January 2020
Academy Alumni in the News

Jackie Mahler '10 and her pup Isotope (pictured) are featured in an article entitled "How the Dogs of Chernobyl Found a Happy Ending."  Also included in this month's  press clippings are Michael Corey '01, Ali Haque '01Jonathan Razi '08, Rick Ricart '98, Lawson Sadler '16, Vic Thorne '92, Bob Turton '01 and Ryan Williams '08 as well as obituaries for Roger A. Lemmon '59, Albie B. Walton Jr. '59, Jonathan Stone Sutton '62Kathy Spicer (who taught at Columbus Academy for 13 years before retiring in 2010) and Jan Keethler (who had served as an assistant in Academy's Admissions Office for the past 9 years).

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  beckettm@columbusacademy.org .
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 and Colin McGinnis, CEO of South Side Early Learning.

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).
Trio of Stellar Vikings to be Inducted on 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 during halftime of the boys basketball game against Bexley. All alumni are welcome to attend!

Kindly RSVP to alumni@columbusacademy.org.
All Invited to Fieldhouse Family Night on January 25 
Calling all Vikings! It is time to set sail for a family-friendly sneak peek of our new fieldhouse: a three-court space for basketball (with 18 drop-down backboards), tennis and volleyball as well as a climbing wall and netting for indoor training by baseball, golf, lacrosse and more.

Attendees will have a chance to see these newest additions for themselves at our Fieldhouse Family Night from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on January 25 prior to that Saturday evening's Athletic Hall of Fame induction (see above) and varsity boys' basketball home game against Bexley.

We are inviting all parents, students and alumni to shoot some hoops, try the climbing wall and participate in other fun activities and prizes. The first 500 children in attendance will receive a mini-basketball.

The only price of admission that night is the right footwear: athletic shoes with non-marking soles!
Alumni Holiday Luncheon

On December 20, alumni gathered with family and friends in addition to former and current faculty/staff members for the annual Alumni Holiday Luncheon at the Grand Event Center. Steve Wittmann '67 was honored as the 2019 Distinguished Alumnus, and Sue Bauman graciously accepted the 2019 Alumni Service Award.
To watch the introductions (by Sam Wittmann '15 and Jeff Bauman '84, respectively) and acceptance speeches, click on the following links: Distinguished Alumnus, Alumni Service Award.
Did you misplace your coat at this year's program? Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations if you are looking for a lost coat (or accidentally took one that wasn't yours).
School News

A new program began in our Middle School last fall that makes stuffed teddy bears out of clothing from deceased loved ones. In mid-December, two middle-schoolers presented upper school math and psychology teacher John Street with a Memory Bear for the late Mark Barren '78, who passed unexpectedly in 2011 after serving for many years as both a faculty colleague and football coach with Streeter. The surprise presentation included Mark's widow Jen Thompson and youngest son Andrew Barren '22 along with other coaches and students in the Upper School. Mark is also the parent of alumni David Barren '19 and Jamie Barren '16.
A few days before Thanksgiving, our entire faculty and staff visited the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. In addition to a tour of the impressive facility in Grove City and an overview of the important work being done there, Glennon Sweeney from Ohio State University's Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity gave an eye-opening presentation on "The Making of Metropolitan Inequality: Understanding Historical and Current Trends in Metropolitan Neighborhood Change." While most faculty and staff members stayed on site to assist MOF with various tasks such as food-sorting, pantry-filling and letter-writing, a small group helped to set up and distribute fresh produce at a pop-up market in Reynoldsburg!
Sports News
For the second-straight year, Academy junior Regan Cornelius and senior Kiersten Thomassey made the All-Midwest Region Team, and Regan was the only field hockey player from Ohio selected as an NFHCA All-American! After garnering third-team honors last year, Regan earned a spot on this year's All-American Second Team, making her the first two-time All-American for Anne Horton's program since Courtney Deena '13 made the third team in 2011 and first team in 2012. Regan and Kiersten led our Vikings to back-to-back undefeated seasons and the program's 11th and 12th state titles.
It's still early in the winter sports season but our varsity boys basketball team already earned an important road win at archrival Bexley (highlight reel by Josh Tu). Our bowling and girls basketball programs are both under new leadership this year with first-year faculty member Heather Rakosik guiding the hoops squad and beloved upper school teacher Gerardina Garita stepping up from assistant to head coach for our bowlers. We'll be sharing more about these teams as well as our swimming, wrestling and ice hockey squads in the months to come. Meanwhile, if you happen to be in the area, check out the composite schedule below and come cheer on our Vikings in person!  
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