September 2018
Academy Alumni in the News

Donald Brown '90 (pictured), Executive Vice President and CFO at NiSource, was a recipient of the Columbus Business First 2018 C-Suite Awards. Also included in this month's press clippings are:  Tom Beaman '70 , Ricky Joshi '97 , Asim Haque '98 , Stacie Lieberman '98 , Sheila (Dioun) Trautner '98 , Matthew Van Buskirk '03 , Tracy Subisak '05 , Ming Peiffer '06 , Anna Askari M.D. '09 , Charlotte Vaziri '14 and  Louise Rosler '16 .

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Honoring Bob Handy

Robert (Bob) Handy, who passed away on August 27, taught at Columbus Academy from 1974 until his retirement in 1995. During his tenure, Mr. Handy s erved as an upper school English teacher, dean of faculty and chairman of the English department. He also instructed courses in public speaking and drama, including overseeing the fall play. Mr. Handy's sons Chris and Doug graduated from Academy in 1979 and 1988, respectively. In 2010, the Alumni Board honored him with the Alumni Service Award, which "is given to a current or past faculty or staff member who has made a lasting contribution to Columbus Academy through his or her service to the school."
Arrangements are being made to celebrate Mr. Handy's service and impact on the Academy community. Additional information will  be shared once details are finalized. 
Alumni Weekend 2018

All alumni are invited to attend Alumni Weekend, featuring reunion classes ending in 3 and 8, on September 14-17. View the schedule of events below. Click here to RSVP online and view complete details.

Friday, September 14
3:45 pm.....Registration 
4:00 pm.....Campus Tours
5:00 pm.....Welcome Back Reception with Current/Retired Faculty and Staff
7:00 pm.....Vikings vs. Bexley Varsity Football

Saturday, September 15
10:00 am.....Viking Rampage Challenge (a mud-run course designed by alumnus and parent Ryan Yeoman '90 that is set up through the campus woods and is suitable for all ages)
Various times.....CA Soccer and Volleyball Games

Individual Class Gatherings (as coordinated by class agents)

Saturday, September 15: Dinner at the home of John Detrick. For more information, contact Byron Ford or John Detrick.

Saturday, September 15: Dinner at the Columbus Country Club. Cocktails at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7:30. For more information, contact Dick Evans or Bill McMenamy.

Gathering held in May 2018. 

Saturday, September 15: Gathering at the Halliday Family Barn in Pataskala at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Andy Carlin or Ted Lape.

Saturday, September 15: Gathering at Columbus Academy on the lower school playground for donuts and coffee at 10 a.m. For more information contact Asim Haque, Jane Sando or W.D. Ferriel.

Friday, November 23: Gathering at Seventh Son Brewing at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Ben Bring or Sarah Mills Fritz.

Saturday, September 15: Gathering at High Bank Distillery. For more information, contact Paulina Canini, Laura Caplinger or Jill Pattison.

Saturday, November 24: Tailgate at the Ohio State vs. Michigan game. For more information, contact Benji Hoagland, Kyle Turner or Meghan Verne.
10th Annual Golf Outing

Golf Ball for Reminder
We are thrilled to announce that the 10th Annual Golf Outing is  at capacity. Thank you to all who have registered and for your support of financial aid at Columbus Academy. We are looking forward to a great day of golf -- all for the benefit of Academy families.

Still interested in showing support for the Golf Outing? Worry not!
  • In the event that we have a cancellation, we would love for you to join! Please contact us if you would like to be considered for a "fill-in" position.
  • If we are unable to include you in this year's outing, you will be given *priority registration* for next year!
  • Can't play, but want to support the event and its mission? There are many ways to support the event through sponsorship!
  • All sponsors and registrants are welcome to join us for a reception at the Clubhouse Patio after golfing ends.
Presenting Sponsor
Raymond James & Associates, Inc.,
Member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC
School News

Head of School Melissa Soderberg announced to our community this morning the addition of a nature-based playground for our 3YO, PreK and Kindergarten students as well as plans for a complete theater renovation and improvements to our athletic spaces, including new locker rooms and an indoor fieldhouse!
On August 20, Columbus Academy opened its 108th school year with 1,120 students from 54 different zip codes in and around Central Ohio. For the first time in school history, Academy offered a classroom for 3-year-olds called the Explorers program. "We spend so much time and effort planning events and creating spaces, so we can't wait to see the results," said Head of School Melissa Soderberg in a back-to-school news article. "I especially look forward to hearing all about the internships and amazing experiences our older students had this summer."  
Last week, our students in Middle and Upper School  participated in "The Big Table," a day of community discussion across the city presented by The Columbus Foundation. During lunch, the middle-schoolers met with their advisory groups while upper-schoolers gathered in small groups to discuss ways in which Academy and the Central Ohio region can be strengthened by working together to understand one another and the needs of the surrounding community. 
Sports News
After an exciting summer during which they both competed in the 2018 AAU Junior Olympic Games among other elite events, Columbus Academy junior Kiersten Thomassey and sophomore Regan Cornelius have both been named among the top 50 players in the country for their class years by MAX Field Hockey!

Our varsity fall sports teams are off to impressive starts! Football beat Linden McKinley 51-6 in its home-opener this past Friday night. Field hockey hasn't allowed a goal in five wins to start the season. Girls tennis has won all five of its matchups so far. Volleyball has swept five straight matches and is 7-1 overall. Girls soccer is 3-1, boys soccer is 3-2, both cross country teams look really strong after a pair of races and our golfers appear ready and able to defend their state title.
Send In Your Class Notes

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