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Humans of Harker: On par with life

Humans of Harker: On par with life

by Arushi Saxena, Winged Post News Editor

November 11, 2019

Amazing golfer. Warm and charismatic teammate. Resilient and focused athlete. When asked about Katelyn, these are common responses. While Katelyn’s skills on the golf course are undeniable, it’s the application of what she’s learned from the game in the world around her that makes her unique. T...

Humans of Harker: Presence on and off the stage

Humans of Harker: Presence on and off the stage

by Emily Tan, Asst. Features Editor

November 9, 2019

Clad in a spring green polo and suspender set, Joel Morel (12) bounces across the stage, raising his eyebrows and smiling from ear to ear during upper school choir Downbeat’s performance of “Na na na” by Pentatonix at the 69th Annual Family and Alumni Picnic. Energy and excitement flow through his...

Humans of Harker: The Good Host

Humans of Harker: The Good Host

by Alysa Suleiman, Sports Reporter

November 8, 2019

Absentmindedly twisting the thin gold jewelry adorning her fingers and neck in delicate chains and swirling roses, Grace Hajjar (12) recalls the story behind each piece: the baptism necklace from her aunt and the simple thin ring from a close friend are all gifts from the loving Lebanese community t...

Humans of Harker: Calling the shots

Humans of Harker: Calling the shots

by Srinath Somasundaram, Opinion Editor

November 7, 2019

Henry Wiese (12) leans forward, aligning his back parallel to the sides of his computer screen, poised to call his team’s final strategy in a game of Overwatch. A mash of keys and a flurry of mouse clicks ensue, and, with repeated micro-adjustments to the plan voiced through his headset, his team c...

Humans of Harker: Stringing together

Humans of Harker: Stringing together

by Arya Maheshwari, Aquila Co-Managing Editor

November 6, 2019

The neon Penn tennis ball rebounds sharply between the flat racket and the ground, its every movement guided by a rapid impulse from the vibrating Wilson strings. With his headphones on and his head swaying, Mihir Sharma (12) carefully lowers the racket, speeding up the ball’s bouncing, before raisi...

Humans of Harker: Just go crazy

Humans of Harker: Just go crazy

by Sara Yen, Features Editor

November 4, 2019

Clicks from her black Doc Martens hitting the pavement resound as Jin Tuan (12) confidently struts down the path between the RPAC and Main Office. A floral velvet button-up tucked into ripped black jeans peeks out from her lengthy trench coat. Although her hands are buried in the deep pockets of her coat...

Humans of Harker: Satisfaction in duality

Humans of Harker: Satisfaction in duality

by Anthony Xu, TALON Editor-in-Chief

November 2, 2019

Every day, when you walk past the green tables outside the journalism room during the hustle and bustle of lunchtime, you may hear a sudden outburst of genuine laughter pierce the regular conversations between the many friend groups. If you turned your head towards that sound, you would likely see mul...

Humans of Harker: Motivation beyond the quiet face

Humans of Harker: Motivation beyond the quiet face

by Arely Sun, Co-Lifestyle Editor

October 31, 2019

Perched on tall chairs in the Nichols Rotunda, Katie Chang (12) and her friends focus intently as they quiz each other on biology terms. She whispers some witty words, and the table erupts into a bout of laughter. After they settle down, Katie bends back over her white flashcards, her veil-like black...

Humans of Harker: Playing for a cause

Humans of Harker: Playing for a cause

by Carter Chadwick, Humans of Harker Profiler

October 25, 2019

Though the streets are packed with people moving about their day, it is hard not to miss Max Lee (12) on the piano playing with the Jazz Factor. Jazz Factor is a band that has performed at school and at festivals such as the San Jose Jazz Fest and the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts. Originally the ...

Humans of Harker: Breathe in, breathe out

Humans of Harker: Breathe in, breathe out

by Helen Zhu, TALON Academics Editor

October 24, 2019

Greeted with a “Thanks! You’re all signed in!” by the instructor scanning her membership keycard, Radhika Jain (12) heads into the locker room, takes off her chocolate-colored Rainbow flip-flops and grabs her mat, water bottle and towel. A rush of heat hits her face as she enters the studio. Lying...

Humans of Harker: Going with the flow

Humans of Harker: Going with the flow

by Mark Hu, STEM Editor

October 23, 2019

Eyes focused intently on his hands and head nodding back and forth to the beat, Thomas Rainow (12) strums his guitar, enjoying the rhythm of his music. His fingers precisely slide up and down the fretboard, the thin piece of wood connecting the body of the guitar to the top, creating a vibrato that pu...

Humans of Harker: “Musica laetificat cor”

Humans of Harker: “Musica laetificat cor”

by Erica Cai, Humans of Harker Profiler

October 22, 2019

Permeating the empty aisles of Grace Lutheran Church, the hauntingly beautiful melodies of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in F Major” flow from the 500 pipes of the organ situated on a balcony.  The performer, Jeffrey Fung (12), sits with his eyes fixated on the instrument before...

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