Volume 12, Issue 14
SPRING GALA 2019: THE ICONIC 80S

 
PACA is bringing all things 80s to our campus! Come break it down with the Reaganomics and travel back in time to the sounds of your beloved 80s anthems. Dust off your high-tops and wear your funky fresh hair! We've got the mixtape and boom box so, like, totally be there!
 
Saturday, May 11
7:00-11:00 p.m.
Dining Hall
PACA PRESENTS: BACKSTAGE PASS

Enjoy a "Director's Circle" event with orchestra director David Wong and upper school art teacher David Block from 6:00-6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1. This event in the Morris Hall Arts Gallery will lead into that evening's MS/US Orchestra Concert and is for adults only because beer and wine will be served. Mr. Wong and Mr. Block will spotlight the creative process of developing student ensembles and creating student art shows. You'll have the opportunity to peruse the Senior Art Show display while there and mingle with fellow arts lovers. Then, head to the Dining Hall for the concert! Bringing your kids to the orchestra performance? CASE childcare is available for $5 per child. Your children will be treated to pizza and games while you enjoy mingling with fellow CA parents and faculty. Please note that children over the age of 12 are not able to use CASE, but worry not! There will be games available for older children just outside the event to keep them entertained.
More Upcoming Arts & Music Events
  • US Band Concert: 7:30 p.m. on April 30 (tonight) in Jones Gym
  • PreK Concert: 8:15 a.m. on May 1 in Dining Hall
  • MS/US Orchestra Concert: 7:00 p.m. on May 1 in Dining Hall
  • All That Jazz Concert: 7:30 p.m. on May 3 in Dining Hall
  • LS Strings: 8:15 a.m. & 4:00 p.m. on May 7 in Dining Hall
  • MS Choir Concert: 7:00 p.m. on May 8 in Dining Hall
  • MS Band Concert: 7:00 p.m. on May 15 in Jones Gym
JOIN US AT COSI'S BIG SCIENCE CELEBRATION ON MAY 4

This week's 2019 COSI Science Festival culminates in an exciting and fun celebration of science on Saturday, May 4, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. along the Peninsula surrounding COSI. This FREE event is something you won't want to miss and will include a tent with hands-on activities hosted by Columbus Academy faculty and technology staff! 
CELEBRATE HINDU FESTIVAL OF COLORS THIS SUNDAY

All are welcome to celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, with the Columbus Academy Parents of South Asia (CAPSA) and the CA community from 2:00-4:00 p.m. this Sunday, May 5, on our lower school playground! Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy delicious food, music and more, including a color throw (wear white or light colors that you don't mind getting powdered colors on; glasses or goggles are also a good idea). RSVP to capsagroup@gmail.com.  
ACADEMY WINS STATE TITLE IN STOCK MARKET GAME

Columbus Academy seniors (from left with faculty member John Exline '64) Marcus Grewal, Jacob Sardo and Eric Menq won this month's statewide Stock Market Game Portfolio Challenge at the University of Cincinnati! Each fall, students in Mr. Exline's economics class participate in The Stock Market Game (a program of the SIFMA Foundation), and this group finished first in the region out of 351 high school teams. For presenting investment strategies to a panel of judges and winning the state competition, Marcus, Jacob and Eric will each receive $150 and an all-expense trip to New York City, where they will tour the New York Stock Exchange!
 
JUNIORS EARN TOP AWARDS IN CHEMISTRY OLYMPIAD

Three juniors from Columbus Academy recently competed in the 2019 Chemistry Olympiad, and they claimed three of the four prizes awarded for all Central Ohio high school students! Alex Wang (right) placed first in the college-level group (those who had previously taken the AP Chemistry exam) while Jacob Liu (center) and Michelle Zong (left) swept the top two spots in the high school group. Michelle was awarded $100 for her runner-up effort. Both Alex and Jacob won the top awards of $200, advancing them to next week's National Chemistry Olympiad. The 20 top-scoring students from the National Exam spend two weeks at a study camp to undergo rigorous training. Based on their performance, four of those 20 will be chosen to represent the U.S. at the 51st International Chemistry Olympiad in Paris, France, in late July.
ABHI RAMESH EXCELS IN INVESTWRITE COMPETITION

Academy senior Abhi Ramesh placed first in the state and fifth in the nation among all high school students in the InvestWrite competition sponsored by the SIFMA Foundation, which is dedicated to fostering knowledge and understanding of the financial markets for individuals of all backgrounds. Abhi's winning essay was about Square Roots, the company founded by recent Columbus Academy Celebration of Leadership speaker Kimbal Musk. In addition to being interested in economics and international relations, Abhi ran on our varsity cross country squad and is a member of the CA Jazz Ensemble and Model United Nations team. He is the son of Mr. Ramesh Duraisamy and Mrs. Malarvizhi Natesan from New Albany.
LOWER SCHOOL GEARS UP FOR FIRST SPIRIT WEEK

