June 2021
Academy Alumni in the News

Madeline Owen '17 (pictured) has been named valedictorian of the 2021 University of Notre Dame graduating class! After graduating from Academy as a Cum Laude Society member and National Merit Finalist, Madeline earned a full merit scholarship based on academics, character, leadership and service to attend Notre Dame, where she participated in multiple research labs, received a fellowship to research bone marrow stem cells in Ireland, presented at academic conferences, published works in international journals and was named 2019 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher in the bioengineering research department. The neuroscience/pre-med major with a minor in poverty studies also had immersion experiences with Global Medical Brigades in Panama, assisting migrants in Texas border towns, and serving at a homeless shelter in Washington, D.C. Madeline will attend Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine with the goal of serving patients through surgical repair, regeneration and prevention of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular diseases or disorders. Also included in this month's press clips are Zeshawn Ali '09, Jim Bowman '84, Brad Bradford '67, Jen Burton '95, Collin Castore (attended '90-'92), Annie Dunlap '15, Kelly Hondros '06, Brianna Johnson-King '14, Seth A. Kushkin '88, Jim Merkel '92, Joel Pizzuti '90, Kyle Reis '01, Matt Schmitz '17, Travis Spencer (attended '87-'92) and Lynanne Wolf Gutierrez '05 as well as an obituary for Charlie Houston Pace '49.

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 Weekend 2021 
We have great news to share: this fall's Alumni Weekend celebration will be held in person at Columbus Academy on October 1-2! We are excited to welcome back those classes scheduled to celebrate a reunion in 2021 (the 1s and 6s), as well as those of you who have been patiently waiting since last fall (the 0s and 5s) and the 1995 state champion boys soccer team. We have much to celebrate and will look forward to doing so with these multiple cohorts of alumni.

We are working on an exciting schedule of events and activities to engage our community and celebrate all things Academy! Alumni Weekend is also more than just being on campus and for those who cannot make it back, we will continue virtual offerings. In the coming weeks, we will share more details about our programming plans for next academic year. We hope you are as happy as we are that we can host Alumni Weekend 2021 on campus, in person. We hope to see you back in Columbus this fall.
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!

Annual Fund Closes June 30
Throughout this exceptional year, our faculty, staff and students have remained resilient, and we are incredibly proud of all that they have accomplished. We are grateful for your support that has provided the school the resources to be nimble, allowing our teachers to focus on the important work they do with students every day. If you haven't participated in this year's Annual Fund, we hope you will join in with your gift before June 30th. We invite you to make your donation online and let us know if your gift is in honor or memory of a special classmate, teacher or coach. Thank you for your important support!
School News
Congratulations to all of the upper-schoolers recognized during Honors Assembly last Friday (view list of award recipients). In addition to this video of the award presentations, you can watch the Cum Laude Address by faculty member John Street, the U.S. Naval Academy appointment for senior Luke Nester, and the 2021 yearbook dedication.
Matt Thompson, who joined Columbus Academy as an assistant athletic director in 2016 and has been our varsity girls soccer coach for the past four seasons, will take on a new role as Upper School Dean of Students this summer. Despite leaving his position in our athletics department, Matt will continue to coach our girls soccer program, which he has guided to two league titles and back-to-back appearances in the state semifinals. "I am honored and humbled to be taking over as Academy's Upper School Dean," he said. "I look forward to building and fostering relationships with our students, faculty and families that are grounded in trust and mutual respect. CA is such an incredible school, and I will take great pride in the opportunity I have to shape our culture and ensure that all of our students feel connected, fulfilled and well prepared for whatever life has in store for them." 
Last month, our Upper School Musical Theatre Program presented "Voices To The Sky: Academy Songs"
-- a collection of songs, old and new, of and about Academy. In addition to the above video of "Academy Fight Song Reimagined" you can stream or download the five-song collection. Congratulations to the cast consisting of Evelyn Aebi, Matthew Fang, Rosie Gruber, Sean Jackson, Maddie Kazatsky, Ryan Reagan, Javi Sais and Mia Salopek as well as to Janet Li, David Narayanan and Jay Whitney for their contributions as songwriters on this musical recording project under the direction of Stefan Farrenkopf.
Sports News
Recent graduate Regan Cornelius '21 has earned a $7,500 scholarship for being named the top female scholar-athlete for all of Central Ohio! According to a Columbus Dispatch interview, Regan's proudest sports moment was "competing in the state meet for cross country, then heading straight to state finals for field hockey and scoring the winning goal in my junior year." 
As a junior, Zach White became the first All-American in the 10-year history of boys lacrosse at Columbus Academy. He was also named Ohio Player of the Year for Division II after breaking the state record for most points in a season. Zach tallied 90 goals and 65 assists in 19 games, and his 155 total points shattered the previous mark of 142 set in 2015 by Walsh Jesuit's Trevor Brown. And in just his third season as head coach, Derek Lichtfuss earned state co-coach of the year honors in addition to being named the region's coach of the year for the second time. 
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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