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Winged Post Editors-in-Chief Michelle Liu (12) and Emily Tan (12) hold up the newspaper initials along with Managing Editor Mark Hu (12).

Editors’ Note (Issue 2)

by Michelle Liu, Emily Tan, and Mark Hu October 10, 2021

We hope the first month of school has been going well for you all!  Here at Winged Post Headquarters, we’ve kept our eye on both big international stories and local feature pieces. As our school...

Ode to the kitchen god: a poem

Ode to the kitchen god: a poem

by Austina Xu, Guest Writer October 10, 2021

For as long as I remember, my childhood has been filled with tokens of my heritage and ancestry: for nine years I attended a local Chinese-run art studio, like most Chinese kids I took those dreaded language...

Winged Post Editors-in-Chief Michelle Liu (12) and Emily Tan (12) hold up the newspaper initials along with Managing Editor Mark Hu (12).

Editors’ Note (Issue 1)

by Michelle Liu, Emily Tan, and Mark Hu September 27, 2021

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year—and welcome back to campus! We’re super excited to share the first issue of the Winged Post with you all. After a year of remote coverage, we’re looking forward...

Over the past three weeks, discussions of the enforcement of dress code have spilled over to lunch tables, taken over Instagram posts and generated polarizing conversations in class. 
Students argued that their commitment to embrace diversity, love of learning and obligations to foster kindness and integrity, as stated in Harker’s mission statement, ought to be the metric for respect, not apparel.

Trust in transparency

by Editorial Board September 25, 2021

In a survey sent out to members of the Harker Journalism news staff, 38 of the 41 respondees indicated that they agreed with the stance of this editorial. One respondee partially agreed. Over the past...

We have now been back on campus for almost a month, after a year and a half apart. As we have transitioned back into a fully in-person environment filled with interaction beyond faces on a laptop screen, we have also tackled the return to in-person attire.

Twill pants to tank tops: The decade-long evolution of the dress code

by Muthu Panchanatham, Opinion Editor September 23, 2021

We have now been back on campus for almost a month, after a year and a half apart. As we have transitioned back into a fully in-person environment filled with interaction beyond faces on a laptop screen,...

The Harker School Saratoga Campus Parking map in Assistant Head of School Ken Allens office. Seniors participated in a lottery to determine parking spots on Matriculation 2021, and juniors who applied afterwards could also receive remaining available parking spots.

The art of selecting a parking spot

by Irene Yuan, Co-Managing Editor September 12, 2021

“Where’s your parking spot?” A question often asked of juniors and seniors who park on campus. At the beginning of each school year, upperclassmen who have their licenses are eligible to fill...

Never would I have thought that a simple village like Èze held so much beauty, but I later realized that all of it was in plain sight, and I only needed to look a little closer to find it. Discovering the beauty in the larger world brought much more joy into my life than I would ever expect, but after all, is that not what life is all about?

This I Believe: Hidden pleasures in plain sight

by Desiree Luo, Reporter September 7, 2021

The bright, shimmering sea sways back and forth as a soft breeze skims over the water’s surface. Streaks of white trail the small boats as they move like paint on a canvas. Overhead, the sun emits a...

In 2017, after Brandi Levy failed to make the varsity cheer team, she released her thoughts in a vulgar statement sent to around 250 friends on Snapchat. Though Levy’s unabashed profanity on social media after failing to make the varsity cheer squad might seem trivial, her case highlights the censorship threat of student free speech and more punitive measures in the future for all students, both on and off campus, if the court did not rule in her favor.

Court ruling serves as severe reminder of the significance of protecting free speech

by Alysa Suleiman, Co-Editor-In-Chief August 31, 2021

In 2017, after Brandi Levy failed to make the varsity cheer team, she released her thoughts in a vulgar statement sent to around 250 friends on Snapchat. The school discovered the statement through word...

Upperclassmen have not yet experienced the true weight of being role models for the younger students. Take comfort in the fact that you can make a difference in their high school journeys simply by reaching out. Let underclassmen know that you are here for them.

Editorial: Together we rise

by Editorial Board August 29, 2021

The last time we were here together, we were sitting in our classrooms during the last period of the day, anxiously waiting for the school bell to ring.  The last time we were here together, we were...

Despite the impossibility of the Anthropic Principle, we exist in a world that appreciates the romance of science, a high price to lose. In order to maintain its relevance while sustaining private growth, NASA must chase new frontiers, paving the way for industrial development to follow while collecting data that answer the question of how our existence came to be on the grandest arena of all.

Space travel enters the final frontier

by Nicole Tian, Co-Editor-in-Chief August 25, 2021

A white parachute billows above the camera as it hurtles to the ground, numbers in a corner of the screen flashing the landing velocity. Below spreads the arid iron oxide surface of Mars, orange dust for...

On the final day of the Olympics, seven days after she last appeared in the arena, Simone Biles returned to compete on the beam, not expecting to receive an award and saying “I was just going out there doing this for me.” Just like Biles, you have the power of choice—the power to sacrifice immediate results to take care of your well-being and to pave the way for long-term fulfillment.

Power of choice: Olympians set example of strength in making healthy decisions

by Arely Sun, Co-Managing Editor August 15, 2021

“It doesn’t matter what vault she does—it’s a showstopper,” said a NBC Sports reporter in a live broadcast. Eyes focused ahead, Simone Biles set off in a sprint, jumped from the springboard and...

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