May 2018
Academy Alumni in the News

Savannah Cofer '16  (pictured) was featured on the Rice University website for her passion for research .  Also included in this month's press clippings  are Jim Leeke '68, Tom Beaman '70, Brian Brooks '87, Heather Yanak '93, Meredith Keeran Kessler '96, Andrea Helf Reid '99, Stephanie Preston Domas '05, Evelyn Carter '06, Tyler Gittins '13, SueSan Chen '14, Kat Restrepo '14, Lee Solomon '14, Nabeel Khan '15 and the obituary for Richard Engel '70.

If you have clips (either in print or on the web) to pass along for future issues, please send them to Director of Alumni Relations Jennifer Conti at
Alumni Networking Reception

Join us for the Alumni Networking Reception on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Columbus Academy Dining Hall, where Asim Haque '98 will be honored with the 2018 Young Alumni Award. The event also features a Columbus Development themed panel with guest speakers Asim Haque '98, Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio; Mandy Mallot '03, Business Development Specialist with City of Columbus; Anthony Ciminello '10, Project Manager with Ciminello's Inc.; and moderated by Michael Stinziano '98, Councilman for Columbus City Council.

Registration is $10 per person. Kindly register online by May 18.
John Exline '64 Named Commencement Speaker

A celebration of John Exline's 50th year teaching at Columbus Academy will culminate with the 1964 graduate serving as the school's Commencement speaker on June 7. The school's 2018 Commencement will honor 95 seniors from all over Central Ohio, who will matriculate to 60 different colleges and universities in 23 states.
Regional Alumni Gatherings

The Alumni Office has two more stops on our regional gathering tour. Join the Alumni Office in celebrating our special guest, John Exline '64, in his 50th year of teaching at Columbus Academy! Kindly RSVP to

Sunday , May 20 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Lucca North End
Generously sponsored by Rich Lee '90

New York City
Monday, May 21 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
University Club New York
Generously hosted by Neil Pirie and Michael Read '01
Alumni Association Welcomes Seniors

At the annual Senior Alumni Board Luncheon earlier this week, the Alumni Board officially welcomed the senior class into the alumni association. The Class of 2018 was welcomed and congratulated by Alumni Board President Lauren Hilsheimer '02 at the luncheon held at Creekside Conference and Event Center, owned by Alumni Board member Sheila Dioun Trautner '98. Outgoing Alumni Board member and Alumni Board Past President Brian Shepard '96 shared his reflections on his time at Academy and remaining an engaged alumnus. Student Alumni Board Representative Isabelle Bettinger took the class on a walk down memory lane as she shared her thoughts about her time at Academy.  

Director of Alumni Relations Jennifer Conti recognized the Student Alumni Board Representatives -- Isabelle Bettinger, Madelyn DeAscentis, Max Dreisbach, Davis Friedman and Carly Shocket -- for their alumni work this year and their commitment as class agents following graduation. Retiring board members Michael Crawley '81, Jim Feibel '51, W.D. Ferriel '98 and Brian Shepard '96 were also recognized and thanked for their years of service and commitment to Academy and the alumni association.
All Day 4 CA - Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who went All In with your Viking spirit and support during All Day 4 CA. Your participation made this a remarkable day of giving that exceeded all expectations. An incredible 940 donors (134 more than last year) contributed $428,600 for this year's Annual Fund. The best part was seeing lifelong friends, classmates and former teachers reconnect with one another as a result of this spirited day!

If you missed this year's video, be sure to check it out here to see how proud we are of our school, our students and our alumni.
School News

In the just-released issue of Columbus CEO magazine, Columbus Academy is recognized as one of the Top Workplaces among midsize organizations in Central Ohio for 2018. Also, we earned special recognition for offering outstanding professional development opportunities, as highlighted in a piece featuring school psychologist Suzanne Ritter!
Sports News

All are welcome to join us in the Dining Hall at 1:45 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, May 4) to celebrate the following seniors who will continue their athletic careers on the collegiate level: Max Dreisbach (swimming at Miami University), Karibi Hart (track at Columbia University), Tessa Lopresti (synchronized swimming at Wheaton College in Massachusetts), Ryan Mitchell (baseball at Denison University), Carson Nichols (football at Kenyon College), Josh Pearson (football at Notre Dame College of Ohio), Nick Robie (cross country and track at Butler University), John Schiano (football at Amherst College) and Matt Schiano (football at Amherst College)! Overall, 22 members of this year's senior class of 95 students have committed to competing athletically in college. To learn more about the previously announced signees, click here.
Send In Your Class Notes

If you have news and/or photos for the Fall 2018 issue of  Academy magazine, please submit online, email to Director of Alumni Relations  Jennifer Conti at or mail to the Alumni Office at 4300 Cherry Bottom Road, Gahanna, OH 43230.
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