First IB World School
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
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!
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.
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
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.
Bold Ambition Campaign
Update: The Music Suite is Complete!
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
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
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:
Byamugisha '16 -
Providence College, Highly Competitive, according to Barron's
profiles of American Colleges*
- Austin Dean
'16 - Columbia
Gebauer '16 -
Pepperdine University, Highly
Hintz '16 -
University of Innsbruck, Austria
Kapadia '16 - Smith
Mackin '16 -
Washington and Lee University, Most
- David May
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Most
- Elon University, Highly
Reichwein '16 -
Haverford College, Most Competitive
Roberts '16 - Rice
Sheker '16 - University
of Pennsylvania, Most
Trindell '16 - American
- Suning Yang
University of Southern California, Most
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
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
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.
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
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.