Harrisburg Academy




The Explorer: Alumni Edition 



The Harrisburg Area's
First IB World School 

 Jan 20, 2016


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Dear Friends,

Greetings and Happy New Year!  As many do at the beginning of the new year, we have been planning and setting goals for 2016.  In discovering the potential of the alumni community at Harrisburg Academy, I believe it is our goal to invest in alumni programs that inspire the development and interests of current students, and increase awareness of the importance of sustained giving to the Academy.  A healthy, warm, and, prosperous new year to all our alumni.


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 Note from Jim Newman

Dear Academy alumni,


I wanted to join Michael LaRue and add my best wishes for a happy, healthy, and productive 2016. We are excited about our plans for this year.

One goal is to continue to expand our successful Alumni Network and use it to benefit every Academy graduate and current Upper School student. Michael initiated the network two years ago. He functions as the pivot point, linking Academy alumni to each other, most often for job-related purposes.  Read more...


Central PA Screening of "Waffle Street"

Come out and support Jimmy Adams '95 at the Carlisle Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. for a screening of "Waffle Street," the movie based on his book of the same name.  The film was named Best Feature at the 2015 Hollywood Film Festival and received the Audience Award for Best Feature at the Red Rock Film Festival.


Jimmy's memoir chronicles his life after a layoff from a hedge fund in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.  This screening will be the only opportunity to see the film, starring James Lafferty, Julie Gonzalo, and Danny Glover, at this time at a theatre in Pennsylvania.


Jimmy will be available for a Q&A and book signing after the screening.  Tickets are available for purchase here.


Questions?  Please contact Michael LaRue.


Congrats to...

Sarah Trindell '16 and Wesley Sheker '16, who were recognized as Semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit® Scholarship Program.  Read more...




Jalen Gabbidon '17, who recently became the Academy's all-time leading scorer.  Jalen broke the previous record of 1,275 points, set by Stephen Pedersen '08.



Laura Mowery '17, who became the Academy's first female 1,000-point scorer during her final season.  Read more about Laura's basketball 
career on the Spartan Spirit blog.






Focusing on College Counseling When Others Can't

by Keo Oura Kounlavong-Sabath, director of college counseling

Redesigned SAT and PSAT; Wednesday-only testing dates for the PSAT; changes to the ACT scoring; a new Common Application website in the middle of application season... and the test scores are delayed.  There are issues with Naviance due to Common Application changes; prior-year filing for the FAFSA announced; Coalition Application announced; new test-optional policies; and the NCAA's new eligibility requirements for Division I and Division II athletes.


Whew! How can parents navigate the the changing landscape of college education?  At Harrisburg Academy, we work to make sure that all of our families are receiving personalized attention throughout this process - moving targets and all.  Read more...


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Our students are our purpose.  You are our partners!


Questions?  Please contact Beth Zak in the Development Office.


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