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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from The Harker Upper School
Growing up ahead of the curve: Gen Z on living through a global pandemic
Opinions

Anna Vazhaeparambil | April 20, 2021

On March 12, 2020, Head of School Brian Yager announced through the speakers that the upper school would be closing due to the public health threat of COVID-19. Though we celebrated in the hallways and…

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In the age of crypto, we must redefine the meaning of “art”
Arts & Entertainment

Michelle Liu | April 16, 2021

What is art? 

For Marcel Duchamp, it was a urinal. For Maurizio Cattelan, it was a banana taped to the wall (in an artist’s edition of 3). But for Mike Winkelman, known to the internet as “Beeple,”…

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Racial disparity persists in NFL coaching and ownership despite league’s efforts to promote diversity
Sports

Vishnu Kannan | April 13, 2021

Mike Tomlin. Ron Rivera. Brian Flores. Robert Saleh. David Culley. The names of the only non-white head coaches in the NFL. In a league where minorities make up the majority of the player pool, one would…

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Editorial: End the invisibility of anti-Asian American violence
Opinions

Editorial Board | April 1, 2021

Soon Chung Park. Hyun Jung Grant. Suncha Kim. Yong Ae Yue. Xiaojie Tan. Daoyou Feng. Delaina Ashley Yaun. Paul Andre Michels. They were not nameless vessels to carry the fatal burden of a shooter’s “bad…

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Hidden behind a mask: American cinema’s inauthentic portrayal of Asian Americans
Arts & Entertainment

Nicole Tian | March 30, 2021

Authorities stated that the shooter who killed eight people in Atlanta on Tuesday, six of whom were Asian women, hoped to “eliminate” a “temptation.” The intersection of the victims’ race and…

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Students work to break down stigma surrounding neurodiversity, educate community through interactive events
Features

Lucy Ge | March 29, 2021

Screen sharing her presentation and addressing over 780 upper school students and faculty, Stanford Neurodiversity Project Program Coordinator Isabelle Morris shared her experiences as an Autistic young…

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Meet your teacher: Mad for mushrooms
Features

Sally Zhu | March 26, 2021

Upper school Latin teacher Scott Paterson kneels in a large forest in camping gear, holding a bright red Alice-in-Wonderland mushroom with his son Virgil. He’s featured in more photos, smiling and holding…

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#StopAsianHate Community Rally ushers in thousands of protesters
News

Alysa Suleiman | March 25, 2021

“One beat. One heart.”

Over 2,500 protestors gathered at the #StopAsianHate Community Rally at San Jose City Hall on Sunday, Mar. 21, at 1 p.m. to protest the recent violence against Asian Americans…

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Pulse of the people: Not a new issue
Features

Alysa Suleiman | March 23, 2021

What does an “Asian American” represent?

A computer engineer at a Silicon Valley technology company? The high school math nerd? The foreigners who contributed to the spread of COVID-19? 

These…

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Humans of Harker: The American dream
Features

Erica Cai | March 22, 2021

Imagine 20 eighth and ninth graders, dressed in immaculate suits and gathered around a rickety set-up of tripods and iPhones amid the sweltering Fremont heat. They take turns reciting lines, switching…

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A musician’s message
Arts & Entertainment

Sarah Mohammed | March 17, 2021

At just five or six years old, a little boy would practice his harmonica, twirling around his mother’s tea party event to its lively tunes. In those moments, he knew he was destined to become someone…

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Humans of Harker: Voice and vocation
Features

Arya Maheshwari | March 15, 2021

When the curtains part and the spotlights blink on, there is first silence on stage. Then, as harmonies fill the air with an operatic boom, the power and passion of the music makes one thing clear: Ruya…

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Shorts and squeezes: The world of stocks flipped upside down
Features

Muthu Panchanatham | March 10, 2021

Keith Gill, dubbed “Roaring Kitty” on social media, started the fire. 

“A few things I am not. I am not a cat. I am not an institutional investor. Nor am I a hedge fund. I’m just an individual…

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Press and police fail to address mental health episodes
Opinions

Nicole Tian | March 8, 2021

Two days before New Year’s Day, 19-year-old Christian Hall stood on a highway overpass in Pennsylvania. He had contacted the police, hoping that they could offer him assistance in the middle of a mental…

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Global Reset: Unprecedented snowstorms hit Texas and leave residents without power or water
News

Alysa Suleiman | March 3, 2021

When the first flakes of snow drifted down Tuesday, Feb. 16, covering the front of her apartment complex in Houston in a blanket of white, Meeah Bradford, a junior at St. John’s Academy, laughed and…

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Smiling back at the girl in the mirror 
Opinions

Alysa Suleiman | March 1, 2021

Rough, dry, prickly. My eyes travel down a straight line of hair, pulled taut from root to tip.  As I roll the semi-bleached strands between the pads of my fingers, more uneven bristles twist outwards,…

