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Harker Aquila

Downbeat members Isabella Ribeiro (12), Shayla He (12), Varun Bhupathi (11), Simon Kirjner (10), Ian Ogden (12) and Ethan Liu (12) perform Levitating by Dua Lipa during the school meeting. The performance served as a goodbye for Downbeats seniors.

School Meeting 5/1: New leadership, Walk for Water and Downbeat

by Jessica Hu, Co-News Editor May 5, 2024

Associated Student Body president Daniel Lin (12) opened the last school meeting of the year on Wednesday.  He played a video from the newly elected ASB leadership, who expressed their excitement for...

Juniors Sam Parupudi, Alicia Ran, Jia Jia Jiang and Daniel Chen and sophomore Ananya Pradhan took on the positions of president, vice president, secretary, spirit coordinator and treasurer, respectively, during last weeks ASB election. This marks the first time in nine years that a non-male candidate takes on the role of ASB president.

ASB elections conclude with non-male majority council

by Lily Shi and Jessica Hu April 20, 2024

Upper school students elected juniors Sam Parupudi, Alicia Ran, Jia Jia Jiang and Daniel Chen and sophomore Ananya Pradhan for the positions of ASB president, vice president, secretary, spirit coordinator...

Riya Samuel (9) and Ivanya Sadana (9) dance to a Bollywood routine during Mondays assembly. The Student Diversity Coalition opened the showcase by introducing culture week and promoting events later in the week like a chalk art activity.

Culture Week Days 1 and 2: Students showcase diverse performances in cultural assembly

by Janam Chahal and Lily Shi February 28, 2024

Upper school students commenced Culture Week by sharing their cultural traditions through song, dance and poetry during an assembly in the Athletic Center on Monday.  Student Diversity Coalition leaders...

Former Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo. Kissinger remained active and prominent in global politics long after his retirement. (Provided by

What was Henry Kissinger’s legacy?

by Hima Thota, Felix Chen, and Vika Gautham January 17, 2024

From orchestrating clandestine bombings in Cambodia to involvement in Latin American governments, few historical figures have left more of a controversial legacy than former 56th secretary of state Henry...

Republican candidates Asa Hutchinson, Chris Christie, Mike Pence, Ron DeSantis, Vivek Ramaswamy, Nikki Haley, Tim Scott and Doug Burgum stand together before a Republican primary debate on Aug. 23. An estimated 9.5 million Americans tuned in to watch the second Republican presidential primary debate on Sept. 27. (Provided by AP News/Morry Gash)

Republican presidential candidates lock horns in second primary debate

by Jonathan Szeto, Reporter October 18, 2023

Seven candidates vying to become the Republican nominee in the 2024 presidential election clashed on stage at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California on Sept. 27. An estimated 9.5 million...

Sophomores Syna Sharma, Disha Gupta, Ruhi Banerjee and Judi Abdelrazik cheer for their class in tug-of-war on Davis Field today. Upper school students compete in tug-of-war preliminaries during Homecoming week and finals on Homecoming night each year.

Homecoming Week Day 2: Classes gather for spirit day parade and tug-of-war

by Vivek Moorjani, Charlize Wang, and Brandon Zau October 3, 2023

Upper school students marched in Homecoming Week’s annual spirit parade and competed in tug-of-war preliminaries at 9:35 a.m on Tuesday. Upper school chemistry teacher Andrew Irvine led the procession...

Harker Spirit Leadership Team (HSLT) members demonstrate how to play the hula hoop game. This game required teams to step through a hula hoop one at a time while holding hands.

Spirit Week starts strong with Spring Sports Rally featuring 7 athletic teams

by Michelle Wei and Ella Yee March 28, 2023

Spring Spirit Week kicked off with the Spring Sports Rally featuring athletes from girls lacrosse, boys volleyball, boys golf, boys tennis, baseball, swimming and track and field, who competed in a series...

California Republican House Representative Kevin McCarthy was elected House Speaker on Jan. 7 after an unprecedented 15 rounds of voting. McCarthy finally achieved the win with 216 out of 428 votes.

Kevin McCarthy elected House Speaker after unprecedented 15 rounds of voting

by Shareen Chahal and Katerina Matta January 28, 2023

California Republican House Representative Kevin McCarthy was elected House Speaker on Jan. 7 after an unprecedented 15 rounds of voting. Following the recent midterm elections, the Republican Party...

Rupert Chen (12) plays the bagpipes during Quadchella on Oct. 19. The bagpipe is a traditional Scottish instrument that is part of the woodwind family.

Quadchella strengthens bond of Harker community

by Alison Yang and Young Min November 5, 2022

Tunes and laughter fill the air as upper school students and faculty gathered to watch Quadchella, a semi-annual showcase that featured 12 members of the Harker community and their talents, in the Quad...

Senior lip sync participants Kris Estrada and Gordon Chen pose together in a heart shape. The seniors routine described some of the horrors of Harker, in line with their theme of the horror movie It.

Homecoming Week Day 4: Homecoming Rally closes Spirit Week with a bang

by Vika Gautham and Aishani Singh October 6, 2022

Students and faculty gathered in the Zhang Athletic Center for the annual Homecoming Rally today, which featured various competitions, lip-syncs and performances from Jazz Band and Kinetic Krew. The...

A Blue Tang fish swims in the fish tank in Nichols Hall. The tank’s current fish residents also include African Blue Spotted Rabbitfish, Flame Angels, Atlantic Blue Tangs and Yellow Damsels among many other living creatures such as sea urchins and a red and green brittle starfish.

Fishing into the depths of Nichols: Decade-old fish tank brings vitality to building

by Yifan Li and Alison Yang October 4, 2022

They are watching. Students might spare them a glance on the way to class or tap on the glass to watch them scatter or stare at them during a class break. Maybe they start to wonder about their names,...

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