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The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

Charlie Major, owner of Bay Area cheesecake store Charlies Cheesecake Works, poses with a classic cheesecake. Major, who started the store 20 years ago, still runs the shop to this day, selling three varieties of cheesecakes in 40 unique flavors.

So you want to be a… cheesecake baker?

by Lavanya Subramanian, TALON Student Life Editor May 12, 2022

After Bay Area local Charlie Major retired 20 years ago, he didn’t take a conventional route of retiring. Instead, he started a new cheesecake business, setting up Charlie’s Cheesecake Works right...

Varsity boys volleyball huddles in a group cheer before the game to excite the team. The eagles beat Saratoga High School 25-21, 25-23, 21-25, 25-19.

Varsity boys volleyball team celebrates senior night, sweeps Saratoga 3-0

by Chayce Milheim, Reporter May 12, 2022

The varsity boys volleyball team defeated Saratoga High School 25-21, 25-23, 21-25, 25-19 on Senior Night at home last Friday at 6:45 p.m.  Head coach Zachary Mattson emceed the senior night ceremony,...

This illustration represents the podcast Research Revelations, which spotlights student researchers with staff members.

Research Revelations Episode 1: Microplastics in fish with Aeliya Grover

by Ella Yee and Selina Xu May 2, 2022

This is the first installment of Research Revelations: Conversations with Our Student Researchers, a podcast where Aquila staff members talk to student researchers about their projects and research goals....

Recruited senior athletes Alexa Lowe, Ishaan Mantripragada, Ritika Rajamani, Megha Salvi, Austin Wang, Bobby Wang and Sophie Zhang-Murphy pose for a group photo following the annual college athlete signing ceremony.

College athlete signing ceremony celebrates recruited seniors

by Katelyn Zhao and Desiree Luo April 30, 2022

The upper school athletics department recognized nine seniors during the annual college athlete signing ceremony in the Athletic Center at 12:45 p.m on Thursday. Seniors Alexa Lowe, Ishaan Mantripragada,...

Climate strike attendees wave their signs and flags in the air on their way to Plaza de Cesar Chavez on Friday. Upon their arrival, the group formed a semicircle in the plaza to listen to various speeches from people involved with stopping climate change.

Pulse of the People: Youth demand environmental action at local climate strike

by Sabrina Zhu, Kinnera Mulam, and Sally Zhu April 27, 2022

Ten upper school students attended the Silicon Valley Youth Climate Strike 2022 for a march and speeches in downtown San Jose on Friday, Earth Day, at 4 p.m.  Green Team members and Green Team...

Leisha Devisetti (11) purchases boba from Green Team during lunch last Friday. The club sold the drinks in front of Manzanita Hall on Monday and Friday.

Green Team relaunches ‘Buy Better Boba’ initiative during Earth Week

by Desiree Luo, Assistant Sports Editor April 26, 2022

Additional reporting by Kinnera Mulam and Katelyn Zhao. Green Team sold bubble tea in reusable jars and straws in front of Manzanita Hall during lunch last Tuesday and Friday as part of its “Buy Better...

Three students and two teachers discuss their thoughts on the mask mandate lift at the upper school. The lift began on Monday, and students and faculty are no longer required to wear masks indoors.

Talk around campus: Mask mandate lift

by Selina Xu and Sally Zhu April 25, 2022

Additional reporting by Edward Huang. With the upper school's mask mandate lifting last Monday, April 18, students and faculty are no longer required to wear masks indoors, a decision following Gov....

Shiven Balaji (9) plays the saxophone with Lab Band during the Evening of Jazz performances on April 14. The Grade 7-8 Jazz Band and Upper School Jazz Band also participated in the concert, with the groups playing a combined total of 15 pieces.

Seniors round off last band performances at annual Evening of Jazz concert

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

A powerful jazz melody erupts from the stage, notes flowing out of trumpets, vibrating through the strings of electric guitars and bouncing off of swinging drumsticks and into the audience’s ears. The...

Sasvath Ramachandran (12) promposes to Yejin Song (12). With prom quickly approaching tomorrow, numerous promposals took place on campus over the last few weeks, ranging from the simple and straightforward ask to the elaborately designed scheme.

To accept or not to accept: Promposals showcase upperclassmen creativity

by Olivia Xu, Reporter April 23, 2022

The anxious pounding of a heart. The awkward upperclassman, standing still with a bouquet of colorful roses and a giant white poster. The surprised classmate, contemplating “to accept or not to accept”...

Sonia Yu (9) leads the freshmen in a section of their class dance. The juniors placed first in the class dance competition, followed by the seniors, the sophomores and the freshmen, respectively.

From heroes to villains: Upper school hosts in-person spring Spirit Week

by Harker Journalism Staff April 20, 2022

Cheers infuse the crisp air on Davis Field. The chants emanating from white, black, yellow and green clusters — freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes dressed in their respective colors — overpower...

Anoushka Khatri (12), who plays Janet Van De Graff, answers questions from curious reporters about her upcoming wedding. The musical followed the wedding of Janet and Robert Martin and the chaos that ensues.

‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ spring musical returns in-person with 4 standing ovations

by Sally Zhu, A&E and Lifestyle Editor April 12, 2022

The lights blink on, the curtains fall and the show draws to a close. Audience members return to reality, after a two-hour long, distant adventure full of laughter, anticipation, drama and, most importantly,...

Harvard graduate students Amulya Mandava (06), Lilia Kilburn and Margaret Czerwienski filed a lawsuit against Harvard University for its handing of sexual assault allegations against anthropology professor John Comaroff. The graduate college community began pressing charges against Dr. Comaroff for sexual misconduct starting in 2012 when he worked at the University of Chicago as a professor.

Pulse of the People: Speaking out in the silence

by Sarah Mohammed, Sally Zhu, Michelle Liu, and Sabrina Zhu April 11, 2022

The foundations of institutions, the bricks on which they stand, feel strong. Supportive. Easy to rest upon. A bulwark of protection. But what happens when they totter or tilt? When parts of the building...

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