October 2020
Academy Alumni in the News

Will Boeckman '10 (pictured) was named as a member of Business Insider's 2020 class of Rising Stars. From the hundreds of nominations received, only 25 individuals were selected as this year's up and coming Wall Street leaders. Also included in this month's press clippings are Daniel Aronowitz '13, Avishar Barua '05, Jim Bowman '84, Courtney Deena '13, Annie Dunlap '15, Katherine Flocken '06, Alex Freytag '87, John Gahbauer '99, Geoff Geupel '74, Isabel Graham-Torrez '13, Asim Haque '98, Morgan Harper '01, Kelly Hondros '06, Natalie L'Hommedieu '17, Jim Merkel '92, Jonathan Razi '08, Steve Smith '88, Bob Turton '01, David Waterman '00 and Hannah Wexner '14 as well as obituaries for Benson Gelin '59, Frank Moore '59 and Paul Smith '44.

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.
Virtual Alumni Weekend 2020: October 9-10
Virtual Alumni Weekend 2020 Preview: Head of School Melissa Soderberg 
It's almost here! Join us October 9-10 for a weekend of learning, connecting and celebrating right from your living room.
What does that mean? We'll have an update from Head of School Melissa Soderberg on the State of Academy; video greetings from beloved faculty members including Christy Bening, David Block, MaryEve Corrigan, Kevin Morrin and more; the chance to watch junior speeches from the 2019-20 school year; Academy bingo (with prizes!); a virtual toast and more! Click here to view a special message from Head of School Melissa Soderberg inviting you to learn what is happening at the school today and take part in your Virtual Alumni Weekend 2020 celebration.

All Alumni are invited to Virtual Alumni Weekend 2020 with a special opportunity to celebrate the classes ending in 0 and 5. Make sure you go to the Virtual Alumni Weekend webpage (https://www.columbusacademy.org/alumniweekend2020) at the end of the week to access our special alumni programming.

Save the date for Alumni Weekend 2021 on October 1-2
when we host the biggest reunion celebration ever by
hosting and honoring classes ending in 0, 1, 5 and 6!
New Tax-Savvy Resources

We are excited to share some of the tax-savvy methods that alumni are using to support Academy students and faculty. Click here to check out our new online gift planning resources. Hopefully you see yourself using some of these creative giving methods to benefit you now as well as in the future
When reflecting back on their time at Columbus Academy, many graduates agree that their Academy education changed the trajectory of their lives. Your charitable gift shows confidence in the continued importance of the Academy experience, honors your teachers and classmates, and lessens the financial barriers to an Academy education for bright and excited students.
Your Alumni/Development Office is here to help! You can reach Erich Hunker '81 via email or phone at any time, and we will work with you to compile a unique charitable plan that enables you to provide for your family while also supporting your alma mater.

Golf Outing Thank You

Thank you to all of the golfers, sponsors and donors who supported the 12th Annual Golf Outing.
Close to 100 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 12-year history of the Golf Outing, the  contributions given by generous friends and family members of George N. Corey have supported more than 50 bright and deserving Columbus Academy students through financial aid.

Save the date for the 13th Annual Golf Outing taking place on Monday, September 20, 2021.

Best Ball ~ First Place

Scramble ~ First Place
Bill Cseplo 
Alex Freytag '87 P'18 '20 '22
Gavin Freytag '85 P'20 '23 '27
Bill Mills P'16 '19 '21
David Edwards '70
Michael Hallet '70
Bill Kientz '70
David Patterson '70

Proximity Challenges
Longest Drive: Anil Das '01
Closest to the Pin: Todd Werstler P'24
Longest Putt: Bill Kientz '70

A Special Thank You to the Golf Outing Planning Committee:
Michael Corey '01
Don Gorman '65
Gavin Freytag '85 P'20 '23 '27
Henry Hauser '76 P'11
Jennifer Neviaser P'25 '27 '29 '32
Nick Reis '01
School News

Twenty seniors have been recognized for their outstanding academic promise by the National Merit School Corporation. As 2021 Semifinalists, the following seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered in the spring: Tara Alahakoon, Nischal Chennuru, Matthew Derzon, Andrew Golden, Lucas Huang, Bea Sull, Josh Tu and Hanrui Xu. As 2021 National Merit Commended Students, these seniors joined their aforementioned classmates in scoring among the top 3% of high school seniors across the nation on last year's PSAT exam: Panya Bhinder, Finn Cassady, Nia Law, Cole Leis, Jake Podgurski, Maddie Rosenberg, Javier Sais, Sona Santry, Tsega Seleshi, Chris Sugar, Jay Whitney and Felicia Xiao.
Bid and win in this year's Charlie David Dinner silent auction! There are over 200 items to browse through and bid on before the opportunity closes at 7:00 p.m. this Friday, October 9. Thank you in advance for supporting the 800+ middle and upper school athletes at Academy. Visit the event site at https://pacaevents.wedoauctions.com.
In a recent Hispanic Heritage Month presentation from their home in Puebla, Mexico, Ale Rojas and Alex Ortiz hosted a virtual tour of an authentic Mexican market, answered questions about their country's history and culture, and even gave a quick cooking lesson on how to make chicharron de queso and guacamole. You can sign up for their free online cooking classes on October 8th and October 15th to learn how to make tacos gobernador (crispy cheesy shrimp tacos and homemade "naranja" salsa) from scratch via SignUpGenius.

Sports News

In just its second year, our girls golf program won the Mid-State League postseason tournament, placed second at sectionals and also earned runner-up honors in its first district tournament appearance! In the league tourney, our Vikings posted a team score of 345 that was 13 strokes better than runner-up CSG in the MSL-Ohio and 30 strokes under the best MSL-Buckeye squad. Also this fall, our top-ranked girls tennis program secured the district title and a spot in the state final four, Regan Cornelius is leading both our cross country and two-time defending state champion field hockey squads, girls soccer beat Bexley 1-0 on Senior Night, and volleyball also won on its Senior Night by sweeping Whitehall 3-0.  
Our football squad won its third MSL-Ohio championship and first outright (2009 and 2017 titles were both shared) by going 5-0 in the league and 5-1 overall, capped off by last Friday's 49-0 shutout at Grandview! The fourth-seeded Vikes will receive a bye this week before hosting the winner between Coshocton and Zane Trace on October 17 (view playoff bracket here). In other boys action this fall, our cross country squad is having an exceptional season led by school record-holder Luke Nester, our three-time defending state champion golfers claimed the league title for the fifth-straight year, and boys soccer has won six of its last seven matches. 
Send In Your Class Notes

We love keeping in touch with our alumni, and we want to hear all of your latest news. Do you have a life event that you'd like to share with fellow alumni and the Academy community? 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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