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The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

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...

The senior dodgeball team prepares to throw balls at the sophomores at the preliminary homecoming dodgeball tournament. The class of 2025 defeated the seniors in the game and will advance to the finals against the juniors on Wednesday.

Homecoming Week Day 1: Sophomore and junior dress up for theme day, dodgeball prelims determine finals game

by Shareen Chahal, Reporter October 3, 2022

Students kicked off the first day of Homecoming Week today with the sophomores’ and juniors’ themed dress-up day and the annual preliminary dodgeball tournament in the Zhang Athletic Center during...

Senior class dean Brian Larsen adjusts the red beach ball-balloon to the seniors eagle. The different eagles had various props including this balloon, a skateboard and a scarf.

Spirit Night hosts festivities in anticipation of Homecoming Week

by Sally Zhu October 3, 2022

Harker Spirit Leadership Team (HSLT) hosted various activities at Spirit Night after school on Friday for students in anticipation of Homecoming Spirit Week.  Starting from 3:30 pm, students could...

Upper school biology teachers Eric Johnson and Matthew Harley sport Star Wars outfits for Disney day. Students and faculty who chose to participate wore a variety of Disney merchandise, including T-shirts, sweatshirts and Minnie Mouse ears.

Upper school kicks off Spirit Week with Disney-themed day

by Ananya Sriram, Asst. News Editor April 11, 2022

Upper school community members returned to campus decked in Disney-inspired outfits for Disney dress-up day, planned by Harker Spirit Leadership Team (HSLT) for today. Students and faculty who chose...

The freshmen step into formation while rehearsing their dance routine on April 1 on Davis Field for spirit week. The dance was choreographed by freshmen Maya Affaki, Yasmin Sudarsanam and Sonia Yu.

Spirit week activities to begin tomorrow

by Ananya Sriram, Asst. News Editor April 10, 2022

This is a developing story. Check harkeraquila.com for more updates throughout the week. Additional reporting by Kinnera Mulam and Isha Moorjani Upper school students will take part in spirit week...

The junior class advisory representatives, led by class dean Karl Kuehn waving a yellow flag, marches in the parade during the spirit rally, decked in their class color, yellow. Each class embellished their outfits to show class pride during the rally by wearing their according class colors: white, black, yellow and green for freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors, respectively.

Upper school joins annual advisory parade and tug-of-war prelims

by Desiree Luo and Ananya Sriram October 6, 2021

Spirit week activities continued with students and faculty participating in the annual parade and tug-of-war preliminary rounds, in which the freshmen and seniors pulled their way to victory over the juniors...

Music Monday is a new installation featuring a different category of songs on a weekly basis.

Music Monday: Bop to old school, new school movies and songs with Aquila

by Sally Zhu, A&E and Lifestyle Editor September 20, 2021

Music Monday features a different category of songs on a weekly basis. Each Monday, Harker Aquila will release seven songs, one song for each day of the week.  The announcement of this year’s Homecoming...

Freshmen class council officer Ella Lan (9) offers individually packaged donuts to a student on April 22 during the morning class spirit activity.

Spirit Week brings community together for on-campus excitement

by Michelle Liu, Winged Post Design Editor May 5, 2021

Splash! Head of School Brian Yager dropped into the water of a dunk tank as upper school seniors, gathered in front of Manzanita Hall with their masked faces beaming under the sunlight, cheered amidst...

A flier made by the freshman class summarizing the events taking place throughout Spirit Week. “I was definitely looking forward to the spring spirit rally, but I’m glad HSLT and the student council worked together to ensure a virtual version of spring spirit still would happen,” Michelle Jin (9) said.

Spirit Week bridges upper school community virtually

by Sarah Mohammed, Reporter April 26, 2020

Upper school students participated in a virtual spirit week for the first time this year, with various events and dress-up days organized by the Harker Spirit Leadership Team (HSLT) throughout the week...

Grace Hajjar (11) waves the 2020 class flag in support of her fellow juniors. The juniors lost the volleyball game to the seniors, who went on to participate in the student-faculty volleyball game.

In pictures: Spirit Week one day at a time

by Nina Gee, Visual Editor April 17, 2019

Monday: This year's spirit week kicked off with Movie/Music Day, where students dressed up as characters from their favorite movies or wore merch from their favorite artists. The school saw costumes ranging...

Kelsey Wu (12) waves the senior class flag while Karen Krause (12), Sahana Narayan (12) and Shania Wang (12) cheer to her left. The seniors earned the most spirit points this year.

Students dance and compete in spirit rally to conclude Spirit Week

by Eric Fang and Nicole Chen April 14, 2019

A spirit rally that included class dances and inter-class competitions closed out Spirit Week after sixth period today. At the rally, the spirit team announced that the seniors had earned the most spirit...

Kelsey Wu (12) waves the senior class flag while Karen Krause (12), Sahana Narayan (12) and Shania Wang (12) cheer to her left. The seniors earned the most spirit points this year.

Harker heats up for spirit week

by Emily Tan, Reporter April 13, 2019

For members of the upper school community, the five days after spring break ended weren’t just any few days: it was spirit week, which meant over-the-top costumes, class competitions nearly every day,...

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