Columbus Academy Alumni

Columbus Academy Alumni


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Friends, this Thanksgiving, please consider supporting our classmate Ben Sippel '98. Ben was diagnosed with malignant melanoma several years ago. Initially he seemed to do well, and for a brief time he hoped for cure. The cancer recurred. And then for several years he responded well to immunologic therapy, a therapy that wasn't even an option when we were in high school. Unfortunately immunologics have now failed as well, and he didn't respond to the first chemo regimen. For now he is still at home with his wife (Lisa) and young children (Charlie and Miriam). I don't think it's a stretch to say they could use any support you could give them. One of his friends through the Clintonville farmers market--where Ben and Lisa tirelessly sold the fruits and vegetables from their farm--created a GoFundMe initiative. The link is below. Please consider donating.
The class of '74 and Mr. Morrin gathered at my house last Friday night for old times' sake (and refreshments) ...
Are you interested in opening your heart and home to another culture? Host an international student with IPERC Hosting! At IPERC, we work to promote exchange and friendship between Chinese and American students, educators and families. Currently, we are looking to place a 10th-grade boy who will be attending the Garden School (Jackson Heights, NY) this fall. Hosting is a great way to expand your family’s cultural understanding, exposure to a foreign language, form lifelong friendships, and help an international high school student experience American life and culture firsthand. Families will work closely with me to ensure a successful academic and cultural exchange experience for everyone, and you will have my full support and that of the agency team members throughout the year, including a 24/7 support line and a team of trained advisors. Our volunteer host families are encouraged to treat their students as a member of their own family. Host families provide students with three meals a day, the student's own room, transportation to and from school (the bus is okay) and a firsthand look at American culture. In return, families are provided a monthly stipend to help with the added costs associated with caring for another person. Each family must complete an online application, pass a Criminal Background Check before being approved to host. Interested? The first step in the process is to complete the host family application at If you would like assistance in filling out this application, please do not hesitate to reach out to me and I will do my best to help. Not able to host this year? We have a generous referral bonus that we can offer to individuals or organizations (schools, churches, etc.) who refer a host family to us! Please let me know if you have any questions and I will be happy to share further details about our program. I can be reached at 614-499-3958.
The Academy grown production team of 5A-5B (Austin Bening Alix Korda Brian Flaherty )is premiering our pilot episode Union Cafe. The series is about a gay academic and a suburban divorcée living in Harlem, and we would love to see you all there. The union event will screen the pilot, as well as the Kickstarter campaign film which we created together to fund the project Full disclosure: We are still live!

Celebrating Columbus Academy with Vikings around the world!

The Columbus Academy Alumni Association The day you graduate from Columbus Academy, you become an alumnus/a and a member of the Columbus Academy Alumni Association. To foster goodwill among all alumni of the school, and through the organization. To benefit the alumni of the school through the organization of social, academic and philanthropic events designed to further interaction among alumni and encourage involvement with the school. To support, enrich and further the education, scientific and academic purposes of Columbus Academy, including but not limited to providing guidance from an alumni perspective on relevant school issues and the making of financial contributions to the school.

Opinion | The End of College as We Knew It?

Academy alumnus Matt Schmitz '17 was recently quoted in The New York Times: "At Ursinus College in Pennsylvania this spring, Stephanie Mackler, an associate professor of education, asked the students in one of her seminars to write about the merits of the liberal arts. Matt Schmitz, 20, who is majoring in psychology and educational studies, reflected on the story of Galileo. It’s about so much more than astronomy, he wrote; it’s a window into humans’ investment in established fictions over discomfiting truths. To study the humanities, Schmitz observed, is to connect to something grander: 'Without it, humanity would be left to aimlessly wander from day to day and problem to problem.'” Restaurants get eulogies. Airlines get bailouts. Shakespeare gets kicked when he’s down.

