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Heart of Harker: The necessity of activism

As a Black man, I strive to be an idealist, yet I am limited by my system of reality, which places me in the firm grasp of invisibility. When I was brought into this world, I had no choice whether I would be seen as the normative, or forever be hyphenated.

by Brian Pinkston, Guest Writer

September 22, 2020

In this day and age, it seems nearly impossible to be an active citizen in our world without being exposed to many types of media promoting some form of activism. As our signatures are requested for petitions, it can be easy to become desensitized to this barrage of informative slides and causes to donate to,...

Heart of Harker: Wellness during shelter-in-place

Heart of Harker: Wellness during shelter-in-place

by Counseling Team, Guest Writer

May 28, 2020

We hope you are all doing well and wanted to remind you that we are still here and available to help support you however we can both through email and Zoom. We all recognize what a difficult and challenging situation we are in. We have been sharing some tips with you each week and hope to highligh...

Heart of Harker: Prioritizing ourselves

Heart of Harker: Prioritizing ourselves

by Amla Rashingkar, Guest Writer

December 28, 2019

Like most of you, I grew up thinking school was my priority. I walked into high school yearning for a high GPA. I wanted to be the poster child for everything I did. The word “stop” didn’t exist in my vocabulary. I always wanted more.  The desire to impress my parents and my peers lurked behind me l...

Heart of Harker: OK Millennials!

Biology teacher Thomas Artiss, at a thrifted typewriter that he brought to his classroom for students to experiment with. In his Heart of Harker guest column, Artiss responds to the newly popularized phrase

by Thomas Artiss, Guest Writer

December 16, 2019

There’s a new meme in town. Like all memes, it is catchy, memorable and even mildly amusing. Although the origins of the phrase are debatable, the phrase “OK Boomer” seemed to have gained traction about a year ago. The intent was to offer a simple, eye-rolling and dismissive retort to criticis...

Heart of Harker: An introduction!

Scott Engelhardt, the new attendance coordinator.

by Scott Engelhardt, Guest Writer

November 10, 2019

Hey Eagles, it’s Mr. Engelhardt or Mr. E, the new attendance coordinator! I haven’t had the chance to meet all of you yet, so I wanted to take this chance to introduce myself. I’ve loved the vibrant community here at the Upper School, and I hope that everyone feels totally comfortable coming...

Heart of Harker: A positive snowball effect

Heart of Harker: A positive snowball effect

by Krishay Mukhija, Guest Writer

February 24, 2019

Two years ago, I was debating against a talented opponent at the California Debate Tournament. While waiting for the judge’s decision, I asked if I would see him at an upcoming tournament. Shockingly, he answered no, explaining that he did not have a suit and felt “out of place” at these events. Th...

Heart of Harker: The meaning of adulthood

by Lilly Anderson, Guest Writer

October 17, 2018

Birthdays often don’t mean much to me. Usually, when asked how differently you feel on the big day the answer more often than not is, “I feel the same.” I turned 18 only a few weeks ago but this birthday, however, was different although as an individual I did not feel an enormous change, the right...

Heart of Harker: Lessons from twelve years at Harker

Heart of Harker: Lessons from twelve years at Harker

by Victor Adler, Guest Writer

September 3, 2018

I always wanted to be a teacher, but throughout my life adults tried to talk me out of it for a host of reasons. When I finally committed to be a teacher, it even stunned my wife. I originally sought a job at a Harker rival. They rejected me. With hindsight that would be my fortune. In January of 2006,...

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