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The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

This article tells the stories of students personal experiences relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, including its impacts in sports, music and health. Solitude became our reality from March of 2020 to June of 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic continued on, and more social connection has emerged out of the return to in-person learning this school year.

‘A reality check’: Students share their personal stories with COVID-19

by Sarah Mohammed and Isha Moorjani March 31, 2022

Small rectangular boxes fill the computer screen, each one carrying a familiar face, a friend or a teacher. The Zoom page serves as the only window to “normal” life. A day at the upper school, once...

A technician from Inspire Diagnostics applies a sticker to a mini test vial in the Rotunda, the upper schools COVID-19 testing site, on Feb. 4. BA.2 received the title “stealth variant” due to unique genetic traits that make it difficult to trace since it often appears as the delta variant in tests.

More contagious omicron subvariant BA.2 spreads as mask mandates lift

by Kinnera Mulam, Copy Editor March 9, 2022

The omicron subvariant BA.2 has appeared in over 40 countries, including the U.S, and is much more contagious than its predecessor.  As BA.1, or omicron, cases decline, states such as California, Oregon...

An illustration of the COVID-19 virus.
This article addresses common myths surrounding COVID-19, the delta variant and vaccines and provides accurate answers from the CDC and The New England Journal of Medicine.

Myth-busting COVID-19 and the vaccines

by Arjun Barrett and Nicole Tian August 28, 2021

Do I still need to wear a mask if I’m vaccinated? Yes. Though the CDC only requires unvaccinated individuals to wear a mask, all vaccinated individuals are encouraged to continue wearing masks. Unvaccinated...

Senior Sachi Bajaj received her vaccine today. She and her family qualified to receive the vaccine as caregivers for her grandparents, who are at high risk of contracting the coronavirus.

Harker staff and students receive COVID-19 vaccinations, more scheduled this month

by Lucy Ge, Winged Post News Editor March 2, 2021

With upper school faculty and students beginning to receive their COVID-19 vaccines, more Harker staff are set to be vaccinated in Phase 1B of California’s vaccination plan.  All education workers,...

In this piece, upper school students, faculty and family members share how the pandemic has directly impacted them.

Pandemic journal: Adaptation, gratitude and growth

by Emily Tan and Anna Vazhaeparambil February 18, 2021

The "pandemic journal" repeater documents our stories of living in the world of COVID-19. Our perception of what's considered normal has been upended in the last year, with every person having a different...

A fire broke out at the largest vaccine manufacturer in the world, the Serum Institute of India, on Jan. 21, leaving at least five people dead.

Global Headlines (Issue 4)

by Isha Moorjani, Asst. News Editor February 15, 2021

London approves removal of statues related to city’s role in slavery The removal of the statues of William Beckford and Sir John Cass from the Guildhall home of statues was approved by the Policy...

The toiletries aisle at a Safeway store in Saratoga was empty on Nov. 21, as local residents stock up on essential supplies to prepare for the increased county restrictions. Health officials issued a new stay-at-home order, which will go into effect at 10 p.m. today until Jan. 4.

Santa Clara County to implement new COVID-19 stay-at-home order

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Varsha Rammohan, and Arushi Saxena December 6, 2020

Santa Clara County health officials issued a temporary stay-at-home order, which will go into effect at 10 p.m. today in response to a recent surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the Bay Area. The...

Hand sanitizer and COVID-19 guidelines at The Table in San Jose. “I thought that people would be really excited to come and eat here, but even from the get-go you still have people that were going to be unhappy. Unfortunately, sometimes it is taken out on people like essential workers,” manager Alisha Lorenz said. 

Pulse of the People: Local restaurant adapts to pandemic

by Emily Tan, Winged Post Features Editor November 1, 2020

Across the Bay Area, restaurants that previously boasted boisterous crowds of energetic parties conversing over delicious food now stand empty, spare the few individuals dining at the spaced-out tables...

Captains court: Seniors reflect on postponed athletic seasons

Captain’s court: Seniors reflect on postponed athletic seasons

by Vishnu Kannan, Co-Sports Editor October 6, 2020

The CIF announced in a press release in July that high school sports for this school year will only start in December of 2020 or January of 2021. The three usual high school sports seasons — fall, winter,...

As the coronavirus pandemic has created a series of changes, television series have adapted to production changes, added coronavirus pandemic to storylines, and introduced new COVID-19 documentaries. Even with many changes and additions to TV series, many viewers have enjoyed and are looking forward to their favorite television programs.

Television series adapt to COVID-19

by Sally Zhu, Humans of Harker Profiler October 5, 2020

Since shelter-in-place began across the country in early March, the entertainment industry has changed filming methods to adhere to social distancing. Even with many changes and additions to TV series,...

In the United States, three companies — Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca — have been conducting Phase 3 trials for a coronavirus vaccine. Phase 3 trials are the last step before a vaccine can be approved, with 30,000 volunteers participating in a study testing the efficacy of each vaccine.

SARS-CoV-2 vaccines continue Phase 3 trials, testing

by Aditya Singhvi, Aquila Co-Managing Editor September 28, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to expand, scientists around the globe are racing to develop and test an effective vaccine that can be approved for widespread use. In the United States, three...

The primetime Emmys, held to recognize outstanding work in American primetime entertainment programming, was the first major awards ceremony to occur during this new normal.

The 2020 Emmys projected levity without masking reality

by Varsha Rammohan, Editor-in-chief September 25, 2020

Interns in hazmat suits, cardboard cut-outs of celebrities and an empty Staples Center. Last week’s Emmy Awards were anything but a vivid depiction of how the coronavirus pandemic has infiltrated every...

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