August 2020
Academy Alumni in the News

Kaitlyn Heintzelman '19 (pictured), a bioengineering student at Rice University, worked with a team of fellow interns to design a walk-in decontamination unit that can decontaminate up to 3,000 people per day as a part of the Rice 360˚ Institute for Global Health. The prototype consisted of PVC frame covered in plastic with nozzles to spray disinfectant. The project has already received interest from labs and hospitals. Also included in this month's press clips are Lee Solomon '14 and Matt Van Buskirk '03 as well as an obituary for Ben Sippel '98.

If you have news clips to pass along for future issues, please send them to Director of Alumni Relations Melissa Clarke Beckett at
12th Annual Golf Outing: Monday, September 21
Hit the greens to support financial aid at Columbus Academy!

The Columbus Academy community is invited to participate in our 12th Annual Columbus Academy Golf Outing on Monday, September 21, at the Columbus Country Club. Proceeds will benefit financial aid in memory of George N. Corey, former President of the CA Board of Trustees and father of alumnus Michael Corey '01.

The event will start at 1:00 p.m., and golfers will have the option to play a casual four-person scramble or a four-person two-best ball for those who would like a little more competition.
Should the golf outing need to be cancelled due to weather or the COVID-19 pandemic, all registration fees will be refunded. Details regarding a possible post-outing gathering will be shared closer to the event date with participants.

Click here for registration and sponsorship opportunities. We'll see you on the greens!
Presenting Sponsors

SEVEN12 Management

Raymond James & Associates, Inc.,
Member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC
Continuing the Quest: The Right Talent

Alumni recently had the opportunity to participate in the series launch of Continuing the Quest. A program designed to pair advice-seekers with expert advice-givers, Continuing the Quest gives participants the chance to discover something new through enlightening professional development talks. "The Right Talent" panel discussion focused on best practices for job searching, recruiting and retaining talented employees, and leveraging the Academy network. Many thanks to our panelists Mike Schlonsky '84, EVP of Human Resources at Big Lots, and Victoria Foreman '07, Recruiting Lead at Mix talent, as well as moderator Alex Freytag '87, Co-Founder and Partner at ProfitWorks.

Missed the presentation? Click here to access the video recording. 

If you have ideas for future topics to cover in the Continuing the Quest series, recommendations for expert panelists, or would like to share your professional advice with fellow alumni, please email Director of Alumni Relations Melissa Clarke Beckett at
School News

Congratulations to our Class of 2020! In a socially distanced ceremony on July 25, Columbus Academy seniors finally received their diplomas after an unprecedented spring and summer caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Following welcomes by Head of School Melissa Soderberg and Senior Class President Charlie Sabgir, Jay Gokhale delivered the valedictory address and Dr. David Hamlar Jr. '73 served as the event's honored guest speaker. Please click on the following links to view photos and watch video.
To present this year's fine arts awards, our faculty embarked on an "Art Award Caravan" (view photos) to celebrate each student in person, at a distance. Congratulations to these award-winners!

Ceramics: Noelle Boltz and Livy Seline
Photography: Ryan Hunker
Graphic Design: Grace Harrison
2D Art: Max Brown, Lindsay Dunlap, Abigail Freytag, Anna Ruhl, Emma Smith and Philip Soderberg
Sports News
Recent graduates Sam Massick and Sarah Neltner received a pair of huge honors last month. Sam was named the Columbus Dispatch's top male scholar-athlete while Sarah, who was first alternate for the top female scholar-athlete, earned a spot on the 2019-20 United Soccer Coaches Scholar High School All-America Team! 
In other sports news involving Academy alumni, Cobi Warstler '16 has been hired to be our cross country assistant coach and head middle school track coach, Lee Solomon '14 took part in an uplifting conversation about his life as a professional baseball player, Hayden Compton '19 was named to the 2019-20 All-Academic Team by the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and Jacob Wareti '16 was selected as an OSU Student-Athlete of the Month! 
Send In Your Class Notes 
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