October 2019
Academy Alumni in the News

Samantha Kass '19, Columbus Dispatch and Motorists Insurance Top Female Scholar-Athlete this year and Columbus Academy Margaret Plessinger Cup recipient, discusses her athletic journey after two ACL surgeries . Also included in this month's press clippings are Joe Auer '02, David Crane '06, McKenzie Duncan '17, Ricky Joshi '97, James Keny '73, Tara Keny '03, Tom Lurie '52 , Jacob Peters '10 and Patricia Zettler '98 , as well as an obituary for J ane McElwee Decker  who served as a lower school teacher at Academy from 1973 to 1988.

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 .
Announcing 2019-2020 Alumni Award Recipients 
The Alumni Board is pleased to announce the 2019-20 recipients of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Alumni Service Award, the Young Alumni Award and the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Distinguished Alumnus Award ~ Steve Wittmann '67 
Steve Wittmann will be honored at the Holiday Luncheon on Friday, December 20.
Alumni Service Award ~ Sue Bauman
Sue Bauman will be honored at the Holiday Luncheon on Friday, December 20.

Young Alumni Award ~ Michael Corey '01
Michael Corey will be honored at the 2020 Alumni Networking Reception (date to be announced).

Athletic Hall of Fame ~ Phil Cannon '82,  Lindsey Williams '01 and Scott Smith '03
Phil Cannon, Lindsey Williams and Scott Smith will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, January 25.
A Look Back at Alumni Weekend 2019

Alumni enjoyed a weekend celebrating all things CA in September. The festivities began Friday evening with a special reception for the Class of 1969 as those Vikings celebrated their 50th reunion. On Saturday, Academy families past and present took part in the Viking Rampage Challenge (a mud-run course designed by alumnus and parent Ryan Yeoman '90 that is set up through the campus woods), toured campus, heard The State of Academy from Head of School Melissa Soderberg, found themselves back in the classroom, and listened to the best Junior Speeches from 2018-19. Also, individual classes gathered throughout the weekend for their class reunions.

Click here to see Alumni Weekend photos.

Thank you to everyone who attended Alumni Weekend!

Save the date for Alumni Weekend 2020 - October 9-10 
Honoring the Class of 1970 celebrating its 50th Reunion!
Golf Outing Thank You
Thank you to all of the golfers, sponsors and donors who supported the 11th Annual Golf Outing.

Eighty alumni, parents and friends enjoyed a beautiful day of golf at Columbus Country Club. Each year, the event is held in memory of  George N. Corey , former president of the Board of Trustees and father of 
Michael Corey '01 .

Over the decade-long history of the Golf Outing, the  contributions given by generous friends and family members of George N. Corey have supported 52 bright and deserving Columbus Academy students through financial aid.
Click here to see event photos.

Save the date for the 12th Annual Golf Outing taking place on Monday, September 21, 2020.

Best Ball ~ First Place

Scramble ~ First Place
Erich Hunker '81
Todd Alexander '81
Brent Baker
Michael Crawley '81
Larry Summers
Ray Scholes
James Warren
Kevin Eaves

Proximity Challenges
Longest Drive: Matt Carter '00
Closest to the Pin: Mike Durik
Longest Putt: Erich Hunker '81

A Special Thank You to the Golf Outing Planning Committee:
Michael Corey '01
Gavin Freytag '85
Don Gorman '65
Henry Hauser '76
Nick Reis '01
School News

Columbus Academy will host a 3-Year-Old Explorers Program, PreK and Kindergarten Showcase event for interested parents and guardians (adults only, please) on Thursday, October 10, starting at 9:00 a.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the teachers who bring creativity and curiosity to life, as well as see our classrooms and playgrounds in action!  
Last month marked a new era in Columbus Academy's Junior Speech program as English Department Chair Beth Reifeis guided the school year's opening four speakers in her new role as our public speaking instructor. Kudos to Daniel Farber, Suzy L'Hommedieu, Maddie Rosenberg and Javier Sais for starting the year, and new era, so strongly!
Tim Leet, who has taught science in our Upper School since 1999 and also serves as the Ethics and Character Coordinator, was named this school year's first Teacher of the Month by Sunny 95. The radio station's event director, Andre Friederich, presented Tim last week with a plaque in front of his physics class, which was treated to an impromptu pizza party from Jet's Pizza.

Sports News

During a recent 26-8 win at Worthington, fifth-grader Morgan Spalding caught a 7-yard scoring pass from sixth-grader Cody Hock, making her the first girl to score a touchdown for Columbus Academy's youth football team! As you may remember, current seventh-grader Mia Robeano preceded Morgan as the first-ever female football player at Academy. Girls competing in sports that were traditionally for boys has become more commonplace in recent years, including on our middle school wrestling and baseball squads. And we have several female standouts already in the youth pipeline for our ice hockey program as well!  
We are excited to announce a new partnership to share hype videos for Academy's sports teams and special events. Our first joint release promotes this Thursday's varsity home football game against Bishop Ready that will be televised at 7:00 p.m. on the CW Columbus. This video is produced by Josh Tu, an Academy junior with a passion for photography and videography, and features music by InfraSound as well as commentary from CBUS Sports Radio. Also, click here for a girls tennis hype video. Look for more of these student productions throughout the school year!
Send In Your Class Notes

If you have news and/or photos for the next issue of Academy magazine, please email them to Director of Alumni Relations Melissa Clarke Beckett at beckettm@columbusacademy.org or mail them to the Alumni Office at 4300 Cherry Bottom Road, Gahanna, OH 43230.
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