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Harker Aquila

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Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

Consumerism may favor some but harms all

Consumerism may favor some but harms all

by Hima Thota, Co-Features Editor March 13, 2024

Mountains of used clothing pile up in landfills in countries like India and Ghana. Overcrowded sweatshops swarm with young women and children paid three cents an hour to sew used textiles. Nearby, garbage...

William Chen 03 lectures to Green Team about sustainable farming on Stanfords O’Donohue Educational Farm. Besides talking about his own experiences, Chen also discussed the harmful effects of pesticides and herbicides, the benefits of eating organic foods, and ways to support sustainable farming.

Green Team speaker highlights methods and mission behind sustainable farming

by Victor Gong and Ashley Mo March 6, 2024

Green Team invited Harker alum William Chen ‘03 to present on sustainable farming on Monday. Chen is the facility and production coordinator at Stanford’s O’Donohue Educational Farm and has previously...

A Harker attendee rides Green Teams smoothie bike on Oct. 7 in the Auxiliary Gym. The club collaborated with the Harker Robotics team starting earlier this year to build zero-energy bike consisting of only upcycled materials.

Global Reset: Spinning sustainable smoothies

by Victor Gong and Mihir Kotbagi November 27, 2023

Making a smoothie typically involves plugging in a powerful blender into an outlet, dumping in an assortment of fruits and pressing down on the lid. The blade instantly accelerates to thousands of revolutions...

Green Team Secretary Sophie Grace Degoricija (11) waters a patch of grass in Martial Cottle Community Garden on Nov. 4. The club spent the day watering plants, weeding and clearing out mulch from the land.

STEM Spotlight: Green Team attends volunteer gardening trip

by Kinnera Mulam, Co-Winged Post Editor-in-Chief November 15, 2023

Green Team attended a community service trip to tend to the Martial Cottle Community Garden in San Jose on Nov. 4. Accompanied by Green Team Adviser Diana Moss and upper school English teacher Nikolai...

Members of the ASB Lifestyle Committee and Honor Council present their interview with station chef Rupa Banerjee. They also asked that students keep the campus clean during lunches.

School Meeting Recap 10/20/23: Green Team, Fall Play, Club Photos

by Felix Chen, Co-News Editor October 28, 2023

Associated Student Body (ASB) President Daniel Lin (12) initiated the school meeting on Oct. 20 by advertising the TEDxHarkerSchool event to take place later that day at 3:45 p.m. in the Rothschild Performing...

A Tesla parks near the charging stations in Harkers front parking lot. “If even 10% of the cars on the road are EVs, and they arent polluting, that would make a big difference,” Siddhi Jain (12) said.

Biden’s electric vehicle plan: Driving toward a greener future

by Victor Gong and Claire Zhao August 29, 2023

President Joe Biden announced plans on April 10 to transition the U.S. to electric vehicles in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The “EV Acceleration Challenge” strives...

Downbeat performs a set during the school meeting on Monday as a preview of their concert yesterday. The group recently placed fourth at the International Championship of High School A Capella quarter finals, with Dance captain Samvita Gautam (12) winning Best Student Choreographer.

School meeting recap 4/17/23: Earth Week, Downbeat and new ASB council

by Anika Maji, Copy Editor April 22, 2023

Associated Student Body (ASB) President Kris Estrada (12) opened the school meeting on Monday, noting it was the last school meeting members of the class of 2023 would attend in high school. Kris then...

Student Diversity Coalition (SDC) representatives Ariana Gauba (10) and Fern Biswas (10) speak about Culture Week, which took place from Feb. 27 to March 3. Culture Week featured cultural performances from members of the Harker community, cultural visual arts and culture booths.

School meeting recap 2/23/23: United Voices, ReCreate Reading and Culture Week

by Felix Chen, Asst. News Editor March 9, 2023

Associated Student Body (ASB) President Kris Estrada (12) opened the school meeting on Feb. 23 by remarking on the date's resemblance to the senior class’s year of graduation.  Dean of Students Kevin...

Public Health Club officers Fiona Yan (11) and Johnathan Mo (12) speak about Chinas newest COVID-19 policies. The Public Health Club held a discussion about these topics on Friday during long lunch.

School meeting recap 1/11/23: Pasta Party, Make Our Schools Safe and Winter Instrumental Concert

by Vika Gautham, Assistant Features Editor January 16, 2023

Content warning: This article mentions gun violence. We advise readers who may be sensitive about these topics to reconsider reading this piece. Associated Student Body (ASB) Vice President Gordon Chen...

Green Team officers Joelle Weng (11), Gary Ding (12) and Siddhi Jain (11) plan for the Dec. 4 planting pollinators community service trip on Nov. 11 after school. The event garnered 11 students, including three Green Team officers, and two faculty members.

Green Team hosts planting pollinators community service trip

by Kinnera Mulam, Co-STEM Editor December 17, 2022

Two teachers and 11 students attended Green Team’s service trip to the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge on Dec. 4 to participate in outdoor work such as planting and weeding. South Bay Salt Pond...

Upper School Head Paul Barsky speaks to students about traffic safety during Tuesdays school meeting. He encouraged both drivers and pedestrians to wait three seconds before crossing Saratoga Avenue.

School meeting recap 11/15/22: Traffic safety, Books with Barsky and holiday spirit

by Gabe Sachse, Asst. Sports Editor November 17, 2022

Upper School Head Paul Barsky opened the school meeting and encouraged students to sit with their advisors during both school and class meetings after Harker Aquila’s photo slideshow on Tuesday. Barsky...

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