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Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

From the library to the orchard to all the different academic buildings, the upper school campus offers a variety of places for students to work and study during the day. Whether youre looking for a quieter or chattier environment, outside or inside, be sure to check out the opinions of four students, Sonya Apsey (11), Daniel Lin (11), Michelle Jin (12) and Namrata Karra (12), to hear about the best study spots around campus.

Talk around campus: Favorite study spots

by Selina Xu, Medha Yarlagadda, and Sally Zhu December 8, 2022

From the library to the orchard to all the different academic buildings, the upper school campus offers a variety of places for students to work and study during the day. Whether you're looking for a quieter...

Watch the following video to hear five upper school soccer fans share their hopes and predictions for the World Cup.

Students share World Cup hopes and predictions

by Sally Zhu, Jessica Tang, and Gabe Sachse December 2, 2022

This year's World Cup has taken the sports world by a storm, taking place in Qatar and with games lasting through Dec. 18. The United States defeated Iran in a high-profile game on Tuesday, advancing to...

Being able to have a physical product from my art kind of gives it a sense of permanence, Ashley Ruan (12) said. Its something I can give to my family and my friends as a gift, and I feel like it feels more personal because its something that, I guess reminds them of either me or just my art.

Humans of Harker: From figure skater to figure creator

by Sally Zhu, Co-Editor in Chief November 29, 2022

Ashley Ruan (12): I started skating when I was five or six, after my first lesson. I mean, it was hard, but it was really fun. So I guess I just continued skating since I really enjoyed the feeling...

This is the second installment of Midterms Mayhem, a podcast where Aquila staff members discuss the 2022 midterm elections with upper school community members. In this episode, Aquila reporters Ella, Emma and Anika talk with history teacher Byron Stevens, Kashish Priyam (10) and Naiya Daswani (10) about some of the key races in the upcoming elections. 

Midterms Mayhem Episode 2: Key Congressional races to track in the midterms

by Emma Gao, Ella Yee, and Anika Maji November 8, 2022

This is the second installment of Midterms Mayhem, a podcast where Aquila staff members discuss the 2022 midterm elections with upper school community members. In this episode, Aquila reporters Ella, Emma...

Students craft up creative costumes for Halloween. Check out the costumes of Jeremy Ko (12), Isabella Ribeiro (11), Shareen Chahal (11) and Ava Arasan (12) in the video.

Students craft up creative costumes for Halloween

by Sally Zhu, Selina Xu, and Medha Yarlagadda November 8, 2022

Students and faculty donned a variety of costumes from internet memes to childhood show characters and even other community members to celebrate Halloween on Oct. 31. In addition, Harker Spirit Leadership...

This is the first installment of Midterms Mayhem, a podcast where Aquila staff members discuss the 2022 midterm elections with upper school community members. In this episode, Aquila reporters Ella, Emma and Anika talk with U.S. history teacher James Tate, Emmett Chung (12) and Trisha Variyar (12) about some of the key issues in the upcoming elections. 

Midterms Mayhem Episode 1: Key issues precede upcoming elections

by Ella Yee, Emma Gao, and Anika Maji November 3, 2022

This is the first installment of Midterms Mayhem, a podcast where Aquila staff members discuss the 2022 midterm elections with upper school community members. In this episode, Aquila reporters Ella, Emma...

This illustration represents the podcast Research Revelations, which spotlights student researchers with staff members. In this episode, reporters Selina Xu and Lindsey Tuckey converse with Nidhya Shivakumar (12) about her project.

Research Revelations Episode 2: Assessing damage from climate change with Nidhya Shivakumar

by Selina Xu and Lindsey Tuckey November 1, 2022

This is the second installment of Research Revelations: Conversations with Our Student Researchers, a podcast where Aquila staff members talk to student researchers about their projects and research goals....

This is the third installment of “Working Title,” a podcast where staff member Rachel Ning shares her thoughts on select films and the film industry. In this episode, Rachel discusses the hidden gem The Double, a 2013 film, and its connection with the duality of man. 

Working Title: ‘Elvis’ and why it falls flat

by Rachel Ning, TALON Business & PDA Manager September 2, 2022

This is the fifth installment of “Working Title,” a podcast where staff member Rachel Ning shares her thoughts on select films and the film industry. In this episode, Rachel discusses the recent film...

Prakrit Jain (22) searches for new animal species to help the environment and wildlife.

Humans of Harker: Scorpion spotter

by Erica Cai and Irene Yuan August 17, 2022

This is one installment of the Humans of Harker 2022 video series. Through this project, the Harker journalism program aims to tell the story of the senior class, one profile at a time.

A technician from Inspire Diagnostics gives directions to students before taking their COVID-19 tests. Testing will take place weekly on Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Nichols rotunda.

Upper school implements weekly COVID-19 testing for all students

by Isha Moorjani, News Editor February 9, 2022

All upper school students underwent COVID-19 testing on Feb. 4 in the Nichols rotunda with Inspire Diagnostics as a new weekly testing procedure. Upper school nurse Jennifer Olson announced in an email...

Art Club members stand behind their work after the completion of the Love Not Hate mural in Downtown Palo Alto on June 12. Club members painted the mural in support of the Stop AAPI movement and to show solidarity with the AAPI community.

Pulse of the People: Where color and paintbrushes meet local issues

by Sally Zhu, A&E and Lifestyle Editor June 21, 2021

If you were to walk down University Avenue in Downtown Palo Alto the summer afternoon of June 12, the streets would be filled with tables outside restaurants, families and many large canopy tents to block...

Freshmen class council officer Ella Lan (9) offers individually packaged donuts to a student on April 22 during the morning class spirit activity.

Spirit Week brings community together for on-campus excitement

by Michelle Liu, Winged Post Design Editor May 5, 2021

Splash! Head of School Brian Yager dropped into the water of a dunk tank as upper school seniors, gathered in front of Manzanita Hall with their masked faces beaming under the sunlight, cheered amidst...

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