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Claire Anderson (11) awaits the announcement of the spirit rally champions on Thursday. The class of 2025 came out on top, followed by the class of 2027, the class of 2024 and the class of 2026.

Homecoming Week Day 4: Grades spar in Spirit Rally, Juniors take lead in points

by Margaret Cartee, Ananya Sriram, Felix Chen, and Shareen Chahal October 5, 2023

Upper school students and faculty decked out in class t-shirts battled for first place at the Homecoming Spirit Rally Thursday in the Athletic Center (AC). The junior class came in first place at the...

Isabelle Niu (9) watches as Eliana Chui (9) stacks a wood block during a Jenga game outside Manzanita on Wednesday. “I saw that people were really engaged, laughing [and] taking photos with their friends while eating candy, so I think [Jenga] was successful overall and definitely helped make peoples’ days better,” HSLT Representative Hannah Jeon (10) said.

Homecoming Week Day 3: HSLT hosts Giant Jenga game, students and faculty dress up Adam Sandler-style

by Jonathan Szeto and Charlie Wang October 4, 2023

Upper school students and faculty dressed like Adam Sandler for spirit points and competed in a game of Giant Jenga outside Manzanita Hall during lunch on Wednesday. Students who dressed in the style...

Sophomores Syna Sharma, Disha Gupta, Ruhi Banerjee and Judi Abdelrazik cheer for their class in tug-of-war on Davis Field today. Upper school students compete in tug-of-war preliminaries during Homecoming week and finals on Homecoming night each year.

Homecoming Week Day 2: Classes gather for spirit day parade and tug-of-war

by Vivek Moorjani, Charlize Wang, and Brandon Zau October 3, 2023

Upper school students marched in Homecoming Week’s annual spirit parade and competed in tug-of-war preliminaries at 9:35 a.m on Tuesday. Upper school chemistry teacher Andrew Irvine led the procession...

Jia Jia Jiang (11) puts the finishing touches on her groups marshmallow-spaghetti tower during lunch on Monday. Jia Jias team built the highest standing tower in the competition.

Homecoming Week Day 1: Classes dress up for musical theme and marshmallow-spaghetti tower building competition

by Tiffany Zhu, Reporter October 2, 2023

Upper school students and faculty commenced Homecoming Week by dressing up in their class themes, and students competed to build marshmallow-spaghetti towers in front of Manzanita Hall on Monday.  Students...

Tara Nemati (10) works to complete the sophomore class eagle during Spirit Night on Friday. The sophomore eagle donned a lab coat and sports jersey to highlight the “High School Musical” theme.

HSLT hosts spirit night, students complete eagle paintings

by Felix Chen, Co-News Editor October 1, 2023

Upper school students celebrated Spirit Night on Thursday outside of Manzanita Hall from 3 to 5:30 p.m. to build class camaraderie and finalize homecoming preparations. Harker Student Leadership Team...

ASB Community Service Committee members Aaron Bao (11), Luke Wu (10), Cynthia Wang (12) and Kabir Ramzan (12) thanked students for their purchases at the boba fundraiser during the school meeting on Tuesday. Harker students and staff raised over $1,700, and the proceeds will be donated towards repairing earthquake damage in Morocco.

School meeting recap 9/26/23: Homecoming week, Student Directed Showcase and lunch etiquette

by Jessica Hu and Tiffany Zhu October 1, 2023

Associated Student Body (ASB) President Daniel Lin (12) opened the fourth school meeting of the year on Tuesday.  The robotics team presented a video highlighting different aspects of their program,...

Fiona Yan (11) strikes a pose in the junior class dance. They danced to “Welcome to New York” by Taylor Swift, “In Ha Mood” by Ice Spice, “Empire State of Mind” by JayZ, Alicia Keys and Kanye West and “Friend Like Me” by Will Smith.

Day of dance and activities: Junior class champions Spirit Week

by Shareen Chahal and Felix Chen April 3, 2023

The juniors took home a victory in the annual spring Spirit Week after Friday's rally, furthering their lead over the other classes with triumphs in four square and other rally day activities.  Harker...

Students contend for the frisbee during yesterdays Ultimate Frisbee game held during lunch on Davis Field. Tomorrow will wrap up Spirit Week with a rally in the Zhang Gymnasium starting at 11:10 a.m.

Ultimate Frisbee game sparks friendly competition during Spirit Week

by Felix Chen and Emma Gao April 1, 2023

Around 20 upper school students participated in an Ultimate Frisbee tournament as part of Spirit Week, competing on Davis Field during lunch on Thursday. The combined team of seniors and frosh triumphed...

Upper school math teacher Anthony Silk judges one of the LEGO towers during the skyscraper building competition yesterday during lunch. With the sophomore and junior towers reaching the same height, the junior tower narrowly attained victory in a decision based on its design.

HSLT adapts to inclement weather with LEGO skyscraper building competition

by Felix Chen and Emma Gao March 29, 2023

Around 30 students from each class participated in a LEGO skyscraper building competition as part of Spirit Week activities in the Innovation Center during lunch yesterday.  Due to heavy rain, the...

The class of 2026 works on their banner in front of Manzanita Hall after school Friday. Each class received a different city on which to theme their banner, with the frosh painting Chicago.

Preview: Spring Spirit Week kicks off, with events and dress-up days to follow

by Emma Gao and Shareen Chahal March 26, 2023

Spring Spirit Week, hosted by Harker Spirit Leadership Team (HSLT), will take place next week, featuring a different dress-up theme each day as well as events such as a sports showcase, regatta and the...

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...

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