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

English teacher Susanne Salhab congratulates seniors Daniel Lin and Claire Miao on their completion of high school. Daniel and Claire were both members of Salhabs AP Literature class.

Classes of 2024 and 2025 close the year with bricks and Baccalaureate

by Jessica Hu and Felix Chen May 20, 2024

Seniors, their family members, juniors and faculty celebrated the class of 2024 during the Brick Ceremony and the transfer of leadership to the class of 2025 at Baccalaureate Friday night.  Head...

Volunteering impact also does not need to be confined to a set amount of time or awards. If we encourage students to approach their nonprofit work with longevity in mind, they are more likely to carry on their work, furthering acts of volunteerism in their community.

Editorial: Resume-building diminishes commitment to community service

by Editorial Board May 16, 2024

Scrolling through Instagram, numerous abandoned nonprofit accounts emerge. Initiatives that were once active during a student’s time in high school now lie dormant. These accounts cast doubt on the extent...

Talk Around Campus: Mother’s Day

by Charlize Wang and Claire Yu May 12, 2024

Cameron Jones (9): Every Mother's Day, me and my sister and my dad make breakfast in bed for my mother, and we give it to her. And we make French toast. Paul Barsky, Upper School Division Head: Typically,...

Meet your teacher: Spreading smiles through song

Meet your teacher: Spreading smiles through song

by Charlize Wang, Aquila Co-Managing Editor May 9, 2024

Music holds meaning. For some, it’s a source of energy. For others, it’s an escape from the raucous rhythm of reality. And for history teacher Dr. Witschorik, it’s a beacon of positivity where...

Arnav Swaroop (12) dances with his friends on the patio floor. This years prom took place at the Winchester Mystery House, a national historic venue that is often booked for weddings and parties.

Music, mystery and memories

by Lily Shi and Jessica Hu May 4, 2024

Colorful lights and artificial smoke swirl around the outdoor patio, as the crowd dances and sings along to booming music. Laughter and chatter fill the air as students spend the evening celebrating against...

Kaleb Goldin poses in his running stance. I’m running six days a week for about two hours, Kaleb said. Like in everything else I do, practicing lets me get better and be faster.”

Apex: Racing against records

by Tiffany Zhu and Ella Guo May 3, 2024

Kaleb Goldin (11) races past the finish line, his heart pulsing as a surge of exhilaration sweeps over him. For a brief moment after this final stretch, he’s unaware of the time of his sprint, but his...

As the Bay Area has largely returned to in-person pre-pandemic norms, corporations now grapple with the employment of more workers than they can provide for. Reductions in the tech workforce pose a significant challenge for both current engineers and recent college graduates looking to enter the field.

Tech industry layoffs incite uncertainty in post-pandemic world

by Tiffany Zhu, Co-Sports Editor May 3, 2024

Since the start of the year, tech companies across the globe have extinguished approximately 75,000 jobs according to layoffs tracker layoffs.fyi. Engineers in the computing world prepare for the new wave...

Seniors Angelina Hu, Olivia Xu, Katherine Fields, Anika Mantripragada and Ellie Schmidt line up with assistant coaches Doug Hawk and Andrew Irvine for a picture during the team’s senior night ceremony. Irvine gave a speech for each senior, honoring their time with the team.

Varsity girls lacrosse team comes up short 3-5 on senior night

by Tiffany Zhu, Co-Sports Editor April 27, 2024

The varsity girls lacrosse team succumbed to Sacred Heart Preparatory 3-5 in their senior night game on April 20.  Before the game, the team honored seniors Katherine Fields, Angelina Hu, Anika Mantripragada,...

Spanish teachers Diana Moss and Isabel Garcia dance the cumbia to Baila Esta Cumbia by Selena. Attendees also danced the salsa at the end of the night in a competition.

La Noche Cultural celebrates diverse Hispanic culture

by Lily Shi and Ashley Mo April 26, 2024

Students and faculty gathered to celebrate La Noche Cultural, Spanish Culture Night, on April 19. Hosted by the Spanish National Honor Society, the annual event welcomes past and present Spanish students...

Head coach John Fruterro and senior Thomas Liu smile after Fruterro gave a speech celebrating Thomas Liu during the varsity boys tennis teams senior night. “I’ve met so many amazing people here, and it’s been a good four years,” Thomas said.

Varsity boys tennis team suffers 2-5 loss to Menlo on senior night

by Tiffany Zhu, Co-Sports Editor April 26, 2024

Varsity boys tennis came up short against Menlo 2-5 on their senior night at Del Mar High School on April 17.  The team honored senior Thomas Liu, who has played on Harker's tennis team since sixth...

Student presenter Oliver Chen (10) talks about his project using his poster as a visual aid. Harker students from grades eight to 12 shared their research findings in the Auxiliary Gym.

Research Symposium reaches record-high attendance, unites STEM enthusiasts

by Ashley Mo and Mendy Mao April 25, 2024

Over 800 students and parents attended the 18th annual Harker Research Symposium, themed “The Artificial Intelligence Revolution,” organized by the Women in STEM club on April 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m....

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