September 2018
Dear Friends,

I’m excited to be writing my first Alumni Explorer as the Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement. I grew up in Camp Hill (I’m a Cedar Cliff High School graduate – class of ’06!), and have always wanted to work at Harrisburg Academy. With a passion for both education and non-profit work, it is a privilege to be here!

I hope to be a great resource for you as we work hard to engage with our alumni and provide the same support you received here as a student. In order to ensure that we are providing you with all of the information and updates from the Academy, below you will see that you now have the opportunity to use ON Suite to personally update your information.

This summer has certainly flown by, and it is hard to believe the 2018-19 academic year is upon us. As our students begin another year within the cherished halls of Harrisburg Academy, I’d like to take the opportunity below to keep you updated on not only the activities of our successful alumni, but also updates and news from the Academy as well.

We hope you will join us for the Alumni Achievement and Athletic Hall of Fame Awards in McCormick Auditorium on Oct. 12, 2018 to support this impressive group of alumni, as well as join us after the ceremony has ended for a reunion celebration. 

We will keep you up to date of other alumni events for this year as well. We have some great plans and we look forward to sharing them with you!

With Spartan Pride,
Lindsay Swartz
Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement
(717) 763-7811 Ext. 1326
Harrisburg Academy News
PRESS RELEASE: Academy Student Named Commended Scholar in 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program
Sept. 18, 2018
WORMLEYSBURG, PA – Harrisburg Academy student Alec W. ’19 has been recognized as a Commended Scholar in the 2019 National Merit® Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP) honors individual students who show exceptional academic promise. About 34,000 students throughout the nation have been recognized as Commended Scholars.  Read more...
From Javier Idrovo, President of the Board of Trustees
Dear Academy Parents and Friends, 

Welcome - or welcome back - to Harrisburg Academy! Whether your children are returning for another year or joining our Academy community for the first time, I firmly believe your family will have an engaging and successful experience. 

Each year, independent schools such as Harrisburg Academy successfully educate more than a million children. My wife, Lisa, and I are grateful for the strong educational foundation that Harrisburg Academy has provided to our children. As president of the Academy's Board of Trustees, I'm excited about the new year and the future of our school. Read more...
PRESS RELEASE: 2018 Graduates Achieve 100% Success Rate with International Baccalaureate Diploma
Sept. 7, 2018
WORMLEYSBURG, PA – Harrisburg Academy is proud to recognize five recent graduates who received an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma this summer. The success of the Class of 2018 brings Harrisburg Academy’s total IB Diplomas earned to 80 (in 10 years). The school congratulates:
  • Madison Barto ’18 – Lafayette University, Most Competitive*
  • William Chaddock ’18 – Arizona State University, Very Competitive
  • Xuwen “Amy” Lou ’18 – University of California Los Angeles, Most Competitive
  • Andrew May ’18 – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Most Competitive
  • Hayden Qualls ’18 – Union College, Most Competitive
Harrisburg Academy’s pass rate in 2018 was a perfect 100 percent – far surpassing the worldwide average pass rate of 78.40 percent according to the most recent IB annual review and IB Diploma Programme Statistical Bulletin. Read more...
Discover the Advantage of Early Childhood Education
We are SO EXCITED to present the next in our "Discover the Advantage" series of marketing videos. We celebrate yet another wonderful moment that showcases our special learning community. We're thrilled with the final product! Click to watch " Discover the Advantage: Full Day, Full-Year Early Education Programming ."
PRESS RELEASE: Harrisburg Academy and PSECU Partner to Support Student Needs, Create Youth Financial Education Opportunities
July 2, 2018
HARRISBURG, PA - Yesterday, Harrisburg Academy, Harrisburg's only independent school serving students preschool through 12th grade, and PSECU, Pennsylvania's largest credit union, signed a first-of-its-kind agreement that will help support student needs and create youth financial education opportunities.  Read more...
ON Suite: You've Got the Power!
Did you know? With the ON Suite, alumni have  full power  to make direct edits to your information, including your preferred email address, phone number, etc. Simply  login here , click on your name in the upper right of the screen, and then click "Profile" from the drop-down menu. Click "edit" in the Digital Information window to update your info.

