The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

Riya Samuel (9) claps for the frosh class as they participate in a family feud competition. The senior class came out on top, followed by the sophomores, juniors and the frosh.

School Meeting 11/14: campus cat ‘Tony,’ Honor week and Family Feud

by Andrew Liang, Co-News Editor November 24, 2023

Associated Student Body President senior Daniel Lin commenced the school meeting on Nov. 14. Head of School Brian Yager acknowledged rising levels of antisemitism in the United States and the hardships...

Staff who entered the costume contest pose for a picture in front of Manzanita Hall. Both students and staff dressed up in creative Halloween costumes.

Halloween haunts Harker with spirit contests and mysterious physics phenomena

by Tiffany Zhu, Reporter November 5, 2023

The upper school community engaged in Halloween festivities like a pumpkin carving contest, haunted physics lab and costume contest on Oct. 26 and Oct. 31.  Pumpkin carving contest commences Halloween...

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,...

Associated Student Body (ASB) Spirit Coordinator Luke Mehta (12) asks fall sports captains to guess a song during the spirit event. on Wednesday in the Athletic Center (AC). The game included songs such as Barbie World (With Aqua) by Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice and Night Changes by One Direction.

Spirit event brings students together through “Guess the Song” and raffle drawing

by Charlie Wang and Jonathan Szeto September 27, 2023

Sophomores, juniors and seniors gathered in the Athletic Center (AC) for a schoolwide spirit event from 9:35 to 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday.  Associated Student Body (ASB) Spirit Coordinator Luke Mehta...

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...

Harker Spirit Leadership Team (HSLT) members demonstrate how to play the hula hoop game. This game required teams to step through a hula hoop one at a time while holding hands.

Spirit Week starts strong with Spring Sports Rally featuring 7 athletic teams

by Michelle Wei and Ella Yee March 28, 2023

Spring Spirit Week kicked off with the Spring Sports Rally featuring athletes from girls lacrosse, boys volleyball, boys golf, boys tennis, baseball, swimming and track and field, who competed in a series...

Katie Wang (12), Laurie Jin (12), Zubin Khera (12), Jacob Fernandez (12), Miki Mitarai (11) and Sawyer Lai (12) sing Christmas songs during the Winterfest celebration in front of Manzanita Hall on Thursday after school. “[Winterfest] was a huge success, and thats down to the hard work, the dedication and the creativity of our HSLT,” Director of Student Organizations Eric Kallbrier said. “A lot of our HSLT members
didnt even get to participate in the activities, but they got their joy out of making joy for others.

Winter wonderland: Students and faculty delight in holiday-themed spirit festivities

by Felix Chen and Ella Yee December 17, 2022

Members of the Harker community enjoyed winter spirit activities from elf spaghetti to ice fishing in events organized by the Harker Spirit Leadership Team (HSLT) and Student Activities Board (SAB) throughout...

Load More Stories

Comments (0)

All Harker Aquila Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest