William Porter, Harvey School Director of Upper School Admissions, was recognized with an IMPACT Award from San Miguel Academy of Newburgh at their Defying the Odds Gala Annual Scholarship Dinner on October 26, 2017. The event was held at the Westchester Country Club where Mr. Porter received this award from Fr. Mark Connell, Executive Director of San Miguel Academy. The IMPACT Awards recognize individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to San Miguel, a school with a mission to educate ‘at risk’ boys from low income backgrounds and prepare them for success in high school, college, and beyond.
Mr. Porter envisioned a partnership between The Harvey School and San Miguel Academy, and has been instrumental with enrolling select San Miguel young men at Harvey, which he feels fits perfectly with the Harvey School mission and geographically diverse student population. “Everybody benefits from diversity,” shared Mr. Porter. “It makes our school more of a real world experience and prepares Harvey students for their future. Accepting the San Miguel young men is a chance to strengthen our community.”
Each of the six San Miguel young men who are graduates or currently attending Harvey have participated in Harvey’s residential program, benefitting from the support of dorm parents and residing on the pastoral grounds of the Katonah campus. The Harvey/San Miguel relationship is “a story of kinship,” says Mr. Porter, one that enhances both school communities. “It’s the relationships you build on the good days that get you through the occasional difficult ones.” The goal of both schools working together is the give all their students a foundation of strong relationships that will sustain them moving forward.
Mr. Porter was deeply honored to accept this award to shed light on the wonderful relationship between The Harvey School and San Miguel Academy, and the outstanding work of the entire Harvey community. “Any success of our students is based on a team effort that includes advisors, deans, division heads, and teachers, and that is true for the students from San Miguel as well.”
Bill Porter receiving the IMPACT Award from Fr. Mark Connell, Executive Director of San Miguel Academy of Newburgh, NY.
Harvey School administration attended the San Miguel Academy of Newburgh Defying the Odds Gala Annual Scholarship Dinner where Bill Porter was recognized with an IMPACT Award. Pictured from left: Director of Finance & Operations Jim Skrip, US Dean of Academics Dianne Mahony, Fr. Mark Connell, Associate Director of Admissions Susan Garcia, Admissions Assistant Lori Fowler, Director of US Admissions Bill Porter, Director of MS Admissions Stephanie McCaine, and Head of School Bill Knauer.