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Record-Breaking Dr. Harriton raises $60K, Junior Andy Wu Takes Top Honors
Record-Breaking Dr. Harriton raises $60K, Junior Andy Wu Takes Top Honors

Harriton High School's Student Council recently hosted the 13th Annual "Dr. Harriton" in front of a sold-out crowd in the Rams' auditorium. This school-wide fundraiser and talent competition is traditionally one of the biggest events at Harriton and this year was no different as the Rams' community came out in full force to support the event.

It was a record-breaking year for Dr. Harriton as the students ultimately raised $60,378 for the Lower Merion Township Scholarship Fund and the Dream Camp Foundation. This astronomical sum eclipsed last year's fundraising total – which had become the new record at the time – by more than $25,000.

Representing their school in this year's contest were Austin Sellhorn, Keith Scutchings, Blake Garber, Jay Ramaswamy, Aidan Gallary, Rowan Teran, Andy Wu, Mikkel Andersen, Mikey Kotler and Max Mossaidis. The contestants gave it their all throughout a compelling evening of competition as they participated in a gauntlet of events including a talent portion, Q&A, several dance routines and more.

With the judges' deliberations complete, it was junior Andy Wu who earned the title of "Dr. Harriton" as he impressed the audience with his creativity and musical acumen while playing piano through an interactive Kahoot game. Seniors Jay Ramaswamy and Mikkel Andersen finished in second and third place, respectively.

The student-run Dr. Harriton event is truly a community-wide effort that would not be possible without the support of many people. Special thanks goes out to Graham Branscom, Student Council President, and Sam Catania, Vice President, who served as the hosts for the evening; Ellie Ferenchick, Taylor Shinal and Charisma Hasan, the other Student Council Officers who led the organization of the event; Madison Wolfgang, the Executive Director of Dr. Harriton; Max Harris and Simone Donoho, the Audio-Visual Directors; Student Council Staff Sponsor, Mr. Joseph DiPaul; Adam Gilbert, the Technology Director and Webmaster; and the numerous other students who helped with the show's production and planning.

To view a slideshow of pictures, click on the image below!

LMSD's Strategic Plan, "All Forward," provides a framework for a collective, intentional and positive approach to change. Its five aspirational pathways guide us toward continual innovation and transformation to further educational excellence for every student. The Dr. Harriton event serves as an example of Strategic Pathway #5: A Spirit of Community. To learn more about #LMSDAllForward and the Strategic Pathways, click here.

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