New Milford High School presented the 2021 Raymond “Hap” Harrison Scholarship to Paris Dela Cruz at the senior awards ceremony on June 16th, 2021.


The Next Scholarship, The “Raymond ‘Hap’ Harrison Scholarship. This Scholarship is actually provided to honor Raymond ‘Hap’ Harrison and his motto ‘Pursue your Bliss’ and it was created by Adam Leitman Bailey. He was a student of Mr. Harrison’s in the 1980’s-90’s. Adam had a personal tragedy in high school, yes I was there I was there I was teaching here then of course. But he had everybody’s worst nightmare as a parent and that is he had a horrible car accident at the end of his junior year. He was told that maybe he could get through high school, forget about his track career, his cross-country career, forget about college. After he was named all-league in cross-country, indoor track, and outdoor track. He went to community college, Rutgers University, Syracuse Law School, and who he credits with pushing him through all that is Raymond ‘Hap’ Harrison. This scholarship this year is given to Paris Dela Cruz.