The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

As we come back, we’re questioning what we used to consider “normal.” Sometimes, it all feels like too much.

Editorial: Changing our meaning of ‘normal’

by Editorial Board November 16, 2021

We've been back for 11 weeks on our upper school campus at Saratoga, finally back to lunches with friends, back to commuting in the morning, back to after-school sports practices and games, performing...

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...

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...

This pandemic isn’t behind us yet, so we take on the responsibility to assure each other through the simple actions of sitting two to a table or waiting a few more months for a hug. Practicing simple actions protects the community we have waited so long to meet again.

Safety depends on accountability

by Editorial Board May 18, 2021

Four weeks ago, our student body’s year-long separation from the upper school campus finally came to an end. Shortly after Santa Clara County restrictions eased restrictions, the senior class spirit...

The Atlanta shootings opened a floodgate of fear for Asian Americans around the country and in our school community. We refuse to be reserved about hate crimes against the AAPI community.

Editorial: End the invisibility of anti-Asian American violence

by Editorial Board March 30, 2021

In a survey sent out to members of the Harker Journalism news staff, 100% of the 29 respondees indicated that they agreed with the stance of this editorial. Soon Chung Park. Hyun Jung Grant. Suncha...

Only the beginning.

Editorial Cartoon: Only the beginning

by Emily Tan, Winged Post Features Editor January 22, 2021

After a year upended by a relentless pandemic, the violent Capitol attack delivered a gut-wrenching blow to America’s battered morale. It was based in the false imagination of a stolen election, a story strengthened by those in public office who promoted the narrative and backed Trump in his disturbing rhetoric.

Editorial: Striking down the gavel on the First Amendment

by Editorial Board January 11, 2021

In a survey sent out to members of the Harker Journalism news staff, 100% of the 27 respondees indicated that they agreed with the stance of this editorial. “Account suspended. Twitter suspends accounts...

President-elect Biden is not a panacea for all our ailments, but he is a step in the right direction. Biden has promised to be a president for all Americans, regardless of political affiliation, and he brings with him a history of bipartisanship in his nearly 50 years serving the American people.

Editorial: Defend our democracy

by Editorial Board November 12, 2020

In a survey sent out to members of the Harker Journalism news staff, 25 of the 26 respondees indicated that they agreed with the stance of this editorial. Nearly two years ago, Harker Aquila drove up...

We are running out of time, year by year, month by month. The world we inherit is shaped
by the decisions and problems of previous elections. For a generation watching as the climate rapidly fluctuates and the ocean creeps into cities, we
don’t have the luxury to wait.

Editorial: Proposition 18, our generation’s next step

by Editorial Board October 31, 2020

For the first month of school, we woke up to dim orange skies and the smell of smoke in the air. Some of us packed bags for evacuation, others faced permanent loss and the unforgiving raze of wildfires....

Editorial: Ousting Trump is the only choice

Editorial: Ousting Trump is the only choice

by Editorial Board October 29, 2020

Over 221,000 Americans dead from coronavirus. The killing of unarmed Black men and women prompting protests across the nation. Unemployment shooting up to 14.7% in April. Leaders are defined by their...

What do we look like through our own eyes? We have been endlessly defined by a time range, compared with analyses of older generations and their defining moments: wars, disasters, crises. But what about by ourselves?

Editorial: Gen Z defines itself through adversity

by Editorial Board September 29, 2020

Completely reliant on technology. The “snowflake” generation. A lack of focus. A short attention span. Such common stereotypes may pervade characterizations of Generation Z, but the reality extends...

This illustration depicts how the country has reached a flashpoint. The African American community is speaking out against systemic racism and police violence, across the nation and in the Harker community, too.

Editorial: Say their names — and listen

by Editorial Board June 14, 2020

Say their names.  Tony McDade. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Eric Garner. Rodney King. Tamir Rice. And so many more African American men and women — most unpublicized, many minors — have been...

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