind the relaxing atmosphere he experiences when building model kits. He describes blasting a top 100 pop playlist through headphones while he focuses intently...

Humans of Harker: Informed discourse

Humans of Harker: Informed discourse

by Irina Malyugina, Photo Editor

May 12, 2019

When he’s with his friends, Jay Menon (12) speaks quickly, delivering concise, acerbic remarks by the minute, then laughing assuredly at his friends’ responses, a confident, calm smile on his face. He speaks his mind, as he always does, but considers his replies before he retorts. Though Jay’s...

Swimmers post strong results at States

Swimmers post strong results at States

by Aditya Singhvi, Sports Editor

May 11, 2019

The four-man Harker swim contingent, comprising of Ethan Hu (11), Matthew Chung (10), Rhys Edwards (10), and Jason Kwok (10), placed fourth at the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State Swimming Championships, held yesterday and today in Clovis. Ethan smashed two state meet records, creating...

Boys volleyball wins CCS Division 3, overpowers Carmel

Boys volleyball wins CCS Division 3, overpowers Carmel

by Aditya Singhvi, Sports Editor

May 11, 2019

The varsity boys volleyball team defeated the Carmel Padres 29-27, 25-17, 25-18 to clinch the Central Coast Section (CCS) Division 3 title in a historic game this afternoon. This game marked a rematch of last year's CCS championship final, which the Eagles lost 23-25, 17-25, 25-22, 25-18, 18-16 to...

Humans of Harker: Roots and resilience

Humans of Harker: Roots and resilience

by Irene Yuan and Emma Gurleroglu

May 11, 2019

The crowd cheers wildly as Anika Rajamani (12) sprints from third base, black hair streaming out from underneath her helmet. A cloud of dust rises as she slides into home base just as the fielder catches the ball. Having played for nine and a half years, softball is a huge part of Anika’s life....

Humans of Harker: Joy in spreading joy

Humans of Harker: Joy in spreading joy

by Helen Yang, Columnist

May 11, 2019

With dangling silver earrings and bold, framed glasses resting gently on her face, Damini Kaushik (12) brings life to the otherwise still backdrop of greenery with her easy smile and light banter. Some describe her as an outspoken ally, others view her as a feminist, and still others know her as an enthusiastic...

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