Harrisburg Academy




The Explorer: Alumni Edition 



The Harrisburg Area's
First IB World School 

 Nov. 18, 2016

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Dear Friends,

We are charting a course for success.  Fall is a time of transition; it is not one season but many.  We set bold academic goals for our children, for ourselves as professionals, and for our alumni community as an engine of discovery and opportunity!  Fall always begins with the optimism of accomplishment. 

Here at your alma mater, we are working hard to remain focused on what matters most -- educating students in ways that cultivate each individual.  As always, we are witnessing vibrant conversations in every corner of our campus: conversations about the dynamics of sameness and difference among us; about the responsibilities of adulthood; and about the values of an academic community.  By keeping classes small, fostering student research, and bringing great alumni speakers to campus, we are building a strong and devoted culture for alumni today and tomorrow. 

I hope you are inspired to see your alma mater working hard and well.  We have a $53,000 Academy Fund goal ahead of us this year, and it is up to all of us to align our focus and contribute towards this important goal that will benefit current students and alumni of all ages.


Michael LaRue '02

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


Annual Alumni Basketball Game - Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016  

As is tradition at Harrisburg Academy every year on the evening before Thanksgiving (Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 starting at 6 p.m.), we will host the annual Alumni Basketball Games for men and women.  The lights in Louis Lehrman Gymnasium will be on, Coach Serino and Coach Pancoski will take their all-too-familiar stances along the benches, and alumni young and old will be in the stands or dressed to play in front of the current Spartan Varsity Basketball teams. 

Please make plans to attend this year and join us!  We can't wait to welcome you home. 


Questions?  Please contact Michael LaRue.


#GivingTuesday is coming...
Mark your calendar for Tuesday, Nov. 29 to celebrate generosity and make your Academy Fund gift. This day marks the Academy's third annual
#GivingTuesday appeal, a day designated to come together and spread the tradition of giving. 


Fund dreams. 

Fund ambition. 

Fund creativity. 

Fund Harrisburg Academy.

To inspire generosity, for every dollar you donate Harrisburg Academy alumna and current parent, Ellen O. Caldwell '80, will match your gift dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000. Join the $5,000 challenge match and show your support!

For more information, contact Beth Zak.


Harrisburg Academy Honors Varsity Swimming Coach, Chris Clark

At the Alumni Weekend pep rally last month, the Academy honored longtime swimming coach, Chris Clark, for her unwavering dedication to growing the Academy's swimming team.  Although humble in its beginnings with two swimmers, today's Varsity Swimming team boasts 20 members. 

Harrisburg Academy dedicated a new record board to Coach Clark, now a permanent fixture in Louis Lehrman Gymnasium that will hang with all our other sports banners and record boards.  "I'm tremendously honored.  The team has been 17 years in the making.  I'm completely blown away and humbled by the swimmers and how they continue to improve and raise the standards for the program," said Coach Clark.  


Questions?  Please contact Michael LaRue.


PRESS RELEASE:  Harrisburg Academy's Entire 8th Grade Awarded Trip to National WWII Museum in New Orleans

WORMLEYSBURG, PA - The 32 members of Harrisburg Academy's 8th grade class will be traveling to New Orleans in April through a $16,500 grant secured by their history teacher, Lindsay Bowman.  Of the 100-plus applications submitted to DSF Charitable Foundation (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) in September, only two schools in North America were chosen to receive the grant.  Harrisburg Academy is one of the two.  Read more...


Questions?  Please contact Michael LaRue.


PRESS RELEASE:  2016 IB Scholarship for Summer Study Awards $30,000 to Harrisburg Academy Students 

WORMLEYSBURG, PA - In 2006, Harrisburg Academy was the first school in the Harrisburg area to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, an interdisciplinary and globally oriented curricular program that encourages students to ask questions, think critically, and act responsibly. In conjunction with the IB Diploma program, Harrisburg Academy offers the IB Scholarship for Summer Study and is proud to announce its 2016 recipients (pictured here, from left): Xuwen Amy L. '18, Hayden Q. '18, Madison B. '18, and William C. '18.  Read more...


Questions?  Please contact Michael LaRue.


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