March 2020
Academy Alumni in the News

Patti Zettler '98  (pictured) Assistant Professor of Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, along with Tony Yang of George Washington University and fellow Ohio State researcher Theodore L. Wagener, published an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) titled "New Graphic Tobacco Warnings and the First Amendment" on February 13. Their article states that there is sufficient evidence to suggest that cigarette sales decreased after "several countries implemented strengthened cigarette pack warnings." Also included in this month's  press clippings  are Kevin Beaulieu '13, Asim Haque '98, Morgan Harper '01, Tom Hoster '68, George Kauffman '92 and Marty Nesbitt '81

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
Alumni Survey: We Want to Hear from You!

The Columbus Academy Alumni Association is looking ahead. Our goal is to evolve to meet the changing needs of Columbus Academy alumni like you and me. After all, the Alumni Association is our Association.

To help us gauge what's working, what's not and what you'd like to see next, we'd like to invite you to participate in this short online survey, which should take between 5-10 minutes to complete. Your feedback is critical to developing the programs and services our alumni community needs to connect in meaningful ways with fellow Vikings and the school today.

My thanks, in advance, for taking the time to complete this important survey. Should you have any questions, please contact me at

Go Vikes!
Craig Tann '92
President, Columbus Academy Alumni Association and Alumni Board
Alumni Gathering in New York City on March 24 
Whether you call New York City home or are just visiting The Big Apple, all alumni are invited to the Sky Room at New Museum (235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002) on Tuesday, March 24, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for an evening of food, fun and Academy fellowship.

Enjoy stunning, panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline while hearing from Upper School Dean of Students Dr. Pascal Losambe. During his presentation, Dr. Losambe will share insights about the key experiences created by our faculty, staff and coaches to help students grow and thrive both inside and outside of the classroom. Filled with videos featuring student voices and their first-hand perspectives, this interactive presentation is sure to fill you with pride for your alma mater.

RSVP to Director of Alumni Relations Melissa Clarke Beckett at 614-509-2290 or Significant others or partners are welcome to attend.
BOS Alumni Invited to MOSAIC Year-End Celebration in April

Columbus Academy's MOSAIC affinity group, which is for parents/guardians of African American students, invites you to participate in its End-of-Year Celebration event! In the spring of each year, MOSAIC celebrates the educational achievements of African American students at CA with a special focus on our graduating seniors. MOSAIC would love to include our alumni as guests in the event to help welcome our graduating seniors into the alumni community!

Our celebration will be held on Saturday, April 18, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in our Dining Hall. If you are interested in attending and/or helping celebrate our seniors, please contact MOSAIC Chair Diane Chattman P'25 '31 at We hope to see you and your family there!
Register for Alumni Networking Reception by May 8

Join us for the Alumni Networking Reception on Thursday, May 14, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Columbus Academy Dining Hall, where Michael Corey '01 will be honored with the 2020 Young Alumni Award.
The event also features an expert panel that will discuss solving community problems through private, public and nonprofit organization partnerships. Guest speakers include Dan Crane '02, Vice President at Crane Group Company, Nick Jones '01, Director of Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families at Nationwide Children's Hospital, and Margaux Munnelly '02, Principal at Mastery Charter School-Pickett Campus. The panel will be moderated by Michael Corey '01, Executive Director of the Human Service Chamber of Franklin County.

Registration is $10 per person. Kindly register online by May 8.
#AllDay4CA Giving Event Is Back on April 2-3

Vikings, get ready for the return of All Day 4 CA -- a day when all Academy alumni, families and friends come together to show their Viking pride and support. This 25-hour day of giving will launch on Thursday, April 2, at 10:00 a.m. EDT with matching funds that will double each dollar donated. Be #AllIn4CA or show what you are All In for: Arts, Athletics, Curricular Innovation, Faculty or Financial Aid. Watch your inbox for more details about how to join in this incredible day of Viking spirit benefiting the 2019-20 Annual Fund.
Alumni Weekend 2020

All alumni are invited to attend Alumni Weekend, featuring reunion classes ending in 0 and 5, which will be held on  October 9-10. Alumni Weekend begins with a football game on Friday, CA Community Day (including sporting events and a mud run) and alumni-specific programming (think campus tours, mini-classes with beloved faculty members, junior speeches and more) on Saturday, and wrapping up with  reunion class gatherings . A detailed schedule will be announced in the upcoming months but mark your calendars now!
Golf Outing 2020

Golf Ball for Reminder
The 12th Annual Columbus Academy Golf Outing will take place on Monday,  September 21 , with a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start 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 . Registration and sponsorship information will be announced soon.
School News

Last month, Explorers teachers (from left) Deanna Robeano and Grace Gordon and PreK teacher Sarah Penney conducted a webinar for early childhood educators from across the nation. These "change-makers" discussed research supporting the transformative benefits of nature-based learning on young children and how that information is being successfully applied on our campus. "We followed up our presentation by answering great questions from the participants, many of whom seem to be in the beginning stages of developing their own outdoor programs," said Sarah, who also noted that Explorers teacher Mike Weible is a member of the presentation team but had to miss the webinar while recovering from back surgery.
Sports News

So far, the winter sports season has been highlighted by our ice hockey program winning its first league title by finishing atop the Capital Hockey Conference Blue Division, our 400 freestyle relay squad consisting of Annalise Grammel, Alexandra Butnariu, Mary Kate Prall and Lauren Klinefelter earning a spot on the state swimming podium with a 7th-place time of 3:41.10, Gyvnn Mendenhall repeating as league and sectional wrestling champion at 195 pounds, Sophie Spolter (first team) and Kayla McClendon (second team) garnering All-MSL honors in girls basketball, bowler Vincent White reaching the district tournament and being among five all-league bowling honorable mentions, and our boys basketball team reaching tonight's sectional finals against top-seeded Harvest Prep. Tipoff is 7:00 p.m. at Bloom-Carroll High School.
Academy junior Regan Cornelius (second team) and senior Kiersten Thomassey (third team) were named 2019 High School All-Americans by MAX Field Hockey, who also selected Regan as the 2019 Ohio High School Player of the Year! Playing in California earlier this month, Kiersten and Regan helped the U.S. Rise (under-18) Women's National Team sweep a six-game series with Canada's U-18 squad. Kiersten scored a pair of goals in a 6-0 win on February 17, and Regan found the back of the net during another 6-0 victory the very next day. After the conclusion of the series, USA Field Hockey added Kiersten to the Rise national team roster alongside Regan (Kiersten had originally missed tryouts with an injury). And competing for Field Hockey Life (FHL) club the following weekend, Kiersten teamed with Academy junior Sarah Klingerman and fellow senior Annie Wimsatt to go undefeated and place first in their pool at the National Indoor Tournament in Richmond, Virginia.

Send In Your Class Notes

We love keeping in touch with our alumni, and we want to hear all of your latest news. Let us know what's going on in your life in 2020! 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

Fill out our class notes form at or send via email to to be sure your message is included in an upcoming issue of Academy magazine!
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