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Humans of Harker: Curiosity and confidence

Humans of Harker: Curiosity and confidence

by Helen Yang, Reporter

April 24, 2019

Standing in a brown knit sweater over a white dress shirt, Clarissa Wang (12) chooses her words carefully, speaking in an even, paced rhythm. At first glance, Clarissa in her everyday life is the epitome of calmness and modesty—a picture that contrasts starkly from the quick-witted, bold speaker that...

Humans of Harker: Lending a hand

Humans of Harker: Lending a hand

by Anika Rajamani, Reporter

April 23, 2019

Joking with her friends in Manzanita, Riya Gupta’s (12) sparkling eyes and bright smile radiate confidence and compassion towards everyone around her. At a very young age, her mom instilled in her the value of gratitude and giving back. This lesson and her inherent kindness drives her to always...

Humans of Harker: One step at a time

Humans of Harker: One step at a time

by Catherine Feng, Reporter

April 23, 2019

Wearing a Harker water polo jacket, Neil Tipirneni (12) sits, slightly leaning against the table, exuding a quiet confidence. Seeming sure of himself, he talks with a calm, steady voice. Despite his stoic exterior, Neil’s friends described him as outgoing and funny. “I think that some of my ...

Humans of Harker: Flexible to change

Humans of Harker: Flexible to change

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Reporter

April 22, 2019

Hair fluttering lightly in the wind, eyes thoughtfully looking into the distance, Aditi Anthapur (12) rests comfortably on the bleachers outside of Shah, smiling broadly as she recalls the fleeting memories from when she performed her last dance in the upper school Dance Show: flashing lights, blaring...

Humans of Harker: Reaching out

Humans of Harker: Reaching out

by Ryan Guan, Executive News Editor

April 21, 2019

Coffee shop lights shine in Shania Wang (12)’s bright eyes as she bursts out laughing, covering her broad grin with one hand and tossing back her hair with the other. It doesn’t matter whether her conversation partner is a stranger she’s chatting with to learn their story or a close friend who’s...

Humans of Harker: Maintaining perspective

Humans of Harker: Maintaining perspective

by Srinath Somasundaram, Opinions Editor

April 18, 2019

Shaunak Maruvada (12) receives his friends with open arms at every occasion. For him, someone’s life is only as good as the connections that form it. “Especially in such an academically-focused environment, it’s easy to get too caught up in doing things individually which gets you really stressed,”...

Humans of Harker: Roll, split and face

Humans of Harker: Roll, split and face

by Varsha Rammohan, Copy Editor

April 17, 2019

From the green team ribbon tied around her hair to the Harker Athletics logo on her white shirt, Elise Mayer (12) screams lacrosse. She started playing the sport in eighth grade and now plays year-round on the upper school girls team and an outside club. “When I started, I was so behind because...

Humans of Harker: Calm and composed

Humans of Harker: Calm and composed

by Vishnu Kannan, Reporter

April 17, 2019

As David Melisso (12) sits in his Study of Visual Arts class, face resting on the palm of his hand, a sense of calm seems to surround him. Sporting a classic outfit - dark washed blue jeans, a dark blue polo shirt with a red-banded watch around his wrist - it is evident that David is eager to learn wh...

Humans of Harker: The art of creation

Humans of Harker: The art of creation

by Delaney Logue, TALON Photo Editor

April 16, 2019

Arms outstretched and toes pointed as she holds her relaxed but steady position, Sonal Muthal (12) holds an air of sophistication and grace as she begins to move across the floor of the dance room. Face filled with emotion, she tells a story with every practiced leap and elegant twirl. With time, s...

Humans of Harker: Collaboration

Humans of Harker: Collaboration

by Srinath Somasundaram, Opinions Editor

April 16, 2019

Joel Manning (12) speaks to a group of his peers using his arms to further emphasize his main points and putting everyone, himself included, to work on a new project. As executive president of Harker Robotics, Joel mainly focuses his time on robotics, though it initially started as only a possible hobby...

Humans of Harker: The impact of kindness

Humans of Harker: The impact of kindness

by Alysa Suleiman, Reporter

April 15, 2019

Straight black hair tied back in a ponytail and a worn out white lab coat around her shoulders, Srija Gadiraju (12) diligently pushes back her lab goggles while gloved hands expertly dissect a cat in upper school science department chair Anita Chetty’s human anatomy and physiology class. Her eyes crinkle...

Humans of Harker: The value of time

Humans of Harker: The value of time

by Julia Amick, TALON Business Editor

April 15, 2019

Dressed in dark grey leggings, a navy blue sweatshirt and black flip-flops, Sahana Narayan (12) leans against the wall with her legs stretched out in front of her. Every so often, Sahana switches between casually munching on her carrots to engaging in a competitive thumb war with herself. While Sahana’s...

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