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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

Kaleb Goldin poses in his running stance. I’m running six days a week for about two hours, Kaleb said. Like in everything else I do, practicing lets me get better and be faster.”

Apex: Racing against records

by Tiffany Zhu and Ella Guo May 3, 2024

Kaleb Goldin (11) races past the finish line, his heart pulsing as a surge of exhilaration sweeps over him. For a brief moment after this final stretch, he’s unaware of the time of his sprint, but his...

Gymnast Linda Zeng (10) performs a switch leap during competition. She first began gymnastics at eight-years-old.

Apex: Vaulting to victory

by Eva Cheng February 22, 2024

Time seems to pause as Linda Zeng (10) launches through the air, knees tucked in tight to her chest as she flips once, then braces for impact. At the resounding thud of her landing, the audience erupts...

Soccer player Claire Anderson (11) juggles a soccer ball. Claire joined the girls varsity soccer team in ninth grade and is currently co-captain.

Apex: Elevating with endurance

by Tiffany Zhu and Eva Cheng February 5, 2024

At the sharp tweet of a whistle, the audience erupts into deafening cheers. With a radiant smile on her face, Claire Anderson (11) sprints across the field to her teammates where they whoop and leap...

Anna Lee (12) poses with gold and bronze medals at the 2021 USA Gymnastics Championships. Anna trained in rhythmic gymnastics from  nine to seventeen years old.

Apex: Rigor and reward on the rhythmic floor

by Lily Shi, Assistant STEM Editor February 3, 2024

An empty 12-by-12 meter floor and a panel of expectant judges await Anna Lee (12). Dressed in a glittering leotard with a face full of stage makeup and slicked-back hair, Anna enters the floor with delicate,...

Veyd Patil pushes during a cross-country race. He often dons unorthodox gear, like his pink sunglasses.

Apex: Chasing limits

by Katerina Matta, Co-Sports Editor January 8, 2024

A 103 degree fever. Exhaustion even after 13 hours of sleep a night. Half the week’s worth of missed assignments waiting to be completed. Veyd Patil (12) faced all of these obstacles as he prepared...

Ishani Sood (11) lunges forward with foil in hand, ready to advance. As a nationally ranked fencer, she trained for eight years and recently joined Team USA Fencing.

Apex: Fencer advances through life one lunge at a time

by Gemma Chan, Chayce Milheim, Emma Milner, and Hima Thota November 11, 2022

Sweat drips off Ishani Sood (11)'s brow as she readies herself before a final bout. With just 30 seconds left on the clock, she needs 5 points to win, while her opponent only needs 1. Setting slim...

Anjali Yella (11) sprints forward in preperation for a long jump. Anjali played basketball and ran track last year, using skills from each sport to improve the other.

Apex: From a competitive individual to a team player

by Katelyn Zhao, Sports Editor August 24, 2022

Resounding footfalls, cushioned by the spikes of her shoes sinking into the coarse sand, thump closer and closer. Swirls of dust rise, followed by a swish as she springs off the ground with her arms slicing...

Upper School Division Head Butch Keller joins in on student councils dance skit, performed to to Lil Nas X’s “HOLIDAY. Last Thursdays school meeting marked the last school meeting of 2021.

School meeting recap 12/9/21: Culture Day, Kicks Against Cancer and 1,500 donut holes

by Lucy Ge, Co-Managing Editor December 14, 2021

Associated Student Body (ASB) President Dawson Chen (12) welcomed everyone to the last school meeting before winter break last Thursday.  Upper school English teacher Jennifer Siraganian announced...

Apex: John Zeng (12)

Apex: Football athlete creates home through team

by Jessica Tang and Alysa Suleiman December 11, 2021

Apex is Harker Aquila’s recurring feature profile on the upper school's student-athletes, delivered either in a written or video format. This Apex profile features John Zeng (12), co-captain of the 2021-22...

Imogene Leneham (12) poses on Davis Field with gold pom-poms. As captain of Harkers cheerleading team this year, Imogene is in charge of choreographing sections of new routines and teaching them to her fellow cheerleaders.

Apex: Cheerleader defines grit of sport through commitment

by Julie Shi, Reporter December 4, 2021

Upbeat music pumps through the air as Imogene Leneham (12), captain of Harker’s varsity cheerleading team, performs with her cheer members at Harker’s 2021 Spirit Rally. Imogene leaps into the air...

Anna Weirich (11) lines up at the start at the Blackford track during a practice. In October 2018, she suffered a second metatarsal stress fracture that ended her season early.

Apex: Up and running again

by Muthu Panchanatham, Sports Reporter December 21, 2019

All eyes focus on the final stretch of the race as the runners come around the bend. A streak of white breaks through the line of runners, expending the last of her energy to finish the race. Leaving the...

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