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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

Juniors Hita Thota and Karina Chen watch the screen as Robin Ha presents. Upper school students gathered in the library classroom to meet the author, while middle school students attended over Zoom.

Cartoonist Robin Ha speaks to upper school community about comics, cooking and culture

by Trisha Iyer, Reporter May 3, 2022

Learning to speak English after an abrupt move across the globe. Drawing page layouts and lettering comics. Finding a group of friends to serve as mentors and peer editors. New York Times-bestselling cartoonist...

Students look on as the sprinkler sprays others exiting the library. “I was very surprised, of course, you don’t really see that kind of thing every day,” said Richie Amarillas (12), who was outside the library when the pipe burst. “When I looked outside I just thought it was raining because it was supposed to rain today, but no, it was a sprinkler.

BREAKING: Sprinkler bursts near library, temporarily drenches walkway

by Shiv Deokar, Sidak Sanghari, Grant Yang, and Felix Chen April 21, 2022

Additional reporting by Sabrina Zhu, Sally Zhu, Arjun Barrett and Isha Moorjani.  This is a developing story. Check back on for more updates.  A sprinkler head outside the upper...

A metal ring statue stands in the Rose Garden at the Huntington. The garden was initially created in 1908 for the private use of Henry and Arabella Huntington and later opened to the public in 1928.

The Huntington nurtures botanical havens, showcases rare artifacts

by Tiffany Chang and Lavanya Subramanian April 9, 2022

Harker Aquila visited The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens on Wednesday before attending the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention that began Thursday. LOS ANGELES...

Rupert Chen (11) reaches to hand a book to Nicholas Wei (11) as their fellow Book Party attendees share their thoughts on the books featured at the gathering.

Flipping and scrolling through the pages

by Sydney Ling and Emily Tan January 6, 2022

“We’re happy, free, confused and lonely in the best way…”  Taylor Swift’s “22 (Taylor’s Version)” plays in the background as students mill about in the library classroom, picking up...

A gnome cutout greets students as they enter the library, a reminder of the dead quiet study zone enforced during finals week and an invitation to explore the gnome stations scattered around the library.

Library gnomes offer stress relief during finals week

by Trisha Iyer, Selina Xu, and Sarah Mohammed December 17, 2021

Ruminating at home one day, upper school library assistant Kelley McCoy gazed upon a small statue of a pint-sized gnome reading a book equal its size. An idea came to her in a flash: why not harness the...

William Chien (12) shares his thoughts on Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier as the rest of his book group listens. English teacher Nikolai Slivka sponsored this book.

‘We are a community of readers’: Upper school continues annual Recreate Reading event

by Tiffany Chang, TALON Academics Editor August 29, 2021

Recreate Reading brought together faculty and students in grades 10-12 on Thursday to discuss literature they had read over the summer. Students met briefly in advisories for attendance before convening...

Upper school prepares for distribution day and upcoming school year

by Alysa Suleiman and Irene Yuan June 2, 2021

After Santa Clara County entered the yellow tier on May 18, the upper school also moved forward with loosening campus protocols during the last few weeks of the spring semester and outlined plans for...

The upper school’s reading aficionados and literary circles have gathered their resources to reinforce the benefits and delights of recreational reading and help everyone realize their own reader within.

Upper school recommends recreational reading, escapism at its finest

by Alysa Suleiman, A&E Editor October 10, 2020

For a split second, a delicate page of leaf-thin paper sits between the pads of my thumb and forefinger, before gently fluttering down like a blossom petal onto the previous page. My fingertips gently...

Near and Mitra scholars announced, beginning research process

Near and Mitra scholars announced, beginning research process

by Arushi Saxena, Global Editor May 11, 2019

The 2020 Near/Mitra scholars were announced by the library earlier this month, allowing eight current juniors the opportunity to delve into deep research over the next year with an opportunity to present...

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