Harrisburg Academy




The Explorer: Alumni Edition 



The Harrisburg Area's
First IB World School 

 July 14, 2015


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Dear Friends,

Harrisburg 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 strengthen communities.


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.  




Michael LaRue '02

Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
(717) 763-7811 Ext. 397


Alumnus of the Year Speaks at Commencement

David 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.


Alumni Weekend 2015

Mark 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.    



Bold Ambition: The Campaign for Harrisburg Academy


This summer, 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.


Welcome Back, Hans Koster!

Harrisburg 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 contact Michael LaRue.


FIFA Women's World Cup Trip to Ottawa

By 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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