Harrisburg Academy




The Explorer: Alumni Edition 



The Harrisburg Area's
First IB World School 

 Nov. 2, 2016

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Dear Friends,

Much has happened in the recent months that brings great pride to Harrisburg Academy and its alumni community: we welcomed home our alumni for our second annual Alumni Weekend; we enjoyed a tremendous performance from Luke Bent '13 and Tami Swartz '85 at our Distinguished Alumni Concert; Randy St. John returned to the classroom to teach alumni; and we celebrated the accomplishments of our Alumni Achievement Awards recipients and Athletics Hall of Fame inductees. 

Altogether, this year's Alumni Weekend was a celebration for our entire Academy community, enjoyed by alumni, faculty, students, and parents.  It was great to see students interacting with alumni and asking questions about their interests for the future.  These valuable connections benefit our students both in the here and now, and also as they move forward with their education and careers.

Reflecting on the Academy's 233-year history, I think that the success of this small school is due to its ability to continually reinvent itself while remaining steadfast to its standards.  The momentum that the school is currently experiencing is due in large part to those of you who stay active and involved.  You have guided our students as alumni mentors, you have given your time and your financial support, and you have been our best representatives.  I cannot thank you enough.  Thank you for embodying the remarkable achievements of Harrisburg Academy.  


Michael LaRue '02

Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
(717) 763-7811 Ext. 1397 


Support the Academy Fund

"We support the Academy Fund because we are grateful to our Academy for providing an abundance of opportunity that shaped our lives and helped to develop our character.  It gives us a great amount of pride to see the same drive and passion that we received years ago, alive and making a great impact on all the students here at our school today.  Our alumni network is our most valuable asset.  Join us in supporting the Academy, just as the faculty and staff supported us in pursuing our dreams and goals."  - the Sourbeer Family


Questions?  Please contact Michael LaRue.


Alumnus and Former Lacrosse Coach to be Honored

Congratulations to David Heisey '79 for his upcoming induction into the inaugural Central Pennsylvania Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame.  Dave is a member of Harrisburg Academy's Athletics Hall of Fame, and as co-captain for the Spartans during the 1979 season, set the record for most points scored in a game (nine).  He went on to play lacrosse and soccer at American University, coach lacrosse and soccer at Harrisburg Academy (for 20 years), and has continued supporting both sports in the Harrisburg area for more than 25 years.  For full information about the event and to buy tickets, click here. 


Questions?  Please contact Michael LaRue.


Alumni Weekend Inspirations and Recap


by Courtney Hart, School Counselor

Resilience, or a person's capacity to cope with changes and challenges, as well as the ability to "bounce back," is a skill that can be learned and developed.  The focus on the development of strong resiliency skills is well worth the effort, as one of our alumni so simply and eloquently stated last week at our annual Alumni Achievement Awards and Athletics Hall of Fame Induction ceremony assembly - "Resiliency is the counter to failure," he said.  Read more...


Distinguished Alumni Concert Video Excerpts

Harrisburg Academy welcomed alumni for our first Distinguished Alumni Concert.  Thank you to Michael Gamon, director of the Center for the Creative Arts, for coordinating this event.  A special thank you our performers, Tami Swartz '85 (pictured left), Luke Bent '13 (pictured center), and Michael Gamon and Karen Click (pictured right), and to the alumni in attendance who enjoyed their remarkable performances.  View clips of each performance in the "Alumni" playlist on Harrisburg Academy's YouTube channel.



Questions?  Please contact Michael LaRue.


Harrisburg Academy Celebrates New Music Suite at Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony 

Harrisburg Academy was pleased to celebrate the completion of construction of its new 3,200-square-foot music suite with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 5, 2016.  Media and friends were invited to attend the ceremony, celebrate the completion of this project, and learn more about what the new space will mean to curriculum and programming at the school in the future.  Read the original press release for more about the event, and learn more about Bold Ambition: The Campaign for Harrisburg Academy on our campaign website.

Questions?  Please contact Michael LaRue.


Harrisburg Academy Students Recognized in 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program

Harrisburg Academy congratulates James T. '17 as a Semifinalist in the 2017 National Merit® Scholarship Program and Cameron C. '17 as a Commended Scholar in the 2017 National Merit® Scholarship Program.

The National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP) honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. 


Read more about James' achievements...

Read more about Cameron's achievements...


Questions?  Please contact Michael LaRue.


Global Warming Lecture with His Excellency Majid Al Suwaidi, Consul General of the United Arab Emirates

The Center for Global & Local Citizenship at Harrisburg Academy was pleased to welcome His Excellency Majid Al Suwaidi, consul general of the United Arab Emirates Consulate in New York City, for a lecture on global warming.  Thank you to the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg and the UAE Consulate in NYC for partnering with the Academy to provide this unique opportunity for our students.


Questions?  Please contact Michael LaRue.


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