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Upper school nurse Jennifer Olson handles a COVID test kit on April 23. All seventh and 10th-graders will receive a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test this Friday, Oct. 15.

10th and 7th-grader test positive for COVID-19, both grades to undergo testing on Friday

by Lucy Ge and Alysa Suleiman October 12, 2021

This is a developing story. Check Harker Aquila for future updates. A 10th-grader and a seventh-grader tested positive for COVID-19, according to emails sent from Harker Director of Health Services...

Hearts line the National COVID Memorial Wall in Westminster along the River Thames in the United Kingdom.

New restrictions put in place globally as COVID-19 cases begin to rise again

by Rachel Ning and Jasleen Hansra September 2, 2021

Due to the delta variant, a new global strain of COVID-19, countries around the world have begun to implement stricter rules and restrictions in hopes of preventing another large surge of cases. Currently,...

STEM Spotlight is a new Aquila repeater showcasing STEM clubs and their initiatives.

STEM Spotlight: Public Health Club

by Mark Hu and Sabrina Zhu August 31, 2021

STEM Spotlight is a repeater exploring what clubs at Harker have been doing as they return to campus. This week’s featured club is the Public Health Club, which strives to spread awareness of issues...

Colleges have prioritized overall GPA over test scores, unlike previous years.

A world of uncertainty: students reflect on the college application process during the pandemic

by Sarah Mohammed, Winged Post Asst. Features Editor May 19, 2021

Looking back at her experience completing her college applications earlier in the year, Stephanie Shen (12) remembers it as a process filled with the general emotions suffused within the pandemic: longing,...

This pandemic isn’t behind us yet, so we take on the responsibility to assure each other through the simple actions of sitting two to a table or waiting a few more months for a hug. Practicing simple actions protects the community we have waited so long to meet again.

Safety depends on accountability

by Editorial Board May 18, 2021

Four weeks ago, our student body’s year-long separation from the upper school campus finally came to an end. Shortly after Santa Clara County restrictions eased restrictions, the senior class spirit...

Twenty-five-year-old JJ Niemann is a Broadway performer who has appeared in The Book of Mormon and the recent TikTok musical Ratatouille the Musical.” After Broadway shut down March 2020 due to the pandemic, Niemann turned towards TikTok to continue showcasing his acting, singing and dancing as well as behind-the-scenes of Broadway life. Niemann has rose to popularity on the platform, with over 660 thousand followers on TikTok.

Where Broadway meets TikTok: A performer’s journey from stage to screen

by Sally Zhu, Humans of Harker Profiler May 12, 2021

“Remy, the ratatouille, the rat of all my dreams. I praise you, my ratatouille. May the world remember your name.”  The original movie “Ratatouille,” featuring the loveable and wholesome Remy...

Mayor Yan Zhao shares her own experiences with racism at the West Valley Stop Asian Hate Rally on March 27. Today, unfortunately, we have to come together to fight for one basic human right: that is we can go to public places without the fear of being attacked or assaulted, she said in her address.

Saratoga mayor speaks out against anti-Asian hate at rally and at upper school club event

by Arely Sun, Winged Post Lifestyle Editor May 10, 2021

A sprawling crowd speckled with bold posters before her at Saratoga City Hall, Saratoga Mayor Yan Zhao stepped up to the podium and began her speech on March 27.  “America is a place with diversity,...

Whether it be our teachers or our friends or our parents, we all need to make the readjustment back to constant social interaction. 

Staying Healthy with Saloni: Return to social interaction

by Saloni Shah, Humans of Harker Editor-In-Chief April 29, 2021

“Hey Saloni!” “Hi Saloni, how are you?” “Saloni! Happy belated birthday!” On April 19, 2021, I stepped foot on campus for the first time in over a year. Immediately, I was engulfed in an...

Each member of our journalism staff has approached the pandemic in their own way, sometimes together and sometimes separate. Hear the voices of our program and experience how we overcame the unknown of 2020.

Growing up ahead of the curve: Gen Z on living through a global pandemic

On March 12, 2020, Head of School Brian Yager announced through the speakers that the upper school would be closing due to the public health threat of COVID-19. Though we celebrated in the hallways and...

The sun sets on the back  entrance that leads to the quad at the upper school on Mar. 2. Classes will began a rotation of at least one day per week per grade beginning in mid-April.

Upper school to continue campus reopening efforts for in-person learning

by Alysa Suleiman, A&E Editor April 6, 2021

Santa Clara County entered the orange tier last week, with the new COVID-19 case rate per 100,000 citizens dropping below 10 for the first time since the first week of December. Currently, the upper school...

Prakrit Jain (11) photographs a sample for his project that built an automatic software to create ranged maps for wildlife.

Student research through the pandemic

by Mark Hu, STEM Editor March 23, 2021

The annual Synopsys Science & Technology Championship was held virtually on March 11, with students presenting their research from the past year to judges through online interviews and PowerPoint slides. The...

Library director Lauri Vaughan stacks rectangles of cotton into what she calls mask pancakes before sewing them into individual masks. With aid from student volunteers and fabric donors, her sewing project reached 5000 masks, which she announced on Mar. 3 on Schoology.

Mask on: Students and faculty contribute to upper school mask drive

by Arely Sun, Winged Post Lifestyle Editor March 23, 2021

Last spring, when the upper school left campus and switched to remote learning, library director Lauri Vaughan initiated a small-scale sewing project with some friends to make cloth masks to donate. “I...

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