Senior Success Stories

Sara Sherman

University of the Cumberlands
Communications / Digital Film in Media


Sara Sherman '17Sara Sherman ’17, a 14-year Academy student, discovered a love of archery as a child. She began training through a youth program with the Perry County Archers, through which her coach quickly recognized her high potential. Sara started competing, culminating most recently with her debut at the Pro Women Division in Las Vegas in 2016, and placing 4th nationally at the 2016 Buckeye Classic in the Junior Female Category. Sara will continue competing at the U.S. Collegiate archery level while attending the University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky. Sara will study communications, focusing on digital film in media.


“I have always loved photo and video editing,” said Sara. “I did not realize my interest and talent in those areas until Mr. Bowie encouraged me in the photo/video class. In IB World Lit class with Mr. Frengel, we would read a book then watch the movie on which it is based to critique it. We watched the special effects background and broke the movie down to discuss different editing techniques and camera angles. Those two classes really kick-started my interest in working in film.”


In addition to her studies, Sara was an active member of the Upper School chorus, several musical productions, and the Varsity Swimming team, and was assistant editor of the Insider school newspaper.

She felt fortunate to take Harrisburg Academy’s college counseling course, taught by college counselor Keo Oura Sabath, during junior year. Learning about the application process — particularly how to write the essays and interview — was beneficial to her. Sara was able to complete all of her applications early in her senior year and received all of her college acceptances in December and January. The hardest part, she said, was choosing a college located nine hours from home.


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