[06/07/20]   "As we continue to process the senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others, our community struggles with feelings of shock, grief, pain and exhaustion, especially our Black families, students, faculty, staff and alumni." Please read tonight's letter to our entire community from Dr. Beckett Broh at

We honored our Class of 2020 with a full-page ad in this past Sunday's Columbus Dispatch and with a two-page spread in the June issue of Columbus Monthly! To see more ways we celebrated our 98 new graduates, visit

We honored our Class of 2020 with a full-page ad in this past Sunday's Columbus Dispatch and with a two-page spread in the June issue of Columbus Monthly! To see more ways we celebrated our 98 new graduates, visit

The June issue of our Alumni Newsletter has been released!

In this month’s edition:
• Receive an update on the latest school news including responses from our students and administration to the many things currently happening in our city and society
• Learn from fellow alumni Dr. Kyle Alexander '02 and Chad Underwood '04 who share tips for physical wellness at home through improving your work-from-home ergonomics as well as relieving stress and improving flexibility through yoga
• Download our new and improved alumni app
• Save the Date for our 12th Annual Golf Outing
• Participate in the Columbus Foundation's upcoming The Big Give to support the Academy Community Fund

Check out the complete newsletter at:

Editorial: Responding to the Protests and to Dr. Losambe’s Letter - Columbus Academy

On this morning that we had originally scheduled for Commencement, our thoughts are with the Class of 2020 but also on many other things happening in our city and society. The editorial board of our student journalism program penned this eloquent piece below. You can also read Head of School Melissa Soderberg's letter to our community at and the email from Dean of Students Dr. Pascal Losambe to our upper-schoolers at We are lost. We are scared. We are heartbroken.  While we are still sheltered inside from a deadly virus, we witness another inexcusable instance of police brutality. We watch as hundreds march in our city for justice for George Floyd with signs reading “Say His Name.” Let us also not forget th...

Tributing Academy Frontline Heroes: Dr. Audrey Young '09

The second video in our Student Council’s new series recognizing those on the pandemic’s frontlines features Academy alumna Dr. Audrey Young ’09, the daughter of College Counseling office manager Joan Young. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in neurobiology and global health (Magna Cum Laude with Highest Honors), Audrey studied negative/unrealistic parent descriptors of infant attributes associated with physical abuse while also founding the Wellness Initiative for Student Health at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, where she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Society as she earned her doctorate in 2017. She is currently a pediatrics resident and Child Abuse and Neglect Fellow at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, where she specializes in risk factors associated with recurrent abusive injury. At Academy, Audrey was a 12-season student-athlete (field hockey, basketball and lacrosse), vice-president of Service Board and co-recipient of the Sumner F. Dennett Cup for Community Service. Her passion for helping others continued in college as she co-founded a health outreach initiative with the homeless population of Harvard Square. She married Chetan Raut in December of 2018 in Mumbai, India, and they enjoyed a second ceremony last July in New Albany. We couldn’t be more proud of the amazing person and medical professional Audrey has become!

Tributing Academy Frontline Heroes: Dr. Lamont Clay

Since classes at Academy moved online, our Student Council has been creating opportunities to keep the school community connected by posting motivational videos, bracket challenges and trick-shot competitions on Instagram (
) and Twitter (
). The students also wanted to share something on the more serious side since there are many family members of the Columbus Academy community who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. "We wanted to pay tribute to their incredibly selfless and courageous efforts during these challenging times," stated sophomore Gurby Vaziri, who has spearheaded this project with the help of fellow Class of '22 officer Sidd Amirneni, outgoing president Kathan Reddy and Student Council advisors Freda Eden and Brianna Stout. "These members include medical professionals (doctors, nurses) and first responders (policemen/women, ambulance drivers and firefighters). We reached out to those provided by the community and asked them a little bit about their daily life and routine, as well as their advice for the community. We plan to post a video every day saluting these heroes of our very own Academy family." This new series starts with Dr. Lamont Clay who, along with his wife Dr. Jill Clay, are the parents of junior Hannah Clay and seventh-grader Isaac Clay.

