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Riya Samuel (9) and Ivanya Sadana (9) dance to a Bollywood routine during Mondays assembly. The Student Diversity Coalition opened the showcase by introducing culture week and promoting events later in the week like a chalk art activity.

Culture Week Days 1 and 2: Students showcase diverse performances in cultural assembly

by Janam Chahal and Lily Shi February 27, 2024

Upper school students commenced Culture Week by sharing their cultural traditions through song, dance and poetry during an assembly in the Athletic Center on Monday.  Student Diversity Coalition leaders...

Guard Claire Yu (10) prepares to pass the ball as a Cougar defends her. Claire scored two layups back to back in the second quarter during the CCS semifinals game.

Varsity girls basketball falters against Half Moon Bay 55-65 in CCS semifinals

by Tiffany Zhu and Ashley Mo February 27, 2024

The varsity girls basketball team succumbed to Half Moon Bay High School 55-65 in the CCS semifinals game on Feb. 22 at home.  Since home CCS games are rare, the event drew a large crowd of parents...

Joe Biden, Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have served in the highest political offices. They are all over the age of 75.

Age discrepancy in government fails our democracy

by Isabella Lo, Co-Opinions Editor February 27, 2024

Joe Biden, Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have served in the highest political offices. They are all over the age of 75. Each of them have struggled with their age at times with Biden’s gaffes, Trump’s...

Co-captain Emily Mitnick (11) looks for the pass out of a double team. Emily made several shots to contribute to the Eagles comeback.

Varsity girls basketball conquers King’s Academy in fourth quarter resurgence during CCS quarterfinals

by Katerina Matta and Kevin Zhang February 23, 2024

The girls varsity basketball team advanced to CCS semifinals in a comeback 53-38 win vs. King’s Academy at home on Feb. 20. Before the match, athletic director Dan Molin introduced players from...

Light pollution mutes the sky over Los Angeles. “When you have city artificial lighting in the area, it brightens the night sky, just like the sun brightens the sky and turns it into day,” astronomy teacher Dr. Eric Nelson said.

Global Reset: Where have all the stars gone?

by Jonathan Xue and Ashley Mo February 23, 2024

Far above the Earth we inhabit lies an infinite abyss, scattered with universes undiscovered and galaxies unexplored. Through our night sky, we capture a fleeting glimpse of this world sublime, a window...

Junior varsity boys basketball head coach Nick Nguyen (15) addresses his players during half time. “I was confident in my ability to be able to coach Harker’s JV team,” Nguyen said. “Elsewhere, I would have been more hesitant and I think I would have had less of an impact than I could have here, which is what drew me to take the job.

Bouncing back: Former Harker basketball athlete returns to coach

by Emma Milner and Tiffany Zhu February 23, 2024

The junior varsity basketball team trails behind their opponents as the clock winds down in the final quarter. But the Eagles pick up the pace in the remaining minutes, ultimately winning the game by a...

Anwen Hao (11) celebrates his Best exit for a ballet dance Hoscar. 40 students performed in the 12th annual Hoscars on Feb. 8.

From comedy to K-pop: Annual Hoscars shows off student talent

by Tiffany Zhu, Mendy Mao, and Emma Milner February 23, 2024

Best four-person co-ed dance to Rihanna. Best and largest gossip session. Best rap song. Best exit for a ballet dance. Best original song and best person on the piano. The “I love Barbie award.” Where...

Illustration by Emily Tan and Claire Zhao. Design by Victor Gong.

STEM Scene: Feb. 22

by Mihir Kotbagi and Claire Zhao February 22, 2024

Remembering George Monack: Harker’s grandfather figure

Remembering George Monack: Harker’s grandfather figure

by Hima Thota and Kairui Sun February 21, 2024

A sleek, black Harley-Davidson motorcycle roars down the street. A beaming man with a neatly groomed handlebar mustache revs the engine, his wife nestled right behind him. This may seem like a scene...

The exorbitant prices that Apple charges for basic upgrades to memory and storage mean that Windows devices often offer superior performance at a more affordable price.

The Apple ain’t so green: Windows laptops take a bite out of Apple

by Mihir Kotbagi, Assistant STEM Editor February 19, 2024

As I walk around the upper school campus, I see hundreds of space-gray, silver and rose-gold Macbooks being used for tasks ranging from writing essays to debugging software projects. However, despite their...

Arthur Wu (11) extends his arms during Clocking out. This high-energy routine was choreographed by Luke Mehta (12).

‘Night and Day’ Dance Production mesmerizes Harker community

by Young Min and Suhani Gupta February 14, 2024

A cluster of dancers, loosely huddled together, rhythmically undulate in a mesmerizing cadence. A red spotlight illuminates their iridescent leotards and mesh pants as the dramatic intro of “(I Just)...

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