Harrisburg Academy




The Explorer: Alumni Edition 



The Harrisburg Area's
First IB World School 

 Aug. 25, 2016

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Dear Friends,

It seems as though summer has come and gone too quickly this year.  Between different trips, family outings, and spending time with friends, I feel as though it started just yesterday. 

A large part of my work this summer was planning and organizing Harrisburg Academy's 2016 Alumni Weekend, to be held Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1.  I am so excited to present you with the many events you can enjoy throughout the weekend (
check out the event listing and register to attend online).  If you would like to take a seat in the classroom with Randy St. John, he will be teaching an alumni-only Theory Of Knowledge class.  Bring your camera and learn how to improve your eye for photography from Daniel Shanken '89, a professional photographer.  Bring your kids for several great activities, including a soccer clinic brought to us by Eric Pettis '78 with the help of local professionals from the City Islanders.  Join Doug Caplan '11, 2011 Pennsylvania Class AA state tennis champion, on the tennis courts as he instructs a tennis clinic.  Grab a bite to eat at the on-site food truck, and enjoy the Boys' and Girls' Varsity Soccer games.  Sit back and enjoy the final event, our Distinguished Alumni Concert, featuring several professional musicians that represent generations of Academy graduates. 

Join us for a special time as generations of alumni collide to share stories and build pride for our historic school.  You and your family are invited to join us in the fun, so mark your calendars and
register here.  I can't wait to welcome you home!

Michael LaRue '02

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


Alumni Weekend 2016 

There are many special events and reasons to attend this year's Alumni Weekend.  Perhaps the best reason is seeing familiar faces of friends and faculty members who you have not seen in awhile.

Relive the fun from last year through our
2015 event recap video (created by Jason Smith '91 of Fathom Studio), and consider joining us this year -- Register here


Questions?  Please contact Michael LaRue.


Alumni Achievement Awards and Athletics Hall of Fame 

Year after year, our alumni continue to have impact on their local communities and the world through their work.  It is for these reasons that we will come together at Alumni Weekend (Friday, Sept. 30 at 1:10 p.m. in McCormick Auditorium) to honor their accomplishments. 

This year, we are honored to recognize the following alumni:  Colonel William Dodson '73 (Professional Achievement Awards),

Jay Friedlander '86 (Academic Achievement Award), Kristen Pfautz Woolley '88 (Service to Humanity Award), William Higgins '96 (Rising Star Award), Stacy Adler Smith '83 (Athletics Hall of Fame), and Eric Clark '03 (Athletics Hall of Fame).  Click here to read more on each recipient.  Click here to register to attend the event


Questions?  Please contact Michael LaRue.


Bold Ambition Campaign Update: The Music Suite is Complete! 

After a busy summer, Bold Ambition campaign music suite construction is finally complete!  The new space includes two rooms for class instruction, four individual practice rooms, storage for instruments, and a lobby area for parents to wait for children participating in after-school music lessons (provided by our faculty and undergraduate music majors through a partnership with Messiah College).  Visit our Facebook photo album to view pictures of the entire project from start to finish. 

The music suite will be a centerpiece of Alumni Weekend. 
Learn more online, and don't miss out on registering and enjoying our Distinguished Alumni Concert and pre-concert reception.

Questions about the Distinguished Alumni Concert or reception?  Please contact
Michael LaRue.  Questions about Bold Ambition: The Campaign for Harrisburg Academy?  Please contact Jim Newman, head of school, or visit our website (www.BoldAmbition.org).  


Thirteen Class of 2016 Grads Add to their Success with the IB Diploma

WORMLEYSBURG, PA - Harrisburg Academy is proud to recognize its 13 recent graduates who received an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma this summer.  The success of the Class of 2016 brings Harrisburg Academy's total IB Diplomas earned to 68 (in eight years).  The school congratulates:

  • Acklynn Byamugisha '16 - Providence College, Highly Competitive, according to Barron's profiles of American Colleges*
  • Austin Dean '16 - Columbia University, Most Competitive                       
  • Louise Gebauer '16 - Pepperdine University, Highly Competitive              
  • Carola Hintz '16 - University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Delna Kapadia '16 - Smith College, Most Competitive                 
  • Claire Mackin '16 - Washington and Lee University, Most Competitive             
  • David May '16 - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Most Competitive                           
  • CJ Porterfield '16 - Elon University, Highly Competitive                    
  • Matthew Reichwein '16 - Haverford College, Most Competitive     
  • Hannah Roberts '16 - Rice University, Most Competitive            
  • Wesley Sheker '16 - University of Pennsylvania, Most Competitive                 
  • Sarah Trindell '16 - American University, Highly Competitive                    
  • Suning Yang '16 - University of Southern California, Most Competitive                        

Harrisburg Academy's pass rate in 2016 was a staggering 93 percent - far surpassing the worldwide average pass rate of 80.79 percent according to data from the most recent IB annual review and IB Diploma Programme Statistical Bulletin. The Academy's average grade and points score for students who pursued the Diploma and passed also continue to measure higher than worldwide averages.  Read more...


Class of 2016 Senior Success Stories

jefferson cupsAs another academic year at Harrisburg Academy begins, our recent graduates, too, are preparing for their first year of post-graduate success.  All are well-prepared because of the globally minded, liberal arts education they received at Harrisburg Academy.

Part of graduating from the Academy is going through the process of the
Senior Success Stories, a project that aims to tell the unique stories of our graduating seniors.  We are so pleased to present the successes of the 2016 graduates and wish them the very best in all their future endeavors.  Click to read all of the Senior Success Stories for the Class of 2016.

Questions?  Please contact
Kristina Pae, director of communications. 


A Note from the Academy's Board of Trustees President

Last week, Board of Trustees president, Keith Clark, sent a letter to current families about school leadership and plans for the future.  One of the strategic responsibilities of the Board is to assure a smooth succession in leadership.  The Board of Trustees recognizes the guidance and vision that Head of School Jim Newman has brought to the school community as the Academy's leader for the past 13 years.  Accordingly, the Board has extended Head of School Jim Newman's tenure until June 30, 2019, at which time, he plans to retire from the Academy.  Jim's major focus until then will be to place the Academy in the best position possible to attract a talented, experienced professional to succeed him. 


Academy Fund Giving

Help us kick-off the start of the 2016-17 academic year with a gift to the Academy Fund.  Every day Harrisburg Academy students have new opportunities, new ideas, and new perspectives on our world.  Your gift today impacts the lives of all Academy students.  At Harrisburg Academy, our students are our purpose and you are our partners.


Questions?  Please contact Beth Zak.


Alumni Relations Mission Statement

Harrisburg Academy's Alumni Relations program works to extend the advantages of an Academy education beyond graduation.  We are committed to expanding our global network of alumni, enriching Academy alumni relationships, and galvanizing the philanthropic support of current and future alumni for the school's mission and operations.


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