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Humans of Harker: Computing life’s next move

Humans of Harker: Computing life’s next move

by Ashley Mo, Co-Assistant STEM Editor April 9, 2024

Bladed weapons. Skillful dueling. Swift movements. All these are important aspects of fencing, but Alec Zhang (12) specializes in the calculated side of the sport. Every move, lunge and advance is...

“Keep looking forward, never stop being optimistic. Theres not enough time in the world to experience everything, and why waste time by being pessimistic? I always try to find the good parts in everything. Even if I find myself at a standstill, like if I dont know what to do in the future, just do something. It doesnt matter if it turns out with a good outcome or a bad outcome. I just always want to be out, always moving, always trying new things,” Cynthia Wang (12) said.

Humans of Harker: From small moments to big causes

by Michelle Wei, Humans of Harker Co-Managing Editor April 8, 2024

You might find her doubled up with laughter in the orchard with her friends. Or admiring a sunset as soccer practice comes to a close. Or tirelessly working to put together the next school meeting. From...

“The highlight of my day is always small moments, whether its a good conversation with someone, learning a lot from an interview, or one small move forward in a research project. Those are the things that bring me the most joy,” Ella Yee (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Blossoming with compassion

by Alena Suleiman, Co-Editor-in-Chief April 8, 2024

While most high schoolers yearn for the comfort of home on a Friday afternoon, Ella Yee (12) can be found in the center of a busy newsroom pitch meeting, undeterred by the imminent weekend. Flitting from...

“A large portion of my interest in math and why its so fun for me is because at some point, I learned how to apply it to different areas. I found out about this concept called mathematical biology, and I was so fascinated by it. I was like, ‘Oh my god, this is the moment, this is destiny.’ I could model biological systems with math,” Ananya Sriram (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Destiny of design

by Alena Suleiman, Aquila Co-Editor-in-Chief March 25, 2024

As the sun dips below the horizon, a breathtaking scene unfolds. Hues of crimson and gold settle into the tranquil mystery of night. For Ananya Sriram (12), this mesmerizing sunset represents the delicate...

“I can look over at other people for silent encouragement and you can smile. If I was by myself on stage, I wouldnt have that. I would just be me in the spotlight. Its easier knowing that there are that many people in the audience when you have everyone else whos going through it with you,” Saloni Shah (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Shining in solidarity

by Hima Thota, Co-Features Editor March 13, 2024

Spotlights shine down onto the stage as an announcer presents the winning dance team in the garba dance contest, an event dedicated to celebrating Gujarati folk dance. Saloni Shah (12) and her teammates...

Humans of Harker: Living unapologetically

Humans of Harker: Living unapologetically

by Brandon Zau, Aquila Photo Editor March 13, 2024

THWACK. The sound of a small, black, bouncy ball with strips of orange plastic encircling it hitting a wall reverberates during lunch period. Outside the weightroom, a group of friends  laugh with...

“When you’re a perfectionist, you just want to delete everything and start over constantly. Even though it’s a bad thing, doing that helps me parse out my thoughts more and helps me understand what I don’t want to include in my writing, and what I like about my writing, which helps me narrow down my ideas into a final draft that I am happy with, Anika Maji (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Writing the right

by Claire Bauschlicher, Reporter March 8, 2024

Enveloped by dozens of books that line the shelves around her, Anika Maji (12) pours the stream of words in her mind onto the screen. With her hands dancing across the keyboard, she uses imagination...

“When I get into an activity, I try to gain experience and use that experience to help others. I really enjoy helping people and providing guidance to them. I want people to remember me as someone who’s willing to use my knowledge for the better and make an impact on others’ experiences,” Justin Chen (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Ace-ing analytics

by Aryana Bharali, Humans of Harker Profiler March 8, 2024

In a world dominated by specialists, Justin Chen (12) stands as a remarkable outlier. Not only does Justin excel in the corporate realm, but also on the tennis court, where the demands of strategy and...

“Speech and debate is a wonderful way for people to find their voice, learn how to speak up, how to think quickly on their feet and how to articulate their ideas extremely clearly. Talking through arguments, what makes a good speech, what are some aspects of public speaking such as eye contact or expressiveness, or changing the tone of your voice — these are all aspects that I strive to pass down and spread to people around me,” Max Xing (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Forums of confidence and connections

by Kevin Zhang, Aquila Managing Editor March 8, 2024

Frantic thoughts raced through Max Xing’s (12) mind as one last competitor unleashed a barrage of arguments through the computer screen during the online 2022 Tournament of Champions (TOC) semifinals....

“I love folklore, I love fairies, and I love Lord of the Rings. I want to make art that feels magical because that’s what I like, but it was also at that point where I knew that it had to have depth,” Maya Cheshire (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Blooming in art

by Young Min, Co-A&E Editor March 4, 2024

Maya Chesire (12) sweeps her brush from side to side, covering the canvas with bursts of browns and greens. Framed by two tall trees on either side of the painting, an Irish Bog Man stands in a hole dug...

“Teaching robotics is probably one of the hardest things Ive done so much trying to transition into that teachers mindset. Not only do I have to teach the material, I have to understand how they are understanding it to help them learn. Thats been a very big challenge, but something thats also been very rewarding. Its made me think a lot more about the choices that I make with regards to design, Ronald Cartee (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Designing with detail

by Ella Guo, Humans of Harker Profiler February 9, 2024

Frenzied shouts echo as teams run around fixing incoming problems from their robots. Among them, Ronald Cartee (12) finishes the final changes, ensuring the robot works for the team’s success in...

Humans of Harker: Playing songs of happiness

Humans of Harker: Playing songs of happiness

by Angelina Burrows, TALON Co-Sports Editor February 9, 2024

Hands grasping a microphone, Ben Cha (12) looks toward the blinding lights of the Rothschild Performing Arts Center. Though he performed with Jazz Band many times before, this show was different. Instead...

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