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Spring 2024 vol. 10

Dear Harrison Families,
As our school year reaches its conclusion, we continue to share our students' many accomplishments.  Join me in reveling in their achievements in our latest newsletter.
  • Emma Jonisch and Alissa Remeza named 2024 National Merit Finalists

  • Jadyn Schwartz and the Mean Girls Ensemble win Metro Awards

  • Mariann Ramos Abreu represents HHS at the HOBY Leadership Conference

  • Harrison Community joins to support cancer survivors and honor those lost at Relay for Life 

  • 320 6th-graders completed D.A.R.E. thanks to a partnership with the Town of Harrison & the Harrison Police Department

  • Student writers were recognized at the annual Writers Among Us ceremony

We are in the midst of celebrating graduations; the 5th-grade ceremonies were held last week, and we will honor the 8th-graders and the Harrison High School Class of 2024 on Tuesday and Wednesday.  A moment of silence was observed in memory of eighth-grade student  Mark Anthony Giordano. 

Thank you to our faculty, staff, and leadership team for their high expectations, care, and compassion for all of our students. We also appreciate your continued support in ensuring powerful learning experiences for your children.


Louis N. Wool, Ed.D. 

Superintendent of Schools

Emma Jonisch & Alissa Remeza Named 2024 National Merit Finalists

Seniors Emma Jonisch and Alissa Remeza were named 2024 National Merit Finalists. Selected among the top 1% of students nationally named National Merit Semifinalists, finalists in each state have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Congratulations, Emma and Alissa!

Jadyn Schwartz and Mean Girls Ensemble Win Metro Awards

The HHS Spring Musical production of Mean Girls: High School Version received top honors at the Metro Awards. Outstanding Performance in a Leading Female-Identified Role was awarded to senior Jadyn Schwartz, and the ensemble earned recognition for Outstanding Performance by a Chorus. The Metro Awards celebrate the best in musical theater in the region, with 63 schools participating across Rockland, Westchester, Putnam, and Bergen counties. Harrison's production received 11 nominations, the most of any public school.

Mariann Ramos Abreu Selected as HOBY Leader 

Sophomore Mariann Ramos Abreu was selected to represent HHS at the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Conference (HOBY).  A long-established youth leadership development organization, HOBY programs are designed to empower young people to positively impact their communities.  Mariann is an active leader in the Harrison High School community and a science research student.

Annual Relay for Life Event Raises More Than $20K for American Cancer Society

The Harrison community attended the Harrison High School Relay for Life event to raise awareness of and support for cancer research.  Student members of the Relay for Life board and Dr. Wool addressed the more than 200 people in attendance. The activities included bouncy houses, dunk the teacher tank, a spike ball tournament, and booths sponsored by the Physics, Engineering, Chemistry, and GSA clubs at the high school. The Parsons Elementary School community turned out to honor the memory of Maureen Selvaggio, long-time secretary at Parsons. The event concluded with a walk along the flickering Luminaria bags as the sunset.  The HHS Relay for Life club raised more than $20,000 for the American Cancer Society. The Relay for Life Walk is a community-wide experience led by volunteers to “celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer, and raise funds to improve the lives of people with cancer and their families.”

Writers Among Us Celebrates the Power of Words

The Annual Writers Among Us celebration at Harrison High School welcomed administrators, faculty, and family members to celebrate student writing, creativity, voice, and collaboration. Dr. Jaimie Kanter, Director of English Language Arts, welcomed families and recognized students in attendance with certificates of achievement—HHS Writing Fellows, published artists and illustrators of Imagine literary magazine, and Husky Herald journalists. Students read selections of original poetry, followed by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Wool, who shared thoughts about the importance and value of writers and original writing in informing our society and the world.

6th Grade Students Recognized at D.A.R.E. Graduation

Students gathered with the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Louis Wool, LMK Principal Scott Fried, representatives of the District and the Harrison Police Department, including Chief of Police John Vasta, Harrison Mayor Richard Dionisio, and members of the Town Board and Board of Education for the annual D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony.  School Resource Officer and D.A.R.E. instructor, Robert Budde, welcomed all to the ceremony and shared reflections about the 2023-24 D.A.R.E. program that included 320 sixth-grade students at LMK Middle School.  D.A.R.E. raises student awareness and understanding about being empowered, respecting others, and choosing non-violent, substance-free lives. At the end of the course, students write essays reflecting on all they learned. Essays that best reflected the D.A.R.E. experience were written by Camila De La Cruz, Ava Estes, Dominic Galatianos, Emily Price, Colette Kaufman, Sebastian Campos, Elijah Carrasco, Lana Frandson, Demi Saccamanno, Lily Elfand, Jeffery O’Connor, Sparsh Gupta. Camila De La Cruz was selected to read her essay at the ceremony.