Volume 12, Issue 11

With no classes tomorrow (Friday, March 1) because of parent-teacher conferences in all three divisions, our entire community is invited to an ice skating event from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. inside the Chiller Rinks at Easton. All are welcome, so bring friends! Be sure to mention Columbus Academy when checking in so you get the special price of $6 per skater, which includes skate rental. Also, don't miss out on all of the surprise performances and inside information shared during our Parents' Association monthly breakfast forums. The next one is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6, on the fireplace side of the dining hall. 

On February 13, Columbus Academy celebrated nine more seniors who were recruited and have committed to continue their academic and athletic careers on the collegiate level: Chris Boyle (football, Brown University), Deven Cobb (football, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology), Samantha Kass (swimming, Emory University), Malcolm Klingbeil (lacrosse, Bates College), Lexi Leader (lacrosse, University of Colorado), Liam McCann (cross country & track, Allegheny College), Harry Mills (track & field, Washington University in St. Louis), Dorrian Moultrie (football, Georgetown University) and Nick Rothmann (baseball, Ohio Northern University)!   

The month of February began with two stellar performances of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" by our Middle School with help from upper-schoolers behind the scenes and young singers in a lower school children's choir. In case you missed it, director and choreographer Whitney Eads shared a surprise message with her cast and crew on opening night. Prior to the closing show, performing arts faculty members Stefan Farrenkopf and Amy Brooks provided insight into what goes on behind the scenes of a school production during the first Backstage Pass event, which proved to be a successful start to PACA's new Celebrate the Arts series.

Vikings, get ready for the return of All Day 4 CA -- a day when all Academy families and friends come together to celebrate and support our school. This 25-hour day of giving will launch at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 4, with an initial match pool that will double each dollar donated. Additional grade-specific matches will be available for the 3YO Program as well as Grades 2 and 4, and others are in the works! April 4 will also be an "all in" spiritwear day. Watch your inbox for more details about how to join in this incredible day of Viking spirit benefitting the 2018-19 Annual Fund.

If you haven't yet seen the Aminah Robinson exhibit in our Morris Hall Art Gallery, make sure to stop by before it closes next Thursday. In honor of Black History Month, the Columbus Museum of Art has loaned Academy seven works used for the children's book "To Be a Drum" that was illustrated by Ms. Robinson, who passed away in 2015 after establishing a legacy as one of Central Ohio's most celebrated artists. This marks the first time her works, which also include several other pieces with connections to Academy, have been loaned to a school!

Columbus Academy will host the inaugural Math Educators Convergence on campus from August 5-9, 2019. Led by mathematics department chair Chris Bolognese, the five-day conference is themed around the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) book Catalyzing Change in High School Mathematics and will feature keynote speakers Robert Q. Berry III (NCTM president and University of Virginia professor) and Fawn Nguyen (middle school math teacher and active blogger from Southern California) as well as breakout sessions related to the book.  

Tomorrow (Friday, March 1) is the final day of the "Pop-Up Shop" hosted by Academy's Service Department in the theater lobby, where dress code clothing from the Clothing Exchange will be on display for families to take home with them. There will also be large bins for dress code clothing donations. This is a community event based on sustainability and responsibility. Anyone can donate. Anyone can pick up. Feel free to contact Service Department faculty reps Sarah Hansen (
hansens@columbusacademy.org) or Sarah Penney (penneys@columbusacademy.org) with any questions.  

In this year's Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, 22 upper-schoolers from Columbus Academy had works recognized, including Gold Keys earned by senior Gunnar Geiger and junior Ryan Hunker! Silver Keys were awarded to seniors Keenan Bellisari, Sidney Derzon and Kayla Podgurski, juniors Shaan Arora, Sarah Edwards and Ellie Jeffers and sophomores Layton Harding and Cooper Schnitzer. Sarah and Layton also garnered Honorable Mentions along with seniors Jacob Beck, Paul Hansen, Mary Hatcher, Malcolm Klingbeil, Sophia Tidwell and Cole Walker, juniors Noelle Boltz, Riley Hennessy and Sarah Neltner, and sophomores Tsega Seleshi and Bea Sull. 

All students in Grade 10 should plan to attend with a parent/guardian our College Counseling Preview Night from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on March 6 to learn about the college admissions and college counseling experience. Families of freshmen are welcome to attend for an early look. Also, here are slides and handouts from recent college counseling events:

Columbus Academy fifth-grader Makenna Henry and sophomore Jake Huddleston spent a week earlier this month in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, supporting the children and their families receiving life-changing cleft lip and palette surgeries. They accompanied medical professionals and volunteers with the Free To Smile Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by Academy parents Stacy and Dr. Byron Henry.    

Following a spirited sendoff from the Lower School (watch "GatorVision" video), our swimming & diving program was one of only five Division II schools in Ohio to have both of its teams finish in the top 10 as the AquaVike boys placed 5th overall and our girls 9th! Individually, Jordan Skilken finished 3rd in diving while Sammie Kass was 12th in the 100 free. Also earning all-state honors for our girls were the medley relay consisting of Sarah Cabré, Alexandra Butnariu, Lauren Klinefelter & Sammie that placed 7th, the 200 free relay of Sarah, Lauren, Annalise Grammel & Sammie that placed 11th and the medley relay of Inji Kang, Abby Yakam, Lauren & Sarah that finished 15th. For our boys, the 200 free relay of Mike DeAscentis, Eric DeVore, Jack Campbell & Jacob Eismann earned STATE RUNNER-UP honors! Those same four also placed 3rd in the medley relay while Mike, Eric and Jack teamed with James Cao to place 7th in the 400 free relay. Individually, Jacob made the state podium in the 100 back (3rd) as did Mike in the 100 free (8th). Jacob also appeared to win the 50 free but was disqualified for a slight flinch at the start.
At wrestling sectionals, freshman Gyvnn Mendenhall won the 195-pound title while senior Eric Menq (170) and sophomores Chris Sugar (132) & Ethan Stahl (182) were all sectional runner-ups and also qualified for this weekend's district tournament! Earning 5th-place and district alternate spots were sophomore Keir Gorospe (126) and frosh Zara Syed (113) & Matt Comisar (152). In the MSL-Ohio Championships, our wrestlers placed third as a team with Matt earning runner-up honors in his weight class and five Vikings -- Eric Menq, Chris, Keir, Ethan and Gyvnn -- winning individual league titles!

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