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Humans of Harker: An open ear and an open heart
Features

Arely Sun | February 26, 2021

The legend of Perseus, the son of Zeus who slayed Medusa. Athena and Poseidon’s contest for Athens. Those were some of Shalini Rohra’s (20) favorite Greek and Roman myths as a child. Gaze tilted down…

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From an idea to reality: Student entrepreneurs continue to help their community during the pandemic
Features

Arely Sun | February 25, 2021

In the hustle and bustle of a Spanish National Honor Society meeting, an idea was born. Seniors Shreya Srinivasan and Julia Biswas decided to create luna y sol, a bracelet-making nonprofit that raises…

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A ballad of empathy
Arts & Entertainment

Sarah Mohammed | February 23, 2021

Along a sleek and quiet road, a girl drives past empty fields in her small white vintage Mercedes car. Illuminated by soft purple light, she begins to sing a song of love and loss, of heartbreak and healing….

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Yemenis face poverty, famine as ongoing civil war leaves 112,000 dead
News

Isha Moorjani | February 23, 2021

Yemeni civilians continue to be affected by the conflict between the Saudi Arabian coalition and the Houthis, with an estimated 12,000 civilians dead and an additional 100,000 soldiers according to a report…

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Meet your teacher: Economics teacher finds joy in board games
Features

Arely Sun | February 19, 2021

Behind his desk, upper school economics teacher Dean Lizardo keeps a stash of board games, stuffing the cubby of his tall bookshelf full of multicolored boxes. 

“It would probably be pretty clear…

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Wajahat Ali tells the real stories of America
Features

Sarah Mohammed | February 15, 2021

Wajahat Ali remembers working on his first short story in Harker’s fifth-grade English and art classroom. His teacher, Ms. Peterson, had instructed him to write a page-long narrative—and Ali’s piece…

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Break up Big Tech
Opinions

Nicole Tian | February 3, 2021

After former President Donald Trump encouraged his followers at his Jan. 6 “Save America” rally to march on the Capitol, they did just that. The scene of a man marching through Congress brandishing…

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Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States, defeating Trump
News

Harker News Staff | November 10, 2020

Joseph R. Biden won the 2020 presidential election, defeating incumbent President Donald. J. Trump as he crossed the threshold of 270 electoral votes with a win in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania…

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Election 2020: Live coverage
News

Harker News Staff | November 10, 2020

Current electoral vote count: Biden 290-214
Saturday, Nov. 7
5:30 p.m.

President-elect Joseph R. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris addressed the nation at 5:30 p.m. PST at the Chase Center…

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The rise of K-pop: crossing over to the Western market
Arts & Entertainment

Michelle Liu | November 9, 2020

BTS and Nicki Minaj. Blackpink and Cardi B. These artists hail from opposite sides of the world, yet their names stand right next to each other under the titles of a recent series of crossovers between…

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“Cultural genocide”: Uyghur Muslims face oppression, internment by Chinese Communist Party
News

Sara Yen | November 4, 2020

Clad in matching light blue hats, the color of the East Turkestan flag, and dark blue shirts, a multitude of Uyghur protestors posed in front of the Capitol, some holding up pictures of family members…

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Lights, camera … and (Zoom) fashion?
Features

Alysa Suleiman | October 2, 2020

The air was crisp and cool, the perfect level of humidity and air conditioning soaking into clean walls, the dozens upon dozens of chairs, the in-season outfits of haute couture people filling the rows. 

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So you want to be a farmer?
Features

Emily Tan | September 29, 2020

Despite being a fifth-generation farmer, Tara Beaver Coronado didn’t plan on going into agriculture. Growing up on her parents’ farm, she always loved the outdoors and animals, but later considered…

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COVID-19: A data dive
News

Aditya Singhvi | September 29, 2020

259 days. That’s how long it’s been since the World Health Organization (WHO) determined that a novel coronavirus caused a pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan, China. And since then, the staggering numbers…

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“Hollywood pioneer”: Chadwick Boseman leaves a permanent legacy
Arts & Entertainment

Alysa Suleiman | September 16, 2020

A superhero. Darting through the streets of Seoul, Korea in a sleek black vibranium suit, his lightning-quick punches delivering with the force of thunder. 

The Black Panther.  

Although the fictional…

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WeChat and TikTok to be banned from the United States
News

Irene Yuan | September 15, 2020

On Aug. 6, President Trump issued two executive orders that prohibit U.S. citizens or permanent residents from transacting with the owners of WeChat or TikTok, citing national security concerns as the…

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Kamala Harris “has changed the landscape”: nomination paves way for women of color in politics
Features

Sarah Mohammed | September 11, 2020

According to the United States Census Bureau, women make up 50.8 percent of the country’s population, Black people make up 13.4 percent and Asian people make up 5.9 percent.

