December 2019
Academy Alumni in the News

Kyle Reis '01  (pictured), Principal and Director of Planning at Cooper Carry, was named one of the 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle's "40 Under Forty" honorees.  Also included in this month's  press clippings  are Caroline Aronowitz '16, Brian Brooks '87, Michael Corey '01, Bob Eckhart '87, Jim Friedman '68, Morgan Harper '01, Madeline Owen '17, Rick Ricart '98 and  Ryan Williams '08 .

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 13

Don't miss this great annual event! Steve Wittmann '67 will be honored as the 2019 Distinguished Alumnus, and Sue Bauman will receive the Alumni Service Award at the 2019 Holiday Luncheon. 
The event will be held on Friday, December 20, at a new location. We look forward to seeing you 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. Click here to register online by Friday, December 13.
Black Alumni Gathering December 21
Join us for this year's BOS Alumni Holiday Gathering hosted by Vanessa Butler '07, Kevin Dubenion '78, Khloe Dubenion '18, Morgan Harper '01, Vic Thorne '92, Allison Walker '04 and Katie Walker '02.

The event will take place on Saturday, December 21, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Hubbard Grille (793 N. High St., Columbus 43215).

Kindly RSVP to or 614-509-2290. Significant others or partners are welcome to attend.

Join Us for a Screening of No Small Matter on January 23 
All alumni are invited to join us for an on-campus screening of No Small Matter including a post-show talk with writer/co-director Greg Jacobs '87.

No Small Matter is the first feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated and powerful force for change in America today: early childhood education. Through poignant stories and surprising humor, the film lays out the overwhelming evidence for the importance of the first five years and reveals how our failure to act on that evidence has resulted in an everyday crisis for American families as well as a slow-motion catastrophe for the country.

The showing will take place in our newly renovated Schoedinger Theatre on Thursday, January 23, and will start at 7:00 p.m. This is an adults-only event. Childcare will be available to alumni participants with children through age 12 (all children must be potty trained).
Further details and registration will be available in January. Until then, please save the date!
Athletic Hall of Fame Induction January 25
The Alumni Association will recognize and honor Phil Cannon '82, Lindsey Williams '01  and  Scott Smith '03  for their outstanding contributions to the athletic program at Columbus Academy.
Phil, Lindsey, and Scott will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, January 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Dining Hall and, immediately following, will be recognized on the court at halftime of the boys basketball game against Bexley. All alumni are welcome to attend!

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Honoring Your Academy Experience

Columbus Academy alumni are distinctive, possessing a shared love of learning, resilience and skillful expression of thought. Your Academy education carries lifelong value thanks to the careful attention of teachers who developed your abilities to think critically, be empathetic, collaborate, write and speak with confidence.

One of the very important ways that alumni honor and invest in the value of their Academy experience is by donating to the Annual Fund, which helps the school afford unique professional development opportunities for faculty, enhance student programs and facilities, and meet the growing demand for student tuition assistance. We invite you to join us, and thank you for your important support.
School News

As our school bell rang 502 times on Veterans Day morning honoring 495 alumni and seven current members of our faculty/staff, coaching, facilities and security teams, students and teachers lined the quad to pay their respects to all who have served in our armed forces. The solemn ceremony concluded with our Camerata singing "America the Beautiful." Later that morning, alumni author David Cohen '54 shared stories from his "World War II Combat Veterans" book during an upper school assembly. The school also recognized recent achievements by a pair of alumni veterans on social media: SFC Peter E. Yen '05 and Dr. Sanjay Gogate '89.
In early November, we had the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar to our community as this year's guest speaker for Columbus Academy's Celebration of Leadership, a thank you event and stimulus for leadership donors to the current school year's Annual Fund. The lecturer, entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author spent the afternoon speaking with students in grades 8-12 during a special assembly and then sat down with members of our upper school journalism class. In the evening, Dr. Ben-Shahar shared his thoughts on the importance of positive psychology with leadership donors in the Party Barn at the Wexner Residence. His key points were that everyone: 1. has permission to be human ("the foundation of a happy life"), 2. needs ways to manage and overcome stress ("lack of recovery is the problem"), 3. relies on relationships ("#1 predictor of happiness" and "must be real rather than virtual") and 4. should make a habit of expressing gratitude ("reduces pessimism, anxiety and depression... what a difference it can make)."
Sports News
As an unseeded competitor at last weekend's USTA National Indoor Championships in Indianapolis, Columbus Academy junior Sydni Ratliff won all six of her matches to claim the girls 18-and-under national title! She didn't drop a set in the first four rounds and then battled through a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 victory in the semifinals. In Monday's championship, she again faced one of the country's top-seeded players and prevailed 7-5, 4-6, 7-5. As you may recall from our last newsletter, Sydni became the first girls tennis player in school history to win a state championship in singles earlier this fall.
The winter sports season is underway and includes the first two Columbus Academy girls (junior Suzy L'Hommedieu and sophomore Cassidy Jones) on our varsity ice hockey roster! Also, we recently celebrated two seniors who signed NCAA Division I National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers on the collegiate level. After leading our nationally ranked field hockey program to back-to-back state titles, Kiersten Thomassey signed to join the two-time defending national champion North Carolina Tar Heels. And three-time All-Ohio golfer Ali Khan, who helped our boys' program claim three straight state crowns, signed to play for the Ball State Cardinals.
Send In Your Class Notes

Do you have a life event that you'd like to share with fellow alumni and the CA community? Fill out our class notes form at or send via email to by Monday, December 9, to be sure your message is included in the next issue of Academy Magazine!
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