November 2022
Academy Alumni In the News 
Todd Alexander ’81 (pictured) President of Ragtime Band Development Company and Developer/Founder at Newark Station discusses the opening of The Yard and the importance of sports in his life growing up. Newark Station is a 7-acre mixed-use development comprised of an outdoor event center, Loft Apartments, Earthworks Coffee & Goods, an indoor event center, a rooftop bar and a freestanding fine dining restaurant. Todd attributes his Columbus Academy teammates and Coach Jack MacMullan as a source for his past and present success. Also included in this month’s press clippings are alumni Jim Bowman ’84, Annalise Grammel ’20, Joe Hartzler ’68, Jim Leeke ’68, Martin Nesbitt ’81, Katie Schiano '21 and Matt Van Buskirk ’03 as well as an obituary for David W. McCabe '57.

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 CA Veterans
In honor of the 497 Columbus Academy alumni and 5 current faculty/staff, coaches, facilities and security team members (Neal O'Brien, Ralen Cleveland and Dan Olexio United States Army — Dennis Gillman and Matt Mele, United States Air Force) who have served our country in one of the armed forces, the school bell atop Morris Hall will ring 502 times the morning of Veterans Day. 
From our very first graduate (Carey Evans, Class of 1914) to our first alumnae to serve — Mary Beth Ray and Jamie Scheiman, both from the Class of 2006 — to our most recent graduate Luke Nester '21, who is a Midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy, Columbus Academy commends the spirit of service its many alumni, faculty, staff, coaches, parents and friends have chosen to uphold.

Alumni veterans, you are invited to join us on campus as we honor Veterans Day on Friday, November 11. Stand with the students, faculty and staff as the Morris Hall bells chime once for every veteran in the Columbus Academy community starting at approximately 7:30 a.m. Kindly RSVP to (614) 509-2290 or
Turkey Bowl on November 24
This year's Turkey Bowl will take place Thanksgiving morning (Thursday, November 24) at 10:00 a.m. on Hondros Field. For more information about the game, please contact Director of Alumni Relations Melissa Clarke Beckett at (614) 509-2290 or

The gym will also be open for basketball from 9:00 a.m. to noon. All alumni are invited to campus to burn some calories before partaking in holiday festivities.
Athletic Hall of Fame Induction December 3
The Columbus Academy Alumni Association will recognize and honor Philip E. Carlin ’58, Robert C. Kirk Jr. ’67 and Andrew W. Dunn ’02 for their outstanding contributions to the athletic program at Columbus Academy.

There will be a reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres and desserts, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Susan Neal Theatre Lobby. Then Phil, Bob and Andrew will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in the Schoedinger Theatre at 6:30 p.m. The Hall of Fame inductees will then be recognized at center court during halftime of the varsity boys basketball game against Bexley. All alumni are welcome to attend!

Kindly RSVP to the Alumni Office at (614) 509-2290 or
Alumni Holiday Luncheon on December 20
Don't miss this great annual event! At this year's luncheon we are pleased to honor Michael B. Hallet, M.D. '70 as the 2022 Distinguished Alumnus, and Scott Neal will receive the Alumni Service Award.
The event is taking place on Tuesday, December 20, at the The Grand Event Center at Grandview Yard (820 Goodale Blvd. Grandview Heights, OH 43212).
Refreshments will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and program at noon.
Partner with the Summer Internship Program
Would you like to have a Columbus Academy upper school student intern at your organization? The summer internship program is now seeking summer 2023 partner organizations to provide in-person internship opportunities in Central Ohio, or virtual internship opportunities nationwide.

Launched in 2019, the Columbus Academy Internship Program partners with businesses and organizations to provide internship opportunities for upper school students, with school-year and summer opportunities. Through internship opportunities, students engage in meaningful endeavors with problem solving, creative thinking and leadership opportunities that not only cultivate their own interests, but also deepen connections, partnerships and engagement within our community.

Click here or contact Director of Internships Jennifer Conti at to learn more.
School News
“Little Women” was staged by Columbus Academy upper-schoolers on November 4-5. This marked the final production directed by Scott Dillon, who is retiring at the conclusion of this school year. In addition to serving as technical director for all Academy shows since he arrived on campus in 2004 (and he will continue to do so through the winter and spring), “Dill” – as he is affectionately known by students and colleagues alike – has directed the school’s fall play since 2008. Click here to watch video from rehearsal.

Columbus Academy is very fortunate to have on its staff many talented artists who display their talents at numerous events throughout the area. Some recent examples included band director Jessica Sneeringer performing with The Who during a concert at The Schott, choir director Ryan Jenkins singing the national anthem prior to a Columbus Crew game, lower school music teacher Amy McLaughlin serving as a featured vocalist at Genoa Church in Galena, upper school English teacher Stefan Farrenkopf playing in a band that is celebrating Kurt Vonnegut’s 100th birthday on November 12 at Natalie’s Music Hall in Grandview, and CASE assistant Hunter Minor playing the lead roles in "Newsies" at the Southern Theatre. Click here to learn more.
Sports News
In just its fourth year as a program, our girls golf team won the Division II state title by finishing the two-round tournament with a score of 647 (317-330), which was 23 strokes better than runner-up Garaway (read Dispatch article)! Individually, Angela Hu tied for 6th at 157 (76-81) on Ohio State’s Gray Course and was named Dispatch Athlete of the Week for her efforts. Our boys, meanwhile, were state runners-up with a two-day score of 634 (320-314), 16 strokes behind champion Kettering Alter on OSU's Scarlet Course (view recap).

Our varsity boys soccer team also enjoyed a run in the postseason, capturing the program's first district title since 2020 with a thrilling 5-4 victory over Bloom-Carroll (view recap). The Vikings also won their regional semifinal matchup 1-0 over Dayton Oakwood, before falling to defending Division II state champion Cincinnati Wyoming to conclude the season.
Send In Your Class Notes

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Have you recently changed your name? Moved to a new home? 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.