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Spring 2024 vol. 6

Thank You for Your Support

Dear Harrison Families,
Thank you for supporting the 2024-25 school budget and for your commitment to children. In these challenging times, your informed support ensures we can maintain class sizes and academic programs and enhance safety for students, faculty, and staff. The budget makes the reintroduction of Elementary World languages a reality and fulfills our goal of becoming the first International Baccalaureate School District in Westchester County. I am grateful for the opportunities this will afford all of our students now and in future generations.

Growing enrollment and inflation made this one of the most challenging budgets in our history. Please know that the board and I remain committed to meeting our dual responsibilities: providing an excellent education for all students and thoughtful stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

Below are some recent examples of the extraordinary accomplishments of our students that your support makes possible.


Louis N. Wool, Ed.D. 

Superintendent of Schools

Students demonstrate academic excellence and consideration for our school community and the world. 

Don't miss our year-end District Newsletters:  Athletics, Fine and Performing Arts, Science, and Graduation. 

HHS Senior Lucia Lammers Places 3rd, Receives EPA Award at Regeneron International Science Competition

HHS senior Lucia Lammers placed third in the Earth and Environmental Systems Division and  won the Environmental Protection Agency Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). The award is presented to one student whose work demonstrates a commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship. Lucia also was invited to Washington DC to share her research at EPA’s annual meeting. Great job Lucia!

HHS Debate Team Posts Another Remarkable Season

Congratulations to the HHS Debate Team! The Husky debaters have garnered 11 tournament wins this year. Four debaters, Jack Borman, Jack Gessner, Reese Potash, Brooke Schiano-Gonzalez qualified to compete at the Tournament of Champions with a total of 23 bids; Reese Potash, Jack Gessner, Jack Borman placed in the top 25.  Three debaters, Jack Borman, Reese Potash, Jack Gessner qualified for the national tournament.  Jack Gessner is ranked #4 and Jack Borman #5 nationally, and Harrison debaters hold five of the top six spots in New York -  #1 Jack Gessner, #2 Jack Borman, #3 Reese Potash, #5 Brooke Schiano-Gonzalez, #6 Andrew Gaffin.

127 HHS Students Inducted into National Honor Society

One hundred twenty-seven Harrison High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society.  NHS Advisor Adrienne Sheffield welcomed students, sharing how the students reflect the pillars of the National Honor Society: Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Character.  Asked about the inductees, Ms. Sheffield reflected on their “unique commitment to serve their community.” HHS Principal Kimberly Beukema shared her pride in the inductees and reflected on how they have made Harrison High School a better place. Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Luis Wool addressed the students, recognized all they have achieved, encouraged them to continue learning and lifting up the world around them. The ceremony included the traditional candle lighting ceremony, personal reflections on the NHS pillars, and reciting the National Honor Society Oath. Ms. Beukema and Dr. Wool congratulated and presented each inductee with a certificate of achievement.

HHS Students Compete at DECA National Business Competition; Olivia Naporano Finishes in Top 20

DECA Nationals competitors (L-R) Eva Popescu, Olivia Naporano, Addison Valente, Nolan Simmons, and Jonathan Lewis

Five HHS DECA Business Club students represented Harrison High School and New York State at the prestigious DECA National Business Competition. Olivia Naporano-Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research, Jonathan Lewis-Hotel & Lodging Management, Addison Valente-Restaurant and Food Service Management, Eva Popescu-Marketing Communications, and Nolan Simmons-Principles of Marketing competed at nationals in Anaheim, CA and were among only 425 students from New York State who qualified for this competition. Olivia Naporano was a finalist, finishing in the top 20 in her event and receiving a blue medallion.