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Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

Upper school nurse Jennifer Olson handles a COVID test kit on April 23. All seventh and 10th-graders will receive a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test this Friday, Oct. 15.

10th and 7th-grader test positive for COVID-19, both grades to undergo testing on Friday

by Lucy Ge and Alysa Suleiman October 12, 2021

This is a developing story. Check Harker Aquila for future updates. A 10th-grader and a seventh-grader tested positive for COVID-19, according to emails sent from Harker Director of Health Services...

Smoke fills the sky ahead of upper school Spanish teacher and Green Team adviser Diana Moss’s car as she is about to drive past the Dixie Fire. The fire has burnt over 963,309 acres.

‘It burns and it burns and it burns’: California wildfires raze 2.4 million acres in midst of climate emergency, community members recover and reflect

by Sabrina Zhu and Arely Sun October 10, 2021

“It was like driving into hell.” A pitch black sky surrounded upper school Spanish teacher Diana Moss as she neared the Dixie fire, while she passed through the small city of Red Bluff in ​​Tehama...

Aaditya Gulati (12) puts his hand on his heart while the all-school choir sings The Star Spangled Banner. The game began after the anthem with kickoff from Marina.

Live coverage: Harker hosts Marina High School for annual Homecoming Game

Final Score - Eagles 26, Mariners 42 9:13 p.m. The Mariners kneel out the game clock. The Eagles lose 26-42. 9:03 p.m. Rohan rushes into the end-zone for the Eagles' fourth touchdown of the night. 9:00...

Eileen Ma (11) dances to One Direction during the junior lip sync, themed new-school music. The one-hour event featured lip sync skits from all four classes, performances by the cheer team and Harker Dance Company (HDC), “Name that Tune” with faculty participants and a relay with Homecoming Court representatives.

Spirit Rally returns full force, brings Homecoming Week to a lively close

by Emma Gao, Reporter October 9, 2021

“Hello students and faculty, and welcome to Homecoming Rally 2021! Who’s ready to win points for their class?” Harker Spirit Leadership Team (HSLT) president Alysa Suleiman exclaimed to cheers...

Rupert Chen (11) runs in the San Fransisco Full Marathon on Sept. 19. Rupert finished the marathon in 3:26:14, placing first in the 16 and under category and 182nd among the races 3180 total participants.

Apex: Crossing the finish line

by Tiffany Chang, TALON Academics Editor October 7, 2021

As he entered the final miles of the race, a single thought ran through Rupert Chen (11)’s head: how much of the race was left?  Though every aspect of training for and running the marathon required...

The junior class advisory representatives, led by class dean Karl Kuehn waving a yellow flag, marches in the parade during the spirit rally, decked in their class color, yellow. Each class embellished their outfits to show class pride during the rally by wearing their according class colors: white, black, yellow and green for freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors, respectively.

Upper school joins annual advisory parade and tug-of-war prelims

by Desiree Luo and Ananya Sriram October 6, 2021

Spirit week activities continued with students and faculty participating in the annual parade and tug-of-war preliminary rounds, in which the freshmen and seniors pulled their way to victory over the juniors...

Lachlan Rossi (10) throws the ball into the goal above the outstretched arm of an Gunn defender.

Live coverage: Varsity boys water polo team takes on Gunn High School

Varsity boys water polo team member Andrew Reed (11) feels the team has made considerable improvements to their defense since their 13-18 loss to Gunn on Sept. 14. “I thought it was a pretty good...

Upper school Intro to Journalism teacher Whitney Huang sits at her desk in the back room of the journalism classroom, holding her Harker Journalism mug. Huang, a 2008 alumna and Harker lifer, returned to Harker due to her deep connection to the schools culture and environment.

Meet your teacher: A return to Harker, 20 years later

by Sarah Mohammed, Features Editor October 3, 2021

Thumbing a photograph from 2000, new upper school journalism teacher and Harker alumna Whitney Huang (‘08) laughs with upper school activities director Kerry Enzensperger, recalling fondly each of their...

Gary Ding, one of the junior Honor Council representatives, shares his thoughts on a sticky note to display in Manzanita Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Honor Council hosts annual Honor Week activities

by Isha Moorjani, News Editor September 28, 2021

What does respect sound like? What does respect feel like? What does respect look like? Amid the hustle and bustle of lunchtime in Manzanita Hall, students wrote their answers to these prompts about...

Rohan Gorti (11) and Om Tandon (10) clap to celebrate a Harker victory as they walk off the field, while the game clock winds down behind them. The Eagles won 54-46.

Football team wins shootout against Crystal Springs Uplands 54-46

by Vishnu Kannan, Co-Managing Editor September 25, 2021

The varsity football team defeated Crystal Springs Uplands 54-46 at home on Thursday night to bring their season record to an even 2-2. The game was held in an 8 vs. 8 format since Crystal Springs did...

Over the past three weeks, discussions of the enforcement of dress code have spilled over to lunch tables, taken over Instagram posts and generated polarizing conversations in class. 
Students argued that their commitment to embrace diversity, love of learning and obligations to foster kindness and integrity, as stated in Harker’s mission statement, ought to be the metric for respect, not apparel.

Trust in transparency

by Editorial Board September 25, 2021

In a survey sent out to members of the Harker Journalism news staff, 38 of the 41 respondees indicated that they agreed with the stance of this editorial. One respondee partially agreed. Over the past...

Oliver Roman (9) blocks a pass from an opposing player during the junior varsity water polo teams match against Los Gatos on Tuesday. The boys won 13-3.

Junior varsity boys water polo team extends win streak with victory over Los Gatos

by Tiffany Chang, TALON Academics Editor September 23, 2021

The junior varsity boys water polo team defeated Los Gatos 13-3 on Tuesday. The game started off slowly: Los Gatos gained an early lead, but the Eagles managed to pull ahead by halftime with a score...

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