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Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

An illustration of the title card for the first season of White Lotus. The first season premiered on July 11, 2021 and immerses viewers into the opulent lives of wealthy, upper class vacationers and the hardworking, underpaid hotel staff who cater to their every whim.

Checking in at ‘The White Lotus:’ A review of the twisted tropical tale

by Ariana Goetting, Co-A&E and Lifestyle Editor March 26, 2023

Picture yourself about to begin your dream summer vacation as your boat glides towards the luxurious White Lotus resort. The world seems perfect as you soak in the breathtaking scenery and pristine beaches,...

Jai Vir Mehta (12) rides on the mechanical shark, one of the main attractions at Fridays Spirit Kickoff. Harker Spirit Leadership Team hosted the kickoff, themed Spirit of Summer, on Friday afternoon.

Surf, swim and summer sun: Annual Spirit Kickoff excites with beach-themed activities

by Felix Chen and Kinnera Mulam September 7, 2022

Over 200 students and faculty attended the Spirit Kickoff event themed Spirit of Summer in the quad on Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Harker Spirit Leadership Team (HSLT), who organized the event, distributed...

Two chairs are pushed against the door in the Nichols 307 classroom during the shelter-in-place (SIP) at the upper school campus today. The school activated SIP this afternoon after an unarmed intruder entered the campus, and all students and staff are safe.

Upper school activates shelter-in-place, all students, staff safe

by Emma Gao, Isha Moorjani, Sally Zhu, and Sabrina Zhu June 22, 2022

The upper school campus activated a shelter-in-place (SIP) this afternoon after an unarmed intruder entered the campus during a police chase.  All students and staff are safe, according to an email...

Teresa Cai (12) tinkers with circuits as part of her work in the Research in Science and Engineering (RISE) program at Boston University. Interns collaborated virtually with their mentors and presented their research at the end of the 6-week-long program.

Science research continues over summer despite ongoing COVID-19 restrictions

by Nicholas Wei, HoH Managing Editor August 19, 2021

Upper school students conducted science research over the summer virtually despite continued restrictions from accessing labs or attending summer programs in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students...

Members of the S@TC Intensive Cast rehearse the musical scene of their show Star Crossed Lovers. Unlike last summer, the upper school held in-person activities on campus for Conservatory Intensive and Summer Institute courses in the past couple of months.

A year later, Summer Institute and Conservatory reawaken on-campus life

by Aastha Mangla, Asst. A&E and Lifestyle Editor August 16, 2021

The Summer Institute and Summer @ the Conservatory (S@TC) returned to the upper school in person with a variety of courses, including supplemental courses such as Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry, AP...

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

Music Monday: Step into summer with Aquila

by Alysa Suleiman, A&E Editor May 24, 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.  With just one more week, school is officially...

University of California, Santa Cruz, was one of the few universities that modified their Summer Internship Program, a summer research program for high schoolers, to an online format. As most opportunities moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students found new research opportunities, either through virtual labs or on their own at home.

Students’ summer research continues despite new difficulties, Harker research classes adapt to online environment

by Sabrina Zhu, Assistant STEM Editor September 1, 2020

Upper school students conducted science research during the summer despite new challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Though several popular research programs like the California State Summer School...

A guide to any questions one might have about upcoming school events and how they have been impacted due to COVID-19 and the school closure.

Harker Aquila’s guide on how upcoming events are impacted by coronavirus

by Lucy Ge, Winged Post Asst. News Editor May 11, 2020

This story was updated on May 11 to include updates on the senior trip, baccalaureate, graduation, locker clean-outs and Harker summer programs. It has now been about two months since school shut down....

A member of the incoming Class of 2023 holds the 2019 Matriculation itinerary, smiling as he walks into the quad before the beginning of the ceremony.

Matriculation 2019: Harker welcomes Class of 2023

by Alysa Suleiman, Sports Reporter August 24, 2019

With welcoming smiles, energetic cheers and thunderous clapping, the upper school community warmly received the Class of 2023 during the 2019 matriculation ceremony on Friday.  Administration adorned...

Allison Cartee (12) performs a chemistry experiment under a glass hood at UC Santa Cruz. Allison was a member of the Summer Internship Program (SIP) at UCSC and spent ten weeks performing research under the guidance of a mentor.

Summer research internships create new opportunities for student researchers

by Saloni Shah and Anjay Saklecha September 3, 2018

Over the past summer, students participated in various research projects at locales ranging from local companies to startups to academic institutions such as Stanford University and University of California...

Charles Shuttleworth at Monarch Pass, Colorado, on the 39th day of the trip. The ride, lasting a total of 62 days, started in Yorktown, Virginia, and spanned across America, ending in San Francisco.

Meet your teacher: English teacher completes summer charity ride across US, raising $5595 for MS

by Kathy Fang and Nina Gee September 6, 2017

 After two months of biking through lush farmlands dotted with livestock and llamas, arid canyons dotted with wildlife and forested mountain ranges, upper school English teacher Charles Shuttleworth has...

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