For the past several weeks, Head of Lower School Mark Hansen has been taking suggestions on themed days for the first-ever Lower School Spirit Week. Here is yesterday morning's assembly announcement about when that will be (May 13-16) and what all lower-schoolers are encouraged to wear on those days!
COAT & DRESS CODE CLOTHING DRIVE ON MAY 9-10

Spring is in the air and summer is around the corner, so it's time to clean out the winter coats and dress code clothing that no longer fit and bring them to the Kids 4 Kids Spring Drive! Collection bins will be located at LS/MS/US dropoff locations and the bus circle before and after school on Thursday and Friday, May 9-10. ONLY winter coats, hats, gloves and dress code clothing in student sizes will be collected at this time. The collected coats will be used in the fall for our Kids 4 Kids schoolwide service learning project. The dress code clothing will be added to the Clothing Exchange Closet. If you have any questions, please contact Kimberly Allison, PACA Service Chair, at kimberlyga@mac.com.
YEARBOOK REQUEST FOR SENIOR PAGES

Senior Pages for the yearbook are due by 3:20 p.m. on Friday, May 3. All members of our Class of 2019 have written instructions and a video tutorial for how to create their page. Optional senior headshots are due by May 31, and we prefer them to be sent digitally. Please direct any questions and the photos to yearbook advisor Laura Miller at millerl@columbusacademy.org.
ARTS & MUSIC SCENE

 
Several students from Columbus Academy have been selected for honor bands in the community this school year. Eighth-graders Tori Raiken and Samantha Frickel along with seventh-graders Tanvi Peruri, Reed Swartz and Samantha Whitson made the Ohio Music Education Association's District 15 Middle School Honor Band while both Samanthas joined 11th-grader Praem Jagabandhu on Ohio State University's middle and high school honor bands, respectively. Griffen Meyers and fellow eighth-grader Arya Narayan are members of the 65-member Capital Cadet Band, an honor band for middle school students in Central Ohio that will be conducted next year by our very own Susan O'Rourke. And last but certainly not least, junior Simon Iobst has been accepted into Berkelee's very selective High School Composition Intensive at the Boston Conservatory this summer.
 
COLLEGE COUNSELING NOTE

Hear from six of the world's top research universities during an upcoming public event here in Central Ohio. Representatives from The George Washington University, The University of Miami, New York University, Northeastern University, Southern Methodist University and Tulane University will be at the Sheraton Columbus Capitol Square (75 E State St, Columbus 43215) for a joint information session starting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21. 
SERVICE LEARNING

In addition to participating in last week's schoolwide Arbor Day activities (coverage coming soon), our fourth grade visited the City of Columbus Department of Public Service last Tuesday to learn more about recycling and refuse collection in celebration of Earth Day. The students learned how to determine what is recycling and what should go into the regular trash as well as the impact on the Earth if we don't recycle, and they also experienced a demonstration of refuse truck in operation and visited the Solid Waste Authority of Ohio (SWACO) Morse Road Transfer Station. A special thanks to Academy parents Jonathan Brooks and Andrea Lewis-Brooks for making the trip possible! 
SPORTS REPORT

 
Our varsity boys tennis team continued its impressive season with a sweep of all five courts at Dublin Coffman yesterday (watch interview with seniors Suriya Sundaram and Drew Haffer, see upcoming sectional tournament brackets, view action photos). In other recent varsity action, our baseball squad beat Grandview 5-4 yesterday with a walkoff RBI-single by Evan Scott and complete-game victory by Hayden Compton on the mound, our boys lacrosse team won 17-8 last night at Pickerington North (led by 5 goals from David Barren and 3 apiece by Andrew Swartz & Zach White), our girls lacrosse squad defeated both Medina 8-6 and Hawken 7-3 (led by 6 combined goals from Lexi Leader) at Saturday's Laurel School Invitational and our track & field squads both placed 7th in the 8-team Milt Will Invitational at Canal Winchester over the weekend led by Samantha Kass finishing as runner-up in the girls 400, Hannah Clay placing 3rd in both the 200 & 400, and Luke Nester taking 3rd in the boys 800 (see complete results).
 
Spring Sports Senior Nights
  • Girls Lacrosse: Photos & Results
  • Track & Field: Photos & Results
  • Boys Tennis: Wednesday, May 1, on Carlin Courts
  • Baseball: Monday, May 6, at Stahl Field
  • Boys Lacrosse: Thursday, May 9, on Hondros Field
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