In addition to only one…

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What does shelter-in-place mean when shelter is unaffordable?
News

Eric Fang | September 11, 2020

‘Like pouring on gasoline’: Bay Area’s pandemic response complicated by ongoing affordable housing crisis
On March 16, Bay Area officials in six counties announced shelter-in-place directives, mandating…

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Fleeing fires: Evacuated community members face challenges with new reality
News

Lucy Ge | September 10, 2020

Since a heat wave struck California on Aug. 14, over 900 fires have rolled through 1.8 million acres, destroying at least 3,400 structures, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom during a press conference today. 

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This land was made for you and me?
Opinions

Nicole Tian | September 10, 2020

Whenever I travel to a foreign country, my American passport tells my identity. Gold eagle stamped on navy blue. Carrying it to visit relatives in China for weeks at a time, I spoke English with my sister…

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How to stay zippy with Zoom
Coronavirus

Sara Yen | May 4, 2020

An entire day’s worth of staring at your laptop screen weighs on your slumped back, cramped neck and moistureless eyes. The 10-minute passing periods, which you spend fixated on your phone screen, do…

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Stories from quarantine: Our pandemic essentials
Coronavirus

Anna Vazhaeparambil | April 22, 2020

Both yearbook and newspaper staffs spent time creating their own pandemic flat lays, an array of the essentials that are keeping them safe, healthy and happy during this time. Take a peek at student journalists’…

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All four campuses likely to close through spring break after parent of non-teaching staff member tests positive for COVID-19
Coronavirus

Sara Yen | March 16, 2020

All four of Harker’s campuses will be closed for students after classes today after a parent of a non-teaching staff member in the upper school, with whom that staff member lives, tested positive for…

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Upper school takes precautionary measures against COVID-19 as California governor Gavin Newsom declares state of emergency
Coronavirus

Mark Hu | March 10, 2020

Governor of California Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on March 4 to increase medical resources and standardize guidance in mitigating the spread of the virus in response to the concerns over…

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Novel coronavirus: How to prepare for potential local outbreak
Coronavirus

Kathy Fang | March 5, 2020

With the rise of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in Santa Clara County last week, as well as the report of the first possible case of community spread in the U.S. in California last…

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Community spread, local outbreaks of coronavirus impacts countries around the world
Coronavirus

Kathy Fang | March 5, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first possible cases of community spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. last week in California, Oregon and Washington as well as the first six…

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Demonstrators call for impeachment on street corners around Bay Area on the eve of historic impeachment vote
Impeachment, At Home

Kathy Fang | February 20, 2020

On the eve of a historic House vote on two articles of impeachment, activists voice their support for impeachment at demonstrations around the Bay Area, joining over 600 rallies and protests nationwide…

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As 2 cases of new coronavirus confirmed in Southern California, public health measures ramp up worldwide
Coronavirus

Kathy Fang | February 13, 2020

Three new cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been confirmed in California and Arizona yesterday, as health departments around the world increase disease control measures and as Harker recommends…

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Free speech activist Mary Beth Tinker inspires student journalists at annual NSPA convention
Features

Alysa Suleiman | February 12, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bathed in a dim warm orange glow, the expansive convention room exploded in a deafening round of applause as activist Mary Beth Tinker stepped onto the podium. To an audience of hundreds…

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What to know about the 2019 novel coronavirus
Coronavirus

Kathy Fang | February 10, 2020

As the 2019 novel coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, continues to spread across the world, Harker Aquila breaks down what you need to know about the outbreak.
What is the 2019-nCoV? 
The 2019-nCoV is a respiratory…

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Activist group Moms 4 Housing wins right to stay in Oakland house, protests Bay Area housing crisis
Video

Eric Fang | February 10, 2020

A group of homeless mothers called Moms 4 Housing reached an agreement with Wedgewood Properties on Jan. 20 to buy the Oakland home they had illegally occupied from Nov. 18 to Jan. 14. Their fight to stay…

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Fighting fire: Australia battles blazing bushfires in war against climate change
News

Emily Tan | February 7, 2020

26.9 million acres burned. More than 3,000 homes destroyed. 33 deaths, including nine firefighters, as of Jan. 31, according to the Crisis Coordination Center of the Australian government. And over one…

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“Together, We Rise”: Women’s rights, civil rights activists around Bay Area call for change at fourth annual Women’s March
News

Kathy Fang | February 6, 2020

Upper school students joined the 37,000 demonstrators who filled the streets of San Jose and San Francisco last Saturday for the fourth annual nation-wide series of Women’s Marches.

Originally sparked…

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Santa Clara County announces first case of coronavirus – as infected person in isolation
Coronavirus

Eric Fang | February 5, 2020

Santa Clara County confirmed today that an adult male resident, who is currently being held in isolation, has tested positive for the 2019 coronavirus (2019-nCoV), but also noted that no additional cases…

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