March 2017
Academy Alumni in the News

Brian Barren '85 (pictured) has been promoted to president of business operations of the Cleveland Indians. Also included in this month's press clippings are Barron Hall '85, John Hoberg '89, Todd Park '90,  Carter Bean '93, Meredith Keeran Kessler '96, Trevor Nelson '96, Ricky Joshi '97, Nick Jones '01, Kyle Hill '05, Will Vorys '05, Mike Roehrenbeck '10, Preston Pearson '11, SueSan Chen '14, Jack Lint '14 and Jillian Woodard '14. 

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 Jennifer Conti at
Let's Go All In, All Day 4 CA

Vikings, get ready for All Day 4 CA, Academy's first 24-hour giving day. This is a day for all alumni to not only contribute to CA but to connect with other Academy friends and family in the fun of supporting our school! The excitement begins at 10:00 a.m. EST on Thursday, March 30, 2017. The first $100,000 contributed will be matched dollar for dollar by seven anonymous alumni and current school families who generously provided matching funds and inspired us to embark on this day of Viking giving.

Mark your calendar for March 30 and visit All Day 4 CA now to learn how you can go all in! 
Strategic Vision Announced

Excellent education opens young minds by teaching the discipline of careful thought, the creativity of imagination and the habit of excellence.  The school's strength has been predicated on careful planning, a robust imagination about its future, and living by its Mission as it prepares students for a world its founders could never have imagined. 

With this history in mind, we proudly announce a new  Strategic Vision for Columbus Academy , adopted by the Board of Trustees in June 2016 - one that imagines the future with student learning at the center of all aspects of school work. Intentionally, the ideas are big and words are few. Carrying out the Strategic Vision will be the work of the school for years to come as we determine the best ways to infuse innovation, service, creativity and stewardship in students' daily lives while the school seeks partnerships in research and collaborative work to prepare them for our pluralistic world.

We invite you to soak in the images and concepts in our  Strategic Vision and imagine an Academy education combining the best of our past with the boundless possibilities of our future!
Upcoming Alumni Regional Gatherings

The Alumni Office will be on the road in March and April and looks forward to visiting with alumni in Naples and New York City! Kindly RSVP to

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort
(2620 Tiburon Drive)
Generously hosted by Henry Hauser '76

New York City 
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
6:00-8:00 p.m.
The University Club
(One West 54th St.)
Generously hosted by Neil Pirie and Michael Read '01
with special faculty guest Pat Hogan
Athletic Hall of Fame Induction

The Alumni Association will recognize and honor Patti Zettler '98 and Emily Sinkhorn '00 for their outstanding contributions to the athletic program at Columbus Academy. Patti and Emily will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the Dining Hall and immediately following, will be recognized on the field before the JV lacrosse game against Bishop Hartley. All alumni are welcome to attend! Kindly RSVP to
Reunion Weekend 2017

Alumni with classes ending in 2 or 7 will be celebrated during Reunion Weekend, October 27-28, 2017. Events include a welcome back reception with all reunion alumni along with retired and veteran faculty, campus tours, varsity football vs. Grandview Heights and individual class gatherings. A detailed class schedule will be announced in the upcoming months.  
School News

Head of School Melissa Soderberg recently announced that Mark Hansen (pictured) will be our next Head of Lower School. Mark has led and/or taught at independent, international and public schools in several U.S. locations, as well as Denmark, Germany, Lithuania, Japan and The Netherlands. Kay Mason will transition to her new role as Director of Internships and Community Outreach at the conclusion of this school year.
At the Division II state swimming meet two weekends ago, our boys finished a best-ever third while our girls placed seventh! Academy senior Nate Goldfarb completed his prep career by repeating as the state runner-up in the 100 breast and also teamed with junior Max Dreisbach, freshman Mike DeAscentis and sophomore Jacob Eismann to capture runner-up honors in the 400 free relay with a school-record time of 3:09.60. Other individual performances earning All-Ohio status were junior diver Esther Lawrence (state runner-up), sophomore diver Jordan Skilken (4th), senior Audrey Grammel in the 100 breast (5th), Dreisbach in the 100 fly (4th) and 200 IM (5th), Eismann in the 100 back (4th) and 50 free (6th), Goldfarb in the 200 IM (7th), DeAscentis in the 200 free (11th) and 500 free (12th), sophomore Jack Campbell in the 100 back (12th), frosh Abby Yakam in the 100 breast (13th), and our 5th-place girls medley relay (Grammel with junior Jane Li, frosh Whitney Hannallah & sophomore Samantha Kass), 11th-place girls 400 free relay (Kass, Li & Grammel with junior Carly Shocket) and 12th-place boys 200 free relay (Campbell with senior Dylan Warren, senior Tin Le & sophomore Eric DeVore).     
Sports News

Our boys basketball team, seeded second in the Division III central district tournament, plays fourth-seeded Northmor at 
7:00 p.m.   tonight  (March 7) at Westerville Central High School with the winner advancing to  Friday's  district title game at Ohio Dominican University. So far this postseason, the Vikes have defeated #16 Elgin 69-48, #13 West Jefferson 73-42 and #10 Mount Gilead 69-54, all at home.

Also, our JV boys squad (bottom) recently completed its season with 12 straight wins, including a 56-52 victory against archrival Bexley in the finale. According to John Exline '64, who has been coaching at Academy for over four decades, their 19-3 record was the best by a JV boys basketball team in the history of the school!
Send In Your Class Notes

If you have news and/or photos for the Fall 2017 issue of  Academy magazine, please email them to your class agent or to Director of Alumni Relations  Jennifer Conti at or mail them to the Alumni Office at 4300 Cherry Bottom Road, Gahanna, OH 43230.
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