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The student news site of The Harker School.

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Each year, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation hosts the National Merit Scholarship Program, a national high school competition meant to acknowledge academically gifted students across the country. 52 Harker seniors from the class of 2022 received the honour of National Merit semifinalist on Sept. 15 after scoring in the top 1% on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) they had taken the previous school year.

52 Harker seniors recognized as National Merit semifinalists

by Emma Gao and Julie Shi October 2, 2021

52 Harker seniors from the class of 2022 received the honour of National Merit semifinalist on Sept. 15 after scoring in the top 1% on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) they had taken the...

Humans of Harker: Perseverance on par

Humans of Harker: Perseverance on par

by Irene Yuan, Co-Managing Editor August 2, 2021

This is the first installment of the Humans of Harker 2021 video series. Through this project, the Harker journalism program aims to tell the story of the senior class, one profile at a time.

Its been obviously rough, turning on the news and seeing another death, seeing another acquittal every single time … but, ‘How much can I do?’ is the question Im asking myself. ‘How much can I help, and what impact can I have?’” Brian Pinkston (21) said.

Humans of Harker: For the future and the present

by Erica Cai and Esha Gohil July 27, 2021

Walking up to a bookshelf populated by dozens of novels ranging from Ray Bradbury to Langston Hughes, Brian Pinkston (‘21) runs his fingers along the titles until finally settling upon a copy of the...

“When I came into high school, I was ready to be a follower. But DECA was a game changer for me. It helped me overcome my fear of public speaking, and its played such a major role in who Ive become today. To be able to successfully lead a chapter of 150 students, an officer team and be one of the upperclassmen I once really admired is something Im [really] proud of,” Anvitha Tummala (21) said.

Humans of Harker: Leading with DECA-cation

by Saloni Shah and Erica Cai July 26, 2021

Imagine a leader. Do they infuse confidence in others? Go out of their way to help their peers? Ensure that, before a competition, their teammates feel well-prepared? Personally organize meetings and study...

Class of 2021: Humans of Harker compilation, part three

Class of 2021: Humans of Harker compilation, part three

by Erica Cai and Esha Gohil July 6, 2021

Due to the unprecedented circumstances surrounding COVID-19, our seniors cannot experience their spring semester and graduation in its traditional format. Yet, we want to honor the Class of 2021 and celebrate...

“I feel really good about myself when Im relaxed and enjoying the world. There’s so much to learn about the world and so many ways to do so, Daniel Wang (21) said.

Humans of Harker: Mapping the unknown

by Anmol Velagapudi and Esha Gohil July 6, 2021

From a young age, Daniel (‘21) was interested in geography and the outdoors, exploring hidden trails around California while hiking with his family. His keen memory and creative mind latched onto every...

“I always try to do things in a different way. Maybe that’s me trying to be experimental, that experimental side from performing arts where you play with different things, find out what’s best. In any sort of situation, I’m always trying to do something unique. During projects and presentations, I always try to be funny and add humor, which helps me stand out in different classes,” Benjamin Soraire (21) said.

Humans of Harker: Curtain call

by Saurav Tewari and Nicholas Wei July 6, 2021

For many Harker students, drama and theater classes are usually taken to fulfill the performing arts requirements. However, they also prove to be great introductory classes for students with untapped acting...

Class of 2021: Humans of Harker compilation, part two

Class of 2021: Humans of Harker compilation, part two

by Erica Cai and Esha Gohil July 3, 2021

Due to the unprecedented circumstances surrounding COVID-19, our seniors cannot experience their spring semester and graduation in its traditional format. Yet, we want to honor the Class of 2021 and celebrate...

Class of 2021: Humans of Harker compilation, part one

Class of 2021: Humans of Harker compilation, part one

by Erica Cai and Esha Gohil July 2, 2021

Due to the unprecedented circumstances surrounding COVID-19, our seniors cannot experience their spring semester and graduation in its traditional format. Yet, we want to honor the Class of 2021 and celebrate...

“If you work hard, and you put all your effort in, theres nothing to be stressed out about because the results are going to be there. I put that into most things that I do,” Andrew Chang (21) said.

Humans of Harker: Just keep swimming

by Michelle Wei, Angelina Hu, and Nicholas Wei July 1, 2021

“Swimmers,” the announcer drawls. On the second block from the left, Andrew Chang ('21) stands confidently, stretching out the last kinks in his tall frame. “Take your mark.” Pause. “Go!” Six...

“Playing football, being a DECA mentor and leading spirit rallies ... I always had a lot of fun doing it, but it was only around the second half of junior year to now where I’ve witnessed the impact that I’ve made not only to my friends but to the underclassmen Ive worked with,” Rohan said. “[Its] something that I never expected but it makes it worth it, Rohan Varma (12) said.

Humans of Harker: Touchdowns on the game of life

by Erica Cai and Michael Eng June 30, 2021

Rohan Varma (‘21) laughs as he recounts the night he scored the game-tying touchdown against Lowell High School in September of last year. With no more than ten seconds left, Rohan darted between the...

“Its important to keep sight during that period of learning [of] why you decided to pick up the instrument in the first place ... If youre able to recognize that Hey, Im doing this to build my technique, to play pieces that I want to play, to express myself emotionally however I want to, youll find that after a while, your instrument will stop fighting you, Wilson Zhang (21) said.

Humans of Harker: Soulful strumming

by Michael Eng and Nicholas Wei June 29, 2021

Leaning back on a bench, guitar strapped over his shoulder, Wilson Zhang ('21) allows his fingers to gently glide across the strings of his guitar. The soulful notes tremble in the air, and gradually,...

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