THE EXPLORER
 ALUMNI EDITION
December 2018
Dear Friends,

It is hard to believe that it is already December! The 2018-19 academic year has already begun to fly by, and it seems like just yesterday we were preparing for the first day of school. Now we have entered the holiday season and it will be January before we know it! Before the hustle and bustle takes over, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours Happy Holidays, and all the best in 2019.

We are grateful for our Academy community, and so happy to share accomplishments and news of our school, our students, and our alumni below. 

I am looking forward to celebrating the end of 2018, and the beginning of a new year in 2019. We have much planned for this upcoming year (like our Spring Gala – see the Save The Date below!) in the Development and Alumni Relations office, and we can’t wait to share it with you. 

With Spartan Pride,
Lindsay Swartz
Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement
(717) 763-7811 Ext. 1326
Tell Us What the Academy Means to You:
As you know, the Development and Alumni Relations Office is currently in the midst of our year-end fundraising campaign. Behind each of our precious students is a family who appreciates the value of the distinctive experience Harrisburg Academy provides. They commit and sacrifice to make this education possible for their child. However, tuition only covers approximately 75% of the total cost of educating each student . Your support affirms what we believe the best education should be – now and in the future.
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2018 Alumni Achievement Awards Recipients and Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees
Dr. Freda Foltz Martine ’83
Professional Achievement Award
This award recognizes outstanding accomplishments by an individual in his or her career or professional life.

Dr. Freda Foltz Martine is the vice president, Education and Student Life at the Milton Hershey School. After graduating from the Academy, she went on to gain a bachelor's degree in English at Bryn Mawr College. In addition to her undergraduate degree, she also obtained a master’s degree in English Language in Literature, and a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature, both from Cornell University.

During her career at the Milton Hershey School, Martine has served as a senior high school language arts teacher, language arts coordinator, adjunct instructor for the Penn Literacy Graduate Education, language arts curriculum supervisor, and the senior director for curriculum and instruction before moving into her current role.
John Persun ’68
Athletics Hall of Fame
This award recognizes individuals who make truly significant contributions to Harrisburg Academy athletics programs.

John Persun is a certified public accountant employed by Boyer & Ritter. He is a consultant, and retired from partnership in 2008. He received a bachelor's degree from Hamilton College, and a master’s in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Rutgers University Graduate School of Business. He was admitted as partner in 1991, and served as the firm’s director of accounting and auditing, and the partner-in-charge of the firm’s Chambersburg office.

During his time at the Academy, Persun lettered all four years in athletics and is a member of the Varsity H Club, was awarded the Sports Club Trophy in three out of four years’ eligibility and the Harrisburg Academy Cup, and captained the soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams. 
Dr. Eileen Abt ’87
Service to Humanity Award
This award recognizes an individual who in his or her personal or professional life has demonstrated a commitment to bettering the lives of others in their community, nation, or the world.

Dr. Eileen Abt has had an extensive impact on the world since graduating from the Academy. After graduation, she received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Brandeis University. She also received a master’s degree in environmental health management, and a Sc.D. in environmental health, both from Harvard School of Public Health. She currently serves as a chemist for the plant products branch of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), Division of Plant Products and Beverages. Prior to this role, she served as a staff fellow in the same division.

In her current role, Abt evaluates the occurrence and exposures from chemical contaminants in foods and develops guidance documents, position papers, and research publications to address public health concerns. Additionally, she is the co-chair of the CFSAN Cancer Assessment Committee, and serves as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Codex Committee on Chemical Contaminants in Foods.
Andrew Kantor ’10
Athletics Hall of Fame
This award recognizes individuals who make truly significant contributions to Harrisburg Academy athletics programs.
 
Andrew Kantor is currently a graduate student at Furman University. During his time at the Academy, Andrew played Varsity Boys’ Soccer from 2006-09 and Varsity Boys’ Tennis from 2007-10.