1918: Sickness Strikes School - Columbus Academy

On this Memorial Day, we cannot thank those who have served and sacrificed for our country enough. In this recent article for The Academy Life, sophomore Gurby Vaziri recounts the importance placed on honoring and supporting those in the military by our school from almost its very beginning over a century ago. "In 1918, it wasn’t the Spanish Flu that was weighing on the minds of Academy boys. The boys were much more distracted by the prospects of the Great War. While their classmate Carey Evans ’14 and beloved teacher Master Albert Field were off fighting in Europe, Academy boys continued to train on the front lawn with uniforms and 'dummy' rifles, a military tradition Field himself started... On April 5, 1918, they received the news that Evans, an ambulance driver in France, had died. Evans was in the first graduating class at Academy and was the first alum to die in conflict." In 1918, it wasn’t the Spanish Flu that was weighing on the minds of Academy boys. The boys were much more distracted by the prospects of the Great War.  While their classmate, Carey Evans’14, and beloved teacher, Master Albert Field, were off fighting in Europe, Academy boys continued to train...

Keny Galleries marks 40th anniversary with monthlong celebration

Congratulations to Academy alumni Tim Keny '73 & Jim Keny '73 on the 40th anniversary of opening their German Village art gallery! A new exhibit titled “An American Album: 150 years of Masterworks on Paper: 1870-2020” will open with a special reception from noon to 8pm this upcoming Friday, May 29th. According to this article, reservations are required and can be made by calling 614-464-1228 or by emailing [email protected]. Twin brothers with a shared passion for art will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the opening of their German Village gallery with an exhibit that will

Homage raises nearly $200,000 for local non-profits

Kudos to Columbus Academy alumnus Ryan Vesler '01, who appeared on NBC4 this morning to talk about how his vintage apparel company is helping nonprofit organizations during this pandemic. COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – During this pandemic, local apparel company Homage is making money while also making a difference. “If you know a lot about retail history in Columbus, there’s kind of…

How To Improve Work-From-Home Ergonomics

This new video for our #AllInThisTogetherVikes series will be valuable to anyone who conducts work at home! Academy alumnus Dr. Kyle Alexander '02, owner of Alexander Chiropractic ( and The Alexander Center for Muscle & Joint Therapy (, discusses way to improve your work-from-home ergonomics based on cases he is seeing during this pandemic. Kyle has built his practices around the concept that treating the entire body, not just the spine, is the best approach to health and wellness. You can find additional resources or contact Kyle through the websites above.

In this new How To video as a part of Columbus Academy's "All In This Together Vikes" effort, Dr. Kyle Alexander '02 discusses ways to improve your work envi...

CA Virtual Choir Instructions

Our music staff is excited to offer the Academy community an opportunity to participate in a virtual Choir. They will be using the song "You Will Be Found" from the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen. If you are interested in participating, please email Amy Brooks at [email protected] or Amy McLaughlin at [email protected]. The due date for video submissions has been extended to Monday, May 18th, so if you are interested in participating you still have time! Below are the instructions (please note that while the lesson and Singing Guide are geared toward lower-schoolers, direct access to the sheet music, accompaniment mp3 and other voice part Singing Guides is in the slides). "If you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask," says Mrs. McLaughlin. "We would love to have as many people participate as possible, and it doesn't matter if you sound like a frog or a rockstar – we want YOUR voice!" CA Virtual Choir Instructions

Two great opportunities this month for our alumni to share their time and talents with the Columbus Academy Community!

• Serve as a Cold War Mock Trial Judge
Laura Miller's 8th grade class will be conducting their Cold War mock trial next week and Laura is looking for alumni to serve as judges. While previously this volunteer role has only been open to locally based alumni, this year's digital format will allow any alum from across the world to participate. The mock trial will take place the week of May 18 and consist of three one-hour trials that will be pre-recorded and can be watched at any time. Volunteers can judge all three trials, two trials or just one trial. There is no need to prepare or research the history of Cold War events prior to participating as the judging should be based on the students' presentations. More details about the trials and judging criteria will be shared with alumni volunteers. If you are interested please contact me at [email protected] no later than this Friday, May 15.

