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Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

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...

“Theres always a little bit of wonder. Every single moment on stage, no matter how many times youve done it, you always have little butterflies right before you go on stage. Then youre on stage and it takes a second to adjust to the lights, and you see everyone in the audience, but its something new every time and thats what I love about it,” Samvita Gautham (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Following the beat

by Mia Tang, Reporter March 1, 2023

She takes a breath, claims a step forward and enters a new world as Samvita Gautham (12) prepares to dazzle the audience. With a click and a flash, the hazy darkness slowly lifts from the stage, and light...

Performers unveil work in the arts during Student Directed Showcase productions

by Sidak Sanghari, Hima Thota, Alison Yang, and Sally Zhu January 18, 2023

A misshapen blob of students, dressed in costumes ranging from floral shirts to ski boots to construction vests, gather onstage. Wrapping their arms around each other, they squat down, heads bowed in anticipation....

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...

Students play wall ball on the lower school campus during the sophomore eagle buddies event. “I think it benefits both sides tremendously,” Lower school Dean of Students Walid Fahmy said. “The third graders get to see what theyre going to look like, and what things are going to be like as they get older. When youre a kid, everybody always wishes they were older. And then when you get to that point with the tenth graders, they come back and theyre like, ‘Oh my god, I miss this.’”

A day of festivities and engagement: seniors, sophomores meet eagle buddies, juniors, frosh participate in LIFE assembly

by Anwen Hao and Vika Gautham October 7, 2022

Smiles bloom on sophomore and seniors’ faces as they meet their Eagle Buddies for the first time. Their relationships would only strengthen as they proceed to engage in outdoor activities in the lower...

Downbeat members Kris Estrada (11), Samvita Gautham (11) and Shayla He (10) smile as they introduce the performances at Santana Row on Tuesday. Upper school performing arts groups Downbeat, Kinetic Krew and Harker Dance Company traveled to Santana Row on Tuesday evening to perform festive routines filled with holiday cheer.

Harker performing arts groups dazzle at ‘Spirit of The Row’ show

by Sally Zhu and Alena Suleiman December 11, 2021

Three high school students, two jazzed up in glittery gold dresses and the other adorned in a navy-blue collared shirt with a gold tie and scarf, chatter animatedly on a stage in front of a 40-foot-tall...

From left to right, upper school science department chair Anita Chetty, upper school chemistry teacher Dr. Mala Raghavan, computer science teacher Anu Datar, attendance coordinator Ritu Raj, upper school mathematics teacher Dr. Anu Aiyer and upper school computer science teacher Marina Peregrino dress in traditional garments to celebrate Diwali. This year, the holiday occurred on Nov. 5.

Triumph of light over darkness: Students, faculty celebrate Diwali

by Emma Gao and Isha Moorjani November 30, 2021

Upper school math teacher Dr. Anu Aiyer wears a sari of wrapped deep purple cloth with a strip of golden embroidery, a piece of the fabric falling behind her shoulder. With her hands lightly pressed together...

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