September 2022
Academy Alumni in the News
Ryan Huyghe ’92 (pictured) has been promoted to chief executive officer of Crane Renovation Group. After joining Able/Mr. Roof, a Crane Group company, as executive vice president in March 2019, Ryan was promoted to president of Able/Mr. Roof in December 2020. Under his guidance, the business established a new leadership team and structure, implemented a new purchasing and distribution model, improved sales and operations processes, established consistency across markets and opened a new location in Northeastern Ohio. Also included in this months press clippings are alumni Nick Jones ’01, Meredith Kessler ’96, Glen Wilson ’87, Carly (Hammond) Miller ’98 and Avishar Barua ’05.

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
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.
Black Alumni and MOSAIC Luncheon: September 24
Join us for the inaugural Black Alumni and MOSAIC Luncheon, hosted by 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 Melissa Soderberg, Head of School; Erich Hunker '81, Assistant Head of School; Melissa Clarke Beckett, Director of Alumni Relations 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. The event will take place at the City Tavern Club located at 3206 M Street NW Washington, District of Columbia 20007.

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.

RSVP to Director of Alumni Relations Melissa Clarke Beckett at or 614-509-2290. Significant others or partners are welcome to attend.
2022 Student Alumni Board Representatives
We are pleased to announce that Anna Chang, Miles Friedman, Grace Hunter, Adeti Mohanselvan, Nnenna Onwe and Cory Wu have been selected to represent the senior class as Student Alumni Board Representatives.

The Student Alumni Board Representatives serve as liaisons between the Alumni Board, Alumni Office and the student body. They foster relationships between alumni and students and help develop and manage events that bring alumni together. During their senior year, the student reps attend all Alumni Board meetings and serve on committees as needed.

The student reps support Columbus Academy financially through participation in the Annual Fund and, following graduation, act as class agents until their five-year reunion. As class agents, they work with the Alumni Office to collect class notes, help with class fundraising solicitations, and assist in organizing reunions.
Behind Every Gift is a Story
Every graduates’ thoughtful gift last year played a critical role in supporting the countless Academy traditions and experiences we hold dear. We hope you enjoy reading this year’s Donor Impact Report, full of stories that highlight the wonderful spirit of generosity within our Academy community. This year’s publication features alumna Kate Denmead ’93, the Agrawal Family (Ketan ’17 and Davey ’22), the Class of 1970, and the family of Tom Morris ’54. To all of our alumni who are giving of their time, talent and treasure to Columbus Academy, we remain ever grateful for your support!
School News
As the guest speaker at our Upper School's annual Service Day last week, Academy alumnus Nick Jones ’01 P’34 — recently promoted to VP of Community Wellness at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (see press clips) — shared some of his work that helps better kids’ lives in communities across the Columbus area. Nick’s involvement in helping to improve living conditions, provide job coaching opportunities and enrich the lives of children and their families are just a few highlights of the hospital’s Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families initiative. Nick noted in his opening remarks, “When you think of a children's hospital, you wouldn't think that we would be engaged in things like housing, jobs and mentoring. We do this work because it impacts our kids’ health. And the only way that we’re really going to help to build a healthy community is by investing upstream in some of these areas.” To watch Nick’s presentation, click here.
“The various paths that you will take to get from where you are now to becoming an accomplished graduate of the school is the reason all your teachers devote so much time and investment in your growth and development,” said Head of School Melissa Soderberg to students during Columbus Academy’s Convocation on August 26. “We love watching each of you becoming who you’re going to be.” The school began its 112th year on August 22 with 1,170 students — ranging in age from 3 years old to grade 12 — from all across Central Ohio. That total included 162 new students just beginning their Academy journeys and a class of 101 seniors who will graduate in the spring. To view complete coverage from the opening of this school year, click here.
Sports News
Academy senior Stephen Ma broke a school record with an 18-hole score of 66 at the MSL-Ohio Midseason Tournament at Turnberry on August 27. As a freshman in 2019, he had tied the previous mark of 67, which was held by three other former players: Alex Simson ’08, Ali Khan ’20 and Russell Ahmed ’22. In addition to our boys winning both the varsity and JV competitions at this event, our girls team and boys swept the league preseason contests as well. For coverage from all of our fall sports, visit @academyvikings on Instagram.
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.