January 2021
Academy Alumni in the News

Bryant Mitchell '75 (pictured), was appointed the Chief Wholesale Banking Officer at F.N.B. Corporation (NYSE: FNB), parent company of First National Bank. In his new role Bryant will oversee lines of business and functional areas across FNB's multi-state footprint including Commercial Banking, Capital Markets and the Company's Wealth Management group. Also included in this month's press clippings are Caroline Anders '17, Carter Bean '93, Michael Corey '01, Joel Pizzuti '90 and Randy Schoedinger '86 as well as obituaries for Robert Green Mathews Jr. '57 and George Tom Peponis '76.

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.
Honoring John Detrick '53

John Detrick '53 passed away on Saturday, December 26. He taught at Columbus Academy from 1961 until his retirement in 1994. He was the first alumnus ever hired by the school, first teaching a physics lab at the Nelson Road campus and then, when the school moved to Cherry Bottom Road, every mathematics course offered to students. 

During his tenure, Mr. Detrick served as an upper school math teacher and chairman of the math department. He also served as the plant manager and maintenance director, maintaining the campus as often as teaching at the blackboard. His duties also included overseeing Saturday morning hours. Mr. Detrick's sons Sam and Drew graduated from Academy in 1981 and 1985, respectively. In 1992, the Alumni Board honored him with the Alumni Service Award, which "is given to a current or past faculty or staff member who has made a lasting contribution to Columbus Academy through his or her service to the school."

To view John's obituary click here. If you would like to send a message to the Detricks or share a memory of John with the school and his family, please reply back to this email. Melissa Clarke Beckett, director of alumni relations, will collect all of the messages and memories to share with the family.
2021 Admissions Virtual Open House
Alumni are invited to attend the 2021 Admissions Virtual Open Houses starting at 6:00 p.m. on the following dates: 
Tuesday, January 5th for Lower School 
Thursday, January 7th for Middle School 
Tuesday, January 19th for Upper School 
Attendees will get the chance to check out our unique learning spaces and the creative teachers and students who collaborate in them every day; hear about today's Academy experience directly from the division heads while they share details of the academic and extracurricular opportunities offered in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools; and learn about the admissions process as well as opportunities for tuition assistance.

Kindly RSVP by clicking here.
Muslim Alumni Interest Survey  
In order to establish a sense of community and to connect Muslim students with Muslim alumni, the Muslim affinity group at Columbus Academy, MECCA (Muslim Educational Club of Columbus Academy), is looking for alumni to connect with current Muslim students in the upper school

There are a few ways that alumni can choose to get involved:

1) Alumni can engage in dialogue with Muslim students via Zoom or a conference call during MECCA meetings. Alumni could commit to speaking at one meeting or at multiple meetings throughout the year. Meetings typically take place on Fridays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. EST. Topics covered during MECCA meetings include life as a Muslim American, culture, religion and any other topic that may be trending at the time.

2) Alumni can work with Muslim students on a regular basis through MECCA-Connections. This program would connect Muslim alumni with small groups of upper school students to give guidance, advice and support outside of regular MECCA meetings. The time commitment would be approximately 1-2 hours per month with dates and times established based on student and alumni availability.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please fill out this brief survey and we will be in contact with you.
RMDs are Back for 2021  
For those of you age 72 and older, Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) are back for 2021. It's easy to support Columbus Academy with a transfer from your retirement plan, and your gift will immediately be used to support our hard-working teachers and dedicated students.

If you are required to take an RMD in 2021, your IRA/plan custodian should be sending you a notice by January 31, 2021. This will include your calculated RMD amount or an offer to calculate the amount upon your request.

When you accept your RMD, it is taxed as regular income, OR you can choose instead to transfer all or some of these funds directly to a non-profit as a charitable gift, and those funds are no longer taxable--benefitting you and your designated charity! For some donors, making a gift from retirement assets rather than a checking account allows them to make a greater impact.

If you have questions or would like additional details, we would be happy to be of assistance! Simply reply to this email, or you may also visit the Gift Planning pages of our website to learn more about charitable gift options that may be helpful for you.
School News
Dr. Sumona Ghosh Lester '99, chair of our science department, modeled her new evolutionary biology class on the Harvard University course taught by Barbara N. Horowitz, M.D. "Dr. Horowitz briefly talked us through her career path and experiences that she describes in her Zoobiquity book, and my students were able to participate in a Q&A with her," stated Sumona about a recent zoom session with the author. "The students had prepared questions in advance and were eager to hear of Dr. Horowitz's career path and what kinds of challenges she faces in elucidating evolutionary overlaps that exist between humans and other animals in the natural world, as well as in advocating for collaborative efforts between human medicine and veterinary medicine."
In this teaser video for 2021, Columbus Academy's Summer Experience promotes a carpool-style morning dropoff, smaller class sizes, a reconfigured lunch format and a new registration system set to launch in mid-February. Alyssa King and her staff send you their warmest winter wishes and can't wait for you to see what is coming!

"Our singers desperately miss making music together," wrote choir director Amy Brooks as an introduction to three virtual recordings produced by Tony Hagood with Noteworthy Music. "These pieces let them continue to sing, even when we couldn't all be together. I was hopeful that it would remind them that we can continue to make music, even if it looks different this year."
Sports News
Our football team made history this past fall by claiming the program's first outright Mid-State League championship (2009 and 2017 MSL-Ohio titles were shared, and all previous were in a different conference). Then the Vikings hosted and won their first home playoff game since 2003 by beating Coshocton 45-21. And since the awards in this graphic were announced, Brady Hess, Jonah Houston, Gyvnn Mendenhall and Sam Huyghe were named Academic All-Ohio. Those four and Robert Mills also earned All-Metro honors
Eight members of our field hockey program received postseason honors, including All-Ohio selection Regan Cornelius! The Vikings won their fourth-straight district title and 24th in 30 seasons under head coach Anne Horton, who has compiled a 513-41-28 record at Academy. Over the past three seasons, her teams have gone 59-2-1 while outscoring their opponents 351-9. For a recap of the 2020 campaign, which ended with a 1-0 double-overtime loss to eventual state champion Watterson in the semifinals, click here. 
Send In Your Class Notes

We love keeping in touch with our alumni, and we want to hear all of your latest news. 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. Fill out our class notes form at columbusacademy.org/alumniclassnotes or send via email to alumni@columbusacademy.org to be sure your message is included in an upcoming issue of Experience, the school's newly redesigned magazine!
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