If you have any issues logging into ON, please be in touch with our manager of information technology services,  Bob Bell  for assistance.
HA Forges Lifelong Friendships
On Sunday, May 13, 2018, Don Jacobs '82 graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). Don obtained concentrations in both Strategy and Organizational Leadership. The night before, a small subset of graduates including Don were honored by SNHU for graduating with 4.0 GPAs. This was the first graduation Jacobs attended since his HA graduation in 1982 because "none of my undergraduate degrees were as important to me as my Harrisburg Academy experience or graduation."

Most importantly, the "fearsome twosome" of Don Jacobs '82 and Bjorn Sigurdsson '82 met up in NH with their families for a meal and absolutely fantastic time together.
IN MEMORIAM: William "Bill" Miller, Jr., Susan DeRemer, and Robin Borr
We regret to share with you that three good friends of Harrisburg Academy, William "Bill" Miller, Jr., Susan DeRemer, and Robin Borr have passed away.

William E. Miller, Jr.
Bill died on Sunday, July 15, 2018. He was associated with our school as an alumnus parent (Bill Miller III '92) and as a trustee of the Board (from 2008 to 2015). Click here to read Bill's obituary .

Susan (Baer) DeRemer Ph.D.
Susan died on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. She held several roles at our school, including alumni parent (Michael '01 and Erin '06) and trustee of the Board (from 1995 to 2005). She served part of her time on the Board as its president and is recognized today as a Trustee Emerita. In 2006, Susan received the Friend of the School award. The award is presented annually by the Board of Trustees to a member of the Academy community in recognition of extraordinary contributions or service to the Academy in a given year. Click here to read Susan's obituary .

Robin Borr
Robin died on Monday, July 23, 2018. He was an Academy parent (Isabelle '20) from 2013-2016. Click here to read Robin’s obituary .
Congratulations To...
Robert Noaker '22 , who won his first professional race in the Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on July 25. Robert started 15th in this 45-minute race against adult drivers. He was able to work his way up to the front of the pack and lead several laps. He lost the lead halfway through the last lap, but was able to pass the leader in the last turn to take the checkered flag! In doing so, Robert has become the youngest winner in the series' history. Check out the race video here .

Robert's win was covered on and .
Joshua Getz ‘15, for receiving a James Finnegan Fellowship. These fellowships are offered each year to undergraduate students who have completed at least one semester at an accredited Pennsylvania college or university or to Pennsylvania residents who have done so elsewhere. Internships usually last eight to 10 weeks, running from late May until mid- or late August. Getz was assigned to work in the state Human Relations Commission. The political science and history major’s future plans include “teaching in higher education and doing research,” he said.

This summer, the fellowship program marks its 58th year with four more select college students, who are working in Harrisburg as paid state government interns. Read more…
John Helm '20 , for his acceptance to the University of London’s Royal Veterinary College’s pre-vet summer program. This highly selective summer program at the college included a cohort of 50 high school students from around the world.
Upcoming Alumni Events
ALUMNI WEEKEND – OCT. 12-13, 2018
Join your fellow Spartans for a weekend of fun to reunite with former classmates!
Alumni Awards & Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
1:30-3 p.m., Harrisburg Academy, McCormick Auditorium

Alumni Reception
3:30-5 p.m., Harrisburg Academy
More information to follow!
Please visit the alumni page on our website for the most up to date event news.
As is tradition at Harrisburg Academy every year on the evening before Thanksgiving we will host the annual Alumni Basketball Games for men and women. Alumni, young and old, will be in the stands or dressed to play in front of the current Spartan Varsity Basketball teams! 

Womens' Basketball Game
5 p.m., Harrisburg Academy, Louis Lehrman Gymnasium

Mens' Basketball Game
6 p.m., Harrisburg Academy, Louis Lehrman Gymnasium

Alumni celebration following the games. The location is to be determined.
The Greater Harrisburg Area's First IB World School