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Lavanya Subramanian

Lavanya Subramanian, TALON Co-Editor-in-Chief

Lavanya Subramanian (12) is the co-editor-in-chief of the TALON yearbook, and this is her fourth year on staff. This year, she looks forward to working with the new staff members and covering unique events on campus. When she’s not in the journalism room, Lavanya can be found hanging out with her friends, creating (yet another) playlist on Spotify, or watching movies with her family.

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“My favorite thing about journalism is just the culture. There are not many programs where there are so many students from different grade levels and different perspectives. Theres a very strong mentorship aspect to it all, and ever since I became a junior, and now as a senior, Ive been able to be that mentor to some of the younger students. It’s taught me a lot about what leadership means and what community means,” Sabrina Zhu (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Courage in curiosity

by Lavanya Subramanian, TALON Co-Editor-in-Chief
February 25, 2023
Charlie Major, owner of Bay Area cheesecake store Charlies Cheesecake Works, poses with a classic cheesecake. Major, who started the store 20 years ago, still runs the shop to this day, selling three varieties of cheesecakes in 40 unique flavors.

So you wanna be a cheesecake baker?

by Lavanya Subramanian, TALON Student Life Editor
May 12, 2022
“My favorite part [about table tennis] is that its not just about your technique and your strategy; it’s very much a mental game. Even though you have your club mates and your coaches there, they cant come play for you, so you cant have an off day, because theres no one to pick up the slack for you. Its helped me a lot with being more confident in myself and being able to withstand pressure from [my] academic life as well, Ritika Rajamani (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Taking her best shot

by Lavanya Subramanian, TALON Student Life Editor
March 24, 2022
“I remember being interested and attracted to the idea that I could create something that I didnt see anywhere else. I didnt see anything [that] made adoption easier for the people who are trying to adopt, so that was the idea I was going forward [with] and that I wanted to develop [with Lucky Paw], Ysabel Chen (12) said.

Humans of Harker: A dog’s best friend

by Lavanya Subramanian, TALON Student Life Editor
January 15, 2022
Trusting yourself and confidence are one and the same. If you’re not confident in what you’re supposed to do, how are you supposed to trust yourself? Sometimes if I don’t know what to do, I’ll come up with something and roll with the first thing that pops into my head. You move on and believe that you made the right choice at that time,” Kai Due (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Bringing the beat

by Lavanya Subramanian, TALON Student Life Editor
October 29, 2021
Dancers in Imagine move in sync onstage. Imagine was a student choreographed piece by Sofia Fernandez (12).

Leaping “Outside the Box”

by Emily Tan, Winged Post Features Editor
May 20, 2021
“You can learn everything you want in the world, but if you’re not going to use it to do anything for anyone, I find [that] disappointing. What we can do is make little steps to take what we do in the classroom and really help other people with it. In general, trying to think about the impact that your actions can make … is really important, and it’s really empowering,” Meha Goyal (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Speaking from the heart

by Lavanya Subramanian, TALON Student Life Editor
April 29, 2021
This is a bucket list that I created of everything I wanted to accomplish during high school. Even though the pandemic hit before I could even finish my freshman year, I was still able to complete several of the items on my list, and Im proud to say that the pandemic didnt stop me from doing all that I wanted to.

How we overcame the unknown of 2020

by Harker Journalism Staff
April 17, 2021
“Even though Ive been doing [programming] for so long, theres still so much more for me to learn. And its such a fascinating field, because there are 1,000 different ways to accomplish something. And as you get more experienced, you tend to figure out which of those ways would be better,” Ally Tiritoglu (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Cracking the code

by Michelle Liu, Winged Post Design Editor
March 19, 2021
“If I have a brightening effect on someone’s day, thats good enough for me … [The] little things add up. I dont think life [should be about the] big events, I think its the [smaller experiences] that add up over time. So its the same thing that applies when I want to help someone out. Its piece by piece,” Shaunak Narain (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Learning to love the little things

by Smrithi Sambamurthy, TALON Social Media Editor and Asst. Business Manager
February 17, 2021
“Its really helpful to understand that the people around you arent your competition; you are your own competition. [That’s] the only way youre ever going to truly progress in life and become a better version of yourself,” Sarina Sharma (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Confidence is key

by Lavanya Subramanian, TALON Organizations Editor
December 23, 2020
“I really like this basic Tumblr quote, it’s called, ‘Reach for the moon, and if you miss, youll land among the stars.’ The way I interpret that is … to set unachievable goals. So Ill try and reach that unachievable goal, and if I make it, thats awesome … but if I dont, Ive still achieved a lot,” Elizabeth Fields (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Striving to serve

by Lavanya Subramanian, TALON Organizations Editor
October 23, 2020
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