July 2021
Academy Alumni in the News

Sheena Patterson '09 (pictured), vice president of operations at Path Robotics, recently joined the Manufacturing Happy Hour podcast. In this episode, Sheena discusses her previous work experiences as an engineer at Ford and Tesla, as well as what it's really like to work with Elon Musk, and how she got into the robots-as-a-service field. Also included in this month's press clips are Caroline Anders '17, Evelyn Carter '06, Emma Cordray '17, Regan Cornelius '21, Andrew Irvin '04, Melanie Knopp '13, Jeremiah J. Mills '17, Sandhya Ramaswamy '12, Julia Rizk '15 and Kiersten Thomassey '20  as well as obituaries for Richard Russell (Dick) Ebert '74 and Dr. Edward (Ted) Harlan Wilson '41.

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.
Important Experience Magazine Update
We apologize for an omission in the most recent edition of the school's magazine. Specifically, on page seven there is a list of donors to the Class of 1994 Scholarship Fund and, unfortunately, several names of donors from the class were left off of this list. We would like to thank the following alumni for their generous support (*denotes scholarship committee members):

Mr. Joseph T. Rini III '94 * 
Mr. Anand Satiani '94 * 
Mr. Jacob R. Saxbe '94 
Mr. Craig M. Seager '94 
Mr. Christopher M. Sippel '94 
Mr. Peter A. Walter '94 * 
Mr. Zachary T. Waltz '94 * 
Mr. Nathan M. Williamson '94 
Dr. Brett L. Worly '94 
Mr. Patrick K. Yin '94 
Mr. Jacob H. York '94

We are so grateful for all of the Class of 1994 Scholarship donors. Because of their support they have made it possible to provide the priceless gift of an Academy education for a student who otherwise could only dream of this opportunity. Click here to read the corrected full story. 
Continuing the Quest

Join alumnus Avishar Barua '05, executive chef and general manager of Service Bar who was a cheftestant on this year's "Top Chef" television series, at 6:00 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, August 16, for a virtual cooking demonstration following a Q&A with upper school faculty member Pat Hogan about his time at Academy and his fascinating career path after graduation. 
This free event is exclusively available to members of the Columbus Academy community and is the latest installment of our ongoing "Continuing the Quest" series! Register and see more details at columbusacademy.org/ctqavisharbarua. 
Alumni Weekend 2021: Registration Coming Soon!
All alumni are invited back to campus this fall for Alumni Weekend -- the annual celebration of all things Academy!  
This year's Alumni Weekend features a host of new programs including the chance to:  
  • Find yourself back in the classroom learning from beloved teachers (without fearing a pop quiz!)
  • Take a campus tour (still the school you love with new spaces and places that are spectacular)
  • Hear the State of Academy from Head of School Melissa Soderberg
  • Enjoy a free picnic lunch courtesy of the Office of Alumni Relations (families and guests are welcome) guaranteed to be the perfect chance to relax and reconnect with classmates
Click here to view the full schedule of events and stay tuned for further weekend updates including details regarding reunion class gatherings. 

Coming in from out of town? A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Columbus (Easton area) at a discounted rate of $129/night. Click here to book your room at our discounted rate.
13th Annual Golf Outing  
Our alumni community is invited to participate in the 13th Annual Columbus Academy Golf Outing being held on Monday, September 20, at Columbus Country Club. The golf outing is designed to benefit financial aid in memory of George N. Corey, former Board of Trustees president and father of Michael Corey '01.

The outing will start at 1:00 p.m., followed by a gathering at the clubhouse. Golfers will have the option to play a casual four-person scramble or a four-person two-best ball for those who would like a little more competition. The outing is limited to 100 players (25 teams). 

Click here for registration and sponsorship opportunities. We'll see you on the greens! 
School News
Commencement 2021 was unlike any other, which was a fitting conclusion to an unprecedented school year and a final example of just how resilient our graduating seniors and their families have been. Warm welcomes were provided by Head of School Melissa Soderberg and class president Luke Nester, followed by the Valedictory Address from Cary Cup recipient Vaughn Armour and the Commencement Address by Debbie Keeran, who retired this month as the longest-serving female staff member in Columbus Academy history. 
Soham Joshi and Raaghav Malik, who are both rising seniors at Columbus Academy, continue to garner awards and collect prizes for their invention of a multipurpose robotic glove designed to teach sign language through guided manual motion (watch pitch video). At the 2021 Invention Convention U.S. Nationals last month, this duo received the Best of Show -- Most Innovative honor from Raytheon Technologies in addition to the Specialty Award in Electronics from Arrow and Patent Award from WilmerHale.  
The Parents Association of Columbus Academy (PACA) is offering the opportunity for ad sponsorship in its annual arts and sports programs. Ads are available for purchase in color or black-and-white (in full-, half- and quarter-page sizes) with a one-time price that gets your business or organization in all four publications for the upcoming school year. Click here to view the ad rate sheet. Each program is printed for the student-athletes, performing arts students and their families, and are made available digitally to the entire Academy community. If you or a business you know of may be interested in placing an ad in this year's programs, email communications coordinator Jeremy Morgan (morganj@columbusacademy.org) to secure a spot.
Sports News
Rising seniors Lauren Klinefelter and Gyvnn Mendenhall are the 2021 Wayne Roller Scholar Athletes for the Mid-State League's Ohio Division! Lauren has been a standout all-state performer in our swimming program while Gyvnn has earned All-Ohio honors in football and been a state-qualifier in wrestling as well as a stellar defender for our boys lacrosse team. The award is named after the former MSL commissioner and hall-of-famer who passed away unexpectedly in 2017.  
A trio of Columbus Academy student-athletes were named Player of the Year in their respective sports at the 2021 ThisWeekSports HS Awards Show (watch replay of the event at youtu.be/pAgdtU2tLcg): Stephen Ma for boys golf, Sydni Ratliff for girls tennis, and Regan Cornelius for field hockey! Regan also was selected to attend USA Field Hockey's 2022 U-21 National Team Selection Camp along with fellow alumna Kiersten Thomassey '20. 
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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