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Harriton Banner A Free Forum of Harriton High School

Volume 6 Number 9

Rosemont, Pennsylvania

June 7, 2012

Congratulations, Seniors 2012! Photo credit: Richard Weisgrau


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Valedictorian: Shaina Carroll

Good Evening! It is my honor to welcome everyone here tonight and to congratulate the Harriton High School Class of 2012! As we stand here tonight, I’d like to begin by reminding everyone of the journey that we took to reach this day. I’d like to take you back to Tuesday, September 5, 2000, our first day of first grade. The world that we woke up to that morning was vastly different from the one we know today. For one thing, Brad Pitt was still married to Jennifer Aniston. When we woke up, we couldn’t check the weather on our iPhones to help decide what to wear. In fact, in 2000, an average cell phone

could do nothing but make a phone call. When we got on the bus that morning for the first time, gays could not serve openly in the military and the first Harry Potter book had yet to be published. As the teacher took attendance, she recorded it by hand, not on a computer. When we went outside for recess, Bill Clinton was still the president of the United States. And when we came home from school and sat down to eat a snack, the word recession hadn’t been used in almost a decade. More than any generation before us, our generation has been marked by change. As we grew up, we experienced 9/11, one of the worst terrorist attacks in

history. In fourth grade, we cheered as two rovers landed on Mars. In 2005, we watched as Hurricane Katrina devastated the south. Two years later, we mourned the death of 32 students who were killed at Virginia Tech. Then, in 2008, we began high school together, and the world continued to change around us. The first black president was sworn into office. And the Phillies won the World Series for the first time in over 25 years. Throughout all this, Harriton did not remain static. Our freshman year, we became the first class to receive laptops. And in the fall of 2009, Harriton moved into a new building making us the last grade to ever attend class in the old school. Recently, I was reminded of how much things had changed. We were sitting in Latin class and the topic of the old school came up. Now in our class, there were only seven people, six seniors and one junior. As we talked, the junior suddenly looked up and said, “What were the tombs?” For those who don’t know, the tombs were the large concrete steps in the center of the old school where we ate lunch and hung out. Sadly, we were the last class who was able to enjoy them. However, although Harriton physically changed around us, many things remained the same. Our friends. Our teachers. They were always there for

Shaina Carroll shows dedication, perserverence, and leadership in the Harriton community. Her enthusiasm for learning and contagious smile radiate throughout the halls of Harriton. In addition to being an IB academic scholar, Shaina is an integral member of the Harriton community. Shaina demonstrates her dedication to school spirit by participating in Harriton atheltics. Her freshman year, she

rowed crew for the Harriton Novice Girls’ team. Additionally, she has played field hockey for the past four years. When she isn’t tearing up the field, you may find Shaina practicing with the Debate Team, fulfulling her duties as Debate Captain. If you can’t find her, you could check with the members of Science Club, of which she has been a member for the past two years. Stop by a BuildOn meeting, where Shaina holds an officer po-

sition. Or, you may catch her meeting with the senior class committee. Although it may seem this way, Shaina is not strictly for academics and extracurriculars. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and cooking. On Wednesday nights, Shaina eagerly awaits her favorite televeision show, “Modern Family.” While it will be difficult for Shaina to part with Harriton, she is very excited about her next four years.

us. When I came to Harriton four years ago, I hardly knew anyone. I remember going to English on the first day of class and being glad that there were assigned seats so I wouldn’t have to be that awkward kid with no friends to sit next to. But as we walked out of class, Rachael Metz came up and introduced herself to me. She had recognized me from a jazz festival the year prior. At that moment, I knew Harriton was somewhere I wanted to stay. And over the past four years, Harriton has become home. A place to return to as the world changed around us. When I first sat down to write this speech, I was eating a piece of Dove chocolate. When I opened the chocolate, the inside of the wrapper had a little message. It said, “open your eyes to all the love around you.” If you look around, we are surrounded by those who love us—our friends, our families, our teachers. This love will help carry us for-

Shaina will be attending Rice University in Houston, Texas. She plans to explore the sciences and wants to study either chemical engineering or material science. Shaina’s most memorable experience at Harriton was when the IB junior and senior classes took a trip to New York City to see Spiderman: Turn off the Dark. Due to a broken down bus, half of the kids were stuck in Times Square until 2 a.m. Shaina will always remember hanging

ward into the future so that we too can change the world. I’d like to conclude tonight with a story they used to always tell us at camp. It’s a bit cheesy but I like it. One day, an old man was walking along the beach. As he walked, he saw, in the distance, a young boy who looked like he was dancing. As he approached the boy he realized that he was not dancing. Rather, he was picking up starfish and throwing them back into the ocean. When he finally reached the boy, the old man said, “What are you doing?” And the boy responded, “I’m throwing the starfish into the ocean. If I don’t, they’ll die.” And the old man said, “but there are thousands of starfish along the beach, you can’t possibly make a difference.” And the young boy bent down, threw one starfish into the ocean and said, “It made a difference for that one.” Each of us has the power to make a difference. Don’t be afraid to try.

A Little About Shaina Carroll...

out in Starbucks in Times Square with Mr. Occhiogrosso and Mr. O’Brien and her IB friends. Looking back on her four years at Harriton, Shaina has advice for the underclassmen. “Don’t be afraid to try new things,” says Carroll. Shaina took the risk of joining the Debate Team and ended up learning a lot about public speaking and having a load of fun.

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Valedictorian: Leora Haber looking sitting here tonight. But, more importantly, I want to thank you. I want to thank you for making me miss a school I never thought I would. As a freshman I really did have some difficulty making friends, and I wish I had known then what an amazing group of people you all are. Next year we are all going to be freshmen again, and most of us are headed to schools where we wont know anyone. So before we are scattered I want to tell you the most important thing I learned here at Harriton, which is that there are good people everywhere. I learned that from getting to know you guys. So congratulations class of 2012, we did it!

Like Shaina, I too came to Harriton from a middle school other than Welsh Valley, and as such I didn’t know many people. You guys might not know this but during those first couple weeks at Harriton, I considered myself a bit of a loner. I tended to think of myself as a one woman wolfpack. But when we all gathered in the courtyard for our first RAM day, I knew you guys might be some of my own. And my wolfpack, it grew by 210. So there were 211 of us in the wolfpack. I was alone first in the pack and then

The outstandingly talented Leora Haber has truly made her mark on Harriton. She has dedicated her time in high school to her demanding curriculum of the IB program and her numerous extracurricular activities. One of Leora’s main focuses outside of the classroom is science. She has been on the Harriton Science Olympiad Team for the past three years and has won several medals on the regional, state, and national levels. She won her most recent medals at the Science Olympiad National Championship this

you all joined in later. And 1 month ago, at prom when I saw everyone dressed up I thought, wait a second, could it be. And now I know for sure that I added classy people to my wolfpack. 211 of us wolves, running around the Harriton together looking for fully baked cookies in the cafeteria and an awesome senior class prank idea. So tonight, I make a toast! I toast you class of 2012, for making it through high school. I toast you for surviving more than one scandal and for looking really really ridiculously good

A Little About Leora Haber... past May, taking home both a second and a fifth place medal. Leora’s medals contributed to Science Olympiad’s six place victory at Nationals. Leora is a member of Harriton Science Club and of the Harriton Physics Olympics Team. When she is not studying the sciences for her numerous clubs, Leora may be running at cross - country practice or playing soccer. In addition to her athletics, her volunteer work includes spending time with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals and knitting for Cradles to Crayons.

