September 2021
Academy Alumni In the News 
Abigail Fisher '19 and Mitchel Priest '20 (pictured) served as the Summer Policy Fellows at South Side Early Learning, a Columbus-based nonprofit that provides children and families a comprehensive program to promote intellectual, emotional, social and physical growth. During their summer internship, Abigail and Mitch assisted the Center for Early Childhood Innovation with research and writing about policy changes to support nonprofit organizations and educators. Also included in this month's press clips are Avishar Barua '05Dante DiSabato '04, Brad Feinknopf '82, Chloe Gouhin '21Morgan Harper '01, Jenny L'Hommedieu '19, Rick Ricart '98, Kelsey Sims '14, Joseph Sofia '98, Bob Turton '01Carter Warstler '20 and Patricia Zettler '98 as well as an obituary for Mark Goodman Feinknopf '54.

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
Register Today for Alumni Weekend 2021
All alumni, faculty, staff and friends are invited back to campus for Alumni Weekend, the annual celebration of all things Academy!
Before our on-campus festivities begin, join John Wuorinen '80 for the Alumni Weekend Kickoff on Friday, September 24, at 5:00 p.m. EDT with a virtual happy hour. Make a craft mocktail or cocktail and then visit with schoolmates through Zoom breakout rooms.
Our programming on-campus, taking place October 1-2, features a host of exciting events including: 
  • Finding yourself back in the classroom learning from Mr. Morrin, Mr. Block or Mr. Davis (without fearing a pop quiz!)
  • Enjoying a tour to see what has changed and what has remained the same on the most beautiful campus in Central Ohio
  • Cheering on the Vikings at their home football, soccer and volleyball games
  • Hearing the State of Academy from Head of School Melissa Soderberg
  • Sharing memories and reconnecting with friends, classmates and faculty members at a free picnic lunch (families and guests are welcome)
  • And more!
Click here to view the full schedule of events, including details regarding reunion class gatherings.  
Coming in from out of town? A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Columbus (Easton area) at a discounted rate of $129/night. Click here to book your room at our discounted rate.

Individual Class Gatherings (coordinated by class agents)
Class of 1960
Saturday, October 2, evening
Rocky Fork Hunt and Country Club
5189 Clark State Rd.
Gahanna, OH 43230

Class of 1970
Saturday, October 2, 6:00 p.m.
Columbus Country Club
4831 E Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43213

Class of 1975: celebrating their 45th Reunion October 8-9, 2021
Friday, October 8
7:30 p.m. CA home football game vs Grandview
8:45 p.m. Drinks at Flanagan's (after 1st half)

Saturday, October 9
10:30 a.m. Tour of the CA Campus
12:00 p.m. Watch Maryland vs OSU football game at Fred Vorys' garage
7:00 p.m. Peter's Farm in Galena catered dinner/food truck (for more information, contact Kenny Brown at

Class of 1976
Gathering at Henry Hauser's home (for more information, contact Henry Hauser at
Class of 1981 
Saturday, October 2, evening
Location To Be Determined (for more information, contact Erich Hunker at 
Class of 1985/Class of 1986
Saturday, October 2, evening
Location To Be Determined (for more information, contact Gavin Freytag at or Jonathan Wolman at

Class of 1995 
Saturday, October 2, 8:00 p.m.
Seventh Son Brewery
1101 N 4th St
Columbus, OH 43201
Class of 2000 
Saturday, October 2, 7:30 p.m.  
Hubbard Grille (upstairs bar)
793 N High St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Click here to RSVP

Class of 2001
Saturday, October 2, evening
Location To Be Determined (for more information, contact Rachel Carpenter at, Michael Corey at or Kyle Reis at

Class of 2010/Class of 2011
Saturday, October 2, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Taft's Brewpourium
440 W Broad St.
Columbus, 43215 
With a strong interest in continuing to host Alumni Weekend on campus this fall, the school has moved most activities outdoors and has other COVID mitigation strategies in place. We kindly request all visitors to campus be fully vaccinated. Additionally, in order to keep our spaces safe for our young Vikings who are unable to be vaccinated, everyone on campus is required to wear masks at all times while indoors (unless actively eating or drinking). Masks should also be worn outdoors when appropriate social distancing is not possible. 
Early Childhood Showcase on October 6 
Columbus Academy's Admissions Office will host an Early Childhood Showcase at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 6. Alumni who are interested in our Explorers (ages 3-4), PreK (ages 4-5) or Kindergarten (ages 5-6) programs for their children are invited and encouraged to attend. This adults-only event will provide attendees with the opportunity to meet Academy's early childhood teachers and to learn how they bring student creativity and curiosity to life.

