March 2022
Academy Alumni in the News
Khloe Dubenion ’18 (pictured), a senior at Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU), broke the OWU school record in the womens weight throw at the North Coast Atlantic Conference indoor championships held at Wittenberg University on February 25. Her toss of 16.20 meters broke the previous record set in 2016. Khloe still holds the Columbus Academy girls discus record of 121 feet, 5 inches, which she set in 2018. Also included in this months press clips are Jim Bowman ’84, Brian Brooks ’87, Morgan Harper ’01, Bro Krift ’95, Jim Leeke ’68, Joey Miller ’09 and David Salvage ’97.

Did you know “Alumni in the News” is consistently the most read section of the Alumni Newsletter? We want to hear from you! If you have clips that you have authored or where you are featured (either in print or on the web), please pass them along for future issues. Press clippings can be sent to Director of Alumni Relations Melissa Clarke Beckett at
Join Us On Campus for Two Great Alumni & Student Events
#1 Bake Bread for Faith Mission
Alumni are invited to join current students for a step-by-step bread-baking experience to support Faith Mission. Alumni volunteers can participate in the morning session, afternoon session or both!

Morning Session, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Creating and kneading the dough

Waiting for the Dough to Rise, 10:30 a.m. to noon
Enjoy lunch, a campus tour or participate in the pickup basketball game

Afternoon Session, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Cutting/shaping the dough into rolls and cleanup

#2 Alumni & Student Pick-Up Basketball Game
Join current students for a few friendly games of pickup basketball from 10:30 a.m. to noon. It’ll be a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with fellow graduates over some lighthearted fun while giving current students the chance to build relationships with our incredible alumni. Games will be held in the new fieldhouse, so participants will get to experience firsthand some our beautiful new athletic facilities. Attendees do not need to participate in the bread-baking event to take part in pickup basketball.
Alumni Gathering in New York City on May 2
Whether you call New York City home or are just visiting The Big Apple, all alumni are invited to the Sky Room at New Museum (235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002) on Monday, May 2, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for an evening of food, fun and Academy fellowship.

Enjoy stunning, panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline while hearing from Dr. Pascal Losambe, a member of the Diversity and Community Life Office. During his presentation, Pascal will share insights 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 is sure to fill you with pride for your alma mater.

RSVP to Director of Alumni Relations Melissa Clarke Beckett at or 614-509-2290. Significant others or partners are welcome to attend.
Save the Date for Anne Horton Retirement Party on May 14
Vikings family, friends, fans and alumni are invited to join Columbus Academy Athletics in celebrating the legendary 31-year career of assistant athletic director and former multi-sport head coach Anne Horton as she heads into a wonderful, well-deserved retirement. Since starting Columbus Academys field hockey program in 1991, her teams won 24 district titles, played in 18 state championship games and claimed 12 state titles. In 25 years of coaching girls lacrosse, her squads won a midwest title, played in six state championship finals and claimed three state titles.

Saturday, May 14 
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Columbus Academy Dining Hall

This event will be an opportunity for all of us to recognize Annes accomplishments as well as her incredible impact on the school and the students who have played under her leadership. Additional details and a formal invitation will be sent in the coming weeks.
Join Us on May 23 for the Alumni Networking Reception
Join us for the Alumni Networking Reception on Monday, May 23, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Columbus Academy. Take advantage of the opportunity to network with fellow CA graduates, enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres and drinks as well as learn from two young alumni who have excelled in their professions.

During the event Michael Corey ’01, Executive Director at the Human Service Chamber of Franklin County will be honored with the 2020 Young Alumni Award. Additionally, Ryan Williams ’08, Co-Founder and President at Jopwell will receive the 2022 Young Alumni Award.

The event will be moderated by Patti Zettler 98, associate professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Patti will facilitate a conversation between Michael and Ryan as they discuss the future of work and community building in a post-Covid world.

Additional details and registration coming soon. For now, please mark your calendars and save the date!
School News
Our winter issue of Experience, the official school magazine of Columbus Academy, should be arriving in mailboxes this month. In addition to the cover story on how our students learn both the power and the place of technology at every grade level, this edition includes a profile of dining hall manager Stephanie Campbell, a tribute to the late Dick Price, all the latest school news and a dozen pages of class notes!

All 19 of this year’s National Merit Semifinalists have advanced to be 2022 Finalists and are eligible for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered this spring! To learn more about Devan “Davey” Agrawal, Russell Ahmed, Siddharth Amirneni, Spandana Amirneni, Alexandra Butnariu, Julia DeVore, Soham Joshi, Madeleine Kazatsky, Janet Li, Raaghav Malik, Cyrus Richardson, Malachy Sullivan, Haichuan “Fletcher” Sun, Lindsay Sutherland, Yashu Taneru, Amiya Tiwari, Carolyn “Gurby” Vaziri, Ethan Weiser and Stephen Wright, click here.
Sports News
At the National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame’s recent 61st annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet, Academy senior Gyvnn Mendenhall and alumnus Angus Soderberg ’18 were honored as NFF Scholar-Athletes. Pictured with Viking head coach Robin Miller, Kenyon head coach Ian Good and Lords teammate Phil Soderberg ’20, Angus (second from right) was one of seven football players from colleges and universities in Central Ohio to be recognized for his academic prowess while playing defensive back at Kenyon.
Gyvnn, meanwhile, was one of 13 high school scholar-athletes presented with John H. McConnell and Worthington Industries Foundation Scholarships, which he will use to further his football career on the collegiate level at Washington University in St. Louis next year. Just this past weekend, Gyvnn accomplished his goal of completing his wrestling career on the state podium. By placing 7th among Division III heavyweights, he became Academy’s first state placer since Scott Smith ’03 won the 189-lb state title 19 years ago. And Gyvnn’s 41 wins in both 2020 and 2022 were the most in a season since a 42-win senior campaign by Bryan Panzano ’08.
Send In Your Class Notes

We love keeping in touch with our alumni, and we want to hear all of your latest news. Here are some of the updates we are looking for:

New family additions
Big moves
New jobs
New schools, titles or degrees
Exciting trips or accomplishments
General updates

We also love pictures, so you can send those along as well. Fill out our class notes form at or email us at to be sure your message is included in an upcoming publication!