In her free time, Leora enjoys spending time with friends and watching her favorite television show, “Grey’s Anatomy.” Leora is parting from her Harriton clubs and relationships and is heading to Princeton University. She plans to continue to study her passion of science in the discipline of chemistry. Leora reflects on her experience at Harriton with appreciation. Her most memorable experience is seeing Mr. Harriton for the first time her freshman year. From that point onward, Leora had an established identity. As she says, “I

hadn’t really identified Harriton as my school; it had just been the school I went to.” The Mr. Harriton event helped Leora feel a part of the Harriton community. As a wise, seasoned Harriton student, Leora has advice for the underclassmen. She hopes that they will get involved with extracurricular activities as much as possible. Leora expresses the importance of meeting students and establishing friendships through extracurricular envolvement. Leora considers her participation with Harriton Science Olympiad to be one of her best experienc-

es with Harriton. Haber says, “There is a whole other side to Harriton that exists outside of the actual academics, and I think underclassmen should try to experience that as much as possible.”

Senior Editors Moira the Explorer

Moira Lavelle Editor-in-Chief Harriton Class of 2012 Tufts University Class of 2016

And so my time at Harriton is coming to a close. It is clear that Harriton has changed me. I entered as a freshman: scared, tiny, and thoroughly ignorant of the world around me. Over the course of four years I learned things I didn’t know I didn’t know. I met fascinating people, amongst both my peers and my teachers. I’ve had a ton of fun in my classes and out of them. It’s been a great voyage, and I’m beginning to wonder how it is best to say goodbye. In my freshman year I had a very close friend named Ian. Ian was the kindest person I ever met, but he also had a slight anti-establishment disposition. He believed in peace and equality and subverting the system. In the middle of freshman year Ian learned his family was moving to Texas. We spent a long time planning various goodbye parties and activities, and they all were lovely. However the best part of his goodbye was something that Ian manufactured all by himself. On his last day of school, a Friday in March, Ian clambered up onto the concrete awning that hung over

the open campus walkways. Ian ran around the roof as gasps of astonishment and awe came from the students below. “Someone’s on the roof!!” Eventually Ian was caught and one of the campus aides asked him: “is this going to be worth the suspension you’re going to have on Monday?” To which Ian responded “I’m going to be in Texas on Monday!” The aide sighed, but understood and walked away. Ian had the best goodbye. So how on earth do I say goodbye? How do I find a proper way to commemorate all that Harriton has meant to me? Harriton taught me to appreciate subjects I don’t excel in. I have come to see that there is incredible value in the math and science, even though they are not my favorite subjects. I am very glad to know that calculus exists, and I can even derive some elementary equations. I can balance some pretty simple chemistry equations, and I know the difference between an element and a compound. I will never be a mathematician, but my understanding of the world is broader because of Harriton. Therefore I could try to use my math and science knowledge to try and create some sort of grand goodbye. Last year in chem class I learned how to make contact explosives. Perhaps I could use that knowledge to coat the doorjambs so there would be a large BANG as I closed the Harriton doors behind me. But for some reason that doesn’t seem fitting. Harriton also taught me to value each person as an individual. More than the “No Place For Hate” campaigns, meeting the students and teachers at Har-

riton has taught me volumes about what each person brings to the table. I have become friends with people with whom I have every interest in common, and people with whom I have, on a superficial level, nothing in common. On the swim team I became friends with people who didn’t share the same fervor I had for competitive swimming. Some people don’t believe in shaving their legs for a big race. In fact, my coach and I had to force the whole boys’ team into it- handing them the razors and refusing to let them leave the changing room before they did. But even with our differing views, I met people who were kind and interesting and hysterically funny, and I thank Harriton for that. So perhaps to commemorate all the wonderful people I’ve met I should organize some grand activity where everyone holds hands and sings kumbaya and I could say goodbye to every single person I’ve had the privilege of spending time with. But that also doesn’t seem fitting. No, what I’ve realized is most fitting is precisely what I’m doing right now. In my various English classes and in my time working on both The Corinthian and The Harriton Banner I have learned to truly write and appreciate the value of the written word. As a writer you’re supposed to avoid clichés but yes; the pen is mightier than the sword. And as I march off to my future I’m fairly sure that whatever I do will involve writing of some sort. So the perfect segue, the perfect goodbye is using what Harriton has taught me and what I intend to use in my future in writing a vast and meandering goodbye. So thank you Harriton. And peace out.

their classes – they judge students based on attitude more than anything else. Go to class with a smile. Ask about your teacher’s kids during RAM. Tell him or her what you want to be when you grow up. It’s surprisingly easy to strike up good relationships with teachers when you try, and it can make school a lot more enjoyable for both of you. The same theory applies to your advisory – if you make it a welcoming, happy place you’ll be assured of at least one constant group of friends throughout high school. 2. Use your computer wisely My grade was the first to have laptops for all four years, so we learned how hard it could be to get work done with all the temptations of the Internet just a click away. It’s impossible to avoid distraction completely, but I found that it helped to start my homework with all the assignments that didn’t require a computer. That way I couldn’t get bogged down with Facebook or YouTube, and I was done with half of my work before the Internet could become a problem. Another computer

tip – bring your charger to school every day. Someone will always need it, most often you. 3. Get your work done Starting your homework before midnight is usually half the battle as far as getting work done. This means that it’s helpful to use any free time at school to your advantage. Even if you just check off the simplest assignment during your free, you’ll have made the rest of your workload more manageable. Also, use RAMs wisely. Ask yourself, “What do I really need to get done today? What do I need help with? What am I definitely not going to do at home?” and sign up for whichever teacher will be most beneficial. He or she may be able to motivate you to do work you’d put off on your own. 4. Survive college admissions Try not to let other people applying to your first choice school get you down. Get out of the mindset of “they can only pick one kid from Harriton, my SAT scores suck, I’m never going to be accepted anywhere!” Thinking like that gets you nowhere, and it’s not true. Also, if you’re not com-

From Julia

Julia Olivieri Op-Ed Editor Harriton Class of 2012 Oberlin College Class of 2016

Over the last few weeks as I’ve said my goodbyes to teachers, handed back textbooks, and relinquished my laptop, I’ve been reminded of how much I’ve enjoyed my high school experience. Here are some strategies I used to keep my Harriton experience a positive one. 1. Stay friendly Contrary to popular belief, teachers don’t automatically dislike students when they start failing

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Monthly Milestone


Jackie Milestone Editor-in-Chief Harriton Class of 2012 Oberlin College Class of 2016

When I signed up for The Harriton Banner in ninth grade, I was overwhelmed with how hardworking and professional the paper was. I still remember holding that first volume of The Banner in my hands and wondering, “How did they get it to print on such big paper?” From that moment I was addicted, taking on six, seven, sometimes even eight articles to write each month for the paper. My sophomore year I became editor of the News section, and was suddenly embraced by a warm, diverse crew of editors. They became my best friends who I would spend long Friday evenings with once a month, laughing, despairing, and struggling through the long page editing process. Being an Editor-inChief for my junior and senior years has been a great job that I have been enormously proud of. More so, I have been proud of the page editors and writers who I have watched evolve over time, and how we all have shaped The Banner into the impressive paper it is today. One of the most important things that I have learned from this paper is the importance of effort. Many of us think that we can complete an entire project in a single night and it will turn out perfectly fine. Maybe that is true, maybe it is not. One thing I do know is that it will always be better if we start it a week ahead of time. The time put in directly correlates with the quality of the work, as long as we use that time well. Though the newspaper has certainly taught me the power of thought and writing, I believe that there is a point where too much thought is wearisome and dangerous. My friend once said, “Do you ever have those moments where you’re sitting home alone on a Saturday night and you wonder, ‘why

fortable telling the general public what your number one school is, come up with a stock response for people asking where you want to

am I sitting at home alone on a Saturday night?’ Well, those moments are why.” When my friend said this, during the summer of 2011, we were joking around. Yet, what he said conveyed a level of truth that I did not recognize at the time. This is something I have learned during my high school—and life— experience: thinking can be our greatest enemy. So often I have seen myself and others imagine and talk about what we wish we were doing. We muse away our hopes and dreams. We put so much effort into the planning of it all, that we leave nothing for the doing. Sometimes, we just need to shut our brains off, and take to our feet. This is my only piece of advice: the next time you’re sitting home alone on a Saturday night, wondering why you’re sitting there; or the next time you’re thinking about how badly you want to succeed in your sport, craft, subject, etc.; or the next time you’re thinking about how you haven’t talked to your best friend from high school in ages and you really miss him or her—you should probably take that moment to stop thinking, and take to your feet, make a plan, pick up the phone. You’re not stuck in a rut until you stop trying to get out. I want to now thank Harriton for all the opportunities she gave me. For the new skills and friends I acquired from the squash team, ultimate Frisbee team, debate club, Corinthian, newspaper, and all those other passing clubs. Although, I suppose I should really just thank myself for taking advantage of the opportunities set before me. After all, a tool is only a tool if you use it. I do want to thank Harriton for jamming so much schoolwork down my throat that I often felt like I couldn’t breathe. I want to thank her for looking like a high security prison. No, seriously, I know I sound bitter but I’m serious. I think if high school isn’t at least a little bit painful then it won’t properly prepare us for the real world. The periodic detest for the school bonded me to my peers and built character in a way that nothing else could. Finally, I really and truly want to thank the class of 2012 for containing some of the most incredible and fascinating people I could ever hope to meet. I have made the truest friends and the fondest memories. Thank you.

go – maybe mention a safety that you like while maintaining that you’re still not sure.

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Senior Editors

Victoria’s View

Victoria Sun A&E Editor Harriton Class of 2012 Barnard College Class of 2016

When I was six years old, I heard the word “chink” for the first time. My mom, sister, and I were on our way back from the Philadelphia Zoo. There was a man selling water bottles out of a shopping cart on the sidewalk, and as we walked past him, he started calling out that particular slur. I don’t know what he was hoping to achieve, because it certainly didn’t make my mom suddenly want to buy water from him; she turned on the spot to loudly condemn his decision to say such a racist thing in the presence of two young kids. I can’t recall the whole confrontation, but I distinctly remember her shouting, “I’ve been a citizen of this country longer than you’ve

been alive!” And as we walked away, my mom was crying, and I remember not understanding why. This was only my first encounter with anti-Asian prejudice, but it certainly wasn’t my last. This racism manifested when one of my elementary school peers asked why my eyes didn’t “look Chinese” before pulling the corners of her eyes back into a squint. It manifested when a group of older girls followed my little sister around a roller-skating rink, speaking gibberish that was meant to sound like Chinese. It manifested when a substitute teacher in eighth grade told a joke with a punch line that preyed on the ‘Asian’ accent (it was the “surprise” vs. “supplies” joke, for those familiar with it). So I’ll tell you what you already know: stereotypes hurt. They hurt a lot. If the aforementioned incidents don’t seem like a big deal to you—if you think I should “just get over them” already—then I’d like to assure you that I moved on a long time ago. Yeah, racism happens; that doesn’t make it acceptable. However, if these incidents surprised you, I’ll take it a step further: ‘Smart Asian’ jokes can be just as offensive and hurtful.

A few months ago, Fox’s hit TV show “Glee” did an episode about Asian character Mike Chang (whose relationship with the fictional Tina Cohen-Chang, it should be noted, is frequently defined primarily by their shared Asian heritage). The episode was titled “Asian F,” and it played off the stereotypical idea that all Asians are smart—that an academic ‘A-’ is equivalent to an ‘F’ for an Asian. The episode received rave reviews… and yet I’m still offended by it. I shouldn’t have to tell you that the Smart Asian stereotype doesn’t hold true for many Asian immigrants living across the country; it’s a product of, dare I say it, privileged people’s limited experiences with privileged and intelligent Asians. As in every other similar case, stereotyping people isn’t just hurtful— it’s dumb. Throughout my high school career, I got the grades I did because I, like many other students, worked for them—not because I’m Asian. So every time you want to make what you think is a witty comment about Asians always being smart, this is my advice: 1.) Pause. 2.) Think about what you’re about to say. 3.) Don’t say it. 4.) Move on. The world could do with less prejudice.

THE RYAN KING: High Hopes Ryan Smith Web Editor-in-Chief Harriton Class of 2012 Emory University Class of 2016

As the Web Editor-in-Chief of the Harriton Banner and a former Sports Editor, having my column in print is almost as foreign to me as being pressed, under threat of graduation, to write about something other than sports. Since I have no choice but to conform to the former restraint, I resist the latter; this column is about sports. Well, in a way. In the same way a high school studentathlete’s four pre-college years are about sports, that the three hours tacked on to the end of our school day are more important than the seven that precede them. They’re not, but choosing to ignore the lessons they teach us renders them near meaningless. If there’s one thing that observing and writing about Harriton sports ad nauseam for four years has taught me, it’s that everything will always be ever-

changing. When I first joined the Banner staff as an aspiring sportswriter, Harriton was in the very first year of its transition to the Central League. The goal of housing consistently competitive teams in the new league seemed impossible—I distinctly remember the look Mr. Rappaport gave me when I suggested his squad could compete for the title at the end of a freshman year interview. Now look at them. Backed with more fan support than ever from the Herd, we’ve come to expect deep runs in the District tournament season in and season out. Our tennis teams—both girls and boys—are competing for state championships. The football team has emerged from the cellar and launched over .500 this year, and girls’ lacrosse is nationally ranked, for Pete’s sake. It’s easy to sense this change, even from a fan’s eyes. As I write this the Phillies are mulling about in last place, and I’m inwardly longing for the days when I could hear the late Harry Kalas announce a World Series game in Philadelphia. Although the wall to right of my dresser still proudly sports a jersey, every morning I wake up to the harsh truth that it’s been five years since the University of South Florida’s football team was nationally relevant. I would be the last one to say this change is always for the better. I saw my high school track career end with a definitive thud after I failed to get back to Districts once the team moved

to AAA my junior year. But the lesson here is to keep everything in perspective, and to make the most of the situation in which we find ourselves. I’d like to think that what I gave to the team as a captain and four-year participant meant more than a few seconds off my half-mile time—and in a few months the window reopens for another four years. This applies to so much more than sports: Life is going to change. A lot. As a matter of fact, it already has. We’ve already made such great strides to distance ourselves from freshman year—the simple fact that we’re about to graduate proves that. We’ll always be looking back at ourselves with surprise at how far we’ve come, cringing at our Facebook posts from four years ago with embarrassment. As much as we don’t want to admit it, we’re still going to be doing that as seniors in college. C’est la vie. So how in the world are we supposed to approach the biggest change in our lives to date? For that answer I defer to Kalas, who passed away in 2008, and his famous rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “High Hopes,” with its silly verse of “Just what makes that little old ant think he’ll move that rubber tree plant? Everyone knows an ant can’t move a rubber tree plant.” The ant, you see, has high hopes. Kalas certainly did as well. If Harry were still around, he’d tell us to adopt the same mentality, to look fondly on our four years here in preparation for the next four. Put those selective

It’s Settled: To What Extent?

Alex Settle Sports Editor Harriton Class of 2012 Cornell University Class of 2016

In my high school career, there has been one type of question that I have had to answer more than any other: the “To what extent” question. “To what extent” is a very easy way to make a question as open-ended as possible. “To what extent was the Soviet Union responsible for the start of the Cold War?” The answer could be very simple or very complex. You could pick a side and argue entirely in defense of that position, or you could do what IB trains you to do, and just stand on the fence and argue both sides. It’s a very simple three-word phrase that can lead to so much. As a result, I apply “to what extent” to everything I do. Let’s take a quick aside to a conversation I once monitored and eventually contributed to on the Science Olympiad online forum. Last year at Nationals, we won the Sounds of Music event. The instant they announced “From Pennsylvania, Harriton High School,” and put our name up on the screen at the front of the arena was probably the greatest moment of my high school career. I literally jumped back in my chair and sat completely flabbergasted until Mr. Gauvin kneeled down in front of me and shouted “WHAT!?” A few weeks later, I was reading a thread online about the event and there was an argument about what type of instrument is the easiest/hardest to build and whether in the following year the event supervisors should choose to make the teams build two specific types or let them build anything they want. They were talking as if there was an easy way out, and as if allowing certain types of instruments would allow teams to memories to work and ignore the bad times in favor of the good— obviously, there will always be both. As we approach the first day of our second lives, the best advice I can give is to listen to Harry. Keep your head up and keep your hopes high. This will be, in all likelihood, the biggest

take it. However, for this event, the easy way out was never a possibility. I had watched the video of Eli Murphy-Trotsky and Charles Epstein play their homemade Violin and Marimba that had earned them 2nd place at Nationals in 2008. I never intended to build a simple PVC tubaphone or a cigar-box guitar. We were in it to win it from day one. Teams were going to find the easy way out, and that was okay, because we beat them anyway. In this regard I would say I did Sounds of Music to a great extent. I do Science Olympiad to a great extent. Everything I do, I have to put some level of effort into, or some extent. I pick my battles where I need to and where I want to. It’s effort management, not time management. I’ve certainly had some successes in high school and some failures, and I think after four years I’ve found the root. You cannot do everything to a great extent. I did not do English class to a great extent (sorry Mr. Plump). I did not exercise to a great extent. I most certainly did not sleep to a great extent. However, I did study chemistry to a great extent. Not just in doing my work and paying attention in class, but in fully engulfing myself in the subject. I may or may not have had many ridiculous conversations with my friends, including a debate over the Gibb’s Free Energy change of melting cheese. I wrote an entire essay on how Chemistry dictates my life. Why? Because I want to be a chemist, that’s why. I don’t want to be a journalist, I don’t want to be a musician. It interests me, so I’m following it to the greatest extent possible. To what extent do you care? To what extent does it matter? As my senior year comes to an end and the reality of college slowly approaches, I think back to what I was thinking 5 months ago. Yes, I wanted to go to MIT, but I’m going to Cornell. Since I sent in my enrollment deposit, I haven’t thought for a second about the college admission process, just about next year and what I’m going to do once I reach Ithaca. I’m going to college this fall and I’m going to do everything I can to a great extent, so that when I go on in life, whatever I do, it will be to a great extent. change in our lives. Who knows? The transition may not be so simple. There are going to be rough times, but as long as we keep trying— whoops, there goes another rubber tree plant.


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The Year in Sports

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Featuring The Class of 2012

The Next Step Abdenian, Adela Abderrazak, Ilham Armstrong, John Aronzon, Lisa Ayella-Silver, Rachel Bacarella, Elizabeth Barnes, Wilhem Arthur Barth, Caroline Anne Baumstein, Zach Bautista, Erika Beale, Rachel Berezovski, Eugene Berger, Andrew Bergkvist, Carolyn Bergkvist, Kristen Bernstein, Ali Bernstein, Benjamin Blank, Samantha Blumenthal, Marni Blumenthal, Max Bolden, Terrell Bookman, Rachel Borowsky, Samuel Bredt, Nicole Bright, Malik Brokenborough, Quron Brusilow, Thatcher Caesar, Kelsey Campbell, Horace Junior Carabasi, Cary Carb, Kodiak Carroll, Najhee Carroll, Shaina Carson, Marie Castelbaum, Emily Cavallaro, Gabriel Cleary, Devin Cohen, Salomon Considine, Thomas Cooke, Mason Shai Currier, Alexandra Curtis, Jonathan Dagit, Gregory Daniel Dawson, Abigail DeGuardia, Kacey Di Jacklin, Christopher DiStefano, Danielle Dolan, Christopher C. Doney, Caitlin Downs, Peter Dudek, Cassandra

Villanova University Unreported Penn State, University Park George Washington University Tulane university Macalester college Westchester University Cabrini College University of Maryland Penn State Brandywine Gap Year Unreported Muhlenberg College Tulane University University of Rhode Island University of Pennsylvania University of Arizona Boston University Ithaca college Muhlenberg College Unreported Temple University Washington and Lee University University of Wisconsin Unreported Unreported Ithaca college Pitzer College Working Washington and Lee University University of Maryland Lackawanna College Rice University Unreported Washington University in St. Louis University of Georgia DePaul University University of Penn Unreported Temple University University of Rhode Island Tulane University University of Rhode Island Earlham College Penn State, University Park Unreported Lehigh University University of Pittsburgh Unreported Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lock Haven University

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Dungee, Jalen Dworkin, Mara Ebbert, Jacqueline Ebby, Jacob Eisenstat, Rachel Elliott, Marta Ellis, Bryan Epstein, Jamie Esposito, Salvatore Featherman, Emily Fenlin, Caroline Fields, Lamar W Fink, Zachary John Firestone, James J. Fox, Christopher Frank, Alison Gaeffke, Zico Gallagher, Brittany Gao, Xiang Gillis, Claire Ginsburg, Shelby Glassman, Adam Gocial, Sydney Godeaux, Marie Goldberg, Hilary Golub, Samuel Isaac Goodhart, Julia Grady, Allison Kate Graeffe, David Grandjean, Tabitha Greberman, Melissa Green, Nikole Grossman, Alexa Haber, Leora Hall, Marisa Halpern, Thomas Harrison, Caroline Hayes, Phillip Heffler, Rachel Herman, Arielle Herrmann, Stephanie Hirsh, Alix Hoang, Eileen Mh Hoffman, Andrew Horev, Michelle Hunter, Angelica R. Jacobs, Rebecca Jenssen, Erik Johnson, Lauren Kallen, Casey E. Katz, Bethany

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Commonsworth College University of Maryland Millersville University Bucknell University Pitzer College New York University Harvard University University of California Santa Cruz West Chester University NYU Tisch Penn State University, University Park Montgomery County Community College Franklin and Marshall College West Chester University Penn State University University of Vermont Hobart College Immaculata University University of British Columbia University of Minnesota Syracuse University Unreported Lehigh university College du Christ- Roi University of California Berkeley George Washington University University of Michigan University of Mississippi McGill University Unreported University of Maryland, College Park University of Maryland, College Park Unreported Princeton University Unreported Vanderbilt University Fordham University New York University Syracuse University Haverford College University of Pennsylvania University of Massachusetts Amherst Swarthmore College Penn State University, University Park University of Delaware Montgomery County Community College George Washington University George Washington University Wellesley College Temple University Christopher Newport University

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Congratulations Class of 2012!

Kelly, Ryan Ketterer, Jenna King, Erika Kivitz, Zachary Kline, Stephen M. Korn, Andrew Krakovitz, Amanda L. Krane, Andrew Krause, Sylvie S. Krumenacker, Jerome Kursman-Neri, Gabriella Lam, Julie Laporta, Jordan Latoff, Rebecca Lavelle, Moira Lee, Paul Levick, Jeremy Levine, Monica Levit, Alexander Levonuk, Avery Levy, Isaac Etai Liceaga, Victoria Lichtenstein, Danielle Lopez, Eva Lynch, Sean Casey MacKnight, Matthew Majors, Piper Mancuso, Alexandra Margulies, Rachel Mason, Leah McLaughlin, Allison Metz, Jordin Metz, Rachael Milestone, Jacqueline Mills, Roger Mirzai, Nima Montaque, Maurice Moyer, Lindsey Murphy, Hailee Neel, Alyssa Nelson, Jabresha Newstat, Taylor O’Donnell, Dylan Ohlbaum, Jacob Oldfield-Hurdle, Cole Olivieri, Julia Panagos, Brandon Pearlstein, Emily Pisani, Madelaine Plavner, Amanda Pons, Carlee Pressel, Robert Puglio, Christian Rhodes, Evan

University of Pennsylvania Harcum College Montgomery County Community College Northwestern University Tulane University Pima Community College Penn State University Park University of Pittsburgh University of Pittsburgh Tufts University Boston University Temple University Penn State Kenyon College Tufts University Johnson and Wales University New York University Vanderbilt University Franklin and Marshall College Bridgewater college Albright college Northeastern University Montgomery County Community College Penn State, University Park University of Pennsylvania Allegheny College Gap Year Working Princeton University Penn State University Park Pomona College Tufts University Connecticut College Oberlin College Connecticut School of Broadcasting Pittsburgh University Unreported Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Ithaca College Bloomsburg University Wesley College Temple University Montgomery County Community College Berklee College of Music California Institute of the Arts Oberlin College Undecided University of Arizona University of Chicago University of Maryland Sarah Lawrence College Boston University Unreported The Ohio State University

Robbins, Blake Ryan, Abigail Saul, Julia Scardecchio, Shannon Schechter, Tyler Schecter, Devin Schlesinger, Daniel Schottenstein, Jacob Schupper, David Schwab, Jessica Serna, Valeria Settle, Alexander Shulman, Katherine Silfen, David Silverman, Matthew Slap, Marina Smith, Ryan Smith, Wilson Solomon, Laine Spencer, James Steinberg, Dylan Storti, Ilias Sun, Victoria Sutton, Colette Taylor, Samih Qierra TeHau, Matiu Tice, Ashley Tissian, Alexis Todorow, Alexander Tom, Austen H. Tonetti, Lauren Trager, Samantha Trainer, Cameron Tromley, Stephen Trudgeon, Shannon Van Benschoten, Jessica Van Wieren, Martina Vander, Jessica Verdanidze, Ebazer Vessal, Jason Voluck, Rikki Voluck, Ronald Walsh, Gareth Wasserman, Eve Watson, Bradley Weber, Marissa Kardon Wendler, Ryan Williams, Luke Williams, Savanna Winig, Gregory Wortley, Austin Young, Jennifer

Santa Monica College Gap Year at Kimball Union Academy (NH) University of Pittsburgh Southern Wesleyan University, South Carolina Naval ROTC at Villanova Delaware Valley College Ithaca College Unreported Emory University Cornell University U.S. Marine Corps Cornell University Bryn Mawr College Lehigh University University of Michigan Ursinus College Emory University Northwestern University Penn State University, University Park Penn State University University of Vermont Drexel University Barnard College University of California Santa Barbara Unreported Unreported Unreported Penn State University, University Park Unreported Bloomsburg University Florida State University Ithaca College University of St. Andrews Unreported University of Miami Art Institute of Philadelphia Academic gap year in Spain University of Michigan Penn State- international Business/Finance Gap Year in Israel Towson University Arizona State Universtiy University of Chicago Unreported Marist College George Washington University Penn State Berks Campus Worcester Polytechnic Institure Auburn University Indiana University Vanderbilt University Unreported

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Harriton has helped me grow not only intellectually, but also as a person. Without the help of my friends, coaches, administrators, and teachers I do not think I would be the person I am today. Thank you so much for all that you have given to me and I hope to make you all proud in the future.

Austin Wortley Vanderbilt University I really enjoyed senior year, although it was my most difficult year of high school. Senior year of IB is extremely interesting, yet also quite challenging. I learned about the Cold War, which explains a great deal about U.S. policies and situations today, organic chemistry, calculus, and much, much more. My social life was at its pinnacle this year, which is funny considering that my workload was also so large. At Tufts I plan to major in the natural sciences, learn Spanish (and maybe another language), and explore as much as possible. I hope to use my skills to help the environment and especially to help individuals.

Jordin Metz Tufts University One fantastic thing that I've learned from all these years of compulsory education is the value of a fallback. Provided that college doesn't work out for me, I have always had an itch to open up my own pastry shop. We’ll consider doing tattoos as well. It'll be awesome. You should come.

Harriton was fun.

-Sylvie Krause University of Pittsburgh

Eileen Hoang Swarthmore College During my time at Harriton I had some incredible experiences. I met truly amazing people and made great friendships I hope to hold on to forever.

Leora Haber Prineton Univrstiy It has been a great four years here at Harriton; it’s amazing how much I’ve grown as a person and as a student from fourteen to eighteen.

Elizabeth Bacarella Macalester College Though I could go on and on about some of the greatest teachers I’ve had at Harriton, my clubs and extracurriculars were the most influential aspects to my high school career. WIth debate occupying my Thursday afternoons and Science Olympiad consuming the rest of my life, I can’t imagine the kind of experience I would have had if I had taken the 2:50 pm bus home every day. I met some of my closest friends, practiced working with partners and teams, honed my skills, and sought my passions out and in return they taught me much. Debate allowed me to practice my public speaking and speech writing skills. Science Olympiad taught me to trust in my team and the beautiful effects of hard work. As we sometimes joke, school for me was the three hours after 6 hours worth of Harriton classes. I know I’m not alone when I lived and breathed my extracurriculars, and will miss them dearly when I’m gone. As cheesy as it might be, they, and the people in them, have made some of the biggest impacts on my short life.

Jessica Lee Vander University of Michigan

Senior year: It really wasn’t that bad. The teachers were awesome. It wasn’t too stressful. Everybody looked up to you, or at least you thought they did, since you are the oldest. It was pretty great. Of course, the inherent stress that comes within senior year really couldn’t be ignored. When a lot of my friends were hearing back from early applications and getting into prestigious colleges, and I was the only person who didn’t apply early, it wasn’t fun, and it was also quite stressful. Nonetheless, it turned out fine. Being an IB senior in Science Olympiad, there were moments when it didn’t feel like that. The workload kept me past midnight on a regular basis. However, the sense of camaraderie and accomplishment, as well as coffee, were more than enough to keep me going. Being a senior also had its upsides. I met a very outstanding group of people who not only helped me to become a better student, but also a better person. They motivated me to finish more work than I previously thought possible. For that, I am very grateful. All in all, senior year has been the best year in my life, and hopefully I can apply what I’ve learned this year to the rest of my life.

Brian Gao University of British Columbia

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Do the possible all the time and once in a while the impossible will be accomplished. Be productive when others are not and I promise you will never go unappreciated like the period after the Dr on a Dr Pepper can.

- Tyler Schechter Villanova Universiy Harriton is a place for opportunity, development and exceptional learning. I would recommend no other place to attend my four years of high school than Harriton.

-Ilias Storti Drexel University

During my four years here, I have had a wonderful time. The teachers here have been supportive year after year, from Mrs. Jawork, to Mr. Edwards; it’s been a great experience. From the change in school (old school to the new one) wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought and even gave me some friends. I am Mr. Harriton, hear me roar!

-Cole Oldfield California Institute of the Arts The past four years at Harriton High School have been an experience I will never forget. I have made best friends who will be with me forever. Thank you, Harriton, I will always remember you.

-Shai Cooke Temple University

My four years at Harriton absolutely flew by, but I loved all of them. Underclassmen, take advantage of everything Harriton has to offer while you have the chance; the more you put into your high school experience, the more you will get out.

-Rachael Metz Connecticut College

No matter how you feel about it here, at the end of the day, its indisputable that Harriton has astounding resources. Future classes: use them to your advanage and get involved in activities. I promise it will make your experience here quite favorable, and prepare you for a bright future.

-Devin Cleary DePaul University

At no other school would I be allowed to host a Quidditch night, or be able to have a semi-successful one. Harriton has a wonderful environment that breeds learning and exploration, and I couldn’t have asked for a better high school experience. This school has left a permanent impact on my life, and I hope that it can do the same for others in the future

After all I’ve experienced these past 4 or 12 years, I don’t think I’ll know what was really meaningful for at least another decade... For now, though, I can say that I am grateful for all the experiences I’ve had and for all the people I’ve met that have shaped me into the person I am right now. That will hold true for a long time.

-Wilson Smith Northwestern University

I love thinking about myself when I was a freshman and seeing how different I am now. The amount of Photo Booth and video chat pictures I took was astounding. But I’m happy I never deleted them and I advise everyone to keep old embarrassing pictures and stuff. I guarantee they’ll be hilarious by the time you graduate. Best of luck to future classes!

-Liz Bacarella Macalester College

-Bryan Ellis Harvard University

“I just transferred here from LM last year, and I’m so glad that this is where I spent my senior year. School’s been good, but I’m ready to move on to better things now”

-Dylan Steinberg University of Vermont

I had a horrible high school experience.... just kidding!! I’ve had an amazing four years at Harriton. It’s weird to reflect on four entire years and fit something into a few sentences, especially after already wasting three. To keep it simple, I had a great four years at Harriton, I love my friends and teachers, and I feel really prepared enter the real world. Thanks, school.

-Jeremy Levick New York University

My Harriton experience was filled with a lot of hard work and tight-knit social groups, "cults" as some may have called them. However despite how "exclusive" that may sound, everywhere I turned I found interesting, unique people who accepted and encouraged my wacky personality.

-Rachel Margulies Princeton University

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Every graduating class has its defining characteristics and things that make it unique. This year The Harriton Banner selected eleven seniors that are just a small sample of the many unique personalities that define the Class of 2012.

Zach Baumstein

Activities: “I’ve dabbled in a few different areas of Harriton including golf, basketball, track, the student fan section, and the freshman mentor program.”

Defining Characteristic of the Class of 2012: “Hard to define a group of people such as our class. Everyone’s so diverse and I wouldn’t be doing everyone justice by putting them into one category.” Achievements: “I technically was not involved in the boy’s soccer win over LM this year, but that was probably the greatest feeling throughout my high school career. Standing with the crowd was an amazing experience.” Legacy: “I’d like to think people would remember me as a friendly guy with an old soul. Hopefully I wasn’t too corny throughout high

school, though; I definitely threw out a pun or two.” Insight: “There are a few key life lessons high school has taught me: 1) Always, always, always, be T.G.A. (tigga) of what you have. That’s Thankful, Grateful, and Appreciative, a lesson the great Ed Baumstein has implanted into my everyday life. 2) Never leave your facebook up around your friends.” Is there anything else you feel should be mentioned? “Senior year was insane; tunnel vision is a necessity throughout high school.”

Activities: “At my time at Harriton I participated mainly in the field of Art. I continuously stayed after school to excel in a talent which became a self discovery in 9th grade through the influence of family along with teachers, and was also a member of the ‘Art Club’ at Harriton for numerous years.” Defining Characteristic of the Class of 2012: “The defining characteristic of the 2012 class would easily have to be diverse. We are a class of many unique and talented individuals, all standing out in a field of their own.” Achievements: “My greatest achievement would have to be

the realization of my impending future, and discovering what I will have to do to be happy with my life. It wasn’t too hard to decide what I wanted to be when I grow up, but the support of some special teachers helped clear my head and set my eyes to very awesome goals.” Legacy: “I have no idea what my legacy would be, sorry.” Insight: “My personal insight would have to be to keep looking ahead. Sure times might suck, but things will always get better no matter how bad things may seem. We all have terrible experiences, but there is always some way or someone to help you get through

it.” Is there anything else you feel should be mentioned? “Have a fantastic present, and have a fantastic time looking into the future.”

Activities: “Dabbled in most, succeeded in few. My advice for dabbling; when dabbling, go hard in the time you dabble. If you like history, look at Academic Decathlon. ‘Bout all I have to say about that.” Defining Characteristic of the Class of 2012: “I don’t know, but I had a really good time.” Achievements: “Somehow avoiding getting an ulcer from Ms. Gehret’s class.” Legacy: “Something about being 8,000 years old and assassinating Alexander Hamilton.”

Insight: “Figure out freshman year, and build that GPA when you’re an underclassman, because junior year is ridiculous. Pursue what you like and remember this, ‘you’re a genius at what you like, so do it’.” Is there anything else you feel should be mentioned? “Four years go by really fast. Work hard, but don’t take anything too seriously, because you’re in high school and shouldn’t act like a curmudgeonly old man. And I guess why not, ‘If music be the food of love, play on’.”

Chris Fox

David Graeffe

Cole Oldfield

Activities: “I did golf, tennis, football, jazz band, Mr. Harriton, and managed the softball team (like a man).” Defining Characteristic of the Class of 2012: “ROFLCOPTER. Probably the fact that we have a lot of outstanding human beings that clearly have a future in this modern day America.” Achievements: “We could say hands down winning Mr. Harriton. I’m relatively sure no one else was able to do that, then again I could be wrong.”

Legacy: “...Mr. Harriton. Hopefully the guy that walked around the school during all of his frees chatting up every lost soul that scurried through the halls of this school we call Harriton.” Insight: “Senior year... OH HOW IT’S WORTH IT. The three years beforehand go faster and faster in succession, and that senior year will go by in the blink of an eye. Hold on to what you got (Shorty).” Is there anything else you feel should be mentioned? “My mu-

sic serenades even the worst of babies to sleep. www.thesixtyone. com/mochirobinson DO IT UP!”

Jamie Epstein

Activities: “Since freshman year I have participated in sports and clubs like Volleyball, Softball, Students Against Destructive Decisions, the Gay Straight Alliance, and the Environmental Club. Being a part of the school community is important to me.” Defining Characteristic of the Class of 2012: “I believe that the class of 2012 is very special and one that will be remembered for years to come. We have always been a little crazy and funny, but also smart and motivated at the same time. I cannot wait to see where the class of 2012 will be in ten, twenty, or thirty years.” Achievements: “Within Harriton, I believe my greatest achievement is making it through alive! The past four years have been full of tears and laughter, ups and downs, and just as many good moments as bad ones. But now that my high school career is coming to a close, I am happy that I was able to truly discover who I really am and what I want to do.” Legacy: “Leaving Harriton is exciting but very sad at the same time. Even though I will not be a part of the school anymore, I am still leaving a piece of me behind. I never stopped smiling and having fun within the school walls. Walking through the halls, I smiled at everyone and said hello to as many people as possible. I wanted everyone at my school to feel welcomed and liked because that is what everyone at Harriton deserved. I showed my classmates that individuality is best, helping is rewarding, and that there is nothing wrong with being yourself. And no one will forget my food hoarding. You could always come to me for a snack, and if not, I could still make you laugh!” Insight: “For those out there

who are still making it through high school, I have a few pieces of advice: Give yourself a break now and then, but don’t abandon your schoolwork. Get interested in what you are learning about because it will make it all much more easy. Don’t surround yourself with people for the wrong reasons; pick your friends by the way they make you feel. Don’t do anything you aren’t ready for, there is no rush, you are still very young. Keep looking toward the future and stay positive because you have your whole life ahead of you. Accept your peers for who they are and don’t judge people so harshly. Smile and laugh as much as possible. And good luck!” Is there anything else you feel should be mentioned? “Harriton High School is genuinely a great school and every student who goes there should feel privileged and happy that they have the opportunity to gain such a wonderful education. Be happy with each day here because before you know it, it will all be over. And respect your teachers because they are the best! I couldn’t have asked for a better environment to spend my high school years in. Congratulations Class of 2012!! We finally did it.”

Activities: “Science Club, Science Olympiad, Physics Olympics, maybe some other things that I don’t remember? There are a lot of things that I don’t remember.” Defining Characteristic of the Class of 2012: “I’m the worst person to answer this question. But as a copout: describing a large group of people in a concrete manner is pretty difficult, and made more so by the fact that there are a lot of diverse talents and skills lurking in this crowd. I’d feel as if I was shortchanging quite a few people if I tried to generalize.” Achievements: “I’ve been a member of Science Club for a few years now, and it’s been one of the most fulfilling things that

I’ve done while at Harriton. Being able to take more of a leadership role within that club during my senior year has made me very satisfied.” Legacy: Well, I did have this one physics teacher who thought I was pretty cool. Insight: Work hard, don’t be stupid.

Eileen Hoang

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Activities: “Activities I’ve participated in while at Harriton: Football, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Mr. Harriton, Ultimate Frisbee, Quidditch.” Defining Characteristic of the Class of 2012: “Our uniqueness. There has never been a senior class quite like us....” Achievements: “Being named football captain my senior year, making it to Mr. Harriton 2011, and Quidditch night being what I would consider a success.” Legacy: “I’m not really sure what my legacy at Harriton will be. It could be that I’m remembered as being a great guy, or a complete jerk. All I can say is that, I hope that I will be remembered for being that kid that everyone knew (and hopefully most people liked).

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For being a friendly and genuine guy, who participated in several different activities at Harriton, and worked hard at everything he did. This is less about me and more about our team, but I hope I am also remembered for being part of one of the greatest Harriton Football teams ever to play at Harriton. So long as I am remembered at Harriton in some way, or by some person, I will consider my 4 years here a success.” Insight: “Be yourself. I know everyone says it, but it is very important to your personal success that you are true to who you are. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who likes you, or who is happy with the person you are. It only matters that you are happy with yourself. High School can be tough that way, because everyone wants to fit in, but if you are true to yourself, others will recognize that, and those who do, will be your true friends.” Is there anything else you feel should be mentioned? “Thank you Harriton for a great 4 years. These past years have been great, and I’ve learned a lot from the teachers, and students. I will look fondly on my years at Harriton for the rest of my life. Thank you.”

Jake Ohlbaum

Activities: “I’ve been involved in: the Harriton Theater Company, concert band, jazz ensemble, chorale, Pitch Please, and the tennis team.” Defining Characteristic of the Class of 2012: “I think we’ve come to a point where we’re a pretty diverse group of kids who get along pretty well with each other. Not many of us are that stereotypical; we’re all really different from each other in a lot of different ways, but we all get along pretty well.” Achievements: “Well I won three things that are pretty cool. The tennis team placed second in states my freshman year and I played so that was cool, last year I placed third in Mr. Harriton, and this year I won the Cappie award for Best Male Vocalist for Jesus Christ Superstar in HTC. But I think the stuff that matters most to me would be either writing songs for the choir and jazz band, or directing the a cappella group. It doesn’t really mean that much to win trophies and stuff like that, but I really enjoyed being somewhat of a leader my last two years.” Legacy: “I’m not sure if I have a legacy. I hope people consider me talented and creative, but I would much rather be thought of as a nice guy. I try to be nice to everyone. I would personally love it so much more if people said I was a good dude, rather than good at x, y, and z. So if I had a legacy, I guess that’s what I would want it to be. ”

Insight: “Don’t sweat the small stuff and hold on to the good stuff I guess. Not everyone leaves senior year with everything they’ve ever dreamed of, but if you put in a lot of effort in the things you do during high school, it will, for the most part, pay off in the end. Make sure you hold on to everything, also. I don’t mean to get all sentimental, but it all goes fast. Try to minimize your regrets; be nice to people and do a lot of stuff!” Is there anything else you feel should be mentioned? “I really do think that every one of us could have contributed to the Notable Senior segment just as well if not better than I. I don’t have nearly as many friends in my own grade as I hoped I would, but I really respect just about everyone and wished that we all could have had an opportunity to answer these questions. Thanks to The Banner for putting this whole jawn together - y’all rock!”

Activities: “I have participated in the Harriton Theater Company, the Harriton Softball team, Student Council, the freshman mentor program, the Harriton Service League, and the National Honors Society. Every activity has impacted me greatly.” Defining Characteristic of the Class of 2012: “When I think of the class of 2012 I think of a class full of strong personalities that are determined to succeed and go beyond what is expected. All of our unique personalities did not always mix well, but we all de-

veloped powerful friendships that have lasted through some hard times. The class of 2012 is going to go far and change the world.” Achievements: “My greatest achievement through my time at Harriton would have been when I helped throw Harriton’s first ever Dance-A-Thon, benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We were able to raise $20,000 with the help of every student and teacher in the school. I had very little faith we could pull it off, but it goes to show that when Harriton supports one another, we REALLY support one another. The experience led me to be proud of my school and what we can achieve when everyone steps up and supports each other. I hope each year it gets bigger and better and I’m so happy I got to be apart of the first one.” Legacy: “I hope that my legacy at Harriton is one that is not just concentrated in one area, but is spread out among the many different activities and clubs I have

Activities: “I participated in the Volleyball team my freshman through Junior years, but senior year I decided that I was more passionate about HTC and wanted to focus all of my time and attention in it.” Defining Characteristic of the Class of 2012: “The fact that our class was able to come together this year really says a lot about our character. Although we were once known as the “troublemaking” grade, we pulled it together this year and really showed our love for our school, and for each other.”

Achievements: “I believe my greatest achievement was being able to figure out my major while still in high school. I wasn’t expecting to find something I love so much. When I started taking Ceramics classes, I was unprepared for how much I’d love it. Now I’m minoring in Studio Art and majoring in Art Education at Ithaca!” Legacy: “I’m not sure if I’ll have a legacy per say, but I’m hoping that I’ll be remembered in HTC, and by my teachers. I hope someone at Harriton, teacher or student, remembers me making their

day better. That’d be a nice legacy to have.” Insight: “Just to hold on and try your best, because the end comes faster than you think.”

hope that legacy lives on.” Achievements: “Two main things come to mind. The first is Mr. Harriton. That feeling when I ran out onto the stage for the first time and the crowd of almost 1000 people erupted into cheers.... that was one of the best experiences of my life. I consider being a contestant one of my greatest achievements. My second greatest achievement is Harriton’s Environmental Club. When I started at Harriton, the Environmental Club did not do much besides sit around, talk, and plan Earth Day. I wanted to change that. I set up a framework of activities for future club leaders, and I am quite proud of this.” Legacy: “I won first place at the Go Green contest at the Sustainability Expo at Lower Merion this April. I presented my idea about a Harriton Community Garden, a project I worked on with Mr. Ferraro for my IB service project. Also, I started rapping way back in 7th grade math class. I really enjoy writing educational raps. I hope people will remember me at Harriton for being a genuinely

happy person, usually smiling, and quick to laugh. I hope I will be remembered for providing a bright spark in someone’s day. Insight: “I think that everyone at Harriton should really take advantage of RAM day, especially as freshmen and sophomores, to join a large number of clubs and find out what they want to participate in. As for my peers, I think everyone has a fairly good sense of who they are now, but we still have a heck of a lot more learning to do. College is going to be unique in that it will be a time in our lives to explore. I encourage all of the seniors to enroll in classes they never thought they’d take and really enjoy themselves. Is there anything else you feel should be mentioned? “I would like to mention my involvement in HTC. Joining HTC not only doubled my group of friends, but it made me immensely happy. Rehearsing, learning, and performing with these wonderful people helped me shake off the stress of junior and senior year. I really appreciate all that HTC has done for me.”

put my heart into. I tried my hardest not only to be a good student, but to be a good friend to everyone. I think I’ll be remembered as someone who actually loves Harriton.” Insight: “The main advice I would give to my peers is don’t rush your time at Harriton. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Focus on your life and not others. High school can be amazing if you find your niche and the right friends. Enjoy it.” Is there anything else you feel should be mentioned? “The one thing I feel is necessary to say is a thank you to ALL the teachers at Harriton. My experience at Harriton would never have been the way it was without having had all of you. You all made a huge impact on my life. I always felt I could turn to anyone of you for help or support and you’d have my back in a second. Thank you for going beyond just being my teachers, but being my friends.”

Hailee Murphy

Activities: “I have participated in World Affairs Club, Model United Nations, Environmental Club, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Debate, Spring Track, Harriton Theater Company, Mr. Harriton, Ultimate Frisbee, Lower Merion Green Council, Delaware County Youth Orchestra, Dance classes, and District 11 Orchestra.” Defining Characteristic of the Class of 2012: “We are the last of the small grades at Harriton, the final pre-redistricting grade. Yet I believe we have made a large impact on Harriton by bringing so much spirit throughout the school. I believe we made it ‘cool’ to have school spirit, and I

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Words of Wisdom

“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.” Jesse Jackson “To my Student Council officers: Bryan, Kody, Phil, Ryan, and Mara.. I wish you all a wonderful four years ahead, full of adventure, challenges, and joy. (Don’t forget to make wise choices.) Thank you all for a brilliant year. In my mind, you are all “the best of the best!” Mrs. Cooke

“One of the things that excites me the most about this senior class is that more students are asking the bigger questions about life. I am hearing more questions about finding one’s passion or calling, finding one’s path in life, serving the community, and making a better world. I have always felt that careers will fall into place if students genuinely seek to understand themselves and the gifts that they bring to this world first. I am hearing these types of questions more and more, and a few seniors have had the courage to seek answers.” Mr. Crooke “Enjoy the next four years. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Life is too short!” Madame Gross

“Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee.” Ralph Waldo Emerson “Believe in the power of the universe and accept your life’s journey. Stand up straight, breathe deeply, look people in the eye and smile often.” Mrs. Barnett

“Dear APUSH Class of 2011: Ebby, Borowsky, Graeffe, Kline, Erik, Bryan, Kody, Matt, Liz, Coco, Bethany, Ali, Allison, Kelsey, Syd, Lisa, and Danielle, You restored my faith in the glory that is AP US History, and I wish you all the best that life has to offer. Thanks for some great memories: Graeffe’s condescending relationship with all of us, Kline’s ever appropriate remarks, Sam and Ebby facing the white board to take exams, Matt’s willingness to embrace the binky and swaddle, Syd and Lisa making the best rainbow chip cake ever, Allison’s sassiness, and of course Ebby’s introduction of the Google Doc, which ushered in a new era of ridiculousness.” Mrs. Murray

“Remember to enjoy the next four years for they will pass quickly and will be a distant memory before you begin to remember. Best of luck to all of you!” Ms. Gehret

“You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.” Robert Anthony “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm” Winston Churchill “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” James Dean “A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” Duke Ellington

“The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” Tom Bodett

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” Milton Berle “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss

“All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney

“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin

‘The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you.” John F. Kennedy

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” Henry David Thoreau

“Intolerance of your pres- “The best way to predict the ent creates your future.” future is to create it.” Mike Murdock Forrest C. Shaklee

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The Harriton Banner June 2012  

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The Harriton Banner June 2012  

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