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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

English teacher Susanne Salhab congratulates seniors Daniel Lin and Claire Miao on their completion of high school. Daniel and Claire were both members of Salhabs AP Literature class.

Classes of 2024 and 2025 close the year with bricks and Baccalaureate

by Jessica Hu and Felix Chen May 20, 2024

Seniors, their family members, juniors and faculty celebrated the class of 2024 during the Brick Ceremony and the transfer of leadership to the class of 2025 at Baccalaureate Friday night.  Head...

History and social science teacher Carol Green stands with a plate of homemade scones. “When you prepare a dish for someone, you are sharing a part of yourself with them, and youre showing that you care for them, Green said.

Meet your teacher: Kitchens and kittens

by Suhani Gupta and Kairui Sun March 12, 2024

Strolling the downstairs Shah lobby, a teacher suddenly overhears the pulsing beat and smooth flow of Tupac’s most famous hits. Peering into the classroom, they see a sprawling picture of Tupac projected...

Civics and Regional Politics student Yasmin Sudarsanam (11) explains her regional action project in upper school history teacher Carol Greens room on Wednesday. Yasmin raised awareness about Californias Red Flag Law through writing for a newsletter and creating a Bay Area branch of the Brady Project.

Student speakers in civic engagement panel spark change

by Eva Cheng and Tiffany Zhu January 13, 2024

Civics and Regional Politics students Jason Shim (11), Sahngwie Yim (11), Yasmin Sudarsanam (11) and Anoushka Chakravarty (10) presented their regional action projects in a community panel on Wednesday.  As...

Seniors Jessica Morel, Shanaya Dhawan and Sania Gupta sketch designs in the Zentangle: Doodling for Peace workshop. Campus faculty hosted the workshops to teach seniors a variety of life skills and promote personal well-being.

Seniors unite for inaugural Senior Retreat

by Alena Suleiman, Ananya Sriram, and Kevin Zhang August 21, 2023

The Class of 2024 gathered on the upper school campus from 2:30 to 10 p.m. for Harker’s first Senior Retreat on Wednesday.  The senior class council, Student Activities Board (SAB) and administrators...

Heads on shoulders, members of the Class of 2023 lean on each other as Mr. Yager gives his final remarks near the end of the event.  Baccalaureate closed out the Class of 2023s last day of high school on May 12th.

Class of 2023 culminates with Senior Brick Ceremony and Baccalaureate

by Jonathan Xue and Brandon Zau June 13, 2023

The Class of 2023 and their families gathered in front of Graduates’ Grove for the annual Senior Brick Ceremony and Baccalaureate on May 12 at 5 and 6 p.m. Director of Annual Giving Jun Wang presented...

Jason Yi (10) receives a ballot from Jai Vir Mehta (12) at the Harker Student Mock Election registration desk on Monday. When voting becomes something that we build into our schedules as a responsibility of being a community member, were more likely to turn out to elections, upper school history and social science teacher Carol Green said.

Harker’s Student Mock Election boasts 48.9 percent voter turnout

by Ella Yee, Co-News Editor October 16, 2022

392 upper school students voted in Harker’s Student Mock Election held in history and social science teacher Carol Green’s room on Monday. With California Midterms occurring in less than a month...

Two chairs are pushed against the door in the Nichols 307 classroom during the shelter-in-place (SIP) at the upper school campus today. The school activated SIP this afternoon after an unarmed intruder entered the campus, and all students and staff are safe.

Upper school activates shelter-in-place, all students, staff safe

by Emma Gao, Isha Moorjani, Sally Zhu, and Sabrina Zhu June 22, 2022

The upper school campus activated a shelter-in-place (SIP) this afternoon after an unarmed intruder entered the campus during a police chase.  All students and staff are safe, according to an email...

California State Senator Scott Wiener introduces California Senate Bill 866 (SB 866), which would allow individuals 12 years old and older to receive vaccinations without parental approval, on Jan. 21 at a press conference in San Francisco. “I think we have a shot for getting it passed,” Weiner said. “Its not guaranteed, the California legislative process is very complicated.

State legislation proposed to expand vaccination age of consent

by Lucy Ge, Co-Managing Editor February 7, 2022

California State Senator Scott Wiener (D-CA) introduced California Senate Bill 866 (SB 866), which would allow individuals 12 years old and older to receive vaccinations without parental approval, on Jan....

Two volunteers help a voter submit his California Gubernatorial recall ballot at the St. Francis of Assisi Parish polling center in San Jose. On Sept. 14, reigning democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom defeated a GOP-led recall attempt, remaining in office.

Voters reject recall attempt, Gavin Newsom to remain in office

by Nicole Tian, Isha Moorjani, and Alysa Suleiman September 15, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom will remain in office after winning the recall effort today, defeating a Republican-backed attempt to oust him. With over eight million votes reported, in which 63.9% of Californians...

Members of the S@TC Intensive Cast rehearse the musical scene of their show Star Crossed Lovers. Unlike last summer, the upper school held in-person activities on campus for Conservatory Intensive and Summer Institute courses in the past couple of months.

A year later, Summer Institute and Conservatory reawaken on-campus life

by Aastha Mangla, Asst. A&E and Lifestyle Editor August 16, 2021

The Summer Institute and Summer @ the Conservatory (S@TC) returned to the upper school in person with a variety of courses, including supplemental courses such as Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry, AP...

Class of 2021 finishes high school career with baccalaureate and graduation

by Nicole Tian, Co-Editor-In-Chief June 2, 2021

The class of 2021 walked across the stage at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga to receive their diplomas in front of a socially distanced audience on Saturday, May 22. The first event at the site in 14 months,...

Upper school history teacher Mark Janda speaks about African American history during an Introduction to Social Justice class on Feb. 2. I hope [students] take away agency [from this class], Janda said. I hope they take away a sense of how they can participate and change their world.

New semester electives offer unique opportunities for students in the 2020-21 academic year

by Isha Moorjani, Asst. News Editor February 10, 2021

The upper school offered eight new semester electives this year, providing students with the opportunity to further explore various interests and hobbies in an academic setting. These new courses include ...

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