Harrisburg Academy




The Explorer: Alumni Edition 



The Harrisburg Area's
First IB World School 

 Feb. 22, 2016


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Dear Friends,

Remember the last time you saw an old friend?  Perhaps you spent the first hour laughing and remembering fond memories.  Then, oftentimes, the conversation turns toward the present and future: How is your job?  Where are you planning to vacation?  What sports do your kids play?  Your relationship is rooted in the past, but it takes commonalities in the present to move it forward and build a future.  


In a similar manner, the Academy's alumni network program not survive on nostalgia alone.  I encourage all alumni to seek a relationship with the Academy's current community and find those commonalities.  The relationships you build now define the future of our school.


Michael LaRue '02

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


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.


A Long Time Coming: New Heights for the Athletics Program

by John Martin, director of Middle School athletics and Varsity Girls' Basketball coach

Scoring 1,000 points in a career is a huge high school basketball accomplishment.  I've always enjoyed going to The Patriot-News/PennLive.com and watching the videos of players scoring their 1,000th point.  Watching the coaches, fans, and players celebrate reminds me of all the people who have contributed to this accomplishment.  Many factors go into this milestone, but the one common factor is that player showing up each and every night ready to play.  Read more...


Varsity Girls' Basketball - District Semifinals Game Tomorrow!

Come support the Varsity Girls' Basketball team at the District III Class A Semifinals game tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. against Halifax.  The game will be hosted at Central Dauphin East High School; admission is $4 for students and $6 for adults.  If you're unable to attend the game, be sure to follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) for live updates from the game.


The Spartans will also play in Round 1 of the PIAA State Championships on Saturday, March 5.  Stay tuned to the Academy's social media channels for more information as it is announced and read Jeane Serino's most recent blog for a wrap-up of the final weeks of the winter season.


Good luck, Spartans!  Questions?  Please contact Jeane Serino.  


Congrats to...

The students recognized in the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: Jeremy D. '16 received honorable mentions for his two photographs, "Five Daisies" and "Four Statues" (pictured at right); Rachel H. '16 received honorable mentions for her two photographs, "The Thinker and the Shoeless Woman" and "Shadows on a Rooftop"; Amber H. '17 received a Gold Key for her poetry, "Angel," "Culture," and "All a Game of Life"; Mhelaney N. '18 received an honorable mention for her short story, "The Mansion"; Wesley S. '16 received an honorable mention for his poem, "Trials"; and Simona S. '18 received a Silver Key for her poem, "End Stage."  Visit the Academy's Facebook page to see more of the student work that was recognized.


Academy Upper School students who participated in the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference at the University of Pennsylvania this month: Acklynn B. '16, Will C. '18, Max C. '17, Shawky D. '19, Austin D. '16, Amy L. '18, Nisha M. '17, Wesley S. '16, Sarah T. '16, Madlen v. '17, and Dominic Z. '17.  The Academy team represented Libya throughout the conference, and several of our students were members of committees navigating political, economic, and social issues.  Wesley was invited to be a member of the Crisis Committee for the Paris Commune, a very selective position.  The Paris Commune simulation dealt with the radical and socialist government ruling the Paris Commune during the spring of 1871.


Members of the Class of 2016 who have received college acceptances.  Many are still receiving acceptance letters, but here are the top colleges to which our seniors have been accepted, so far, all Highly Competitive, according to Barron's Profiles of American Colleges: American University, Ithaca College, Providence College, Purdue University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and University of Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh.  Stay tuned to the Alumni Explorer and our social media pages to read the Senior Success Stories and the College Prospectus, to find out which colleges our graduates will be attending.  If you would like to send a congratulations note to one of our seniors, please contact Michael LaRue.


Class Agents Needed

The Development and Alumni Relations Office is in need of class agents to help communicate important information to alumni.  If you are interested in serving as a class agent, please fill out this form on the Academy's website.  If you have questions, please contact Michael LaRue.


Our Students Are Our Purpose.  You Are Our Partners!


Make your Academy Fund gift today -- every gift helps to meet the 2015-16 Academy Fund goal.  Your generosity directly impacts the Academy learning experience.


Our students are our purpose.  You are our partners!


Questions?  Please contact Beth Zak in the Development Office.


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