• Sing in the CA Virtual Choir
We would like to offer our Academy alumni the opportunity to participate in the CA Virtual Choir. To do so each performer will be asked to upload a video of themselves singing or playing an instrument with an assigned accompaniment. These videos will then be combined by a tech guru in order to make them all perform together. We will be using the song "You Will Be Found" from the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen.
If you are interested in participating, please email Amy Brooks at [email protected] or Amy McLaughlin at [email protected]. Amy will send you specific, detailed instructions (including music and sing-along guides). Video submissions are due by May 15.

We hope you will consider participating in one or both of these great opportunities to engage with fellow Vikings!

For most of his career, Columbus Academy alumnus Robert “Brownie” Schoene ‘64 practiced pulmonary/critical care medicine (PCCM) in two large university medical centers (University of Washington and UC-San Diego) where he thoroughly enjoyed a mixture of patient care, research and teaching. Now practicing clinical PCCM with his wife (Dr. Kim Marquis), Dr. Schoene finds himself in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic in San Francisco. “This virus, like influenza, is very contagious,” he says, “and affects victims either very little or inexorably devastatingly. Because our country has done a pathetic job of tracking the disease, we have little idea of the prevalence of infection and thus only estimates of the incidence of severe disease… However, there is a feel in the air like no other that I have experienced – humankind’s bonding for the good of all. There is a feeling of camaraderie, alliance and mission. This development has been the most heart-warming part for me. We are all in this morass together. Nowhere has this action been more inspiring than in our healthcare teams – nurses who work extra enervating shifts, respiratory therapists juggling complicated ventilators, and many more – all at a great risk of becoming ill themselves. I have been proud to be on their team, which is in some ways similar to the encouraged participation, striving for excellence and teamwork instilled in me during my education at the Academy. Nothing seemed impossible then, and that is true now.” More of Dr. Schoene’s thoughts will be shared in the next issue of our “Experience” school magazine. If you are a member of our current or alumni community who is on the front lines in this pandemic and would like to share your story, please let us know by emailing [email protected].

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How To Stretch & Relieve Tension Through Yoga

Academy alumnus Chad Underwood '04, owner of Modo Yoga Columbus, is the latest to take part in our #AllInThisTogetherVikes efforts by offering a 20-minute yoga session to help relieve stress and improve flexibility. "This should give you the gist of what we do and hopefully bring a little bit of peace and clarity to our Academy community during these times," Chad remarked. "We offer virtual classes via our website ( while we are shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pricing is as follows: Online Drop-Ins are $10, Intro Months are $25, and 10 Class Cards are $80."

In this new How To video as a part of Columbus Academy's "All In This Together Vikes" effort, Chad Underwood leads a 20-minute yoga session from his Modo Yog...

May 2020 Alumni News

Check out our recently released alumni e-newsletter for the month of May!

This edition invites our alumni to:
• Learn from fellow alumni Dr. Paige Gutheil Henderson '94, who shares her expertise on whole health as the owner of Signature Primary Care and Wellness and Will Westwater '12 who shares his acting tips on "How to Break into Professional Acting"
• Receive an update on the latest school news including the creation of the Academy Community Fund, the Class of 2020's last bell, and seniors who have recently committed to continuing their athletic careers on the collegiate level
• Volunteer as a judge for the upcoming 8th grade Cold War Mock Trial
• Sing with the CA Virtual Choir and more!

View the e-newsletter at:

Booking My FAVORITE Acting Jobs | Story Time | Actor in Los Angeles

Thank you to Columbus Academy alumnus Will Westwater '12 for allowing us to include his new acting tips video in our #AllInThisTogetherVikes series. In this trip through his favorite jobs, Will provides a "How to Break into Professional Acting" tutorial while taking us through his career, which started with a commercial for Wendy's when he was still an Academy student and includes a reality TV series with John Cena and his latest gig with Kevin Hart!

STORY TIME! Thank you for 10,000 subscribers! Leonardo submitted this video idea on my Insta and I thought it would be fun to tell you all about booking some...

Academy alumna & parent Sheila Dioun Trautner '98, who recently celebrated her 40th birthday in newsworthy fashion (, was interviewed on CNN yesterday! The story and her quote can be read at

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Alumni Survey 2/25/20
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