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Best of SNO

The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from The Harker Upper School
Pulse of the People: Youth demand environmental action at local climate strike
News

Sabrina Zhu | May 10, 2022

Ten upper school students attended the Silicon Valley Youth Climate Strike 2022 for a march and speeches in downtown San Jose on Friday, Earth Day, at 4 p.m. 

Green Team members and Green Team…

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Global Reset: Escalating Russia-Ukraine conflict takes heavy toll on environment, calls attention to security of clean energy
Features

Kinnera Mulam | April 28, 2022

The war between Russia and Ukraine poses threats to the environment in both the war zones and in countries with economic ties to Russia as nations scramble to compensate for the lack of Russian materials.

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Standardize sleep with year round standard time
Opinions

Margaret Cartee | April 26, 2022

Although daylight saving time started on March 13, I still feel the after effects much later — my sleep cycle has not adjusted to the forward shift yet. Unfortunately, I still have to wake up at the…

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So you want to be a . . . comedian?
Arts & Entertainment

Trisha Iyer | April 20, 2022

When Crystal Lambert performed comedy for the first time nearly two years ago, she had to push herself into following through on delivering her set. She felt dread at first, wondering, “Why do I think…

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Pulse of the People: Speaking out in the silence
Features

Sarah Mohammed | April 18, 2022

The foundations of institutions, the bricks on which they stand, feel strong. Supportive. Easy to rest upon. A bulwark of protection. But what happens when they totter or tilt? When parts of the building…

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A new generation of warfare
Features

Arjun Barrett | April 15, 2022

In a room lit only by the glow of my laptop, I stare intently at a dark terminal window full of tiny white text. Esoteric phrases like “ncat” and “ssh” clutter the screen alongside various scripts…

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Derogatory slang perpetuates prejudice
Opinions

Margaret Cartee | April 12, 2022

Standing in the lunch line outside of Manzanita Hall, I stare intently at my phone, focused on the daily Wordle puzzle. Even though I’m mostly absorbed in thought, I can make out the sound of a senior…

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‘I couldn’t believe that I made it’
Features

Alysa Suleiman | March 24, 2022


harkeraquila · Winged Post Audible: ‘That’s my country, and they’re destroying it’
This is a developing story. Check harkeraquila.com for continuous updates on the development of the Russian-Ukrainian…

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AP Photo Editor discusses Jan. 6 coverage with Harker Journalism classes
Features

Emma Gao | March 22, 2022

Warning: The following story contains information and photos about the Jan. 6 violence at the Capitol and may be upsetting to some readers.

The photos are seared into our collective memories of a day…

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Get your head in the game with virtual reality
Arts & Entertainment

Julie Shi | March 18, 2022

Applause fills the conference room as the presenter brings an end to the session, thanking everyone for their time. A low murmur arises and attendees begin socializing, mingling in groups around the room….

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‘One big inside joke’: Generation Z uses humor to bond over shared adversity
Arts & Entertainment

Arely Sun | March 14, 2022

harkeraquila · Aquila Audible of "'One big inside joke’: Generation Z uses humor to bond over shared adversity"

If you’ve spent time browsing the Internet, you’ve likely encountered…

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‘It almost felt like a funeral for my country’
Features

Sarah Mohammed | March 10, 2022

As Bay Area students, news about Afghanistan and other nations can seem distant from our lives. Through writing this piece, we explore the human crisis resulting from the Afghanistan war. We brought…

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Unsung heroes fuel the software industry
Features

Arjun Barrett | February 8, 2022

Building a custom app or website involves writing, testing and maintaining thousands of lines of code. Even experts with decades of experience struggle to create software on their own. Since writing code…

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“Maus”: Banning what challenges you doesn’t change you
Opinions

Michelle Liu | February 4, 2022

A Tennessee school district board unanimously voted to ban the Pulitzer-winning graphic novel “Maus” by Art Spiegelman, for its images and words that depict the Holocaust. 

The Jan. 10 unanimous…

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Hero of climate change
Features

Sabrina Zhu | February 2, 2022

Leafy branches, suspended dozens of feet up in the air, cast a gentle shadow on the trodden dirt path below. Small squirrels and birds scurry around the tree, swiftly climbing from its massive, partially…

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James Webb Space Telescope completes 1.5 million kilometer journey from Earth to study evolution of galaxies
News

Edward Huang | January 28, 2022

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) completed its 30-day journey into space on Jan. 24 and now floats 1.5 million kilometers away from Earth. From there, it will explore distant galaxies and their pasts…

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Our garden, our home
Features

Emily Tan | January 25, 2022

For the grounds team, the workday starts early — pre-sunrise, 6:00 a.m. early, when the sun’s fingers just start creeping over the horizon and the campus lies still, fast asleep.

That is when Director…

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‘We are still here’: Native American Heritage Month pays tribute to rich tribal history and traditions
Features

Michelle Liu | January 14, 2022

When Aneesha Asthana (11) attended the Women for the Rivers Gathering in Minnesota this summer, she knew little about the cause behind the movement. They had originally attended for their sister, who does…

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‘No athlete wants to step back’
Sports

Sarah Mohammed | January 11, 2022

Basketball and track and field athlete Alexa Lowe (12) remembers the winter and spring seasons when she would arrive home late at night after a tiring day of practice. The pressure to be more efficient…

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Reading audiobooks isn’t cheating
Opinions

Irene Yuan | December 16, 2021

Listen to the audio reading of the following article at the link below. 


