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The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

California Rep. Adam Schiff speaks about the Protecting our Democracy Act, which he introduced to the House in 2021. Schiff, who is a Democrat, advanced in the primary for Californias special Senate election on March 5 along with former professional baseball player and Republican Steve Garvey. (Provided by

Candidates advance in California Senate race, Trump and Biden clinch nominations

by Jonathan Szeto, Assistant News Editor March 18, 2024

Rep. Adam Schiff and former professional baseball player Steve Garvey advanced in the primary for the special Senate election in California on March 5. Garvey, a Republican, and Democrats Schiff, Rep....

Harker seniors Sara Bhowmick, KJ Williams and Kris Estrada pose with San Jose mayoral candidate Matt Mahan. Harker and Yerba Buena High School students hosted a youth campaign forum for the mayors on Oct. 25.

Harker students host San Jose Mayoral Campaign in collaboration with Yerba Buena High School

by Sidak Sanghari, Humans of Harker Profiler November 6, 2022

Harker and Yerba Buena High School students hosted representatives of San Jose mayoral candidates Cindy Chavez and Matt Mahan’s political team in a youth campaign forum at the Cambrian Branch Library...

This is the first installment of Midterms Mayhem, a podcast where Aquila staff members discuss the 2022 midterm elections with upper school community members. In this episode, Aquila reporters Ella, Emma and Anika talk with U.S. history teacher James Tate, Emmett Chung (12) and Trisha Variyar (12) about some of the key issues in the upcoming elections. 

Midterms Mayhem Episode 1: Key issues precede upcoming elections

by Ella Yee, Emma Gao, and Anika Maji November 3, 2022

This is the first installment of Midterms Mayhem, a podcast where Aquila staff members discuss the 2022 midterm elections with upper school community members. In this episode, Aquila reporters Ella, Emma...

Jason Yi (10) receives a ballot from Jai Vir Mehta (12) at the Harker Student Mock Election registration desk on Monday. When voting becomes something that we build into our schedules as a responsibility of being a community member, were more likely to turn out to elections, upper school history and social science teacher Carol Green said.

Harker’s Student Mock Election boasts 48.9 percent voter turnout

by Ella Yee, Co-News Editor October 16, 2022

392 upper school students voted in Harker’s Student Mock Election held in history and social science teacher Carol Green’s room on Monday. With California Midterms occurring in less than a month...

Sporting a yellow class shirt, junior Richard Zhang delivers a response to a question asked by junior class dean Karl Kuehn. Prior to the question and answer session, the junior class could view candidates responses to a set of five questions.

Freshmen, sophomores, juniors elect class council and SAB representatives

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors elected class council and Student Activities Board (SAB) representatives after watching candidate videos during advisory on Thursday and attending Q&A panels on Tuesday.  Tuesday’s...

Flags of different countries stand outside a 2016 meeting of the International Syria Support Group. “I think we can all come together and agree that Bidens vision of America is a fundamentally more optimistic one.” Youth Activism Club president Ethan Choi (12) said. “And its one that values the impact of immigrants so much more so than [former President] Trump.”

President Biden signs executive orders regarding immigration

by Irene Yuan, Multimedia Editor February 1, 2021

In the first days of his presidency, President Biden signed several executive orders regarding immigration, including defending the DACA program, ending the "Muslim-travel ban," changing immigration enforcement...

Upper school students elect ASB for 2020-2021 school year

by Irene Yuan, Asst. Photo Editor April 17, 2020

Upper school students elected five juniors to the 2020-2021 Associated Student Body (ASB) council on Tuesday.  Current junior class president Jason Lin (11) won the position of ASB President against...

The field of former and current Democratic presidential candidates, with candidates who dropped out in black and white and candidates who are still running in color.

Democratic primary field narrows as Joe Biden gathers endorsements from former presidential candidates

by Nicole Tian, Co-Lifestyle Editor March 10, 2020

Before the first Democratic primary debates, 24 candidates made up the primary pool; at the start of this month, that number had dropped to seven. After Super Tuesday last week, the field is down to three...

AP Government student Riva Saksena helps Shray Alag (11) turn in his ballot during fifth period on Monday. Students were able to cast their ballot for presidential candidates from all parties as well as vote on California’s Proposition 13, which regulates funding for education.

AP U.S. Government and Politics holds mock primary elections

by Nicole Tian, Co-Lifestyle Editor March 4, 2020

The AP U.S. Government and Politics classes held the 2020 Harker Primary elections on Monday ahead of California primary elections this Tuesday, which allows students of all grades to participate in mock...

A voting sign outside the journalism room during freshman elections in 2017.

Youth Activism Club to host voter registration during long lunches this week

by Kathy Fang, Editor-in-Chief January 15, 2020

Students can register or preregister to vote in front of Manzanita today and Friday during long lunch. Youth Activism Club will be helping students ensure their registration for the upcoming primary elections...

Councilman Rishi Kumar speaks to students in the journalism room.
Kumar is currently running for congress in California’s 18th congressional district.

Politician Rishi Kumar shares vision for 18th congressional district with journalism classes

by Sarah Mohammed, Reporter November 14, 2019

Saratoga city councilmember and Democratic candidate for California’s 18th Congressional District, Rishi Kumar visited two of the upper school’s news journalism classes on Tuesday to speak about topics...

Newly elected freshman class council member Kris Estrada (9) addresses his class at freshman election speeches on Monday. This freshman class inaugurated a new system of elections in which students voted for general class representatives as opposed to specific positions.

Freshmen council elected with new voting, leadership system

by Arely Sun, Co-Lifestyle Editor November 9, 2019

Inaugurating a new system of student leadership, the results of the freshmen student council election were announced today, naming Alexander Lan, Kris Estrada, Michelle Jin, Rupert Chen and Zubin Khera...

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