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Academic Decathlon holds club week

Academic Decathlon holds club week

by Farah Hosseini, Reporter

October 20, 2017


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Academic Decathlon hosted a mini Kahoot scrimmage for both members and non-members yesterday and sold boba tea outside of Manzanita during lunch today for their club week. As the theme for this year’s Academic Decathlon competitions is Africa, the Kahoot included questions focused mainly on African geo...

Spanish National Honor Society holds annual Spanish Olympiad

Spanish National Honor Society holds annual Spanish Olympiad

by Srinath Somasundaram, Reporter

October 19, 2017


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Members of the Spanish National Honor Society (SNHS) participated in the annual Spanish Olympiad in Nichols Atrium during lunch today. The event included a few cultural activities, including a cultural bingo prepared by SNHS president David Wen (12) meant to refresh the students’ knowledge on Hispanic ...

Girls golf wins senior night match

Girls golf wins senior night match

by Meena Gudapati, Aquila Editor-in-Chief

October 18, 2017


Filed under Fall Sports, Girls Golf, Golf, Showcase, Sports

The varsity girls golf team won its senior night game against Sacred Heart Preparatory at Los Lagos Golf Course in San Jose last night. Katherine Zhu (12) led the team, shooting 33. Natalie Vo (9), Olivia Guo (9), Katelyn Vo (10), Devanshi Mehta (11) and Vanessa Tyagi (12) shot 39, 37, 36, 41 and 44 ...

Therapist discusses gender at school assembly

Therapist discusses gender at school assembly

by Karina Chen and Tiffany Wong

October 18, 2017


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Students across all four grades attended an assembly hosted by guest speaker Maureen R. Johnston about gender roles and stereotypes today in Nichols Atrium. Johnston, a licensed marriage and family therapist with a practice in San Jose, first spoke to the sophomores and freshmen from 11:10 a.m. t...

Siemens regional finalists announced today

Siemens regional finalists announced today

by Helen Yang, Aquila Asst. STEM Editor

October 18, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusive, Showcase, STEM

Two upper school students were named regional finalists for the 2017 Siemens Competition today. 101 regional finalists from across the country were selected from the 491 semifinalists announced yesterday. Swapnil Garg (12) and Katherine Tian (11) are two of 11 regional finalists in California. Th...

Northern California wildfires: How to help

Northern California wildfires: How to help

by Karina Chen, Rose Guan, Kaitlin Hsu, Ashley Jiang, and Tiffany Wong

October 17, 2017


Filed under News, Online Exclusive, Showcase

Various organizations nationwide have begun recovery efforts for the fires that started in Northern California last Monday. Harker will be hosting a “Stuff the Bus” drive for canned goods, nonperishable food, clothing and gift cards, all of which will be delivered to the Finley Community Center a...

Siemens semifinalists announced today

Siemens semifinalists announced today

by Helen Yang, Aquila Asst. STEM Editor

October 17, 2017


Filed under Online Exclusive, Showcase, STEM

Ten upper school students were named semifinalists for the Siemens Competition today. The Siemens Foundation posted the list of 491 semifinalists online this morning. Seniors Amy Dunphy, Swapnil Garg and Amy Jin; juniors Erin Liu, Ashwin Rammohan, Katherine Tian, Laura Wu and Katherine Zhang; and sop...

Student Directed Showcase directors host showcase auditions

Student Directed Showcase directors host showcase auditions

by Vivian Jin, Reporter

October 13, 2017


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Over 50 students of all grades and acting levels auditioned for the annual Student Directed Showcase (SDS) on Monday and Tuesday in performing arts director Laura Lang-Ree’s room. Callbacks for the showcase were posted on Schoology at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, and they were held on Wednesday and Thursday. Ea...

Chinese Culture Club holds first club week of school year

Chinese Culture Club holds first club week of school year

by Tiffany Wong, Aquila News Editor

October 13, 2017


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Chinese Culture Club sold boba and hosted a celebration of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival for their club week this week. Club members first announced Chinese Culture Club’s activities during Tuesday’s school meeting. For Tuesday, Thursday and today after school, members of the organization offered b...

Freshmen travel to Coyote Valley for annual community service trip

Freshmen travel to Coyote Valley for annual community service trip

by Arya Maheswhari, Reporter

October 12, 2017


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The Class of 2021 traveled to Coyote Valley for the annual freshman community service trip to do environmental work yesterday, receiving five service hours for their efforts at the reserve. The Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve, located between San Jose and Morgan Hill, spans 348 acres and is home ...

Juniors and sophomores take PSATs

Juniors and sophomores take PSATs

by Gloria Zhang, Aquila Asst. Features Editor

October 11, 2017


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Juniors and sophomores took the PSAT exam today from 8 to 11 a.m. Students were required to arrive on campus by 7:30 a.m. Late arrivals were not permitted to take the exam, according to College Board regulations. Testing locations were posted around the campus. The juniors completed the exam in ...

School meeting recap 10/10

School meeting recap 10/10

by Anvi Banga, Aquila Asst. News Editor

October 10, 2017


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Harker Journalism played a video featuring photos of students taken last week. The school community held a moment of silence to honor the victims of the recent Las Vegas shooting. GSA advocate Alissa Gao (9) reminded students and faculty that National Coming Out Day is tomorrow. She spoke about the hi...

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