January 2019
Academy Alumni in the News 
Abigail Lloyd '97 (pictured), was featured by The Business Equality Network Magazine as one of their 40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40 for her work as a Volunteer LGBT Asylum Litigator. Also included in this month's press clippings are Donald Brown '90 Bob Eckhart '87, Michael Jordan '89 Tara Keny '03, Meredith Kessler '96, Rick Ricart '98, Kevin Sibbring '78, Michael Stinziano '98, Ryan Vesler '01 and the obituary for Jonathan S. Baeslack '06.

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 beckettm@columbusacademy.org.
Alumni Admissions Night

All alumni are invited to attend an Alumni Admissions Night on Thursday, January 17, at 6:00 p.m. in Academy Hall

Enjoy light hor d'oeuvres and refreshments while hearing more about today's Academy experience. Learn about the admissions process, financial aid and take a tour of the school. We welcome you to attend this parents only event, and feel free to bring a friend to introduce to Columbus Academy. 

Kindly RSVP to the Admissions Office at admissions@columbusacademy.org or 614-509-2220.
Alumni Gathering in Philadelphia 

Whether you call Philadelphia home or are just visiting The City of Brotherly Love, all alumni are invited to the Pyramid Club (1735 Market Street, 52nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103) on Tuesday, January 29, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for an evening of food, fun and Academy fellowship.

RSVP to Director of Alumni Relations Melissa Clarke Beckett  at alumni@columbusacademy.org or 614-509-2290. Significant others or partners are welcome to attend.
Alumni Holiday Luncheon

On December 21, alumni gathered with family, friends and former and current faculty and staff for the annual Alumni Holiday Luncheon at the Westin Columbus.
Niles Overly '69 was honored as the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus and  Gail Olson was honored with the 2018 Alumni Service Award. For a full recap of the event, click here . To view photos, click here . To watch speeches, click on the following links: Niles Overly , Gail Olson .
George H.W. Bush's Academy Connection

In December the country took a day to remember the life and accomplishments of our 41st President George H. W. Bush. On December 5, the Columbus Academy community also reflected on his family's contributions to the earliest years of Columbus Academy. 

Samuel Prescott Bush, the grandfather of our 41st President and great-grandfather of our 43rd President, was one of the nine founders of Columbus Academy and served on the school's Board of Directors for its first three decades.

To read more about the Bush family connection to Columbus Academy, click here to read a letter from Head of School Melissa Soderberg with further details.
School News

Last spring, during a celebratory day for the seniors after their final classes, Columbus Academy's Class of 2018 surprised beloved upper school faculty member John Street with tickets to the Army-Navy football game because they knew it was on his bucket list ( watch video). Last month, John and his wife Maryanne, who oversees our middle school CASE program, enjoyed perfect weather for the 119th annual matchup at Lincol n Financial Field in Philadelphia.
During an assembly before winter break, members of our maintenance, facilities and security crews were recognized in front of students for their integral roles in our school community. In addition, they joined our dining hall and landscaping teams at a catered breakfast hosted by the Development/Alumni Office.
Sports News
On December 14, Columbus Academy inducted Martha Ferger '02 as the 40th member of its Athletic Hall of Fame. During her time playing for Coach Anne Horton, Martha was All-Ohio in field hockey and a Team MVP for both our field hockey and lacrosse squads. She helped our Vikings win three state field hockey titles as well as a lacrosse state championship and went on to win three national titles in field hockey at Wake Forest University. "Playing sports early in my life really played a large role in shaping the person I am today and I couldn't be more grateful," she said. "What an honor for me to be included in this distinguished group of individuals. I would like to thank all the people who supported me and encouraged me along the way." 
Our wrestling squad swept a pair of recent home duals by beating St. Charles 30-6 and Beechcroft 30-12. And in mid-December, freshman Zara Syed became the first-ever Academy female to win a varsity wrestling match when she helped the team defeat Cristo Rey 39-30 (watch video)! On the hardwood, our varsity boys are 7-3 and ranked sixth in the region while our girls hoops squad is 3-5. In swimming, our girls are 3-1 and the AquaVike boys are undefeated in four dual meets. Our boys bowling team is 3-4 while our girls are 2-4. And in its initial varsity season, our ice hockey squad is off to a 9-4 start!
Send In Your Class Notes 
We love keeping in touch with our alumni, and we want to hear all of your latest news. Let us know what's going on in your life in 2019! 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. Please email them to your class agent or to Director of Alumni Relations Melissa Clarke Beckett at beckettm@columbusacademy.org . You can also mail them to the Alumni Office at 4300 Cherry Bottom Road, Gahanna, OH 43230.
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