Kantor’s achievements in soccer included: Captain 2009, co-MVP 2006, SIAC All-Conference 2006 and 2008, SIAC Honorable Mention 2007 and 2009, and Coaches’ Award 2009. His recognitions in tennis included Captain 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, Rookie of the Year 2007, Mid-Penn Doubles 2007, PIAA District 3-AA Doubles Qualifier, 2008 MVP, 2009 Coaches’ Award, 2010 Coaches’ Award for Leadership (named Award -- the Andrew Kantor Leadership Award), PIAA District 3-AA Singles Quarterfinals 2008, PIAA District III Doubles, 4th place 2008, PIAA District 3 AA Team Tennis Runner-Up/State Quarterfinals 2009 and 2010, Mid Penn Doubles Champion 2009 and 2010, PIAA District Singles 2009 and 2010, PIAA District Doubles 3rd place, and State Runner-Up 2009; 2010 PIAA District Doubles Semi-Finals and State Tournament; and Athletic Achievement Award 2006-07 and 2008-09.

Kantor was also recognized as part of the 2010 Patriot-News Boys’ Tennis All-Star team.
Ilsa Snyder ’09
Rising Star Award
This award recognizes a young person who has demonstrated promise and achievement in his or her professional life.

After graduating from the Academy, Ilsa Snyder received a bachelor of arts degree in international political economy from the Schreyer Honors College at The Pennsylvania State University. She earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School.

Snyder spent time during her MBA program in Peru with Innovation for Humanity, where she advised Techo Peru on an improved selection and implementation process for community development projects to increase program impact and efficiency with limited resources. 

Snyder is currently a senior strategy and operations consultant at Deloitte Consulting LLP, and has professional experience in the private and public sectors solving critical business problems. She is passionate about and committed to improving operational efficiency, creating growth opportunities, and nurturing strong personal connections.
Ken Andrews '68, John Persun '68, and Bill Dodson '73 enjoy time together at the Alumni Achievement Awards and Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
Awardees and attendees were entertained by the Columbia Kingsmen, including Austin Dean ’16 (center). 
Congratulations To...
The Varsity Boys' Soccer team for bringing home the Harrisburg Christian Soccer Tournament Knights Cup for the first time in school history! The Spartans defeated Harrisburg Christian 1-0, and Dayspring Academy 3-2 with goals and assists by Orion Dinh '20 , John Helm '20 , Mitchell Mazza '20 , Nemo Dinh '22 , and Daniel Franco '22 .

Mitchell Mazza '20  and  John Helm '20  for being voted to the Knights All-Tournament and to  Orion Dinh '20  for being voted tournament MVP!
Alex Meyerhoff '23 for winning Grand Champion at the recent 2018 Benefit Horse Show and Equitation at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. Alex also won two first prizes, one fourth, and one eighth.
Cecilia Richwine '26 for placing in the top 25 entries in the  Lune Spark Young Writer's Online Short Story Contest  in the 10-13 year-old category. Ceci's story, "Lost and Found," has been published in the anthology, "Speaking Up for Each Other: A Collection of Short Stories for Tweens and Middle Grade Readers." Ceci autographed a copy for our Middle School / Upper School Library.  The book is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. 
The Varsity Girls' Tennis Team which ended its season this week with a match against Mercersburg Academy. The team improved in each set from last week's competition at Mercersburg, but lost 0-5. Captain Kiersten Greiner '19 went 0-8 at #1 singles, Dalia Shvartsman '20 went 4-8 at #2 singles, and Kayla Greiner '21 played #3 singles to 3-8.   Zoe Gallagher '22 and Youyou Wu '19 played #1 doubles and Mary Petruschke '20 and Monika Koebke '21 played #2 doubles.
The Varsity Girls's Soccer seniors, Maci Wert '19 , Katie Trindell '19 , and Charlotte Nazar '19 , on an exciting season-ending game vs. Grace Prep School! The game ended in a 1-1 tie due to darkness as Charlotte Nazar '19 assisted Lelia Webb Simmons '21 in a game-tying goal in the 2nd half.
Lindsay Bowan , Middle School teacher, for being selected for the Echoes & Reflections 2018-19 Educator Advisory Committee. The purpose of the committee is to gather thoughtful and diverse educators from around the United States to provide the Echoes & Reflections team with expert educational guidance and feedback.
Nate Stauffer '20 , Mitchell Mazza '20 , and Van Branoff '21 who competed in the October Falcon Invitational Lacrosse Tournament at Messiah College through Harrisburg Academy's Varsity Lacrosse co-op with Trinity High School. Van was named a tournament all-star and played in the all-star game on Oct. 14.
Connor Joyce '22 , who was honored for his long-standing participation with the Dyslexia Awareness Rally in Harrisburg last month. Connor was presented with the House Bill designating October 2018 as "Dyslexia Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania.

