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Spring 2023 vol. 2

Dear Harrison Families,

Here is another impressive array of accomplishments of students excelling in the arts, science, humanities, and athletics in this edition of Highlights. Three HHS DECA Business Team members are competing at nationals this spring; Science Research students earned awards at the Junior Science & Humanities Symposium. Student artists are featured throughout area museums, and dance students were recognized as among the best in New York State for original choreography. Three seniors have committed to compete at the NCAA Division 1 level. 

Please join me in a Spring celebration of our students.


Louis N. Wool, Ed.D. 

Superintendent of Schools

DECA Business Club Students Among Best in New York State

The Harrison High School DECA Business team competed at the 63rd New York State DECA competition in Rochester; thirty-five HHS students competed at the statewide event.  Three students, Stella Perini, Cate Ansel and Addison Valente, placed in the top 5 in their events and will be competing at the National competition in Orlando, Florida. Nine additional students placed in the top 10 in the event division and eight students placed in the top ten in the multiple choice or role play portion.  See the complete results

HHS Students Recognized for Original Choreography and Dance

Rachel Kindler and Kieran Flores placed among the top 5 in New York State division of the PTA Reflections National Choreography Competition, "Show Your Voice." Rachel and Kieran were among 563 students from New York who submitted original pieces of choreography for the 2022-23 competition.  They were recognized at the local and regional divisions before receiving an award in the senior division.  Kieran's piece, "All or Nothing,” presented a trio danced by sophomores, Lucy Short, Chanelle Vargas and Sophie Munzer.  Rachel danced a duet, "Shoah," with Lauren Davidson.  A special thank you to the Harrison High School PTA for making this opportunity available for our student choreographers.

Harrison High School Students Earn Top Awards at Science Symposia

Ava Cefaloni, Lauren Schnapp, Elena McCann, Zaynab Faisal, Lauren Davidson, Ariella Blackman at the Westchester Junior Science & Humanities Symposium

Harrison Science Research students earned multiple awards at the Westchester Junior Science & Humanities Symposium. The symposium is an opportunity for high school junior and seniors to present original research in science, technology, engineering or mathematics as they pursue a chance to compete at the regional, state and national level. The following Harrison High School Students earned awards: Ariella Blackman - 1st Place (Plant / Earth & Environmental Sciences), Lauren Davidson - 1st Place (Medicine & Health), Lauren Schnapp - 3rd Place (Medicine & Health), Zaynab Faisal - 5th Place (Animal Science).  Ariella Blackman and Lauren Davidson, and Lauren Schnapp earned the opportunity to compete in the Upstate Competition.

Lauren Schnapp is Top Award Winner at NYS Competition 

Lauren Schnapp took 1st place in the Upstate Junior Science & Humanities Symposium Poster Competition for her research entitled, Strengthening the Idea of Drosophila melanogaster as a Model Organism for Narcolepsy.

Students Recognized for  Journal Cover Designs

Cate Latini & Bora Kose submitted designs for the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Journal Cover Design Contest and earned Runner-Up. Their designs were displayed work on the day of the competition.  Cate and Bora worked with Science Research students Ariella Blackman and Lauren Davidson to visually represent their research.


Harrison Students Commit to Compete in Division 1 Athletics

Congratulations to three Harrison High School student athletes who signed commitment letters and will continue to compete in their sports at NCAA Division 1 universities.  Seniors Mateo Ponce Ocampo will play soccer at Georgetown University, Katrina Torelli will run on the Cross Country team at Bucknell University and Nick Reed will play football at the University of Buffalo. 

HHS Artists Exhibit Work at Katonah Museum

Ten HHS students participated in the 2023 Young Artists Exhibition at the Katonah Museum. In addition, Gianna Allegretti, Ami Goble and Arianna Kaplan attended a workshop to assist with curating, designing and installing the exhibition, while Emi Kaneko and Anasofia Arango attended a graphic design workshop where they worked with other student artists to design postcards promoting the show, featured on the museum's website.  Harrison student artists whose work was displayed include: Anasofia Arango Manita de Curiosidad; Ella Farago, Lola; Prabhleen Boparai, Tranquility ; Ami Goble, Our Vignette ; Alexis Alfaro, New Beginnings,; Arianna Kaplan, The Sidewalk Ended; Jane Elkhoury, When the Sun Goes Down; Angelea Nicaj, Aversion of the Limelight ; Gianna Allegretti, How do I fix this?; Lauren Ross, Train of Thought.   View Gallery 

Student Work Featured at Westport Museum of Contemporary Art

Harrison IB art students were among nearly 200 students whose work was featured in the annual Westport Museum of Contemporary Art Exhibition entitled, Who You Are When You Are Dreaming. The exhibit is curated to feature the creativity and talent of student artists. Harrison student artists include: Diego Abad, Lavender Blossoms; Alexis Alfaro, Unconscious Time; Jane El Khoury, Act Natural; Ami Goble, Cerebral Cartography; Emi Kaneko, Keshou; Arianna Kaplan, And Then There Were None; Angelea Nicaj, Weeding.   View Gallery