• October

    Eric Pettis '78 receives McCormick Medal

    Communications Department
    On October 16, members of the Harrisburg Academy community gathered together to celebrate Founder's Day, an opportunity to celebrate many of the values for which the Academy stands–service, leadership, and dedication– which define not only the school, but all those who are part of it. During this celebration, Harrisburg Academy presents the McCormick Medal, our highest honor. 

    The McCormick Medal is presented to members of the Harrisburg Academy family for dedicated leadership and meritorious service to the school. The award is named in honor of Vance C. McCormick, a former Academy student, prominent Harrisburg civic leader, and national advisor to President Woodrow Wilson. Vance McCormick also served as a member of Harrisburg Academy's Board of Trustees for 40 years, including 34 as president.

    The recipient of the McCormick Medal exemplifies the values of the Academy–respect for individual differences, integrity, truthfulness, and commitment to working with others for the common good of the school community. This year's award was presented to Eric Pettis '78. To view photos of the event, please visit our Flickr album

    About Eric Pettis
    A member of the Class of 1978, Eric was an extremely talented student athlete, and has been recognized in Harrisburg Academy's Athletic Hall of Fame. During his time as a student, he played soccer and basketball, served as a co-captain, and established a record for the most points in a season for basketball. He continued to play soccer in college and graduated from Bloomsburg University with a degree in mass communications. He currently serves as the President of Comprehensive Financial Associates in Harrisburg. In this role, Mr. Pettis manages the firm's advisors and provides wealth management advice to individual clients, as well as companies, regarding qualified retirement plans. His commitment to lifelong learning and sense of integrity are demonstrated through achieving the Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation, allowing him to act as a fiduciary while consistently putting his clients' needs first. His primary mission is to serve as a teacher, guide, counselor, and friend to his clients and team. 

    Eric consistently seeks to give back to organizations that have contributed to his success. Throughout the capital city region, he has serves as an owner and board member at various organizations, including Harrisburg Academy. Currently, he is serving on Harrisburg Academy's athletics committee to advance the profile of Spartan athletics within the school and the greater community. He lives in Harrisburg with his wife Patrice, and is a proud father to Erica, Taylor, Isaiah, and Garret.
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  • September

    2022-23 Sick Policy

    Please find below the current Academic year Sick Policy.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Nurse Catherman.  catherman.c@harrisburgacademy.org 717-763-7811 x1322
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  • Magnus Health Launch

    Nurse Catherman
    Harrisburg Academy's new Electronic Health Record has launched for the 2022-23 Academic year!
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  • PA School Vaccination Requirements

    Nurse Catherman
    Confused about what vaccines your child needs for school? I have it all here, in an easy to follow guide!
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  • Ms. DiSylvester to Retire

    Communications Department
    Please see Mr. Allan's note to the community regarding Ms. DiSylvester's retirement. Thank you for your service to the Harrisburg Academy community! If you would like to send a message to Ms. DiSylvester, please email communications@harrisburgacademy.org.

    "Dear Academy Families, Alumni, and Friends,

    With deepest gratitude, we write to share that Associate Director of Development, Corporate Engagement Vicki DiSylvester will be retiring from the Academy on Friday, September 9. She does so with a desire to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren. 

    As a Harrisburg native, Ms, DiSylvester attended school at Bishop McDevitt. Throughout her professional career, she strived to serve others throughout the capital city region as she worked for the American Red Cross, Channels Food Rescue, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Heart Association. In 2017, Vicki began her Academy journey as our Associate Director of Development, Corporate Engagement. Her distinguished service to our community is marked by the relationships she has forged and the community she has created, both on and off-campus. Her professionalism, attention to detail, and smile will certainly be missed as she begins this next chapter of her life.  

    Vicki’s dedication to Harrisburg Academy’s mission is visible in all she does. As Director of Development and Alumni Relations Stacy Klann noted, “I am grateful for Vicki’s commitment to our students and to the Academy. Vicki has been an ideal partner in the school’s fundraising efforts, and I am thankful for her efforts in building a foundation for our team to capitalize on in the future.”  

    To prepare for Vicki’s retirement, the Office of Development and Alumni Relations has welcomed Siena McLees, Development Associate, and Christopher Zyroll, Development Coordinator, who arrived prior to the start of the school year. We look forward to seeing all they will accomplish under the department’s new structure. Over the next several days, we hope you will take the opportunity to join us in celebrating and thanking Vicki for her service to Harrisburg Academy! 

