This Friday, Oct. 2, the Academy’s Athletics Hall of Fame will increase to 39 members. Alicia Dissinger ’04 (pictured left) and Shannon Walborn ’08 will be inducted into the 2015 Hall of Fame. I had the pleasure of coaching both of these young ladies and I can say without hesitation that they are two of the finest student-athletes to walk the halls of Harrisburg Academy.

Both are part of a family legacy at Harrisburg Academy — Alicia’s sister Alexis Dissinger ’00 is also a Hall of Fame Inductee, and Shannon’s three siblings, Sarah Walborn ’06, Hannah Walborn ’11, and Nathan Walborn ’13 all graduated from the Academy. Without Shannon and Alicia, we would not have won a basketball championship in 2006 or two softball championships in 2001 and 2002. Both were instrumental players in field hockey, as well, and went on to play in college. Their athletic resumes are filled with honors, but what I remember most about both Shannon and Alicia is their hard work, spirit, cooperation, and sportsmanship among their teammates and against their opponents. As the school continues to model the character flags in McCormick Auditorium, I can assure you that these two ladies are at the core of each flag. Below is a reflection of their high school playing days:

Alicia: “Even though I paused playing competitive sports after college, I have stayed active by participating in archaeological field schools in Greece and Cyprus from 2005 to the present day. Through my years playing various sports, I continued to keep my grades high which allowed me to continue down my current academic path towards a doctorate in art and architectural history in the program of classical art in archaeology. And along the way, I have been the recipient of a number of competitive academic grants and fellowships (the U.S. Student Fulbright, included). Playing sports at the Academy taught me a lot about life and who I am. The teamwork, comradery, and sportsmanship that I learned every day from my coaches and fellow players influenced me to become the person I am today.”

Shannon: “Being a student-athlete at Harrisburg Academy has taught me about the value and importance of responsibility, both on the field and off. The accomplishments that I made playing sports at the Academy would not have been possible if I didn’t focus and succeed in the classroom first. The work ethic the Academy instilled in me has carried me through all aspects of my life.”