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Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

Climate strike attendees wave their signs and flags in the air on their way to Plaza de Cesar Chavez on Friday. Upon their arrival, the group formed a semicircle in the plaza to listen to various speeches from people involved with stopping climate change.

Pulse of the People: Youth demand environmental action at local climate strike

by Sabrina Zhu, Kinnera Mulam, and Sally Zhu April 27, 2022

Ten upper school students attended the Silicon Valley Youth Climate Strike 2022 for a march and speeches in downtown San Jose on Friday, Earth Day, at 4 p.m.  Green Team members and Green Team...

Leisha Devisetti (11) purchases boba from Green Team during lunch last Friday. The club sold the drinks in front of Manzanita Hall on Monday and Friday.

Green Team relaunches ‘Buy Better Boba’ initiative during Earth Week

by Desiree Luo, Assistant Sports Editor April 26, 2022

Additional reporting by Kinnera Mulam and Katelyn Zhao. Green Team sold bubble tea in reusable jars and straws in front of Manzanita Hall during lunch last Tuesday and Friday as part of its “Buy Better...

Downbeat takes the stage with an a cappella arrangement of TV show “Euphoria”’s song “All for Us. Spring Choral Concert took place last Thursday at 6:30 p.m., with performances by upper school singing groups Bel Canto, Camerata, Cantilena and Downbeat.

School meeting recap 4/18/22: Downbeat performance, lockdown drill and Green Team club week

by Selina Xu, Asst. Multimedia Editor April 25, 2022

Associated Student Body (ASB) President Dawson Chen (12) opened the school meeting last Monday in the Athletics Center. Harker Spirit Leadership Team (HSLT) Co-Secretary of Athletic Affairs BB Ajlouny...

The upper school has various systems in place to combat climate change, including solar panels, moisture meters, and bubbler sprinklers. Native California plants and animal pollinators also thrive on the campus.

Global Reset: Upper school campus continues conservation efforts

by Sabrina Zhu, STEM Editor April 11, 2022

Water droplets on a native Californian cactus. Dark gray moisture meters sticking out of wet soil. Glistening solar panels on the roof of the Rothschild Performing Arts Center (RPAC). These are all symbols...

Green Team co-president Camilla Lindh (12) talks about protecting Coyote Valley from industrial development during the clubs meeting last Wednesday during long lunch. This local place is a location Green Team has been working on saving since the beginning of the year.

Harker Green Team discusses upcoming sustainability goals

by Kinnera Mulam and Ananya Sriram December 7, 2021

Harker Green Team gathered for their sixth meeting to discuss updates regarding their goals for the school year in upper school Spanish teacher Diana Moss’ room on Wednesday, Dec. 1, during lunch.  Co-president...

Hygrangea macrophylla (hygrangea) flowers bloom as groundskeepers Urdelin Justo and Jose Hernandez prune shrubs in the quad on Sept. 16.

Our garden, our home

by Emily Tan, Julie Shi, and Edward Huang December 3, 2021

For the grounds team, the workday starts early — pre-sunrise, 6:00 a.m. early, when the sun's fingers just start creeping over the horizon and the campus lies still, fast asleep. That is when Director...

Smoke fills the sky ahead of upper school Spanish teacher and Green Team adviser Diana Moss’s car as she is about to drive past the Dixie Fire. The fire has burnt over 963,309 acres.

‘It burns and it burns and it burns’: California wildfires raze 2.4 million acres in midst of climate emergency, community members recover and reflect

by Sabrina Zhu and Arely Sun October 10, 2021

“It was like driving into hell.” A pitch black sky surrounded upper school Spanish teacher Diana Moss as she neared the Dixie fire, while she passed through the small city of Red Bluff in ​​Tehama...

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...

Language and Linguistics Club President Clarice Wang (12) introduces the club to prospective members. While most juniors and seniors were familiar with the format and structure of Club Fair from their underclassmen years, both freshmen and sophomores experienced the fair in person for the first time.

Student-led organizations welcome prospective members in annual Club Fair

by Lavanya Subramanian, Ariana Goetting, and Katelyn Zhao September 12, 2021

The annual Club Fair, which took place during the long lunch period on Wednesday, allowed students to connect with their passions by visiting club booths located at the donor plaza and RPAC lobby and signing...

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, Green Team hosted the multi-day long Harker EcoChallenge. Students and faculty members completed environmentally responsible tasks, like consuming meatless meals or travelling by bike, and submitted their accomplishments for points.

Global Reset: Food waste contributes to climate change

by Sabrina Zhu and Mark Hu May 19, 2021

Every year, $936 billion worth of food is wasted, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). These 1.3 billion tonnes, equivalent to one third of all food produced,...

The Green Team invited Daniel Quilter to speak about his plastic upcycling project in Malaysia on April 26. Quilter’s project uses the Precious Plastic machine, which can convert used plastic into upcycled objects like coasters, clocks, utensils, and more.

Green Team hosts Daniel Quilter, whose project upcycles used plastic into new products

by Sabrina Zhu, Asst. STEM Editor May 4, 2021

The Green Team invited Daniel Quilter to speak about his plastic upcycling project in Malaysia on April 26. As part of the club’s Earth day activities, Quilter explained the effects of plastic on our...

Current Green Team officers led a Q&A session with Anvi Banga (20), Alex Shing (20) and Anthony Shing (20), freshmen at Barnard, Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) and Pitzer College, respectively, who talked to current club members about their environment work in college.

Green Team holds college speaker panel on sustainability

by Mark Hu, Winged Post STEM Editor March 8, 2021

The upper school Green Team hosted a college panel with club alumni on creating sustainable change in a university setting last Friday. Current club officers led a Q&A session with Anvi Banga ('20),...

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