    With gratitude, 

    Adrian Allan
    Head of School"
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  • June

    It's Official!

    Communications Department
    It is with great pleasure and pride that we announce Harrisburg Academy received word from the International Baccalaureate Organization that we are now a fully authorized Primary Years Programme School!
    Achieving full authorization is an important milestone for our Early Childhood and Lower School students and we are so proud of all of their work this year. As noted in the IB’s report following authorization, “The school has further adapted learning experiences to engage students in reflecting on how, what and why they are learning.” During this year’s learning celebrations such as the Wax Museum, States Fair, Market Day, Farmers Market, and PYP Exhibition, we could not agree more with the IB’s assessment of how our students have truly found the joy in learning.  

    Congratulations to our students, faculty and staff, and future IB learners at Harrisburg Academy!
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  • April

    2022 Commencement Speaker Announcement

    Communications Department
    Harrisburg Academy is proud to announce Matthew Grandon '08 as the keynote speaker for our 238th Commencement Exercises. 

    Matthew Grandon '08 currently serves as the Associate Director of Development, Major Gifts at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Originally from the area, Matthew attended Harrisburg Academy for 13 years before graduating in 2008. Upon graduating from the Academy, he pursued his A.B. in history and Spanish, while minoring in women's and gender studies, at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. 

    While a student at Lafayette, Mr. Grandon served as president of student government and welcomed Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union and then-Vice President Joe Biden to campus for two separate addresses on the global order during his senior year. He graduated cum laude in 2012, and obtained his Master of Education (Ed.M) in higher education from Harvard University in 2013.

    Matthew began his professional career at the University of Pennsylvania as the Assistant Director of Student Advancement in 2013. While in this role, he successfully set records in donor participation and in leadership-level donors for the senior campaign. He began working as the Class Giving Director for the Penn Fund in 2015 and remained in this role until 2018 when he returned to serve on staff at Harvard University. 

    In addition to his career working in fundraising, Mr. Grandon has served as a board member for The Spruce Foundation in Philadelphia. For Lafayette College, he was the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter President until relocated to Boston, where he currently serves in the same role. He is also a member of Lafayette's Alumni Council and serves a Co-Chair to the Young Alumni Committee, and served as a Trustee Associate from 2017-2019. Mr. Grandon also serves as the Alumni Liaison to Harrisburg Academy's Board of Trustees, and works on our Advancement Committee.

    We are delighted to welcome Mr. Grandon back as the 2022 Commencement Speaker. He looks forward to providing advice to our seniors and speaking with them about what is to come, as well as what it means to be an Academy alum!
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  • March

    Spartan Scientists at CASEF & PJAS!

    Communications Department
    Our Middle and Upper School scientists recently participated in CASEF and in PJAS and we are so excited to share their results!
    Rachita B. '27
    "How does temperature affect how quickly Tylenol dissolves?"
    CASEF: 1st place award, Dr. Love Award for excellent presentation and outstanding communication skills during the interview, BroadcomMasters Middle School Competition Award given for top scores, CASEF Category Awards for the top category projects sponsored by the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation for Chemical Science
    PJAS: 2nd place
    Willow D. '26
    "Which Way of Purifying Water is Best?"
    CASEF: 3rd place
    PJAS: 2nd place
    Samantha D. '25
    "How Do Different Liquids Affect Rehydration"
    CASEF: Honorable Mention
    PJAS: 3rd place
    Alana D. '26
    "How does air temperature affect water depth?"
    CASEF: 3rd place
    Madeline G. '23
    "Nanotechnology: The Smaller The Stronger"
    CASEF: 2nd place, Harrisburg University scholarship
    PJAS: 2nd place
    Elise H. '26
    "Do athletes have better lung capacities than non-athletes?"
    CASEF: 2nd place, Farzin Charitable Fund of the PA Bright Mind Award for outstanding projects in medical and health category
    PJAS: 3rd place
    Liliana H. '26
    "How Different Chemical Fertilizers Affect Algae Growth"
    CASEF: Grand Champion Finalist and 1st place award, Conodoguinet Creek Watershed Association Award, Ricoh American Corporation Award for environmental responsibility and sustainable development, Dr. Love Award for excellent presentation and outstanding communication skills during the interview, BroadcomMasters Middle School Competition Award given for top scores, CASEF Category Awards for the top category projects sponsored by the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation
    PJAS: 1st place
    Shriyan K. '27
    "Which Metals Resist Corrosion The Best?"
    CASEF: 2nd place
    PJAS: 3rd place
    Reese K. '26
    "Which programming language is the fastest?"
    CASEF: 2nd place
    Jasleen M. '23
    "Enzyme Specificity"
    CASEF: 3rd place, Harrisburg University scholarship
    Ceci R. '26
    "What sealant protects the best against acid rain?"
    CASEF: 2nd place
    Ava R. '27
    "Can time limits create stress?"
    CASEF: 2nd place
    Gianna Z. '25
    "Where are the most ions?"
    CASEF: 2nd place
    PJAS: 3rd place
    Ari C. '24 & Annabel H. '24
    "A Comparison of Green and Eco-Friendly Products Effects on the Environment"
    CASEF: Grand Champion Finalist and 1st place, Conodoguinet Creek Watershed Association Award, Rotary Club of Harrisburg Ecology Award, Mu Alpha Theta Award for use of problem-solving mathematics, Dr. Love Award for excellent presentation and outstanding communication skills during the interview
    Congratulations to ALL of our students! We are so proud of your extraordinary efforts!
    Certificates should be on campus in a few weeks!
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  • Photo provided by Jalen Gabbidon

    Former Academy Athlete playing in March Madness

    Communications Department
    On March 13, former Academy student, Jalen Gabbidon learned that he would be going to "The Big Dance" after Yale defeated Princeton in the Ivy League Tournament. Jalen started school at the Academy and attended for 14 years. During that time, he quickly fell in love with sports, excelled in his academics, and gave back to the Harrisburg community. 

    During his time playing basketball at the Academy, Jalen was the leading scorer in Pennsylvania as a junior, first team all-state selection as a junior, and finished his high school career with 2,053 points, 228 three-pointers, 666 rebounds, 249 steals, and 366 assists. During his junior year, he scored 60 points during one game, and also played AAU for York Ballers. Jalen was also named as a National Merit Scholar and volunteers at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. 

    When asked about his experiences in our community, Jalen noted, "One of the biggest things I learned during my time at the Academy that I'll carry with me throughout my life is the importance of relationships. Even to this day, I still keep in contact with multiple teachers and friends from my time at the Academy." Jalen's favorite quote comes from a motivational speaker—"Leadership is simple, but not easy. In the eyes of the employee, the difference between a good leader and a bad leader is always the same. How much do you believe you care about who they are as a human being? That's the difference." Jalen believes Harrisburg Academy epitomized that quote for him, teaching him what it means to develop relationships with people and how to be a better leader as a result. 

    Jalen said, "I'd love to shout out to my late chemistry teacher, Dr. Buckthal, my math teacher, Ms. Lisa Lambert, and coach, Steve Pancoski, as three of my biggest influences during my time at the Academy. I wasn't able to appreciate how much those three really did for me and cared about me when I was at the Academy, but they have been such huge supporters of mine from the beginning. Looking back, I appreciate how much they cared about me not only as a student. but as a person. I bring those lessons with me to my relationships at Yale, on and off the court." Jalen is thankful to the entire Academy community, and wants Coach P to know that he's carried on the Harrisburg Academy basketball tradition...he is officially known on the team as "the guy who gives everyone a double high five" when they check out the game. 

    Jalen is currently a student at Yale University and will graduate this spring with a degree in computer science. After Yale, he hopes to continue playing and working on his startup, Launchpad, which will be a performance app for athletes. He is eager to finish out this year's basketball season as the team's captain.

    We'll be tuning in, and we're so proud of all of have accomplished!
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  • Nancy Ryan to host 36th Annual Spring Gala

    Communications Department
    Be sure to join us for this year's 36th Annual Spring Gala! You don't want to miss "Casino Night," a lively evening featuring casino games, dinner, and festivities! The Office of Development is proud to announce that Ms. Nancy Ryan will host this year's event at the Hilton Harrisburg! Tickets can be purchased by visiting our Casino Night website.

    The Office of Development is working to coordinate the best auction the Academy has ever seen! If you would like to donate an auction item or become a corporate sponsor, please contact Stacy Klann at klann.s@harrisburgacademy.org. We look forward to seeing you there!

    About Nancy Ryan:
    As a valued celebrity and popular former co-host of the top-rated “Nancy and Newman” morning show on BOB 949 for the past 20 years, Nancy is a country music powerhouse, leading advocate for countless charities close to her heart and a well-respected and trusted spokesperson for brands she loves. 
    Now, as a successful business leader in Central PA, Nancy helped to launch the new innovative Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center. She works alongside award-winning PR Professional Lucy Gnazzo to promote our prestigious Harrisburg Academy, PA’s dairy industry and mushroom farmers, PA Family Support Alliance child abuse prevention initiatives, Derby Day for Veterans Outreach of PA and Bethesda Mission’s homeless shelter and community programs, local businesses and restaurants like the new High Road Taproom and Brewery, Susan’s Treasures anniversary celebration, Farmstead Farmer’s Market, and more. 
    Nancy can be seen regularly on television commercials and heard on radio with leading business powerhouses Renewal by Anderson and L.B. Smith Ford Lincoln. As a social media influencer, Nancy’s upbeat, inspiring social media messages engage followers and friends and create greater awareness about her diverse and fun projects.
    Nationally, Nancy is known for helping to introduce new, emerging country artists to her loyal and enormous fan base through fun engaging interviews and events. This bright-eyed community-minded and country-loving icon has built trusted relationships with TOP artists throughout the industry, spanning decades. Nancy’s influence, endorsements and partnerships have proven positive results! 

    Her legions of fans and supporters follow Nancy wherever she has a voice. 
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  • February

    Mr. Nagle to retire

    Communications Department
    Please see Mr. Allan's note to the community regarding Mr. Nagle's retirement. Thank you for your service to the Harrisburg Academy community! If you would like to send a message to Mr. Nagle, please email Ms. Bowman, Head of Middle and Upper Schools at bowman.L@harrisburgacademy.org.

    "Dear Academy Families and Friends,

    It has been said that “All good things must come to an end,” and we at the Academy are keenly aware of this sentiment as we prepare for our beloved George Nagle to retire on February 15. 

    Prior to joining our community as the Administrative Assistant to our Head of Middle and Upper Schools in 2012, George obtained his Bachelor of Humanities in American History from Pennsylvania State University. In addition to his work at the Academy, his passion for history inspired him to maintain and edit the Afrolumens Project website for many years, an internet-based resource for educators, researchers, and students regarding Pennsylvania African American history. He also published two books, The Year of Jubilee: Men of God and The Year of Jubilee: Men of Muscle. With his passion for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, our students and faculty  have benefited immeasurably from his extensive research. 

    George’s dedication to our students, our mission, and the Academy’s continued success is evident each day. As Head of Middle and Upper Schools Lindsay Bowman noted, “He really is ‘Super George’. From Nagle Notes to taking temperatures each day, he consistently helps others to the best of his ability. He models the traits of our International Baccalaureate Learner Profile and Community Norms in how he always demonstrates respect for himself and others. George truly anticipates our community’s needs, and makes sure that Middle and Upper School operations are as seamless as possible. He truly is one of our unsung heroes.” 

    During last year’s Commencement Exercises, Mr. Pete McCorkle, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, presented Mr. Nagle with the Trustee Award. In his speech, Mr. McCorkle noted how well-loved George is, sharing words from members of our community such as this quote—“George is a kind, quiet, conscientious, reliable, and caring individual who makes everyone else’s life better by being at school.” Although we will miss him around campus, we are very excited for this new chapter for him. In retirement, he looks forward to getting back to gardening and spending more time with his wife, Amy, children, and grandchildren.

    Throughout the last several weeks, Mr. Nagle has been working closely with Mrs. Jennifer Graf, who will assume his role upon his departure. We are grateful for his valuable guidance throughout this transition. Over the next several days, we hope you will take the opportunity to join us in thanking George for his service to Harrisburg Academy when you see him!

    With gratitude, 
    Adrian Allan
    Head of School"
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  • January

    Three Academy Students Named as 2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Award Winners!

    Communications Department
    Congratulations to Ariya B. '23, Kiley J. '26, and Ceci R. '26 for being named as 2022 South Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Art & Writing Award Winners! 

    Ariya received Honorable Mention in the Flash Fiction category for "Cast List." Kiley was recognized with a Gold Key in the Poetry category for "Crimson Red," and Ceci earned a Gold Key in the Critical Essay Category for "Self-Identity In Teenagers." Due to the private nature of her piece, Kiley asked that her work not be shared. Ariya's piece can be read here. Ceci's essay can be read here. Congratulations to each of our winners!
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