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The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

Katelyn Zhao

Katelyn Zhao, Humans of Harker Co-Editor-in-Chief

Katelyn Zhao (12) is the co-editor-in-chief of Humans of Harker, and this is her fourth year on staff. Katelyn aims to honor each of the stories within the Harker community this year, especially those of the graduating Class of 2024. Outside of the newsroom, she enjoys biking, drinking coffee or matcha and reading recommended books from her friends.

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“Theres a lot of value in every moment and everyone around you. I appreciate people who just appreciate the little things. For me, I feel like everyone you meet can teach you a little bit, and thats something that Ive really internalized over the years. I think thats part of why I like being around people and different communities so much. Because in each of these communities, you can learn so many different things from everyone, Olivia Xu (24) said.

Humans of Harker: Purpose towards progress

by Jonathan Xue, Humans of Harker Co-Editor-in-Chief
June 11, 2024
“I want to be remembered as someone who was always willing to learn and never took shortcuts to learning. I want to be remembered for someone who really learned because of a passion to learn. Whenever I speak in class, its because I really do want to share something I hope is meaningful. Or whenever I go see a teacher, its because I really do want to learn more from them or I want to deepen my connection with them, Desiree Luo (24) said.

Humans of Harker: Love of learning

by Olivia Xu, Humans of Harker Co-Editor-in-Chief
June 11, 2024
“Instead of taking things deep to heart, I change my perspective, to see life as a game where you go out and do things to have fun enjoying all its aspects. When people ask, ‘is there a meaning to life?’ I always tell them it doesnt matter if there is some overarching meaning because Im here, Im here to enjoy life. If theres a lot of things that I need to do, its what life is, has been and is right now. Thats helped me a lot with coping with stress and anxiety, Alex Guo (24).

Humans of Harker: Kicks and code

by Caden Ruan, Reporter
June 11, 2024
“At the moment, it feels like a grand failure–not getting good scores on a test, not having my teacher round up my grade–but the reason that I dont feel its a huge failure is because I have the mentality that failure is inevitable. In basketball, even if you have a bad game or you have a bad turnover, its already written down. Theres nothing you can do about it. Its about, ‘how can I balance the failures out with the successes so that its an overall net positive?’” Claire Miao (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Bridging bytes and baskets

by Elizabeth Zhang, Reporter
May 23, 2024
If theres one thing that I try to do, it’s to leave people happier, in a better place. If theyre having a bad day, maybe I can pick it up. If theyre having a good day, maybe I can make it a great day, Arjun Moogimane (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Raising spirits

by Claire Tian, Reporter
May 23, 2024
In all the things that I do, with theater, journalism, and choir, it’s interesting to me how they all give me a window into the real world. I think that sometimes we all get bogged down in negativity but I think the projects that I work on have a real impact on the community. Its inspiring to me and it reminds me that theres a real possibility for change, Selina Xu (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Acting with authenticity

by Medha Yarlagadda, Aquila Co-Managing Editor
May 22, 2024
As journalists, one of our primary goals is to honor the people we report on. If we omit compassion, our articles lose life and color, and we fail to do justice to their stories. 

Editor’s Note: Empathy in subjectivity

by Alena Suleiman, Aquila Co-Editor-in-Chief
May 22, 2024
I dont like being affirmed, I like being wrong. Its kind of like my favorite thing in the world. Theres a little inside joke between my English class, Art of Poetry and Fiction that I always enjoy the most controversial pieces of work that everybody hates. I really like being confused, and I like not knowing the answer. I love it Iris Fu (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Spectrum of perspectives

by Chelsea Xie, Reporter
May 21, 2024
“Playing the cello is refreshing after a day of being at school. It uses a different part of your brain — it’s like a puzzle piece finding all the other fingerings and what to do. I can forget about all my schoolwork and think about something else. It’s
fulfilling to play well, Andrew Tang (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Cherishing cello

by Felix Chen, Co-News Editor
May 6, 2024
International law, international politics doesnt have a constitution, where its like, this is what you do and this is why you do it. You just go with whats there. And I think thats kind of how we should go about helping people. You dont have a set of rules of how to help crises; you go to the situation, you figure out whats wrong, why its wrong, and you try to fix it, based off of the context there, Claire Bauschlicher (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Open heart, open mind

by Anika Maji, Staff Reporter
April 24, 2024
“One thing that he said that’s stuck with me is to focus on what you can control in life, and everything else will handle itself. Your effort, your attitude, that you can take care of. For everything else, just do what you can do, and it will take care of itself, Nathan Liu (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Optimism in activism

by Suhani Gupta, Co-A&E and Lifestyle Editor
April 24, 2024
The Class of 2023 laughs while listening to Jack Hsiehs (23) valedictorian speech. This year’s graduation marked a school milestone, with the Class of 2023 joining alumni as the 20th graduating class.

Class of 2023 graduates at Mountain Winery

by Aishani Singh, Video/Podcast Editor
August 11, 2023
“The most important thing in terms of practicing big pieces is bringing it down to smaller chunks and practicing those smaller chunks. When I practice, I dont usually run through the whole song just because that’s not how you get better. You have to look at smaller sections, get good at those sections, then add it all up to make the whole piece good,” Matthew Chen (23) said.

Humans of Harker: Small steps, big gains

by Katelyn Zhao, Humans of Harker Co-Editor-in-Chief
August 11, 2023
An illustration featuring a cyclist biking down a path. Cycling, in addition to being an environmentally-friendly mode of transportation, is, for many, a sport and a passion.

Cycling onwards: Bikers find their own path

by Emma Milner, Assistant Sports Editor
March 9, 2023
“Golf is a controversial sport with stereotypes attached to it. Growing up, I was always embarrassed to say I [play] golf because of that. Being an Asian girl in the sport is my way of trying to change the game and inspiring other people to hopefully get into golf. Its interesting when I have to play with others and I can hit further than any of them, and that’s when they start thinking that I’m somebody worthy to be their competition,” Claire Chen (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Swinging with style

by Katelyn Zhao, Sports Editor
February 14, 2023
“Whether it be debate, DECA, or teaching, I have to make sure that, yes, I have these ideas, but how do I give these ideas out? Everyone Ive met has brilliant ideas, but its about how you express those ideas so that people will think its cool, and thats something Im still trying to learn, April Sun (12) said.

Humans of Harker: To teach with trust

by Katelyn Zhao, Assistant Sports Editor
March 12, 2022
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