The Harrisburg Area's
First IB World School
Academy students want to leave an incredible mark, do important work, and
help solve the most critical issues of our time. They want to
develop sustainable energy sources; eliminate disease and poverty; erase
prejudice; foster global and cultural tolerance; and rebuild and
Where you decide to continue your education will determine
in many ways how you think and what you learn, how you present yourself
to the world, and what you do to change it. Having earned a
diploma, the Class of 2015 Academy graduates now join a community with
extensive alumni connections around the world. It is a network that
includes leaders in medicine, business, public service, and the
arts. I encourage you to utilize and take grasp of the resources at
your disposal! Congratulations to the Class of 2015, and welcome to
the alumni network.
of the Year Speaks at Commencement
Brason '74 returned to Harrisburg Academy to deliver an
exceptional commencement speech to the Class of 2015. David, along
with his brother, Todd '76, are the co-founders of WILLCARE, which
operates home health and licensed home care agencies in New York, Ohio,
and Connecticut. They employ more than 2,000 people, working in 14
branch offices and four recruitment and training sites.
David attributed his entrepreneurial passion to his teachers at the
Academy, who encouraged him to think independently and creatively.
Referencing a popular book from his high school years, "The
Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" by Tom Wolfe, David encouraged the
graduates to "find your own bus," and not pass up opportunities
to grow and explore uncharted territory. Click here to read about more of David's achievements
and the Alumni of the Year award.
your calendars for the inaugural Alumni Weekend 2015, to be held Oct. 2-3, 2015!
Be in touch with your classmates, put a small reunion together, and
have some fun at your alma mater. We have a full schedule of events planned, including the premier of
the movie, "Waffle Street" (based on the book of the same name
written by James Adams '95). Please register to attend what is sure to be a unique
and delightful weekend! Questions? Please contact Michael LaRue.
Ambition: The Campaign for Harrisburg Academy
construction is underway for part 1 of the Performing Arts Phase, which the Board of Trustees
approved earlier this year. Over the course of three parts, this
phase calls for construction of a new music suite and practice spaces,
and renovations to the Middle and Upper School hallways, including new
lights, flooring, and lockers.
The Bold Ambition
campaign is a multi-year effort to raise funds for facilities, the
endowment, and the Academy Fund. To succeed, we call upon our
parents, alumni, community, and friends to support our vision. Our
campaign will be measured not only by achieving its $8.5 million goal,
but also by our graduates' impact on our school, the greater capital
region, and the world. To date, we have raised more than $2 million
toward our goal!
During Alumni Weekend 2015,
attendees will have the chance to experience the newly renovated spaces
firsthand and get a sneak peak at what is ahead for the campaign.
Click to learn more about the Bold Ambition campaign and what it means for our
students and greater Academy community.
Back, Hans Koster!
Academy welcomes back for the 2015-16 academic year Hans Koster, who
previously taught taught Advanced Placement history classes, among
others, and coached the Varsity Boys' Soccer team at the Academy from
1985 to 1988. Hans will be the Academy's new International Baccalaureate
history teacher and the director of the Center for Global &
Local Citizenship. A native of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, he holds
his bachelor's and master's degrees from Leiden University in history and
pedagogy, a master's degree in history and education from Shippensburg
University, and has taken graduate classes at Carnegie Mellon
University. He has taught in IB programs and international schools
in the Netherlands, Germany, England, and Switzerland. In addition
to Harrisburg Academy, Hans has taught at other independent schools in
the United States, including Greensboro Country School, North Carolina,
and Verdi Valley School, Arizona.
Hans is planning to attend
Alumni Weekend 2015, so be sure to catch up with him there! If you
have questions or would like to be in contact with Mr. Koster, please
Women's World Cup Trip to Ottawa
Michael LaRue '02
When I became the Varsity Girls' Soccer head coach this spring, I was
asked by some of the girls immediately if we could have fun, team-bonding
experiences. It only took me a minute to realize that this year was
the FIFA Women's World Cup to be hosted in Canada. I set off to put
together a trip for the team that they would hopefully never forget --
and it ended up including the same tour bus that the Hershey Bears use
(big leather reclining seats), college visits to different schools along
our route, and two World Cup matches (Germany vs. Norway and Cote D'Ivoire
vs. Thailand). The girls were fortunate enough to hear the packed
stadium of 20,000 fans erupt into different iconic songs for their
country, including the classic Olea song. In my 27 years of playing
soccer, I've only been fortunate enough to see a World Cup qualifying
match. This was truly a spectacle to be seen and a memory that I
hope every player on the trip cherishes for a lifetime.
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