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From San Jose to Capitol Hill: Upper school alumnus gives back to his home district as congressional staffer

Legislative Assistant Eric Henshall (‘12) speaks to Harker Journalism reporters about his experience working in the office of U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo in the House Cannon Building in Washington, D.C. Eshoo represents California’s 18th Congressional District and is currently running for re-election against Saratoga Councilman Rishi Kumar.

by Eric Fang and Anthony Xu

November 23, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Standing next to a glass display case of U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo’s personal memorabilia and achievements, Legislative Assistant Eric Henshall (‘12) recounted how he came to work for the Representative for California’s 18th District on Capitol Hill after graduating only seven yea...

Students attend LIFE assemblies, meet with Eagle Buddies

Stephen Hughes ('12), Nick Nguyen ('15), Sheridan Tobin ('15) and Raghav Jain ('16) talk about their college lifestyles during a LIFE meeting for the seniors last Wednesday. The discussion was moderated by seniors Radhika Jain and Adhya Hoskote.

by Saahil Thoppay, Reporter

November 19, 2019

 Freshmen, sophomore and seniors attended LIFE assemblies on Wednesday while the juniors went to the Bucknall campus for Eagle Buddies.  The freshman assembly in Nichols Auditorium was a presentation hosted by Colleen T. Lee, an attorney for Skadden and Harker alumni, about the possibly incrimin...

Princeton choir group performs at school meeting

The Princeton Roaring 20 sings at school meeting last Friday. Harker alumni Ishanya Anthapur (‘15) is a part of the group, which was touring the Bay Area during Princeton's fall break.

by Lucy Ge, Asst. News Editor

November 4, 2019

The Princeton Roaring 20, a co-ed a capella group at Princeton, performed at Harker upper school school meeting last Friday, as part of their tour around the Bay Area. Songs they performed included Queen’s “Somebody to Love” and Ella Fitzgerald’s “Blue Skies.” Harker alumna Ishanya Anthapur (‘15) is a ...

Former assistant athletics director and three athletes inducted into Harker’s Athletic Hall of Fame

Adhir Ravipati (‘05), Kristina Bither Gurney (‘09) and former assistant athletics director Chris Collins smile for a photo with upper school athletic director Dan Molin and lower and middle school athletic director Theresa “Smitty” Smith before the homecoming game begins. Maverick McNealy (‘13), who is currently on the PGA tour, was unable to attend the ceremony.

by Anna Vazhaeparambil and Aditya Singhvi

October 16, 2019

Four new inductees for Harker’s Athletic Hall of Fame were honored on homecoming night in a ceremony just before the game, where they were recognized for their dedication to Harker’s athletics program and for exemplifying the school’s values during their time here and beyond. Adhir Ravipati (...

Memorial to be held for alumnus Sandip Nirmel, remembered as a president, teammate and friend

Former ASB president Sandip Nirmel ('17) makes a speech at matriculation in 2016. The Harvard Crimson reported Friday that Sandip, who was a sophomore at Harvard University, died of

by Eric Fang and Gloria Zhang

June 17, 2019

Everyone who attended Harker at the same time as Sandip Nirmel (’17) knew who he was. From giving a speech at the class of 2020’s matriculation to running school meetings, Sandip led the student body with a characteristic smile and a baritone announcer’s voice. However, people’s fondest memories of Sand...

Alumnus Sandip Nirmel dies of “extended illness,” the Crimson reports

Former ASB president Sandip Nirmel ('17) makes a speech at matriculation in 2016. The Harvard Crimson reported Friday that Sandip, who was a sophomore at Harvard University, died of

by Eric Fang and Gloria Zhang

May 26, 2019

The Harvard Crimson reported Friday that alumni Sandip Nirmel (’17, Harvard ’21) died on Thursday after “an extended illness,” according to an email sent by Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana to students Friday morning. Sandip was involved in the Harker upper school student council all four ye...

College here I come!

This College Starter Pack lists items seniors might want for college. In this article, alumni offer advice to the seniors about what they wish they knew before coming to college.

by Erica Cai, Esha Gohil, Saloni Shah, and Alysa Suleiman

May 23, 2019

In just a few months, a quarter of the Harker Upper School population will be heading off to college, into the great beyond. To prepare our beloved seniors for the next stage of their journeys, seasoned alumni shared some words of wisdom that might enrich soon-to-be freshmen’s college experience. Advice #1...

Conservatory seniors honored at annual Senior Showcase

A senior practices her routine prior to Senior Showcase. The showcase features all members of the Conservatory who have completed the Certificate program, which culminates in this final performance.

by Varsha Rammohan and Irene Yuan

May 23, 2019

Senior members of the upper school conservatory certificate program performed at the annual senior showcase last Friday. This year marks the eighteenth anniversary of the showcase since the first one in 2002, where the inaugural certificate candidates graduated. Senior showcase honors the work and ...

Bringing Capoeira to Life

Capoeira teacher Loren Due ('85) stands in a ready stance as he faces off against Johnny Wang (12).

by Mark Hu and Muthu Panchanatham

April 25, 2019

Intense music plays in the background as two students bend down to touch their teacher’s feet, surrounded by their peers. They then proceed to shake hands, acknowledging each other with respect as they were taught. Suddenly, the two cartwheel into the center of the “roda” or circle of people and engage ...

Heart of Harker: Lessons in stress and pressure

Heart of Harker: Lessons in stress and pressure

by Joanna Lin, Alumna Guest Writer

April 25, 2019

You’ll never get there. Right now, all that matters is college. Once you get in (and you WILL get in), it’s internships, grad school, med school. And afterwards, your own lab, your own practice, your own Silicon Valley startup. And suddenly you’ll find yourself signing your kids up for Suzuki violin ...

Head of school Brian Yager hosts first Parent Connect meeting

Head of School Brian Yager addressed a group of parents in his first annual Parent Connect meeting. In this meeting, Yager touched upon the recent accreditation process, as well as his hopes for the future.

by Arushi Saxena, Global Editor

April 11, 2019

In a “town-hall” style meeting today, Brian Yager addressed three topics: Harker’s recent accreditation process, the new middle school campus, and future goals for the Harker community. Speaking in Nichols Auditorium, Yager spoke to approximately 30 parents of students from various grades, answering ...

Reunion welcomes alumni back to campus

History teacher Donna Gilbert talks with Sahana Srinivasan ('18). At the alumni reunion yesterday, students could eat and talk with faculty and staff.

by Kathy Fang, Managing Editor

January 9, 2019

Upper school alumni attended a reunion held in Nichols Atrium yesterday afternoon, where upper school teachers met and conversed with former students. This piece was originally published on Harker Aquila's Facebook page.

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