December 2018
Academy Alumni in the News

Andrea Helf Reid '99  (pictured), vice president and designer at Franklin Art Glass Studios, was featured in the December issue of Ohio Magazine.  Also included in this month's  press clippings  are  Jen Burton '95 ,Collin Castore (attended CA '90-'92),   Asim Haque '98 Meredith Keeran Kessler '96 Samuel Levy '01, Jane Z. Li '18, Herman Moultrie III '18, Rick Ricart '98, Bill Schottenstein '72, Lee Solomon '14 and  Travis Spencer (attended CA '87-'92) .

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 .
RSVP for Alumni Holiday Luncheon by December 14

Don't miss this great annual event! Niles Overly '69 will be honored as the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus and Gail Olson will receive the Alumni Service Award at the 2018 Holiday Luncheon. The event will be held on Friday, December 21, at the Westin Downtown (310 S. High St., Columbus, 43215). Refreshments will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch and program at noon. Click here to register online by Friday, December 14.
Athletic Hall of Fame Induction 
The Alumni Association will recognize and honor Martha Ferger '02 for her outstanding contributions to the athletic program at Academy.

Martha will be inducted into Columbus Academy's Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, December 14. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Dining Hall, and she will also be recognized at halftime at that night's boys' varsity basketball game against Worthington Christian.

All alumni are welcome to attend! RSVP to Director of Alumni Relations Melissa Clarke Beckett at 614-509-2290 or
Additional Upcoming Alumni Events  
Black Alumni Gathering: Saturday, December 22, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Columbus Academy black alumni are invited to attend a Holiday Weekend gathering at Hubbard Grille (793 N. High St, Columbus, OH 43215). Kindly RSVP to 614-509-2290 or
Alumni Admissions Night: Thursday, January 17, from 6:00-7:00 p.m.  
All alumni are invited to attend an Alumni Admissions Night in Academy Hall. Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments while hearing more about the Academy experience. Learn about the admissions process, financial aid and take a tour of the school. Attend for yourself or bring a friend to introduce to Columbus Academy. Kindly RSVP to the Admissions office at 614-509-2220 or
Philadelphia Reception: Tuesday, January 29, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. 
Whether you call Philadelphia home or are just in town visiting, all Academy alumni are invited to the Pyramid Club (1735 Market Street, 52nd Floor Philadelphia, PA 19103) for an evening of food, fun and Academy fellowship. RSVP to Director of Alumni Relations Melissa Clarke Beckett at or 614-509-2290.
Thanksgiving Day 2018 Recap  
Thank you to all who joined us for this year's Thanksgiving Day programming! A special thank you to  Jeff Berman '81 for coordinating the Turkey Bowl and to  Hilary McHugh Kuss '95 for organizing the Alumnae Field Hockey Game.
Choose your Annual Fund Impact

Thanks to input from our community, we are pleased to announce new Annual Fund options for you! Now you can choose to leave your Annual Fund gift unrestricted or support the following program areas: Arts, Athletics, Curricular Innovation, Faculty or Financial Aid.
Your Annual Fund gift will have an important impact this year for:    
  • Flourishing Arts programs that will benefit from a full renovation of the Schoedinger Theatre - including the addition of a balcony-beginning this spring
  • Financial Aid that provides nearly one in four students with access to an Academy education
  • Construction on Athletics spaces (we've outgrown the existing facilities!), including a new 24,000 sq. ft. field house, a state-of-the-art training center, renovated locker rooms, and dedicated offices for coaches
  • Unique professional development opportunities that spark the creativity of our Faculty and inspire Curricular Innovation, which enhances student learning and keeps Academy at the forefront of educational best practices
Visit our website to learn more or contact us at if you have questions about how you can make a difference. Thank you for your important support!
School News

On the Monday morning following Veterans Day, the belltower atop Morris Hall sounded 501 times, one chime each for Columbus Academy's 494 alumni and seven faculty/staff members who served or are serving in the United States Armed Forces. The school began this Veterans Day tradition in 2013, and it is followed by a moving rendition of "America the Beautiful" by the upper school Camerata. To all veterans and their families, we cannot thank you enough for your sacrifices. We will never forget.
Our community recently joined together to raise over $50,000 for Columbus Academy's athletic programs at the 36th annual Charlie David Dinner! In front of a record crowd of over 900 people, the school honored Dominic Facciolla, who is retiring in the spring at the conclusion of his 20th year as athletic director at Academy. A huge amount of gratitude to the many, many volunteers who made the event such a success, especially parents and guardians who assisted during the dinner portion, all the students who organized and ran the boardwalk-style games for the younger children, and everyone behind the scenes who made it all happen. The camaraderie and school spirit throughout the evening was an outstanding example of the Academy experience!
Sports News
In November, we celebrated two Columbus Academy seniors who signed NCAA National Letters of Intent and have accepted athletic scholarships to compete on the collegiate level! Jordan Skilken will dive for the University of Texas and Jacob Eismann will swim for the University of Kentucky. Jordan, the daughter of Karen and Steve Skilken '68, is a two-time state runner-up in diving. She also placed fourth in the state as a sophomore and won the district title as a freshman by scoring a then-school-record 547.7 points. Jacob, the son of Michele and Ron Eismann, is a three-time Mid-State League Swimmer of the Year who won a state title in the 100 backstroke in addition to anchoring our state champion 400 freestyle relay squad last season. He earned state runner-up honors in the 400 freestyle relay as a sophomore and in the 200 medley relay as a freshman.
Send In Your Class Notes

If you have news and/or photos for the Spring 2019 issue of  Academy magazine, please email them to your class agent or to Director of Alumni Relations  Melissa Clarke Beckett at  or mail them to the Alumni Office at 4300 Cherry Bottom Road, Gahanna, OH 43230.
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