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Smrithi Sambamurthy

Smrithi Sambamurthy, TALON Sports Editor

Smrithi Sambamurthy (12) is the sports editor of the TALON Yearbook, and this is her fourth year on staff. Smrithi aims to create fascinating graphics and photo content for her pages this year. In her free time, she likes to rewatch her favorite tv shows or nap.

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Even though high school can be daunting at Harker, don’t be afraid, and go out and do what you want to do. I was scared to try things at first: I didn’t try out for the DECA leadership team, I didn’t play football, and I didn’t hang out with the people that I wanted to hang out with. There’s a lot of things that I didn’t do because I was scared, and it took a pandemic for that to change for me. Don’t make that mistake. If you fall down, you’ll be able to get yourself back up, Rohan Gorti (23) said.

Humans of Harker: ‘Tuff’ness in a touchdown

by Ananya Sriram, Winged Post Co-Managing Editor
May 30, 2023
“I started playing tennis when I was six years old. Its been a long time. I like being alone on the court with your thoughts and not having a game clock. You can always come back and win in tennis. Theres no time limit. Thats what got me really into it, and thats why I chose it over other sports,” Anushka Mehrotra (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Learning to ‘ace’ life

by Gabe Sachse, Asst. Sports Editor
March 22, 2023
“Its really challenging to go out on your own on the weekends and just research economics because it gets boring. One of the things thats helped me do that is understanding that its a vast field, but the more effort I put in to understand whats going on, the better,” Indigo Lee (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Score big

by Janam Chahal, Reporter
March 16, 2023
Toxic positivity is the idea that we have to force ourselves to be happy all the time. We think the best thing about life is being happy so we feel like we have to be happy all the time to live a satisfying life. But thats not the case, we can take life as it comes, both positive and negative, and it’ll be okay, Madeleine Hansen (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Behind the lens

by Smrithi Sambamurthy, TALON People Editor
March 24, 2022
This is the first installment of “Working Title,” a podcast where TALON staff member Rachel Ning shares her thoughts, opinions and impressions of select films. In this episode, Rachel speaks about her top five winter break watches, including “West Side Story,” “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary” and “The Daytrippers.” 

Working Title, Episode 1

by Rachel Ning, TALON Organizations Editor
February 11, 2022
[Painting] makes you feel like youre the only person in the world. The idea that I could do it for fun for myself has been the reason I like getting into it. [It’s] the idea of independence and doing things that you want to do. If you cant come up with a reason for [your decisions], then you should reevaluate how youve been living your life, Jackie Hu (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Reshaping escape

by Smrithi Sambamurthy, TALON People Editor
January 19, 2022
Take every chance that you get, because in life you can take some chances and they could end up taking you much further than you expected. Its a learning experience; if you can, and you dont have much to lose, just do it, Nikela Hulton (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Swimming to success

by Smrithi Sambamurthy, TALON People & Seniors Editor
November 8, 2021
Global Headlines (Issue 1)

Global Headlines (Issue 1)

by Smrithi Sambamurthy, TALON People & Seniors Editor
August 26, 2021
“Everything I do is worth it because it creates an impact. It brings me the greatest joy to see [my family and friends] feel heard, understood and happy,” Sophie Wang (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Communication and persuasion

by Smrithi Sambamurthy, TALON People and Seniors Editor
April 26, 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
“We all have feelings and we all think what we think and have the perspectives that we have because of where we came from, because of our upbringing, our experiences. If we live more in the gray of the world, people would realize that theres more to a person than just what [people] disagree on,” Aditi Bharti (12) said. 

Humans of Harker: Looking past the black and white

by Smrithi Sambamurthy, TALON Asst. Business Manager
January 27, 2021
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