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Editorial: Be brave

Editorial: Be brave

March 28, 2020

On Jan. 24, Harker Aquila ran its first story on the coronavirus outbreak, reporting 1,287 worldwide cases. Over the next month and a half, we watched — and continued reporting — as the virus traveled around the world, creeping closer and closer to home in what felt like a hyperreal sci-fi movie.  I...

Zooming through Zoom

Zooming through Zoom

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Co-Sports Editor

March 25, 2020

It’s been a week since we made the transition to online learning on the beautiful Zoom campus, and I think it’s safe to say that we haven’t seen this much confusion over a software change since the controversial shift to Infinite Campus of 2019. Regardless, the upper school community has started ad...

Santa Clara County announces shelter-in-place directive

Santa Clara County announces shelter-in-place directive

by Mark Hu and Aditya Singhvi

March 17, 2020

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department announced a “shelter-in-place” directive for all residences yesterday, joining five other Bay Area counties as the number of COVID-19 cases rose to 155 within the county and 4,226 nationally. Six counties — Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin and Alameda —  issu...

All four campuses likely to close through spring break after parent of non-teaching staff member tests positive for COVID-19

All four campuses likely to close through spring break after parent of non-teaching staff member tests positive for COVID-19

by Sara Yen, Anna Vazhaeparambil, Varsha Rammohan, Alysa Suleiman, Kathy Fang, Arushi Saxena, Aditya Singhvi, Esha Gohil, and Eric Fang

March 12, 2020

All four of Harker’s campuses will be closed for students after classes today after a parent of a non-teaching staff member in the upper school, with whom that staff member lives, tested positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19.  At the moment, it is not clear who the staff member is. Classes ...

Santa Clara County, local schools take additional precautionary measures as COVID-19 countywide case count reaches 66

Santa Clara County, local schools take additional precautionary measures as COVID-19 countywide case count reaches 66

by Eric Fang and Srinath Somasundaram

March 12, 2020

In addition to all four Harker campuses, dozens of schools across the Bay Area are suspending classes and extracurricular events, as Santa Clara County and California public health officials limited the size of gatherings to reduce community spread of COVID-19.  The Santa Clara County Public Heal...

Album review: “Changes” for the worse or the better?

Album review: “Changes” for the worse or the better?

by Alysa Suleiman, Sports Reporter

March 12, 2020

The year is 2010. In a Youtube video online, stage lights flood the arena, filling the screen, as electric guitars, bases and drums crash to the beat of the swelling music. The beat drops, and the arena pulses with the heartbeat of the thousands of fans in the audience, belting out the lyrics in uniso...

NBA suspends season as sports world, Harker athletics brace for COVID-19

NBA suspends season as sports world, Harker athletics brace for COVID-19

by Aditya Singhvi and Anna Vazhaeparambil

March 11, 2020

As COVID-19 continues its worldwide offensive, the NBA has suspended its season as athletic organizations both at Harker and in the professional world ramp up precautionary measures. 

Upper school cafeteria limits self-served food items to limit the spread of COVID-19, among other local health measures

Upper school cafeteria limits self-served food items to limit the spread of COVID-19, among other local health measures

by Mark Hu and Sabrina Zhu

March 9, 2020

The upper school has recently removed self-serve food stations to reduce extra student contact with food due to concerns over the coronavirus.  As of March 6, the salad and fruit bar in Manzanita and Fresh Mex’s condiment station, which includes guacamole and various salsas, in the auxiliary gym now ...

Biden and Sanders score big wins on Super Tuesday as voters in 14 states cast their ballots

Biden and Sanders score big wins on Super Tuesday as voters in 14 states cast their ballots

by Varsha Rammohan and Arushi Saxena

March 4, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders (I.-V.T.) both secured several key states on Super Tuesday as fourteen states held their primaries yesterday. Biden overwhelmingly won the primaries in Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. Sanders clinched a lead in Vermont, California, Colorado, and Utah.  In order to clinch the party nominat...

AP U.S. Government and Politics holds mock primary elections

AP U.S. Government and Politics holds mock primary elections

by Nicole Tian, Co-Lifestyle Editor

March 4, 2020

The AP U.S. Government and Politics classes held the 2020 Harker Primary elections on Monday ahead of California primary elections this Tuesday, which allows students of all grades to participate in mock elections that mimicked real life polling stations.  After setting up in the morning in upper sch...

Varsity boys soccer crowned CCS champions, advance to NorCals

Varsity boys soccer crowned CCS champions, advance to NorCals

by Aditya Singhvi and Anna Vazhaeparambil

March 3, 2020

The varsity boys soccer team defeated the St. Francis Lancers 3-1 in penalty kicks after ending 1-1 in double overtime in the Central Coast Section (CCS) Division III finals on Saturday, advancing to the first round of the NorCal Division III championship.  Following a back-and-forth first half, the E...

Novel coronavirus: How to prepare for potential local outbreak

Novel coronavirus: How to prepare for potential local outbreak

by Kathy Fang, Varsha Rammohan, and Arushi Saxena

March 3, 2020

With the rise of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in Santa Clara County last week, as well as the report of the first possible case of community spread in the U.S. in California last Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health agencies encourage residents...

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