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

With suicide in the top three leading causes of death amongst teenagers, it’s alarming that we are so used to hearing these words that we don’t notice them anymore. These jokes trivialize suicidal thoughts and imply that this problem is commonplace, normal and even insignificant.

Editorial: Insensitive jokes harm environment

by Editorial Board November 30, 2022

Content warning: This article mentions suicide. For free and confidential support, call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988. Discussions of concerns circulate the room as anticipation rises for...

Microtrends are trends that last for just one fashion season, accelerating the trend cycle and quickly deeming particular styles as outdated. “[Micro-trends] kill the ideas of individuality and fashion because people are just following these trends,” fashion enthusiast Shreya Balakrishnan (12) said. “They dont build up on their own style or what they are comfortable and confident with.”

Rise of micro-trends: Social media’s harmful grasp on fast fashion

by Ariana Goetting, Selina Xu, and Claire Zhao November 14, 2022

Chunky jewelry. Hawaiian print dresses. Patchwork jeans. Cow print. These trends once reigned over fashion social media. Now, they gather in the aisles of Goodwill, collect dust in the depths of closets...

In today’s world, the vast majority of social media apps contain ways to monitor your every activity, keeping you on your screen to make profit. We must reconsider the compromise we’ve so easily made with corporations, of sacrificing our privacy for the conveniences of technology.

Paying with our privacy: How online services strip consumer rights

by Jonathan Xue, Humans of Harker Profiler November 12, 2022

“I certify that I have read, understood, and agree to the terms and conditions.” Accompanied by pages of legal jargon and abstruse wording, these certifications seem to serve no use for the ordinary...

Sisters pairs Summer Adler (10) and Sydney Adler (12) and Jasmine Hansra (9) and Jasleen Hansra (12) pose together in the swimming pool. Both pairs of sisters play together on Harkers girls water polo team.

Sister Act: Two pairs of sisters make memories on the varsity girls water polo team

by Emma Milner and Isabella Lo November 11, 2022

One team. Two pairs of sisters. Together in the pool, they pass the ball around to each other as teammates. After practice, they go home as sisters, bonding over the moments in practice and games. Sydney...

Ishani Sood (11) lunges forward with foil in hand, ready to advance. As a nationally ranked fencer, she trained for eight years and recently joined Team USA Fencing.

Apex: Fencer advances through life one lunge at a time

by Gemma Chan, Chayce Milheim, Emma Milner, and Hima Thota November 11, 2022

Sweat drips off Ishani Sood (11)'s brow as she readies herself before a final bout. With just 30 seconds left on the clock, she needs 5 points to win, while her opponent only needs 1. Setting slim...

An illustration of the debate between subtitles and dubs for foreign language film, represented by Japanese anime characters Tanjiro Kamado and Zenitsu Agatsuma from Demon Slayer. Often, fans of foreign shows take a strong stance on one or the other for their optimal viewing experience.

Subtitles vs. dubbing: Lost in translation?

by Ella Yee, Co-News Editor November 9, 2022

Harker Aquila · Aquila Audible of "Subtitles vs. dubbing: Lost in translation?" When Netflix released “Squid Game” last September, viewers immediately raved about the Korean television show’s...

Harker Aquilas guide to the 2022 Midterm Elections. This years midterms were held on Nov. 8.

Harker Aquila’s Guide to the 2022 Midterms

The 2022 midterm election results will begin rolling in this evening and in the coming days, with elections for Congressional seats, local and state official positions and propositions. Polls closed today...

“I enjoy the little things like memorizing the conjugations of a word or following a cell through its way of life. I feel like a lot of people might find it challenging or boring, but I have fun, Michelle Dorfman (12) said.

Humans of Harker: It’s all in the details

by Margaret Cartee, Opinions Editor November 8, 2022

Though biology and language courses are seemingly disparate disciplines, one based on STEM and the other on humanities, they actually share more similarities than what meets the eye. Both subjects require...

An illustration representing an online chess match. Online chess site Chess.com released a 72-page report on Oct. 4 accusing Chess Grandmaster Hans Niemann of unfair play in over 100 online chess games in his career.

Shattering the integrity of a centuries-old sport

by Edward Huang and Felix Chen November 7, 2022

In a sport where players take their focus and concentration to their limits, where games between professionals often last for hours on end, even a single misstep could make the difference between victory...

An illustration of the K-pop group NewJeans. Fans have expressed concern at the age of the members, which range from 14 to 18 years old, especially after dissecting the lyrics of their hit song “Cookie.”

Don’t bite the cookie: Concerning sexualization of minors in K-pop

by Alena Suleiman and Shareen Chahal November 3, 2022

“Looking at my cookie, do you ever smell it different? What’s with a bite, isn’t enough?” These lyrics, recently prompting backlash in the Korean popular music or K-pop industry, is one of the...

This illustration represents the podcast Research Revelations, which spotlights student researchers with staff members. In this episode, reporters Selina Xu and Lindsey Tuckey converse with Nidhya Shivakumar (12) about her project.

Research Revelations Episode 2: Assessing damage from climate change with Nidhya Shivakumar

by Selina Xu and Lindsey Tuckey November 1, 2022

This is the second 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....

The upper school celebrates its 25th anniversary this year after its founding in 1998. It began with 90 students who comprised the first graduating class of 2002 and a small-sized faculty of 12 to 15 members.

Happy birthday, Eagles: Commemorating 25 years of upper school history

by Ananya Sriram, Co-Features Editor October 30, 2022

Baggy sweatshirts and pants with large pockets. Frosh playing at a pool table. A volleyball team posing with cones of ice cream. A class of 90 students posing for a photo with bright smiles on their faces....

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