September 2017
Academy Alumni in the News

Drew Yakscoe '10  (pictured) is featured in his first solo exhibit at Wilmington College's Harcum Art Gallery through October 14. Also included in this month's press clippings are Richard Maddox '70, Kyle Katz '80, Morgan Kauffman '89, Jim Merkel '92, Asim Haque '98, Patti Zettler '98 and the obituary for former teacher Rainey Taylor.

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
Announcing 2017-2018 Alumni Award Recipients

The Alumni Board is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 recipients of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Alumni Service Award, the Young Alumni Award and the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Distinguished Alumnus Award ~ Mike Crane '71
Alumni Service Award ~ Annette Kuss
Athletic Hall of Fame ~ Jenny Bush Gagel '02
Young Alumni Award ~ Asim Haque '98

9th Annual Golf Outing

Hit the greens to support financial aid at Columbus Academy!

The Columbus Academy community is invited to participate in the 9th Annual Columbus Academy Golf Outing being held on Monday, September 18 at Jefferson 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 casual gathering at the clubhouse.

Click here for registration and sponsorship opportunities. We'll see you on the greens!

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Athletic Hall of Fame Induction

The Alumni Association will recognize and honor Jenny Bush Gagel '02 for her outstanding contributions to the athletic program at Columbus Academy. Jenny will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in a ceremony during Reunion Weekend on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in the Morris Hall Art Gallery and, immediately following, will be recognized on the field at halftime of the football game against Grandview Heights. All alumni are welcome to attend! Kindly RSVP to
Reunion Weekend 2017

Columbus Academy welcomes back alumni with classes ending in 2 or 7 to celebrate Reunion Weekend on October 27-28, 2017. Alumni who are not celebrating a reunion are encouraged to attend the weekend festivities as well. View the schedule of events below. Click here to RSVP online and view complete details. 

Friday, October 27
3:45 pm.....Reunion Registration
4:00 pm.....Campus Tours
5:00 pm.....Welcome Back Reception with current/retired faculty & staff
5:00 pm.....Hall of Fame Induction for Jenny Bush Gagel '02
7:00 pm.....Vikings vs. Grandview Heights Varsity Football

Saturday, October 28
9:00 am.....Golden Alumni Breakfast at the Head of School's home
Various.......Individual Class Gatherings

Individual Class Gatherings (coordinated by class agents)

Gathering held June 10.

Gathering Reunion Weekend (time & location TBA). For more information contact John Ziegler.

Gathering Reunion Weekend (time & location TBA). For more information contact Buck Mallory or Alex Freytag.

Saturday, October 28: gathering (time & location TBA). For more information contact Vanessa Foreman, Lauren Hilsheimer, or Blair Soden.

Saturday, October 28: gathering at Seventh Son Brewing Co. from 12:00-3:00 p.m. For more information contact Kristen Dillon McCalla, Katie Ricart Lichtfuss, or Mark Smith.

Gathering Thanksgiving Weekend (time & location TBA). For more information contact Elizabeth Benson, Emily Daoud, Rachel Terveer or Conrad Wuorinen.
2018 Student Alumni Board Representatives

We are pleased to announce that Isabelle Bettinger, Maddie DeAscentis, Max Dreisbach, Davis Friedman and Carly Shocket have been selected to represent the senior class as Student Alumni Board Representatives.

The Student Alumni Board Representatives serve as liaisons between the Alumni Board, Alumni Office and the student body. They foster relationships between alumni and students and help develop and manage events that bring alumni together, such as the Career Forums. During their senior year, the student reps attend all Alumni Board meetings and serve on committees as needed.

The student reps support Columbus Academy financially through participation in the Annual Fund and, following graduation, act as class agents until their five-year reunion. As class agents, they work with the Alumni Office to collect class notes three times a year, help with class fundraising solicitations and assist in organizing reunions.
School News

Columbus Academy opened its 107th school year with the tradition of Convocation, during which John Exline '64 was recognized as he began his 50th year of teaching at the school. Surprising him for the celebration were his family and classmates, as well as a group of retired faculty. Head of School Melissa Soderberg presented John with a compass so he will always remember that Columbus Academy is his true north. In addition, the dining hall now has a wall-sized banner with a photo collage showing his decades at CA. John was also presented with a dedicated parking space and a custom sign to mark the spot. Click the following links for more coverage: photos, video. Stay tuned as we continue to celebrate John's 50th year! 
Sports News
Before each season's first home football game, Columbus Academy upper-schoolers hold a festive tailgate before marching to Hondros Field to support our Vikes. In a highly anticipated matchup against Bishop Ready, Robin Miller's squad dominated all aspects of the game to pull off a 31-0 victory. The team followed that up with a 42-0 win at Linden last Friday and is currently ranked fourth in the state for Division V. Click on the following links to watch Game 1 all-access videoGame 2 highlights.
Academy junior Callista Popp was the Field Hockey Athlete of the Week in this past Saturday's Columbus Dispatch! She scored another goal in an 8-0 win at Dayton Oakwood over the weekend as Anne Horton's Vikings improved to 4-0. Check out the Sports Report in our latest school newsletter for more athletic news and results.
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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