2021 Student Alumni Board Representatives 
We are pleased to announce that Aislinn Ahern, McKenna Chow, Cassidy Jones, Christopher Shen, Charles Stoner and Aleeza Yakoob have been selected to represent the senior class as Student Alumni Board Representatives.

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. 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, help with class fundraising solicitations and assist in organizing reunions.
LGBTQ+ Alumni Interest Survey 
In order to enhance belonging and community for students, the upper school LGBTQ affinity group is looking for LGBTQ alumni who are interested in connecting with current students. 
There are a few ways alumni can get involved:

1. Participate (in-person or remotely) on a panel presentation for current students and faculty/staff during LGBTQ History Month in October. Panelists will reflect on their school experiences and collectively build an understanding of LBGTQ history at CA.

2. Engage in discussions (in-person or remotely) with current LGBTQ+ students during activities or lunch periods during the school day. Topics for discussion would be student generated and may include issues such as life at CA, transitioning to college and professional life, family life, or current events.

If you are interested in participating in either of these opportunities, please complete this brief survey and we will be in contact with you. Thank you!
School News

Columbus Academy welcomed back students and families to its 231-acre campus on August 23 to begin the 2021-22 school year. That morning, students in grades 6-12 arrived for start-of-school activites, including Unity Day for the entire Class of 2025. The afternoon ended with lower school families exploring classrooms, meeting teachers and enjoying an ice cream social. Academy's 111th school year began with 1,169 total students spread among 15 grade levels. In her Convocation address, Head of School Melissa Soderberg urged everyone to greet each other warmly, especially Academy's 178 new students and nearly two dozen new faculty/staff members. "We have been away from our typical moments of creating community for a long time as a result of COVID," said Soderberg, now in her ninth year guiding the school, "and it is going to be very important for all of us to make an effort and to reach out to be WITH each other this year."
For the first time ever, the Columbus Academy Jazz Ensemble will be featured at the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival! Our musicians will perform a number of tunes in a variety of styles at the event's Round Stage from noon until 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, September 19. Band members include seniors Russell Ahmed, Ben Anasis, Kyle Bernstorf, Dhruv Edamadaka, Maddie Kazatsky, Emmett Leo, Janet Li, Raaghav Malik, Gyvnn Mendenhall, Ryan Reagan, Liam Ross, Malachy Sullivan and Stephen Wright, juniors Alexis Cunningham, Jono Hammond, Zech Kim, Imani Munene, Arya Narayan, Tori Raiken and Arvind Rajagopalan, sophomores Ellen Hansen, Akshaj Jagarapu, Maria Masek and Reed Swartz, freshman Carolina Mize and eighth-grader Adam Aikens.
Sports News
Our athletics department has enjoyed a successful start to the fall season including multiple tournament titles for the girls and boys golf teams, a team championship for our girls and runner-up finish for our boys at the opening cross country meet, five straight shutouts for our field hockey squad, a 33-6 win in our football home-opener, an undefeated start in five matches for girls soccer, a thrilling late goal to give our new boys soccer coach his first victory, nine consecutive wins for our girls tennis program and volleyball earning its first victory (25-15, 25-9, 25-14) at Whitehall. For all the latest Viking sports news and results, check out the athletic department's social media channels on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.  
Send In Your Class Notes

We love keeping in touch with our alumni, and we want to hear all of your latest news. 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

We also love pictures, so you can send those along as well. Fill out our class notes form at or send via email to to be sure your message is included in an upcoming issue of Experience, the school's recently redesigned magazine!
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