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Let’s (sc)roll: Roller skating community finds new members during quarantine

Clicking #rollerskating on any social media platform is sure to conjure lively videos of agile roller skaters navigating the concrete mazes of skate parks, ebullient dancers jamming out on their wheels and the hiss of toe stops with “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac playing in the background. Many have fallen for the dreamy aesthetic of quad skating depicted online, myself included.

by Arely Sun, Lifestyle Editor

October 12, 2020

Clicking #rollerskating on any social media platform is sure to conjure lively videos of agile roller skaters navigating the concrete mazes of skate parks, ebullient dancers jamming out on their wheels and the hiss of toe stops with “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac playing in the background. Many have fa...

Creativity in the kitchen: Students and teachers embark on quarantine culinary adventures

Creativity in the kitchen: Students and teachers embark on quarantine culinary adventures

by Sarah Mohammed, Asst. Features Editor

October 4, 2020

During quarantine, many Harker students and teachers have been baking and cooking more as a way to pass the time, connect with family members and replace Harker lunches. Here are some of the dishes students have made and their insights, advice and general thoughts.  Anika Mantripragada (9) learned to make vege...

Staying healthy and fit at home

Marcus Anderson (12) performs a box jump at a workout hosted on Davis Field during summer break. Box jumps are an effective exercise for strengthening the lower body, increasing one’s vertical jump. and improving athletic explosiveness overall.

by Saurav Tewari and Kushal Shah

October 2, 2020

Having been quarantined at home during this pandemic for months on end at this point, it’s fair to say that staying both mentally and physically fit during our time at home has been challenging, to say the least.  Yet, despite these unfortunate circumstances, it’s still important to prioritize ...

President Trump and first lady test positive for coronavirus

President Donald Trump addresses the crowd at Target Center in Minneapolis, MN, for his 2020 presidential campaign rally on October 10, 2019.

by Alysa Suleiman, Nicole Tian, and Erica Cai

October 2, 2020

President Donald J. Trump and first lady Melania Trump announced that they have both contracted COVID-19 and begun quarantining in a tweet at 9:54 p.m. PST. The announcement follows senior adviser Hope Hicks testing positive on Thursday afternoon.  White House physician Sean P. Conley confirmed that both the pres...

Taking a break: Planning your day in quarantine

Taking the time to rest can often be difficult, especially when we often prioritize the completion of tasks over making space in our schedules for brief respites.

by Arely Sun, Lifestyle Editor

September 21, 2020

Every day since quarantine started, you find yourself exhausted after spending a day hunched over a screen, taking meeting after meeting. After school, you dive headfirst into a mountain of work, draining the rest of your energy. At the end of your hard work, you reward yourself with a long nap to com...

Lights, camera … and (Zoom) fashion?

As the fall semester continues online, students find that fashion can still be that constant outlet of personal expression in their lives. Though our social interactions are limited, it does not mean that our outfits have to be. 

by Alysa Suleiman, Arts & Entertainment Editor

September 15, 2020

The air was crisp and cool, the perfect level of humidity and air conditioning soaking into clean walls, the dozens upon dozens of chairs, the in-season outfits of haute couture people filling the rows.  And, of course, the gleaming catwalk. As the music danced through its first few measures, models...

Funny You Should Mention It: Episode 1

Brought to you by Harker Aquila, Funny You Should Mention It is a pop culture-based video podcast created by Rachel Ning (10) and Lakshmi Mulgund (10). 

by Lakshmi Mulgund and Rachel Ning

August 20, 2020

Brought to you by Harker Aquila, Funny You Should Mention It is a pop culture-based video podcast created by Rachel Ning (10) and Lakshmi Mulgund (10).  We wanted to create the podcast as a way to share news through a different medium. Funny You Should Mention It features insights into our pers...

STEM Scene: Upper school clubs continue activities in quarantine

STEM Scene: Upper school clubs continue activities in quarantine

by Tiffany Chang, TALON Reporter

May 4, 2020

With COVID-19 pushing everyone to pioneer alternatives for events made unfeasible by shelter-in-place, upper school STEM clubs have risen to the challenge. Despite the inability to continue hands-on activities or hold on-site events, clubs are managing to stay active through a variety of innovative events ...

Talk around campus: Zoom edition

Since we are all staying at home, it has become difficult to connect and interact with peers and classmates. This talk around campus addresses how the situation has impacted both students and teachers, as well as how they are dealing with the changes.

by Isha Moorjani, Reporter

April 25, 2020

Since we are all staying at home, it has become difficult to connect and interact with peers and classmates. You may be wondering about how the Harker community as a whole is coping with these changes. This talk around campus (or should I say, around Zoom) addresses how the situation has impacted both...

Stories from quarantine: Hiking into the woods

Hiking is a family tradition: whether we are away on vacation or right outside my house, my family and I frequently explore our surroundings. Wildlife takes the opportunity to come out, and I see more creatures than I ever have before.

by Anika Mani, TALON Reporter

April 21, 2020

Surrounded by the tall, lush green redwood trees, I stroll through the empty woods. The sun peeks out of one of few clouds in the sky and warms the crisp air. Swarms of bees buzz, and a soft breeze rustles the leaves producing the familiar sound of spring that I have not heard in a while. It’s the pe...

Stories from quarantine: Our pandemic essentials

A collection of flat lays taken to share the essential items keeping student journalists safe, healthy and happy during their time at home.

by Anna Vazhaeparambil, Varsha Rammohan, and Irina Malyugina

April 20, 2020

Both yearbook and newspaper staffs spent time creating their own pandemic flat lays, an array of the essentials that are keeping them safe, healthy and happy during this time. Take a peek at student journalists' must-haves during quarantine: these photos include everything from journals and cookbooks...

Stories from quarantine: Euphoria

In quarantine, we just have ourselves. So I used my time in isolation to see if I could do it all: be both model and photographer.

by Anoushka Buch, TALON Student Life and Conservatory Editor

April 19, 2020

Dappled in yellow lighting and adorned with chunky sparkles, a face looks up to a point beyond the camera. The expression is hard-to-read: it’s not emotionless, yet it lacks the extremity of the banal emotions we know — happiness, sadness, anger. The events that transpired over the course of this year’s spri...

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