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Humans of Harker: Connecting with community

Humans of Harker: Connecting with community

by Sriya Batchu, Reporter

May 19, 2019

At first, Neha Tallapragada (12) sat and talked quietly while holding her blue Contigo water bottle, but as time passed, she opened up and was not afraid to voice her thoughts. One thing that has always meant a lot to Neha is community. When she was a child, she moved around a lot, so finding and connectin...

Humans of Harker: Ready, Set, Run

Humans of Harker: Ready, Set, Run

by Olivia Guo and Sabrina Takemoto

May 18, 2019

The crackle of stones against his shoes, Noah Lincke (12) runs on the dirt trail. Music pumps through his ears and a wave of relaxation takes over him as he explores the newly found route. Towards the beginning of his high school years, Noah would constantly worry about his grades and academics; however,...

Humans of Harker: Realizing confidence

Humans of Harker: Realizing confidence

by Zachary Hoffman, TALON Reporter

May 18, 2019

Lifeguard chairs, an elevated lattice of white plywood topped with a bright colored umbrella, resemble thrones: often they come with a sense of authority, responsibility and ability. If you happen to stop by Santa Clara Swim Club on a weeknight, and you were to look up at the lifeguard chair, you would...

Humans of Harker: The art of communication

Humans of Harker: The art of communication

by Esha Gohil and Muthu Panchanatham

May 18, 2019

A small fish dotted with gold and white specks darts across the aquarium, eagerly awaiting its meal. A hand slowly submerges itself into the water from above, offering multicolored flakes of fish food to the flat, almost pancake like sea creature. Raymond Banke (12) calmly removes his hand as to not star...

Humans of Harker: Perspectives

Humans of Harker: Perspectives

by Anmol Velagapudi, Reporter

May 17, 2019

Basketball, track, and rap music help Arvind Thirumalai (12) with stressful times and is a way to take his mind off of something that's bothering him. “Whenever I’m stressed out or tired or not in a good mood, playing basketball helps me relax and forget about whatever stresses me out,” Arvind...

Humans of Harker: The Memesmith

Humans of Harker: The Memesmith

by Jin Tuan, Lifestyle Editor

May 17, 2019

Purple socks printed with raccoons and the trash cans they foraged in kick up into the air as Sian Smith (12) wakes up from a nap, sliding up on the Shah couches in preparation for a no-filter interview. “You speak as if I normally have a filter,” Sian said, narrowing her eyes. Ask around about...

Humans of Harker: On the sidelines and in the game

Humans of Harker: On the sidelines and in the game

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Nicole TIan, and Katherine Zhang

May 17, 2019

You’re not likely to see Heidi Zhang (12) at a game. It’s not that she isn’t there — you’re just more likely to feel her passing by, nothing but a quick “excuse me” and a flash of the gold-toned highlights in her dark brown hair as she wriggles her way to the front of the crowd, her hand...

Humans of Harker: Keep calm, and the show must go on

Humans of Harker: Keep calm, and the show must go on

by Kathy Fang, Managing Editor

May 16, 2019

As the actors onstage gather for their final performance, the applause of the audience filling the silence of the theater, Logan Frank (12) leans back in his chair, in the shadows of the stage lights, and smiles. Another show well done—another night of cues smoothly run. Logan is perhaps best known...

Humans of Harker: Spirit to spirit

Humans of Harker: Spirit to spirit

by Alysa Suleiman, Reporter

May 15, 2019

Laid back on the beige painted chairs in front of Manzanita Hall, his arm draped across the metal back, Zachary “Zach” Hoffman laughs with his friends, thoroughly engrossed in the moment. As the wind tousles through his short brown hair, he scoots the chair towards his table of friends, the metal...

Humans of Harker: Dress to express

Humans of Harker: Dress to express

by Nina Gee, Visuals Editor

May 15, 2019

"Hey, I'm still waiting for one of those shirts," someone shouts from across the hallway at the tall figure walking down the hallway. He laughs, looking back over the shoulder of his bleach-stained black sweatshirt. "Okay," he replies, eyes squeezed in a smile. Even a year after its closing, clothing...

Humans of Harker: Closer to perfect

Humans of Harker: Closer to perfect

by Kathy Fang, Managing Editor

May 14, 2019

She laughs and pauses, her eyes caught in a thoughtful yet smiling twinkle, before she comes up with an answer to the question. Before she speaks, though, she pauses again, hugging a white fluffy blanket closer around her knees, as if a new idea has suddenly flashed across her mind and she were now caught...

Humans of Harker: Balance

Humans of Harker: Balance

by Michael Eng and Nicole Chen

May 13, 2019

In the corner of Mr. Hurshman’s room during a long lunch, a simple tune – the Geometry Dash Theme song – throughout the background noise of the lunchtime chatter from an electronic keyboard resonates. Headphones slung around his neck, Leon Lu (12) sits at the piano in a “relaxed concentration,”...

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