The Varsity Boys' Soccer team for an outstanding 14-3 regular season record and 5th place ranking in PIAA District 3! In the quarterfinal match against Lancaster Country Day School, the game was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation and two overtime periods. The LCDS Cougars outscored the Spartans 4-3 in the penalty kick shootout for the win.  Read more...
Aidan Callahan '25 for placing 7th in the male 14-and-under age group (121st overall!) at the Hot Cider Hustle 5K with a 25:39! Additionally, Aidan recently completed a 3K in 14:04 at the Mid-Atlantic Jr. Olympic Cross Country Championships.
Jim Newman on the arrival of his first grandchild! Jim's daughter, Claire, and her husband welcomed a healthy baby girl in early November.
The cast and crew of "Cinderella" on four wonderful performances and a fantastic meet and greet tea event!
The Lower School Chorus and Elizabeth Darowish for being awarded the opportunity to sing "The National Anthem" at the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show! The group will be performing on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 8 a.m. Thanks to the greater Academy community for supporting our group with your votes on Facebook!
Jason Witt '22 for an award-winning competition in the recent Central Pennsylvania District Taekwondo Tournament. He won a gold medal in Board Breaking; a gold medal in Agility; and a silver medal in Sparring.
Andrew May '18 for receiving his Rensselaer Medal, a premier merit scholarship opportunity worth $100,000 for outstanding math and science students who attend RPI. For more than 100 years, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in conjunction with high schools around the world, has awarded the Rensselaer Medal to promising secondary school students who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science.
In The News
Central PA Lacrosse 2019 Hall of Fame Announced – George Gonzales
Congratulations to George Gonzales for his upcoming induction into the inaugural Central Pennsylvania Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame. George served as Varsity Lacrosse coach at Harrisburg Academy from 1976 to 2006, director of Harrisburg Academy Summer Lacrosse Camp, director of Central PA Lacrosse Camp, and assisted in the formation of Mid-Penn Lacrosse League. For full information about the event and to buy tickets, click here
Harrisburg Academy Teacher, Lakshmi Shrikantia, Selected to Present at Research Conference  
WORMLEYSBURG, PA - Harrisburg Academy is pleased to announce that Lakshmi Shrikantia has been selected to attend and present at the Research Teachers Conference organized by the Society for Science & the Public. Read more...
2018 IB Scholarship for Summer Study Awards $22,500 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 2018 recipients: Dalia Shvartsman '20 , Liam Douglas '20 , and Sophia Hoagland '20 . Read more...
Harrisburg Academy Teacher Receives Scholarship for World War I Program 
WORMLEYSBURG, PA - Harrisburg Academy is pleased to announce that Lisa Haywood , Middle School teacher, is one of 114 teachers selected for a National History Day® program titled "Legacies of World War I." The program is a partnership between the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and National History Day. Haywood will participate in webinars and discussions while learning about WWI with teachers from around the world. Read more... 
Academy Student Named Commended Scholar in 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program
WORMLEYSBURG, PA - Harrisburg Academy student Alec Warren '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...
Annual Alumni Basketball Games
On the day before Thanksgiving, Harrisburg Academy invites alumni to participate in the annual alumni basketball games. This is a fun and exciting event, allowing alumni to reconnect both to each other and to our school. Thanks to all of the alumni who joined us for the 2018 games! Mark your calendars for the 50th Annual Alumni Basketball Games on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019 in Louis Lehrman Gymnasium.
SAVE THE DATE: 2019 Spring Gala
Save the Date for Harrisburg Academy’s annual Spring Gala! This year, we will focus on continuing to build the Academy legacy as we say goodbye to Dr. James Newman and welcome a new Head of School, with an evening at Allenberry Resort located in Boiling Springs on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Please stay tuned for more details coming soon!
The Greater Harrisburg Area's First IB World School