Academy news & updates
2020-21 | Issue 2
Celebrating the Academy Experience
Community Conversations on Race
Thank you to everyone who participated in last month's pair of Community Conversations on Race. The school has received so much valuable insight from all areas of our community, and you will be hearing about further developments on our progress in the coming weeks. As Director of Diversity and Community Life Dr. Beckett Broh wrote in her August 6th letter: "We are committed to continuing CA’s path forward. We may not always get it or say it right. Change is never easy. But we are committed to working with our community to unravel racism and bias while fostering safety, belonging and equality."
Please Stand a Farrenkopf Apart
Our upper school faculty members created videos offering back-to-school tips that all upper-schoolers are watching during their orientation days. As a teaser, we posted this demonstration of check-in procedures from our English department. We hope to share more of these videos after all of the US orientation days have been completed.
Space Research by Panya Bhinder
"My team researched how microgravity can be used to expedite the development of a vaccine for COVID-19," wrote Academy senior Panya Bhinder about her summer participating in the prestigious Student Enhancement in Earth and Space Science internship hosted by The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Space Research. "We researched protein crystallization on the ISS and created an experiment to compare virus mutation rates in microgravity versus on Earth and presented our project to NASA. My team is continuing to collaborate with NASA and ISS astronauts to conduct the experiment." Learn more by clicking here.
Access CA's Daily Lunch Menu
Want to know what is being offered for lunch each day on our campus? Go to and look for the dropdown window on the upper left to choose menus for Lower School or Middle/Upper Schools. You can also download the Touch of SAGE mobile app, where the toggle between the slightly different offerings can be found by clicking on the three vertical dots on the upper right. The mobile app also provides information on allergen filters and COVID-19 safety measures and protocols in addition to helpful dining and wellness tips.
Commencement 2020 Video
Wrapping up our 2020 Commencement coverage, click here for complete footage from the July 25th socially distanced ceremony on Hondros Field professionally produced by Best Light Video and alumnus Andy Brush '06! Be sure to watch the slideshow at the end featuring outstanding photography by Cindy Wilson and Dr. Andy Morris '85. For more coverage and photos, please click here.
Fall Sports Senior Nights
Since nothing is guaranteed these days, our fall sports teams are celebrating their seniors earlier in the season starting with our boys soccer program last week (view photos). Dates for upcoming Senior Nights are:
  • Football on September 4th
  • Girls Soccer on September 8th
  • Girls Tennis on September 10th
  • Cross Country on September 12th
  • Volleyball on September 15th
  • Field Hockey on September 15th
  • Golf TBD
Golf Outing Supporting Financial Aid
Although pre-registration by our alumni filled all the open spots in the upcoming Columbus Academy Golf Outing on September 21st, families and businesses can still show their support for providing financial aid to deserving students by purchasing a sponsorship. Please click here to learn more about sponsorship fees, which range from $100 to $500.
Sydni Ratliff Profiled for Tennis Prowess
Academy senior Sydni Ratliff, the defending Division II singles state champion, was recently profiled on a tennis recruiting site as well as in a ThisWeek article previewing our girls tennis and girls golf seasons. Our girls tennis squad is off to a 3-1 start (with the only loss coming at Division I #1 Mason) while our girls golf team topped Worthington Christian yesterday 179-208 after runner-up finishes at both the MSL-Ohio preseason tournament and Worthington Christian Invitational (view photo). Click on the links below for more sports news:
Spotlight on Service and Wellness
When our faculty and staff members returned to campus to start their professional development training last month, a heartwarming surprise awaited them on the very first day as they walked to pick up their lunches. Lining the Senior Quad were upper-schoolers cheering (while socially distanced and wearing masks, of course) and holding signs welcoming them back. View more of the photos by clicking here. Also, check out these resources from our wellness team:
New Staff Headshots
Highlighting our Faculty/Staff
Please help us welcome 15 new faculty and staff members who joined us either during the end of last school year or over this past summer. We encourage you to learn more about them by clicking on their names: Susan Brookhart (US Chemistry), Janny Cann (Explorers Program), Diane Chattman (Kindergarten), Betsy Claman (US Math), Elly Davis (Afternoon Receptionist), Susan Goode (Bursar), Nicole LaMar (Advancement Services Manager), Tamara Markey (US Physics), Nyima Porter (Student Equity Specialist), Andy Rhiel (US History long-term substitute), Keith Scowden (Fourth Grade), Nancy Velasquez (Admissions Office Assistant), Nan Wagshul (Administrative Assistant, Facilities & Grounds), Shannon Walder (Benefits Specialist) and Ree Wickerham (MS Spanish). Also, click on the following links for more news about Academy's outstanding educators: