Harrison Smith of Philadelphia selected Church Farm School for his high school experience due to its small, supportive learning environment. A smart, but quiet, young man, Harrison says he didn’t initially see himself as a “leader.”
That all changed his sophomore year, and over the past three years, he has taken on a mentoring role in almost all aspects of school life; in addition to serving as a cottage prefect, he is president of the Honor Council, an Admission Ambassador, a member of the National Honor Council, and perhaps, something of which he is most proud, president of the Art Club. “I realized that I actually enjoyed guiding students and being looked up to as a role model. Ever since then, I have been taking on the various opportunities given to me. Now that I know what leadership looks like, I feel that I am prepared for college and ready to explore future leadership roles.”
Harrison earned a prestigious summer internship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) last summer. Next year, Harrison will attend Hamilton College, where he plans to major in biology and minor in art.
Says his advisor, Mr. Tom Johnstone, "Underneath Harrison's quick sense of humor, he is one of the most driven young men I've had the pleasure of knowing. No obstacle is too big for his relentless work ethic to tackle and I'm sure this will serve him well in the future. I can't wait to see where life takes him!"