Volume 12, Issue 12

The excitement is building for this week's All Day 4 CA, April 4-5. Double your impact thanks to matching funds provided by eleven alumni and school families who wanted to inspire all of us to be all in. Additional grade-specific matches will be available for the 3YO Program, Kindergarten, Grades 2, 3, 4, 9, 11 and 12. You will receive an email on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. with the link to the special 25-hour giving day donation site. Stay tuned, support, follow your grade's progress and help spread the word (there will be a shoutout for the grade in each division with the most number of donors at the end of the event)! Enjoy these All Day 4 CA stories featuring faculty and alumni encouraging your support for the arts, athletics, curricular innovation, faculty and financial aid. 

Thursday is a special spiritwear day in celebration of All Day 4 CA. All students, faculty, staff and families are encouraged to go "all in" with Academy gear on top, bottom and even accessories like scarves, hats, socks, temporary tattoos, etc. Maroon or gray items may be worn in lieu of CA logo apparel as long as there isn't another logo on them (also, no jeans or yoga pants). Have fun with it, like Director of Athletics Dominic Facciolla in this hilarious video! You, too, can share your family's Viking spirit; share/post your photos with #AllDay4CA. The Viking Corner has special hours this week: Tuesday (8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.), Wednesday (8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) and Thursday (8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.). Be sure to also check out the Clothing Exchange Closet for spirit items.

Rent, the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning rock musical loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème, is coming to Columbus Academy on April 11-13! And for the first time at Academy, tickets are available online. RENT School Edition is recommended for high school ages or older. We encourage parental discretion for all three 7:30 p.m. shows. This will be the last performance of any kind before the school's Schoedinger Theatre undergoes a complete renovation.

The entire Academy community took part in the celebration of Black History Month in February. Each division enjoyed time spent learning and experiencing the vital importance of African-American culture to our country and around the world through the study of individuals and events from our nation's history. Eric Dozier provided the students an opportunity to learn how music connects people and the important role it has played for generations (watch video from lower school assembly). The cultural activist, singer/songwriter and educator relayed a similar message in front of an excellent crowd at the MOSAIC Black History Month Celebration on the final Sunday of the month. The event included a living museum of prominent figures from the Harlem Renaissance staged by some of our middle-schoolers. Also, selected works from the book "To Be a Drum" illustrated by Aminah Robinson were on display in our Morris Hall Art Gallery, marking the first loan from the Columbus Museum of Art to a local school!

On the basis of her scholastic achievements, leadership and commitment to service in her community and her school, Columbus Academy senior Caroline Mallory was honored last month as one of twelve Outstanding Young Women in Central Ohio by the Zonta Club of Columbus for 2019! During the award ceremony, Caroline was recognized for exemplifying the values that Zonta Club members worldwide promote and encourage.

Columbus Academy senior Tyler Schlonsky has been selected to the youth men's soccer team for the 14th Pan American Maccabi Games that will take place July 5-15 in Mexico City! According to a press release, Maccabi USA will bring a team of 400+ athletes who will join the other 2,500 Jewish athletes from 19 countries, participating in 24 different sports. Last fall, Tyler led our varsity boys soccer squad to its second-straight MSL-Ohio title and was named First Team All-League, All-District and All-Ohio after scoring a team-high 12 goals.   

Two works by Columbus Academy junior Livy Seline were accepted into The National K-12 Ceramics Exhibition, an annual juried competition designed to showcase the best student ceramic work in the United States! Her pieces were selected out of 1,164 entries and were on display in Minneapolis during this past weekend's National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), which is the preeminent ceramic event in the US gathering professionals from universities, colleges, museums, art galleries and the ceramic arts world.

Academy senior Ginnie Ma recently presented to a group of our upper-schoolers her experience and research from time spent as a Simons Summer Research Program Fellow last summer at Stony Brook University. Ginnie was one of 50 high school students from across the country to spend seven weeks at the university. She worked alongside Dr. Richard Moffitt in biomedical informatics and specifically on pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, the deadliest solid cancer, focusing her attention on target-treatment-based therapy. Ginnie also won first prize in the senior duet division of last month's statewide Graves Piano Competition!

Enjoy an evening of math fun with your child(ren) during Columbus Academy's second annual Lower School Math Night from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16. Your family is welcome to stop by our dining hall for just a bit or you can join us for the entire time. Participate in number talks, play math games, have a snack, read some math books, and leave with ideas for ongoing at-home math fun for the whole family! And don't forget that all are invited to this Wednesday's PACA Forum from 8:00-9:00 a.m. on the fireplace side of the dining hall. Also, the Spring ASA Registration deadline is quickly approaching, so please submit your registration to one of the offices on campus or online through My BackPack by this Wednesday, April 3. Be sure to check out our brand new programs like Student Shark Tank, Apparel Design or Bright Yogis Yoga! For questions, please contact the Special Programs Office at 614-509-2267. Finally, please note that the key calendar dates for the 2019-20 school year have been released and that next year's Commencement will be on a Monday (June 1, 2020).

Mark your calendars to join PACA for a "Backstage Pass" before the Middle School and Upper School Orchestra Concert on Wednesday, May 1. Starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Morris Hall Art Gallery, this adults-only event is $10 and includes appetizers, beer and wine as orchestra director David Wong will spotlight the creative process of developing student ensembles prior to the group's final concert of the year. Peruse the Senior Art Show on display while there, as upper school art teacher David Block will also speak to the inner workings of the artwork done by this year's graduating class. RSVP and registration details coming soon!  

On Monday, April 22, our student-run Service Board will be hosting a Blood Drive in the school's athletic entrance from 1:30-7:00 p.m. During the latest January Blood Drive, 25 students registered to donate, and since school will not be in session for the upcoming drive as it is on a professional development day, parents are encouraged to step up to the challenge and try to top that number. Please help in spreading the word. Remember, each pint of blood has the potential to save up to three lives. 

Our track and field program opened its season last Friday at Bexley, but results have not been posted. In lacrosse, our boys battled back from a 6-3 halftime deficit but lost 9-8 in overtime yesterday to Glenelg Country School at the headquarters of US Lacrosse in Maryland. Our girls also traveled to the Baltimore area last week, where they lost a pair of games to very good teams, 9-5 to Mercy on Friday and 17-8 at Garrison Forest on Saturday. The only other weekend action was our boys tennis team dropping a close match to DC's Sidwell Friends in the final day of action at the USTA's Sunshine State Showdown.
Academy point guard Sophie Spolter (#5) became the second girls basketball player in school history named to the All-MSL Ohio First Team as a freshman! She also earned third-team all-district honors while senior forward Shelemiah Crockett (#35) was an all-league honorable mention. They led our squad to a 10-12 overall record, including the first-ever home tournament game which they won 45-33 over CSG (watch highlights). Congratulations to all our girls hoopsters as well as coaches Ron McClendon and JoAnne Adams on an exciting season and promising future!
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