February 2019
Dear Friends, 
Happy 2019! I hope January was a wonderful start to the new year, and that the holiday season was a joyous one, filled with time with family and friends.

Our community has been very busy! Below you will see some great news from both our students and faculty. Do you have great news to share with your fellow alumni? Please e-mail me with any information – I’d love to celebrate these important events with you!

What does the Academy mean to you? Our Academy family is sharing their "why," and we’d love to have your share your story as well! Below, you will find a link to these stories and have the opportunity to share yours as well. 

A new year brings new events and new possibilities, and we hope you are able to join us for the upcoming Spring Gala on April 27! Thank you for being a part of our Academy family!

With Spartan Pride,
Lindsay Swartz
Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement
(717) 763-7811 Ext. 1326
What's Your Why? -- Family Stories
Thank you for submitting your stories of what Harrisburg Academy means to you! Read more to learn why our families choose the Academy for an unparalleled Preschool through 12th grade education and submit your story !
Save the Date!
2019 Spring Gala - Save the Date!
Save the date for Harrisburg Academy's annual Spring Gala! This year, we will focus on continuing to build the Academy legacy. Join us as we bid farewell to Dr. Jim Newman and thank him for his 16 years of dedicated service to our school, and welcome a new head of school with an evening at Allenberry Resort on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Please stay tuned for more details coming soon!

Countless volunteer hours are put into planning a memorable event, and with your help, it will continue to thrive. On behalf of our volunteer committee, please consider a donation to our Spring Gala Silent Auction.

Because of friends like you, the event continues to be successful year after year and provides much-needed financial resources for tuition assistance, merit scholarships, and faculty fellowships. On behalf of so many who are proudly associated with this exceptional school, we are most grateful. Your participation and support make a difference to the current and future Harrisburg Academy Spartans!

Questions? Please contact Vicki DiSylvester .
Congratulations To...
Mhelaney Noel ’18 (pictured), attending Hollins University in Roanoke, VA, who had one of her poems published in “Futures,” a poetry anthology.

The MS Girls' Basketball team for winning runner-up in the Mount Calvary Christian School Tip-Off Tournament. The Lady Spartans won 31-29 in OT vs. Kraybill Mennonite and 18-16 in the semi-finals vs. Delaware Christian. The team lost in the championship game to Harrisburg Christian School, 16-24.  Zoe B. '23 and Camryn H. '23 led the team in scoring for the weekend; on Friday night alone they scored 14 points each to secure the overtime victory.

Our Spartan Swimmers for setting new records!  Alex S. '22 set a new school record in the 100 free, with a time of 51.30; Zoe G. '22 broke the team's 200 IM record with a time of 2:19.45; Devin D. '19 swam a personal best in the 50 free going a 28.58; Alec W. '19 swam a season best in the 50 free going a 25.41; and Emma H. '22 had a season best in the 100 breast going a 1:43.49.

Mary P. '20 for raising $2,100 for the Humane Society during the 2019 Penguin Plunge!
Robert N. '22 (pictured) for being recognized by Guinness World Records! Robert won the Mazda Global MX-5 Cup in Lexington, Ohio in July at age 14, making him the youngest person to win an IndyCar sanctioned race.

Future Business Leaders of America students who competed in the FBLA Regional Leadership Conference at Central Penn College. Six students are moving on to the State Leadership Conference at Hershey Lodge, April 8-10. Harrisburg Academy FBLA Chapter is part of The Center for Technology & Entrepreneurship. Congratulations to the following students for their achievements:
Orion D. '20 - 1st in advertising, Caitlin H. '21 - 3rd in business law, Mitchell M. '20 - 3rd in journalism, Praneeta B. '21 - 1st in health care administration, Sophia H. '20 - 1st in business communications, and Zishan L. '20 - 1st in sales presentation.
The Spartan VEX Robotics team (pictured) for its growing success! The team went 4-4 in the qualifying rounds at a recent tournament in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, advancing to the knockout tournament. They won their first match advancing to the quarterfinals, where they barely lost to the number one seed, holding a lead until the waning seconds of the match.

Middle and Upper School Students who recently performed at the Cumberland County Music Educator's Association County Band Festival:  Everett P. '22 (percussion), Youyou W. '19 (French horn), Eleanor B. '23 (trumpet), Gavin H. '24 (clarinet), Ella I. '24 (flute), Connor N. '24 (clarinet), Luca S. '24 (tenor saxophone), and Jeremy S. '24 (percussion).
Devin D. '19 for having his "Calming Falls" photo included in the upcoming "National Wildlife Federation® Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Other Backyard Wildlife" by NWF naturalist David Mizejewski. The book will be published in spring 2019.  

Additionally, Devin was recently honored at the 103rd Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show for his photography, capturing a blue ribbon for "The Tree Frog" (image), along with two second place awards, and one fifth place award.

The Varsity Boys' Basketball team on a recent win over Susquenita, 56-32. Scoring was led by Julian G. '22 with 22 points and Liam D. '20 with 14 points.
In the News
Teen of the Week: Harrisburg Academy Student Travels World Learning About Religions
by Tammit Gitt for The Sentinel (Carlisle)

Parker N. '19 has a lot of ideas for his future.

He's applied to 10 colleges with plans to major in religious studies and world affairs, depending on what the college he chooses offers. The end goal, though, isn't certain because of his belief that more interfaith dialogue and understanding in different regions of the world can promote peace.

Click to read Parker's story .
Teen of the Week: Abundance of Travel Provides New Perspective for Harrisburg Academy Senior
by Joshua Vaughn for The Sentinel (Carlisle) 

Most Americans have visited just 12 states, according to a 2016 study conducted by the global marketing firm, Ipsos Public Affairs.

There is one Harrisburg Academy student, however, who has been to them all.

In December, Charlotte N. '19 touched down and celebrated her 18th birthday in Hawaii, completing her goal to visit all 50 states before turning 18. 

Click to read Charlotte's story .
Francine Binnert Selected to Attend ALA Annual Conference
Francine Binnert , Early Childhood and Lower School librarian, was selected as one of 40 American Library Association student chapter members to participate in the 2019 Student to Staff Program at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC, June 20-June 25.  Read more...
In Memoriam
IN MEMORIAM: Jim Halbert '86
Jim Halbert passed away on Dec. 6, 2018. Jim was an Academy alum and Academy parent (William ’20 and Jacob ’17) from 2005-2014. Click here to read Jim’s obituary .
Stay in Touch
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Do you have good news to share? Please contact Lindsay Swartz .
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