August 2022
Academy Alumni in the News
Tracy Subisak ’05 (pictured), a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, received a Floyd’s Pick Book Award for her children’s book “Jenny Mei Is Sad” presented by the State Library of Ohio and the Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) Advisory Council. The Floyd’s Pick Book Award is given annually to a book written by an Ohio author or illustrated by an Ohio illustrator that is representative of high-quality literature created for children. “Jenny Mei Is Sad” is a universally relevant story of friendship, compassion and validating children’s emotions. It was praised by the CTRO Advisory Council for its rich story behind simple sentences; for its beautiful, understated illustrations; and for opening space for discussion while staying faithful to a child’s understanding and response to helping a friend no matter what. Also included in this months press clippings are alumni Ada (Malinowska) Andruszkiewicz ’98, Avishar Barua ’05, Donald Brown ’90, Bob Eckhart ’87, Michael Hallet ’70, Abby Jeffers ’18, Bro Krift ’95, Todd Park ’90, Kyle Reis ’01, Angela (Phillips) Thomas ’01, Ryan Vesler ’01 and Patti Zettler ’98 as well as obituaries for Richard Herbert Gurevitz ’56, Charles William (Bill) O’Brien ’61 and Dudley W. Jordan Jr. ’72.

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 Melissa Clarke Beckett at
Honoring Vicki Ross
It is with great sadness that we share with you the news of the passing of a member of the Columbus Academy community, Victoria (Vicki) Alice Ross. Vicki passed away on May 29, 2022, following the passing of her husband Butch on May 6, 2022.

Vicki retired from Columbus Academy in 2010 after 34 years of service. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from The Ohio State University and went on to earn a master’s degree in reading supervision at Ashland College. While at Academy, Vicki taught middle school reading, social studies and language arts before finishing her career as head librarian for the Middle School Reinberger Library. Vicki established the middle school drama program and directed it for 12 years in addition to beginning the fifth grade trips to Sunwatch and Greenfield Village. She also coached the middle school golf team for many years and kept stats for the middle school track program. Vicki’s sons Bill and Jim graduated from Academy in 1986 and 1989, respectively.

In 2015, Vicki received the Alumni Service Award, an honor designed to recognize a member of the faculty or staff who has distinguished him/herself through a commitment to the school through service to his/her students.
14th Annual Golf Outing
Our alumni community is invited to participate in the 14th Annual Columbus Academy Golf Outing being held on Monday, September 19, at Columbus Country Club. The golf outing is designed to benefit financial aid in memory of George N. Corey, former Board of Trustees president and father of Michael Corey 01.

The outing will start at 1:00 p.m. followed by a gathering at the clubhouse. 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. The outing is limited to 100 players (25 teams).

Click here for registration and sponsorship opportunities. Well see you on the greens!
Alumni Weekend 2022: Register Today
We are thrilled to welcome back all alumni, faculty, staff and friends to Alumni Weekend 2022!

Join us on campus for two days of fun, learning and camaraderie. Our programming features a host of exciting events, taking place September 23-24, including:

  • Take in the sights and sounds of Friday night football complete with pep band, concession stand and Academy community spirit. Before and during the game, stop by the Alumni Watch Party to enjoy complimentary food and drinks
  • Connect with teachers, coaches, advisors and mentors over gourmet coffee, provided by Cappuccino Crew, at Coffee with the CA Legends
  • Hear the State of Academy from Head of School Melissa Soderberg
  • Enjoy a free picnic lunch courtesy of the Office of Alumni Relations (families and guests are welcome)
  • Honor and celebrate two incredible young alumni: Michael Corey ’01, recipient of the 2020 Young Alumni Award, and Ryan Williams ’08, recipient of the 2022 Young Alumni Award

Alumni Weekend is a fantastic opportunity to not only reconnect with friends and classmates, but to also see firsthand how your alma mater has grown into the school it is today.

Class of 1971 click here to see your special 50th Reunion weekend agenda.

Class of 1972 click here to see your special 50th Reunion weekend agenda.

All other alumni, faculty, staff and friends click here to view the full schedule of events and stay tuned for further weekend updates including details regarding reunion class gatherings and the 1995 state champion soccer team celebration.

