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Pranav Sukesh (11) and Ian Gerstner (11) prepare a slice of Cooking Club’s chocolate cake for Luke Wu (10). “[When we saw that] people were waiting in line for a long time, we realized that we could totally cater to the event and provide food for everybody,” Ian said.

Celebrating Friday with Cake Day: Cooking Club collaborates to cater cakes

by Victor Gong, Co-STEM Editor October 30, 2023

Head of upper school Paul Barsky collaborated with Cooking Club for the first time to distribute slices of cake to students and faculty gathered outside Nichols after school on Friday before the three-day...

In honor of joining the Harker community, frosh sign the Harker Matriculation Book during the 2023-24 matriculation ceremony on Friday. “I feel that through matriculation and orientation, I was able to meet new people,” Varun Kaushik (9) said.

Matriculation welcomes community to new school year

by Ella Yee, Brandon Zau, and Aishani Singh August 22, 2023

Upper school students, faculty and administration honored the start of the 2023-24 school year through the annual matriculation ceremony featuring speeches, skits and music in the Zhang Gymnasium on Friday. After...

Seniors Jessica Morel, Shanaya Dhawan and Sania Gupta sketch designs in the Zentangle: Doodling for Peace workshop. Campus faculty hosted the workshops to teach seniors a variety of life skills and promote personal well-being.

Seniors unite for inaugural Senior Retreat

by Alena Suleiman, Ananya Sriram, and Kevin Zhang August 21, 2023

The Class of 2024 gathered on the upper school campus from 2:30 to 10 p.m. for Harker’s first Senior Retreat on Wednesday.  The senior class council, Student Activities Board (SAB) and administrators...

The Class of 2023 laughs while listening to Jack Hsiehs (23) valedictorian speech. This year’s graduation marked a school milestone, with the Class of 2023 joining alumni as the 20th graduating class.

Class of 2023 graduates at Mountain Winery

by Aishani Singh, Video/Podcast Editor August 11, 2023

“Clouds by nature are ephemeral, and our time at Harker has been transitory,” valedictorian Jack Hsieh (‘23) said during his speech at the Class of 2023’s graduation ceremony. The Class...

Women’s History Month serves as one way students and faculty can celebrate women’s many contributions to modern society and recognize their erasure throughout history. “It’s a chance to pause and reflect on the fact we need a separate category of history for half the population of the world,” FEM Club Advisor Donna Gilbert said.

“We can still do better:” honor her-story

by Arjun Barrett, Managing Editor March 16, 2023

Amongst the many boards along the colorful walls of Main Hall, one in particular stands out. Adorned with flowers, a purple and green board shows the faces of various influential figures from our past....

Head of Upper School Paul Barsky first notified students of the new crosswalks during the school meeting on Oct. 28. He encouraged students to use them to stay safe and for student drivers to pay attention to new safety features and developments.

New crosswalks installed in parking lots promote student safety

by Sidak Sanghari and Isabella Lo December 7, 2022

Harker administration installed new crosswalks in the front loading zone parking lot leading onto the campus and one from the far student parking slots to Davis Field during the last week of October to...

Head of upper school Paul Barsky claps after reading excerpts from English teacher Charles Shuttleworths recently published book “Desolation Peak: Collected Writings. Barsky read from number 11 of 12 choruses and thanked Shuttleworth for his scholarship.

School meeting recap 11/28/22: Winterfest, “Desolation Peak” and Middle Eastern Student Association

by Felix Chen, Assistant News Editor December 6, 2022

Associated Student Body (ASB) President Kris Estrada (12) opened the school meeting on Nov. 28 after students entered Zhang Gymnasium to the tune of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You”...

Upper School Head Paul Barsky thanks the students involved in various school events, including the cast and crew of the fall play and those in the athletics program. He also delivered announcements about the new crosswalk and the Eagle Store.

School meeting recap 10/28/22: Messages from administration, Halloween festivities and club announcements

by Shareen Chahal, Asst. News Editor November 1, 2022

Associated Student Body (ASB) Vice President Gordon Chen (12) welcomed students and faculty to the school meeting on Friday and sent the seniors best wishes for their college applications. Upper School...

Seniors Pranav Mullappalli, Rigo Gonzales, Zain Vakath, BB Ajlouny and Nikhil Devireddy pose for a picture at the photo booth in the Nichols Rotunda. The upper school hosted its annual Homecoming Dance in Nichols Hall on Oct. 14 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Shimmering and shimmying: Homecoming dance lights up the night

by Kevin Zhang and Isha Moorjani October 27, 2022

The upper school hosted its annual Homecoming Dance in Nichols Hall on Oct. 14 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., featuring music, dancing, food and a variety of recreational activities. All students attending...

TEDx co-curator Medha Yarlagadda (11) and TEDx Public Relations Director Daniel Lin (11) speak to a parent. The upper school hosted Back to School day yesterday for parents to explore the campus and classes.

Back to School Day offers glimpse of student life

by Desiree Luo and Medha Yarlagadda September 11, 2022

Upper school parents attended the annual Back to School Day to familiarize themselves with classes, teachers and extracurriculars yesterday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Saratoga campus.  “[The...

The Harker upper school welcomes new faculty members this year. Among them are the new head of school, the new Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, an athletics trainer and nine new teachers.

Upper school welcomes new faculty faces on campus

by Sabrina Zhu and Olivia Xu September 1, 2022

From bacon lovers to avid Beyoncé dancers, the new teachers and staff members joining the Harker Upper School for the 2022-2023 school year have so much to offer. With nine new teachers and a new athletics...

Freshman students read the matriculation oath while standing up. Upper school students and faculty gathered on Davis Field for the 2022-23 Matriculation ceremony on Friday to welcome the incoming class of 2026 and mark the commencement of the new academic year.

Matriculation ceremony welcomes Class of 2026 to upper school

by Isha Moorjani and Sally Zhu August 23, 2022

Upper school students and faculty gathered on Davis Field for the 2022-23 matriculation ceremony on Friday to welcome the incoming Class of 2026 and mark the commencement of the new academic year. The...

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