Academy news & updates
2020-21 | Issue 10
Celebrating the Academy Experience
Speech & Debate State Finals
In early March, a dozen upper-schoolers from Columbus Academy competed in the Ohio Speech and Debate Association 2021 State Finals. Out of 87 teams from all across Ohio, Academy’s squad placed 34th with 124.12 points, which was fourth-best among Central Ohio schools behind only Dublin Jerome (19th), Upper Arlington (21st) and Olentangy (32nd). The highlight of the tournament was Academy junior Reyha Satish finishing as state runner-up in Declamation out of 66 competitors. “The judges were moved by her passion and personal connection to her speech,” reported Nate Stewart, who coaches the team alongside Pat Hogan. Teammates also reached the quarterfinals in the categories of Program Oral Interpretation (sophomore Alexis Cunningham for a powerful interpretation of literary pieces written by and for Black women) and Congressional Debate (juniors Yashu Tanneru and Jaswanth Vandrasi as well as sophomore Cory Wu). Strong performances were also delivered by Aleeza Yakoob and Lindsey Butler in Public Forum Debate, fellow junior Tara Hoffman and sophomore Sam Braveman in United States Extemporaneous Speaking, sophomore Alex Nanda in Congressional Debate, Matthew Fang in Humorous Interpretation and fellow ninth-grader Cece Reitter in Informative Speaking.
GOA Conference Citation Award
In the Global Online Academy's sixth annual Catalyst Conference, which included submissions by 550 students from 96 schools around the world, Columbus Academy junior Vivian Bradner-Young earned the GOA's Citation Award! Her project – "How can we bring more awareness to eating disorders and educate the younger generation about the dangers, while muting the effects of social media comparisons?" – can be viewed here. GOA Citations are awarded to "student projects that demonstrate target outcomes impressively and that resulted from an exemplary process, which included careful, thorough research and excellent crafting of a beautiful question and shaping of an original and well considered response to it. These projects raise awareness and promote grassroots actions and institutional change."
First Grade Concert
"Our first-graders hit a home run with their hard work on our production this year," wrote lower school music/movement/drama teacher Michelle Schroeder-Lowrey about this year's first grade musical. "Using a lyric video in between music classes (listening at home, in the car and in the classroom) these students went extra innings to put the perfect spin on 'It's a Hit' (by John Jacobson & John Higgins). Each class recorded all five songs and their choreography separately. I couldn't be more proud of their patience, perseverance, humor and teamwork."
Glimpses of Daily Life on Campus
In mid-March, students in Alexis Gammell’s PreK class went on an alphabet scavenger hunt (view photos) with freshmen in a biology class taught by Dr. Sumona Ghosh Lester ’99. “The scavenger hunt was created by Sumona’s class, and the kids had a blast,” said Alexis, who added that her young Vikings loved interacting with the upper-schoolers and kept calling the ninth-graders their new best friends. “I wanted to get my students outside to enjoy our campus,” stated Sumona, “and this activity also provided an opportunity for cross-divisional interaction, which has been so limited this year.” For more community life news, click on the following links:
Arts and Music Scene
Our upper school orchestra groups recently performed during the school day inside Schoedinger Theatre. The Upper School Orchestra (view video) played four songs including "Legend" by David O'Fallon, "You Raise Me Up" by Rølf Lovland (also made famous by Josh Groban), "Bossa Verde" by Bert Ligon and "King of Pop" featuring a medley of Michael Jackson tunes. Advanced Orchestra (view video) then presented two pieces including "Petite Suite Minuet" by Claude Debussy followed by "Simple Symphony" from composer Benjamin Britten. For more arts and music news, click on the following links:
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Accolades in Athletics
Our final athletic signing celebration of the school year will take place this Wednesday, May 5th. Please watch live (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86241137638) starting at 2:00 p.m. as we honor the following spring NCAA commitments: Emmauel Eribo (track & field at The University of Rochester), Sam Huyghe (football at Lehigh University), Suzy L'Hommedieu (field hockey at St. Lawrence University), Kayla McClendon (basketball at Berea College), Durell Moultrie (football at John Carroll University) and Luke Nester (cross country and track & field at the United States Naval Academy). Click on the links below for more sports news:
Highlighting our Faculty & Staff
Congratulations to physics teacher Tamara Markey, who joined our upper school faculty last August, on being named the 2021 Outstanding Industrial Engineer by Purdue University! "It was indeed an honor to receive this recognition and for my body of professional work to be considered amongst the significant and many accomplishments of others who have also received this distinction," said Tamara, who earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from Purdue and was the Indiana Teacher of the Year in 2019. "I am very thankful to be a part of the CA community as a parent and teacher. I am proud of this school's dedication to developing the whole child academically, socially and emotionally. During these unprecedented times in which we live, I feel very fortunate to be here at Columbus Academy." Click on the following links for more news about Academy's outstanding educators: