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Senior Makayla Aguilar-Zuniga (wearing white skirt) and junior Mariana Ryder (wearing red skirt) face each other during the Latinx Affinity Groups performance of Baile Folklorico for the Cultural Performance Assembly on Feb. 27. Organized by the Student Diversity Coalition (SDC), the Cultural Performance Assembly featured dance, music and poetry from around the world.

Cultural performance assembly features dance, music and poetry by students and faculty

by Ella Yee, Co-News Editor March 16, 2023

Students, faculty and special guests shared aspects of their cultures through dance, music and poetry during the Cultural Performance Assembly on Feb. 27. Planning for the event began months beforehand,...

Upper school French teacher Galina Tchourilova reviews material at the Council for Creative Education (CCE) Finland conference. The conference, which lasted five days, took place over the February break.

‘How to Define Success’: Teachers explore Finnish school system

by Katerina Matta and Vika Gautham March 16, 2023

Do you dream of a land without tests or homework? Of a world freed from the clutches of the SAT, AP exams and, worst of all, the dreaded mid-chapter assessment? Look no further than Finland. Famously...

Over 100 students and faculty attended the second Challenge Day of the year, a community-building event that took place last Friday in the Zhang Gym. “Challenge Day represents values that I think are important, including the idea that the most important parts of our lives are things we don’t often share,” upper school English teacher Christopher Hurshman said.

Community connections strengthen during underclassmen Challenge Day

by Emma Gao, Co-News Editor March 11, 2023

Over 100 students and faculty attended the second Challenge Day of the year, a community-building event that took place March 3 in the Zhang Gym. The upper school held this month’s Challenge Day,...

An illustration representing the process of nuclear fusion. In December, researchers completed the first nuclear fusion experiment yielding an energy surplus.

Nuclear fusion: Powering a brighter future

by Victor Gong and Andrew Liang March 2, 2023

It begins with a single pulse of light. The pulse first separates into 192 separate beams, amplified and adjusted so their power distribution is even while traveling a distance of one and a half kilometers....

Assistant professor Anand Natarajan (09) teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technologys (MIT) Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) department. He first discovered his love for science as a child and explored his passion at the high school level with clubs and advanced classes.

Blooming from the STEM: Anand Natarajan (‘09) dives into quantum computing

by Olivia Xu and Brandon Zau March 28, 2022

harkeraquila · Winged Post Audible: Blooming from the STEM: Anand Natarajan (‘09) Imagine that you and I are on the opposite sides of the galaxy, and you perform an operation on yourself. Now, imagine...

Upper school mathematics teacher Bradley Stoll holds a heart shaped paper cut-out with the word share painted over it. Ever since becoming vegan in 2014, Stoll has discovered new ways of cooking and sharing his baked goods with others.

Meet your teacher: Cooking for community

by Alena Suleiman and Edward Huang March 28, 2022

harkeraquila · Winged Post Audible: Cooking for community Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus BC and vegan desserts may appear an unlikely combination, but upper school mathematics teacher Bradley Stoll...

Learning sign language offers the same benefits as any spoken language such as advanced communication skills, increased memory span and improved academic performance. In this illustration, the teacher is signing the word for help in American Sign Language.

A sign for change: Learning sign language increases accessibility and inclusivity

by Kinnera Mulam, Copy Editor March 28, 2022

harkeraquila · Winged Post Audible: A sign for change Moving a finger to your lips to shush others; giving someone a thumbs-up; wagging a finger in disapproval: all examples of sign language. From...

Madeline Hansen (12) and Ysabel Chen (12) attend the reception for Michelle Liu’s (12) Honors Directed Portfolio exhibition. Five senior students created art work for their own exhibitions in the semester-long Honors Directed Portfolio course.

Honors Directed Portfolio senior student art showcases come to a close

by Alena Suleiman, Asst. A&E Editor March 26, 2022

The Honors Directed Portfolio art showcases started the week of Jan. 31 and continued through the week of March 21, displaying the works of five senior students who are taking the Honors Directed Portfolio...

A sticker commemorating the Harker journalism programs FAPFA win on Feb. 24 decorates sophomore reporter Julie Shis laptop. The FAPFA recognizes schools that uphold the First Amendment by supporting freedom of speech and freedom of the press in student media.

Harker recognized as 2022 First Amendment Press Freedom Awardee

by Ella Yee, Co-Asst. Multimedia Editor March 26, 2022

harkeraquila · Winged Post Audible: Journalism program wins press freedom award The Journalism Education Association (JEA) announced Harker as a First Amendment Press Freedom Award (FAPFA) winner on...

Anoushka Khatri (12) and Samvita Gautham (11) rehearse on Feb. 4 in the Patil Theater for the Spring Musical. This years Spring Musical will be The Drowsy Chaperone, performed yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Upcoming upper school performances

by Kinnera Mulam, Alena Suleiman, and Sally Zhu March 25, 2022

Spring Musical: “The Drowsy Chaperone”  March 24-26 This year’s Spring Musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” will take place today and tomorrow at 7 p.m. and a 2 p.m. show tomorrow in the Patil...

By grounding ourselves in the reality of the situation in Ukraine, we can work towards concrete actions to help those affected. Even though the conflict takes place overseas, we can still make a difference from here.

Editorial: Fighting from home with support and action

by Editorial Board March 25, 2022

harkeraquila · Winged Post Audible: Fighting from home with support and action  A Ukrainian mother who worked for a Palo Alto start-up and her children mark one of the most infamous scenes of death...

Facilitator Danny Midborn runs through a crowd of student leaders on March 4 during Challenge Day. The upper school held Challenge Day for underclassmen, and upperclassmen who attended the Challenge Day in the fall volunteered to help out.

Harker underclassmen forge community bonds during second Challenge Day of the year

by Michelle Wei March 21, 2022

 harkeraquila · Winged Post Audible: Upper school hosts second Challenge Day Around 100 students and faculty engaged in community-bonding activities during Challenge Day, which took place Friday,...

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