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Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

Gary Ding, one of the junior Honor Council representatives, shares his thoughts on a sticky note to display in Manzanita Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Honor Council hosts annual Honor Week activities

by Isha Moorjani, News Editor September 28, 2021

What does respect sound like? What does respect feel like? What does respect look like? Amid the hustle and bustle of lunchtime in Manzanita Hall, students wrote their answers to these prompts about...

Emma Biswas (11) reads written responses from Green Teams EcoChallenge bulletin board. Honor Week launched today with a focus on the environment and will continue with different daily themes throughout the rest of the week.

Honor Week begins with environment, Green Team encourages sustainability through bulletin board

by Sabrina Zhu, STEM Editor September 20, 2021

The upper school Honor Council launched Honor Week today with the theme of environment, urging students to spend time in nature and protect our campus. The coming three days will focus on the tenets of...

President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to adopt a progressive stance on climate change and to reverse President Donald Trump’s actions. The Biden Administration has also expressed a concern for environmental justice, or the disproportionate harm of pollution on people of color and low-income communities.

Global Reset: Biden pledges a progressive climate change plan

by Irene Yuan and Sabrina Zhu January 19, 2021

President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to adopt a progressive stance on climate change and to reverse President Donald Trump’s actions. Biden’s main plan, driven by a desire to see a clean energy revolution...

POLL-itics: Climate change and the environment

POLL-itics: Climate change and the environment

by Nicholas Wei and Sally Zhu November 2, 2020

With Harker Aquila’s new 2020 election repeater, POLL-itics, hear from members of the Harker community on various political issues ahead of the 2020 election on Nov. 3. This installment of POLL-itics...

An expanding animal agriculture industry leads to deforestation to open up new lands, but by cutting down on customer demand by either eliminating or minimizing personal beef consumption, the impact is twofold: forested lands are protected, combating the effects of CO2 emissions, and methane produced by cattle farming decreases.

Cattle and carbon: Why I chose to stop eating beef

by Nicole Tian, Co-Lifestyle Editor January 21, 2020

At the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit held on Sept. 23 in New York City, one speaker’s words were particularly convicting. In a YouTube video from Guardian News, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta...

Freshmen Lexi Nishimura, Vivian Bi, and Alisa Grebin pick up small colorful shiny pieces of confetti stuck in the bush, conversing about whether there was a birthday party earlier.

Students and faculty take field trip down to SeaCliff Beach for Coastal Cleanup Day

by Sriya Batchu, Reporter September 22, 2019

Following Friday’s youth climate strike in downtown San Jose, a group of thirty-five upper school  students and staff took a bus to Seacliff State Beach in Aptos to participate in clearing litter during...

All upper school choral performers finished last Fridays concert with a closing song, Carly Simons Let the River Run. The concert, which was the ensembles senior night, honored senior vocalists after this final performance.

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

by Alysa Suleiman, Reporter May 1, 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...

Green Team members Alex Shing (11), Sachi Bajaj (10), and Anvi Banga (11) led Harker students on a walkout as part of the Youth Climate Strike. Green Team organized the event, which was partaken in by students all around the world in efforts to push lawmakers to focus on climate-related policy.

Over 250 students step out of class in climate strike

by Arushi Saxena, Global Editor March 16, 2019

Over 250 students participated in a 15-minute walkout organized by Green Team on Friday in solidarity with the Youth Climate Strike. The Youth Climate Strike was participated in by students from around...

During the campus clean-up on Friday, Clarice Wang (9) put a piece of trash in a garbage bag held open by Abel Olivas, Spanish teacher and department head of Modern and Classical languages.

Honor Week celebrates honor for Harker’s 125th anniversary

by Lucy Ge, Reporter March 3, 2019

Microphone in hand, physics and science research teacher Chris Spenner spoke on Wednesday, Feb. 20 during the school meeting about acceptance within the Harker community. He highlighted three speeches...

Freshmen Alice Feng and Arely Sun stand in front of an Environmental Engineering poster at the 2018 California Science and Engineering Fair. Their project, which eventually won first place, was titled “The Effect of Mushroom Species and Substrates on the Properties of a Novel Biodegradable Material: Mycelium.”

Freshmen researchers reflect on engineering project to test types of biodegradable material

by Arya Maheshwari and Anmol Velagapudi January 20, 2019

Attention to research at the upper school often focuses on the achievements of upperclassmen, like with the results of the recent Regeneron Science Talent Search. But research experience and success is...

Students enjoy lunch and snacks while watching the environmental documentary. Green Team is hosting the screening of Tomorrow during lunch this week in Diane Moss room, with one part screened Wednesday and one to be screened on Friday.

Green Team hosts screening of environmental documentary

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Reporter November 17, 2018

The Green Team hosted a screening of the first part of the documentary, Tomorrow, on Nov. 14 in Diane Moss’ classroom to offer a unique outlook on the environmental issues that affect the planet and...

Global Reset: Hurricane intensity worsens with changes in global climate

Global Reset: Hurricane intensity worsens with changes in global climate

by Vivian Jin and Lucy Ge October 22, 2018

After Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Florence damaged the east coast of the United States, thousands of people continue to recover from the destruction. According to the United States Census Bureau,...

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