Harker Aquila · Listen-ature is valid, reading audiobooks isn’t cheating
“DAYS PAST: 1897,” a voice intoned. “Lucie…

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So you wanna be a … music and arts critic?
Features

Sally Zhu | December 14, 2021

2021-22 New York Times Arts Critic Fellow and 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 Media honoree Isabelia Herrera never thought she would be a critic. She always loved music, especially music that reminded her of home,…

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Pulse of the People: ‘Never forget, never again’
Features

Alysa Suleiman | December 8, 2021

Harker Aquila spoke with upper school faculty and students, local Jewish synagogue members and Holocaust research experts on the lasting impacts of the Holocaust and the value and necessity of integrating…

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From kayak polo to archery, students and faculty get involved in niche sports
Sports

Ariana Goetting | December 7, 2021

When upper school chemistry teacher Andrew Irvine played kayak polo for the first time 11 years ago, as per his wife’s landlord’s recommendation, he wasn’t expecting to find a passion that would…

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Humans of Harker: A sports sensation
Sports

Anika Mani | November 15, 2021

Sunlight streams through the trees on a Sunday afternoon at Los Gatos Creek Trail. Grabbing her soccer ball, Ashley Barth (12) juggles her ball at the entrance of her favorite running trail. The faint…

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“Dynamite” disappointment: Rise of English songs by BTS hurts Asian representation in the west
Arts & Entertainment

Emma Gao | November 12, 2021

Blinding white lights illuminate the backs of the seven still silhouettes on stage, creating an almost halo-like glow. As the crowd chants their names and the first notes start playing, they hop out of…

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Meet your teacher: Business teacher navigates the ins and outs of content creation
Features

Tiffany Chang | November 10, 2021

CrashCourse, with over 12 million subscribers and 1.5 billion total views, is well-known and well-loved by the student community. Whether you’re cramming for an AP exam or interested in learning about…

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Elizabeth Holmes trial for fraud and conspiracy intensifies in its 8th week as more witnesses take the stand
News

Emma Gao | November 9, 2021

Former employees and investors in Elizabeth Holmes’s now defunct Silicon Valley biotech startup Theranos testify against the company as Holmes faces charges of fraud and conspiracy in the eighth week…

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FDA approves Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster shots, administration currently underway
News

Edward Huang | October 29, 2021

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared COVID-19 booster shots from Pfizer to be safe for individuals over the age of 65, people with compromised immune systems and essential workers on Sept. 22…

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International Cricket Council to hold a T20 championship shaped by current events
Sports

Trisha Iyer | October 20, 2021

As tropical storm Shaheen made landing on the Arabian peninsula earlier this week, residents of Oman scrambled to find shelter and stay safe. Amidst the devastation of the storm, several worried officials…

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Slime and stickers for sale: Students take charge through small businesses
Features

Sally Zhu | October 20, 2021

Andrea Thia (12) started her slime business at the age of 13, a mere eighth grader in a world of massive firms and experienced corporations. She had been selling hand-made slimes to her friends and classmates…

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Blooming from the STEM: Exploration in engineering
Features

Sabrina Zhu | October 13, 2021

Have you ever wondered how the recommendation feeds on social media platforms are so accurate? They always seem to discover your interests, whether those are pet videos, style recommendations, or sports…

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Blooming from the STEM: Pursuing new possibilities
Features

Margaret Cartee | October 11, 2021

Around 1/5 of adults have suffered from chronic pain in their life. The total costs of chronic pain treatment in adults from 2010 is estimated to be upwards of $560 billion.

The current way we receive…

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A new generation of space travel
Features

Margaret Cartee | October 6, 2021

Tendrils of fading mist float off the frigid engines of Inspiration4 five minutes before takeoff, a result of the supercooled liquid oxygen chilling the engines prelaunch. In SpaceX’s YouTube livestream,…

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Cat supremacy: Allow me to purr-suade you
Opinions

Erica Cai | September 29, 2021

Grumpy Cat. Lil BUB. And, the latest meme sensation, salad-hating Smudge.

If an alien browsed the Internet’s cornucopia of cat content, they would surely think the average human loves cats. And yet,…

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How a 50 cent part is killing a trillion dollar industry
News

Arjun Barrett | September 29, 2021

As the world finally transitions out of a global pandemic, cars remain in short supply. Toyota, Honda and Volkswagen have all cut production by as much as 40%. But the automotive industry isn’t merely…

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Moderna announces new ‘combo’ vaccine to combat COVID-19 and the flu
News

Emma Gao and Kinnera Mulam | September 23, 2021

Moderna announced the development of a new booster vaccine that protects against both COVID-19 and the influenza virus through a press release on Sept. 9, with testing expected to begin over the next six…

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Remembering 9/11, 20 years later
Features

Ananya Sriram | September 21, 2021

“Some things you just remember, [and] they stop you in your tracks,” upper school history teacher Karen Haley said.

On a couch in her home in Dallas, Texas, Haley, a retired U.S. Army captain,…

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Voters reject recall attempt, Gavin Newsom to remain in office
News

Nicole Tian | September 17, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom will remain in office after winning the recall effort today, defeating a Republican-backed attempt to oust him. With over eight million votes reported, in which 63.9% of Californians…

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Saratoga mayor speaks out against anti-Asian hate at rally and at upper school club event
News

Arely Sun | May 14, 2021

A sprawling crowd speckled with bold posters before her at Saratoga City Hall, Saratoga Mayor Yan Zhao stepped up to the podium and began her speech on March 27. 

“America is a place with diversity,…

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Where Broadway meets TikTok: A performer’s journey from stage to screen
Arts & Entertainment

Sally Zhu | May 14, 2021

“Remy, the ratatouille, the rat of all my dreams. I praise you, my ratatouille. May the world remember your name.” 

The original movie “Ratatouille,” featuring the loveable and wholesome Remy…

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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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