Coming in from out of town? A block of rooms will be reserved at the Aloft Columbus Easton at a discounted rate of $169/night. Click here to book your room at our discounted rate. Reservations must be made by August 23.
Black Alumni and MOSAIC Luncheon: September 24
Join us for the inaugural Black Alumni and MOSAIC Luncheon, hosted alumni Vanessa Butler 07, Kevin Dubenion 78, Khloe Dubenion 18, Alicia Henson 02, Vic Thorne 92, Katie Walker 02 and Lindsey Williams 01 along with parents Patricia Abbey-Mensah P29, Theresa Ankamah P26 31, Natasha Davis P25 and Alicia Donaldson P24.

The event will take place on Saturday, September 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. as a part of the 2022 Alumni Weekend festivities. Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop and sustain connections with fellow alumni, upper school students and parents/guardians.
  • Create space for conversations that provide opportunities for reflection and learning from others’ experiences and perspectives.
  • Hear an update on the United Against Racism strategic initiative and some of the work Columbus Academy has been doing to foster a sense of belonging in our community.

We hope you will join us for great food and fellowship with black alumni, upper school students and their families. Click here to RSVP.
Alumni Gathering in Washington D.C. on October 10
Join Head of School Melissa Soderberg, Assistant Head of School Erich Hunker 81, Director of Alumni Relations Melissa Clarke Beckett and special guest Dr. Pascal Losambe on Monday, October 10, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for an alumni reception in Washington, D.C.

Enjoy appetizers, beer, wine and refreshments while getting to know Academy alumni of all generations. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about the key experiences created by our faculty, staff and coaches to help students grow and thrive both inside and outside of the classroom. Filled with videos featuring student voices and their first-hand perspectives, this interactive presentation presented by Dr. Losambe is sure to fill you with pride for your alma mater.

Details regarding the location for our event will be shared soon. RSVP to Director of Alumni Relations Melissa Clarke Beckett at or 614-509-2290. Significant others or partners are welcome to attend.
School News
Recent graduate Raaghav Malik was named 2022 recipient of the National Merit John M. Stalnaker Memorial Scholarship, awarded each year to the most outstanding National Merit Finalist planning to pursue a career in mathematics or science. Raaghav was one of eight National Merit Scholars from our Class of 2022. Together, they were a part of an outstanding group of 33 students who earned recognition in this past year’s National Merit Scholarship Program as 19 seniors were semifinalists and finalists, eight garnered Commended status and six students received academic honors in the College Board National Recognition Programs. Also, 119 of our upper-schoolers earned AP Scholar recognition (including 70 AP Scholars with Distinction). In our Class of 2022, 63 of the 112 (56.25%) recent graduates earned AP Scholar distinction. Overall, the average test score for our AP Scholars was 4.21!
PACA is offering the opportunity for businesses/organizations in our community and the local area to advertise in the 2022-23 arts and sports programs. There are spaces for full-page color and full-, half- and quarter-page ads that get your business recognized in all four programs for the price of one. For more details, please visit Deadline for ad purchases and artwork submissions is Friday, August 19. To view the spring sports program, click here.
Sports News
Our school has quite a history of athletic success. Over the years, our varsity teams have won 39 team state championships in nine different sports. We have the most state titles in field hockey (12) of any school in the state, and our current streak of five straight state championships in boys golf is the longest all-time in Ohio for golf, where we have earned the state’s second-most titles (12). For the opening spread of our upcoming fall magazine, we are asking members of the Academy community what their all-time favorite Columbus Academy sports memory is. If you would like to submit a favorite memory, please email it to
Following his junior year, Viking football and track standout Emmanuel “EJ” Jenkins was named the MSL-Ohio division’s Wayne Roller Scholar Athlete! To qualify for the nomination, students must have earned at least two varsity letters during the school year, have an accumulative grade point average of 3.5 or greater and complete an application listing academic/athletic accomplishments, service projects and recommendations from school administrators and coaches. EJ was one of just four honorees in Academy’s division to receive a plaque from the league and was recognized at an all-league banquet in June.
Send In Your Class Notes

We love keeping in touch with our alumni, and we want to hear all of your latest news.

Have you recently moved? Been promoted? Changed your line of work? Please go to the Alumni Updates form at to share these details. Providing the school with this information will help ensure you receive Reunion updates, regional event invitations and the latest news from your alma mater! 

Have you recently earned a new title or degree? Have details about an exciting trip or recent accomplishment to share? Gotten engaged or married? Added a new little Viking to your family? Please use the Class Notes form at to share these exciting life updates for inclusion in the Class Notes section of an upcoming edition of Academy’s Experience magazine.