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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

Alysa Suleiman, Aquila Co-Editor-in-Chief

Alysa Suleiman (12) is the co-editor-in-chief of Harker Aquila. This is her fourth year on staff, and she previously served as Aquila's first A&E editor, a sports reporter and a staff reporter. Alysa especially loves photojournalism and social justice reporting, and she feels the happiest working with the staff to make every new story pitch come to life. When she’s not editing an article or chasing down sources, Alysa enjoys competitive fencing, attempting new recipes and obsessing over BookTok.
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A coach stretches out Daniel Lins (10) leg.

October 9, 2021
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October 9, 2021
Sasvath Ramachandran (12) and Aaditya Gulati (12) play a game of Spikeball together before school. After the sunrise, some seniors stayed on the field to play games.

August 27, 2021
Callie Mayer (12) closes her eyes alongside the rest of the cast as they stand onstage together, elbow to elbow, to celebrate finishing filming for Les Misérables, the Spring Musical-turned-movie.

April 6, 2021
Ysabel Chen (11), one of the assistant directors of the student tech crew, sits in the tech control booth in the audience as she watches the student performers rehearse.

April 6, 2021
Student tech crew assistant director Ysabel Chen (11) and cast members Paulina Gicqueau (10) and Saumi Mehta (11)  move different props in between rehearsal scenes.

April 6, 2021
Joanna Bejar (10) leans against a prop meant to model the buildings in Les Misérables, modeled after those from 19th century France.

April 6, 2021
Cast member Teresa Cai (11) assists the production and tech staff in moving props around to transition into the second act.

April 6, 2021
Jasmine Li (10), one of the assistant directors of the student tech crew, stands in the left wing of the stage as she adjusts the rigging.

April 6, 2021
All the seniors of the Les Misérables cast gather for a photo after filming finished on the last day of rehearsal on Mar. 19.

April 6, 2021
Senior Topaz Gao hands sophomore Zubin Khera one of the flowers in their bouquet as the cast celebrated onstage after finishing the last rehearsal.

April 6, 2021
Cast members hold prop muskets on stage during rehearsal. Special effects were added to enhance the play setting, making the revolutionary setting as realistic as possible.

April 6, 2021
Performing Arts Director Laura Lang-Ree hands Ruya Ozveren (12) a rose, a tradition that honors each of the seniors in  the Spring Musical.

April 6, 2021
Costume designer Caela Fuiji and Ruya Ozveren (12) look over the costumes before Ruya goes onstage. Ruya plays the role of Fantine in Les Misérables.

April 6, 2021
Camera operator Jenny Miller wears a mask while filming on the last rehearsal day of the musical. This years musical was filmed in a movie format.

April 6, 2021
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April 6, 2021
Alex Kumar (12) faces the mirrors in the dressing room as he adjusts his costume. Alex plays the role of protagonist Jean Valjean.

April 6, 2021
Fuiji sprays hairspray on Alex Kumar (12) in the dressing room before the final few scenes.

April 6, 2021
Uniform hairpins, provided by Alex Kumar (12), were worn by Topaz Gao (12). Callie Mayer (11), Lucy Feng (10) and Anoushka Khatri (11) in the musical.

April 6, 2021
Performing Arts Director Laura Lang-Ree, who directed the Spring Musical, gives directions to the student performers on the last day of rehearsal.

April 6, 2021
Daniel Wu (11), who plays Courfeyrac, ties a red armband for Sarah Raymond (12) in the dressing room. The armband was worn by select cast members to mark them as revolutionaries.

I think it was really great to show the power of collaboration and effort. Without everyone involved spending lots of time and being willing to be patient and to learn, it never couldve happened, Daniel said.

April 6, 2021
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