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Mia Purnell coaches students through the race that is life

Mia Purnell coaches students through the race that is life

by Muthu Panchanatham, Sports Reporter

August 30, 2019

Newly appointed cross country and track head coach Mia Purnell stands proudly beside her bicycle, wearing a bright green Harker Athletics polo and a wide smile on her face, watching her student-athletes run around the track at the Blackford Campus.  As a child, Mia Purnell “wanted to race everyone.” From raci...

Loren Powers uses football as a mantra to life

Loren Powers uses football as a mantra to life

by Vishnu Kannan, Sports Editor

August 30, 2019

Sitting in a swivel chair in his office in the Harker weight room, new Harker football head coach Loren Powers fondly recalls watching the 49ers as a child and being captivated by “the glitz and glam of the 49ers’ red and gold.” Powers said that watching greatness in motion through the likes of ...

Building a community from the ground up

Building a community from the ground up

by Arely Sun, Esha Gohil, Alysa Suleiman, and Anna Vazhaeparambil

June 10, 2019

With his head tilted to one side, eyes unfocused and thoughtful, Mike Bassoni smiles as he answers questions about his lifetime of work at Harker. As he touches on his past and present accomplishments, his voice softens nostalgically from its usual upbeat rhythm, his memories taking him back decades. Bassoni...

Heart of Harker: Lessons from twelve years at Harker

Heart of Harker: Lessons from twelve years at Harker

by Victor Adler, Guest Writer

September 3, 2018

I always wanted to be a teacher, but throughout my life adults tried to talk me out of it for a host of reasons. When I finally committed to be a teacher, it even stunned my wife. I originally sought a job at a Harker rival. They rejected me. With hindsight that would be my fortune. In January of 2006,...

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