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“Got to Love” the music: Laila Biali jazzes up traditional styles in first performance of annual Concert Series

“Got to Love” the music: Laila Biali jazzes up traditional styles in first performance of annual Concert Series

by Kathy Fang, Editor-in-Chief

September 21, 2019

“One, two—one, two, three, four!” The deep notes of the bass and a catchy drum rhythm kick off an upbeat jazz song, led by a bright trumpet melody. After a few counts, jazz vocalist, pianist and songwriter Laila Biali leans into the microphone and launches into the opening lyrics of her song...

Fall Fashion: Where Colors Meet Comfort

Fall Fashion: Where Colors Meet Comfort

by Alysa Suleiman, Sports Reporter

September 18, 2019

Along with the bustle of students transitioning into their back-to-school lifestyles, the outfits and accessories of students seem to be evolving from summer style to fall fashion.  Among upper school students, it’s safe to say that with the new school year starting, creativity and style exploratio...

Attending to Absence

Attending to Absence

by Nicole Tian, Winged Post Co-Lifestyle Editor

September 9, 2019

About 20 minutes into third period, Attendance Coordinator Susan Prutton has just begun to keep track of the 794 students at the upper school. With her eyes fixed on the monitor screen, she picks up the phone, starting with “Hey, can you take attendance for me?” and ending with a smile, “Th...

Matriculation 2019: Harker welcomes Class of 2023

Matriculation 2019: Harker welcomes Class of 2023

by Alysa Su, Sports Reporter

August 24, 2019

With welcoming smiles, energetic cheers and thunderous clapping, the upper school community warmly received the Class of 2023 during the 2019 matriculation ceremony on Friday.  Administration adorned in gowns and caps took their seats behind the stage, facing the rows of sophomores, juniors and seniors making their way into their respective rows, the b...

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors begin the new school year with class trips

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors begin the new school year with class trips

by Esha Gohil, Humans of Harker Profiler

August 24, 2019

On Thursday, students in ninth through eleventh grade partook in a series of annual class trips, marking the start of Harker’s 2019-2020 school year. While the locations of the events varied, the objectives of each trip remained constant: teamwork, bonding and a welcome to the new school year.  ...

“Saving democracy”: Cory Booker taps into the “moral imagination” of supporters, voters

“Saving democracy”: Cory Booker taps into the “moral imagination” of supporters, voters

by Kathy Fang and Nicole Tian

August 23, 2019

Against two neon projections spelling out “CORY 2020” in bold letters, New Jersey Senator and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker led the crowd in an emphatic chant to conclude his speech from yesterday’s fundraiser. “We will rise. We will rise,” he shouted into the microphone...

Yearbooks available at Matriculation

Yearbooks available at Matriculation

by Varsha Rammohan, Sara Yen, and Arushi Saxena

August 19, 2019

Yearbooks will be available after the matriculation ceremony on Friday beginning at 2 p.m. The yearbook staff will distribute books at a table in front of the journalism room, where books can be collected by name and advisory. “We’re very excited to finally get the books out,” current TALON yearbook e...

Police investigating aftermath of Gilroy shooting

Police investigating aftermath of Gilroy shooting

by Alysa Su, Sports Reporter

July 29, 2019

Adrian Palomares, 15, was volunteering yesterday at the Garlic Ice Cream booth, where he was about to watch a performance. Then he heard the first shots being fired. “I was sitting down near the stage where there’s usually people around the corner, and I hear what I thought was firecrackers,”...

Harker journalism lands in London to attend photography course, report on street life

Harker journalism lands in London to attend photography course, report on street life

by Anna Vazhaeparambil and Esha Gohil

June 18, 2019

LONDON - Journalism students from Talon, Winged Post and Harker Aquila visited London from June 7 to June 18 for an opportunity to learn about and practice documentary photography while also meeting with professionals in the field. The trip was chaperoned by director of journalism program Ellen Austin,...

Memorial to be held for alumnus Sandip Nirmel, remembered as a president, teammate and friend

Memorial to be held for alumnus Sandip Nirmel, remembered as a president, teammate and friend

by Eric Fang and Gloria Zhang

June 17, 2019

Everyone who attended Harker at the same time as Sandip Nirmel (’17) knew who he was. From giving a speech at the class of 2020’s matriculation to running school meetings, Sandip led the student body with a characteristic smile and a baritone announcer’s voice. However, people’s fondest memories of Sand...

The Butterfly Effect: A metamorphosis on manhood, movies and “Minding the Gap”

The Butterfly Effect: A metamorphosis on manhood, movies and “Minding the Gap”

by Nina Gee, Visuals Editor

June 10, 2019

Fifteen years ago, 2004. Rockford, Illinois. A tall, lanky Asian boy, all limbs and joints, dark hair down past his ears, stands in front of the camera. The scene around him is warped outwards in its fish-eyed lens, almost as if the world is exploding out of him, fracturing around him. Yet he is all...

Blue Wave Rolling: Democratic presidential hopefuls reach out to voters in California Democratic State Convention

Blue Wave Rolling: Democratic presidential hopefuls reach out to voters in California Democratic State Convention

by Eric Fang, Kathy Fang, Arushi Saxena, and Anna Vazhaeparambil

June 1, 2019

More than a dozen Democratic presidential hopefuls travelled to San Francisco this week to attend the California Democrats’ State Convention at the Moscone Center. 11 of those candidates addressed an audience of more than 3,000 at the morning and afternoon general sessions, presenting highlights of...

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