Volume 13, Issue 3
JOIN US FOR COMMUNITY DAY THIS SATURDAY

 
All are invited to join us for CA Community Day on Saturday, September 21! This family-fun event begins in the morning with the running of the fourth annual Viking Rampage Challenge through our campus woods, followed by a day filled with activities, food trucks and home games being played by our Viking sports teams. Be sure to stop by the fifth annual Fútbol Tailgate hosted by ¡HOLA! during the varsity boys soccer match that starts at 11:45 a.m. on Hondros Field. For more information about all of the day's events, please visit columbusacademy.org/CommunityDay.

DOZEN SENIORS NAMED NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS

 
Andrew Cahall, David Cooperman, Ezra Johnson, Jacob Liu, Samuel Massick, Aniv Ray, Anay Reddy, Kathan Reddy, Alex Wang, Howard Wang, Carolyn Zhang and Michelle Zong were announced last Wednesday as 2020 Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. "These students are talented in so many different ways," said Head of School Melissa Soderberg. "They are thinkers, leaders, risk-takers, artists, athletes, musicians, problem-solvers, innovators and friends. Our future, the world's future, is in good hands!" 
DON'T MISS THIS FRIDAY'S CHARLIE DAVID DINNER

 
The entire Columbus Academy community is invited to the 37th Annual Charlie David Dinner on Friday, September 20, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Dining Hall. This casual tailgate event includes a delicious City Barbeque dinner (vegetarian options available), silent auction, $1,000 cash raffle (prize provided by Dr. James Hutta) and boardwalk games for children run by our upper school student organizations in the school gym. This fun event benefits CA's middle and upper school athletic programs. You are encouraged to stay for the varsity football game against Whitehall, which kicks off at 7:30 and is free for all Academy families. To become a Charlie David Dinner sponsor or to purchase tickets, visit www.bidpal.net/cdd2019. Over 800 MS and US student athletes thank you in advance for your support!
DINING HALL HAS NEW MANAGEMENT TEAM

Just prior to the beginning of this school year, Columbus Academy parent Stephanie Campbell (mother of fifth-grader Sophia) was promoted to Senior Food Service Director and Chef by Sage Dining, the company that manages our dining hall! Stephanie is happy to announce new Assistant Food Service Directors Amanda Fancelli and Robert Steffens. Amanda had been with SAGE for just over nine months as a lead cook before recently being promoted. She came to us from a large corporate dining Aramark account and has many years of experience in large-volume catering. Robert came to us from Sheraton Hotels, where he was a food and beverage director. He also worked for Cameron Mitchell's at the Fish Market and has many years of experience working for an assisted living facility. Please join us in welcoming our new dining hall management team! Whether you're planning a simple breakfast or an upscale executive luncheon, they would love to help with your event and can custom-design a menu for any special occasion.
 
SARAH SILVER ADVOCATES FOR EPIPENS IN SCHOOLS

As a class representative in our Student Council last year, Sarah Silver lobbied to have emergency epinephrine auto-injectors installed in the dining hall. As someone who herself lives with severe food allergies, Sarah was thrilled to see them mounted at the beginning of this school year. This inspired her to reach out through a family friend to State Representative Don Manning, vice chair of the Ohio House Health Committee. Earlier this month, the Academy junior met with Representative Manning to advocate for mandating readily available epinephrine auto-injectors in schools, which is now only optional in Ohio. As a result, Rep. Manning is now exploring ways to take this proposal forward!
CELEBRATION OF LEADERSHIP WITH TAL BEN-SHAHAR

 
On Monday, November 4, Columbus Academy will host lecturer, entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar as this year's Celebration of Leadership speaker. His focus on emotional and physical well-being supports our school's attention this year to advancing the third goal of our Strategic Vision: student flourishing. Dr. Ben-Shahar taught two of the most popular classes in Harvard University's history: Positive Psychology and Psychology of Leadership. Today, he consults and lectures around the world on the topics of leadership, happiness and resilience. Dr. Ben-Shahar will be speaking to upper school students in the afternoon and at an Annual Fund leadership donor reception in the evening. The RSVP deadline is October 25; space is limited.
ORIGINAL SHEET MUSIC FOR ALMA MATER

We recently received such a wonderful surprise in the mail, a document of historical significance to our school! In the mid-1970s, Columbus Academy adopted this song as its Alma Mater, and it remains as such to this day, although with a few minor alterations to the lyrics in order to reflect the introduction of coeducation in the early 90s. The original tune was composed by Martha Roush, who taught music here from 1974-77.
FONDLY REMEMBERING FORMER TEACHER ANITA CANDLER

It was with heavy hearts that we spent Labor Day weekend remembering beloved former faculty member Anita Candler, who passed away on August 29 after a 15-year battle with cancer. Anita joined our lower school faculty in 2009 and retired in 2017 as the lower and middle school reading specialist. We are comforted to know that her husband Eric and children Evan and April were by her side when she passed.
NOTES FROM COLLEGE COUNSELING

Important Advanced Placement (AP) Changes: Exams are now ordered in the fall, based on classroom registration in College Board's MYAP. Students must decide about taking AP Exams by the November 1 deadline. Each student is responsible for setting "order exam?" status (in his/her MYAP) to Yes or No (default is Undecided). It is possible to request an exam after the final deadline until the spring course orders and fall order changes deadline of March 1, 2020, but students will be charged a late-order fee of $40 per exam. If a student chooses to cancel an exam after November 1 or does not take an exam that was ordered for them, the student will be charged $40 for each exam cancelled.
 
Have an upper-schooler who is not enrolled in an Honors/AP Class but is planning to take an AP Exam? Please email Joan Young at youngj@columbusacademy.org by the November 1 deadline to request/approve an AP Exam order (include your child's name, grade and the title of the exam).
ARTS & MUSIC SCENE

Columbus Academy's Fine Arts Department will embark on a unique professional development experience at the Columbus Museum of Art this year. Together, they will explore contemporary art, have behind-the-scenes access to museums, private collections and artists' studios, and will help select a work of contemporary art for the museum's permanent collection. From left in this photo are Academy art teachers David Block, Pedro Mena, Charity White, Crystal Tursich and Scott Neal (not pictured is Lloyd Cicetti).
SERVICE LEARNING

Join the Columbus Academy Service Board for the very popular Apple Picking Service Event at Lynd Fruit Farm in Pataskala on Sunday, September 29, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pick a bag for your family and one (or more) to donate to local food pantries. Again this year, prices are $15 for small bags and $25 for large bags. Families from all divisions are encouraged to attend! 
SPORTS REPORT

After being the only player from Ohio of nearly 300 high school-age (U15 and U17) standouts from 27 states invited to US Lacrosse's first-ever National Team Development Program Combine last month in Sparks, Maryland, Columbus Academy's Zach White was selected to the U15 US Lacrosse Team! The sophomore from Gahanna is one of four attackmen and 22 players overall in the country who will compete for Team USA in an international competition on October 18-20.
Upcoming Senior Nights
  • September 19: Girls Tennis at 4:00 p.m. on Carlin Fields courts
  • September 25: Girls Soccer at 6:30 p.m. on Hondros Field
  • October 1: Boys Soccer at 7:00 p.m. on Hondros Field
  • October 2: Volleyball at 6:00 p.m. in Mackenzie Gymnasium
  • October 2: Cross Country at 6:15 p.m. on Hondros Field
  • October 3: Boys Golf at Halftime of 7:00 p.m. Football Game
  • October 4: Field Hockey at 6:15 p.m. on Carlin Fields turf
  • October 25: Football at 6:45 p.m. on Hondros Field
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