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School meeting recap 3/6/2020: Soccer semifinals, Downbeat performance and basketball competition

Senior class dean Karl Kuehn takes a shot at the basket during the knock out game at last Friday's school meeting. In the game, students from all grade levels and faculty members competed for a bag of gummy worms.

by Lucy Ge, Asst. News Editor

March 10, 2020

Avi Gulati (12) welcomed everyone to school meeting. Adhya Hoskote (12), Meona Khetrapal (11) and Rohan Varma (11) gave the Eagle Update. Boys soccer won NORCAL semifinals. Upper school director of student organizations Eric Kallbrier asked the boys soccer team to come up to the front and had a photo...

Downbeat advances to Varsity Vocals a cappella semifinals

Downbeat senior Joel Morel solos during a performance of the song

by Kathy Fang, Editor-in-Chief

February 25, 2020

The upper school’s vocal ensemble, Downbeat, placed third in Varsity Vocals’ International Championship of High School Acapella (ICHSA) regional quarterfinals this weekend, earning the ensemble a spot in the semifinals for the first time in the Conservatory’s history After placing fourth in...

Annual BAD concert from student performers brings holiday cheer to all campuses

Members of the upper school all-male dance team Kinetic Krew perform during the annual BAD concert.

by Irina Malyugina and Alysa Suleiman

December 16, 2019

The luxuriously heavy crimson drapes slowly unfurl to the wings of the stage, revealing a vast ensemble of seated students, dressed in identical cream-gray sweatshirts, Santa hats or reindeer ears and facing the centerstage in a semicircle. Soft beams of indigo, gold and magenta diffuse across the stag...

Downbeat travels around the Bay Area during their annual Winter Tour

Downbeat wraps up their tour last Friday with their final show of the day, at the upper school's Patil Theater. Their closing number, pictured here, was a dance number,

by Sriya Batchu, Reporter

December 12, 2019

Last Friday, Downbeat went on their annual winter tour where they sang and spread cheer at six different stops. The group left the upper school around 9 a.m. and visited the preschool campus, where they sang carols to the young children. Their next stop took them all the way to perform and hand out...

Upper school vocal ensembles celebrate nature in eco-music choral concert

All upper school choral performers finished last Friday's concert with a closing song, Carly Simon's

by Alysa Suleiman, Reporter

May 2, 2019

Colorful lights illuminate the wide stage as a flood of students briskly step to their places on the multi-leveled risers. With a precise flick of her hand, Susan Nace, upper school vocal teacher and director of Camerata, Cantilena and co-director of Bel Canto, begins to conduct “Turn the World Around”,...

Downbeat’s journey to the International Championship of High School A cappella

Juniors Katelyn Chen, Joel Morel, Max Lee and seniors Kelsey Wu and Aryana Far strike poses in their a cappella performance. Downbeat members started a cappella training as early as a year ago.

by Nicole Tian and Emily Tan

February 27, 2019

“[Downbeat does] so many different things, and we don't fit a music education niche, if you will, outside of Harker—we're our own thing,” vocal teacher Jennifer Sandusky said. “This [a cappella competition] was what I felt like would be a really great opportunity for our students based on size...

School meeting recap 12/3/18

Greg Lawson gestures with a fork to illustrate the importance of putting metal utensils in bins where they will be washed, not throwing them in the trash or on the ground.

by Arushi Saxena, Global Editor

December 9, 2018

As students scuffled through the bleachers to find their seats at the 2nd to last school meeting before Winter Break, Matthew Hajjar (12) opened with a stentorian chant as Adhya Hoskote (11) and Grace Hajjar (11) took the mic and went over the Eagle Update. Arthur Jakobsson (10) talked about the end...

Lights and action for the holiday season

Kinetic Krew performs at the Santana Row Tree Lighting. The Kinetic Krew routine was choreographed by dance teacher Rachelle Haun.

by Varsha Rammohan, Copy Editor

November 22, 2018

As warm jackets and boots become a common sight around the upper school campus, the holiday season makes its appearance, starting off with the annual Santana Row tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 13, which featured several of Harker’s performing arts groups. Upper school performing arts groups Downbeat,...

Harker’s 125th: The picnic in photos

Brothers Shray Alag (10) and Ayush Alag (12) dance side by side during Kinetic Crew’s performance. Their dance came after the middle school concert choir.

by Anna Vazhaeparambil and Michael Eng

October 10, 2018

The 68th annual Family and Alumni Picnic, which was held at the middle school on Oct. 7, featured performances by students from all campuses as well as games and arcade booths for entertainment. While some were a part of the dance and singing groups that performed, other high-schoolers volunteered at...

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