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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.

Ten years ago, Maddie Burns '14 was a new student in Columbus Academy's eighth grade. This month, Miss Burns was hired as an associate teacher in our fourth grade! Read yesterday's announcement about Maddie joining our lower school faculty at https://www.facebook.com/ColumbusAcademy/photos/a.271245966559/10156464592066560/?type=3.

Congrats to alumnus and Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano ’98 (pictured on right), who was presented the Auditor of State Award of Distinction by Ohio Auditor of State Keith Faber earlier this month!

Congrats to alumna Aylah Mendenhall '19 (pictured on right), a first-year student in the musical theatre program at Kent State University, on being nominated for “Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Community)” for her role as Marty Maraschino in Grease, by Imagine Productions, which took place this past summer at the Columbus Performing Arts Center! Aylah also performed earlier this month in Kent State’s musical production of HAIR and passed pre-screenings for the A1s Conference where, in January, she will have the opportunity to audition in New York City for dozens of professional summer stock theatre companies such as Porthouse Theatre and Disney.

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These are the 3 things that companies get wrong about diversity

At the Fast Company Innovation Festival earlier this month, Ryan Williams '08 (pictured far left), co-founder and President of Jopwell, a career advancement platform for black, Latinx, and Native-American students & professionals, was one of three panelists to take part in a discussion about common misconceptions that can hinder a company's progress. Ryan was quoted in an article recapping the event on the Fast Company website: “As long as people think lifting other groups is a detriment to themselves or the group to which they identify, we’re going to have issues...Diversity isn’t a zero-sum game. We can all win." Check out the entire article below for more information about the event!

fastcompany.com Many businesses pay lip service to diversity. Yet when it comes to implementation, many fall into the traps that prevent them from making serious progress.

A big shoutout to Liz Benson '12 for organizing a bus to take a group of fellow young Academy alumni from New York City to Piscataway, New Jersey, for Saturday's Ohio State football game at Rutgers!

Neat to see a pair of our alumni heavily involved with In The Know as Dr. Andy Morris '85 is in his 15th year as Academy's team advisor, and Bill Schiffman '72 (pictured as moderator) has been the host of In The Know since it began on WOSU-TV 37 years ago. Our Vikes tallied a 485-415 win over Hilliard Davidson in their most recent matchup!

It's tough to imagine many who have not heard about the success of our fall sports teams this season, as three of them claimed state championships including boys golf, field hockey and the girls tennis program's first-ever singles title won by junior Sydni Ratliff. Enjoy this recap of all our teams’ success as postseason memories were recorded for all 10 teams! Also, view photos from the latest state championship flag ceremonies at: www.facebook.com/ColumbusAcademy/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10156442366276560

Join us for the annual Turkey Bowl on Thanksgiving morning at 10 a.m. We will also have an open gym for basketball from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Contact the Alumni Office to RSVP: www.columbusacademy.org/turkeybowl

We are excited to share on this Veterans Day that Dr. Sanjay Gogate ‘89 was promoted to the rank of Colonel this past June! Colonel Gogate, a decorated member of the U.S. Air Force, is Commander of the 27th Special Operations Medical Group at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico. He is the brother of Academy parent Soniya Gokhale and uncle to Jay ‘20, Lina ‘20, Arjun‘23 and Dilin ‘26. A decorated member of the U.S. Air Force, Colonel Gogate has been awarded several accolades throughout his military career including Meritorious Service Medal Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal Meritorious Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Air Force & Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border. Read more about his service at: www.cannon.af.mil/About/Biographies/Display/Article/1895108/27-somdg-commander/ We thank Colonel Gogate & all of our active-duty military members & veterans who have bravely served our country!

This morning, the bell atop Morris Hall rang 502 times in honor of 495 alumni who have served our country in one of the armed forces, as well as seven current coaches, faculty & staff, facility & security team members who have also served in our military (Neal O’Brien, Dan Olexio & Kim-Sean Mam from U.S. Army, Dennis Gilman, Christian Schweers & Matt Mele from U.S. Air Force, and Jon Wagshul from U.S. Navy). We invite you to check out our new veterans page on our website at: www.columbusacademy.org/honoring-alumni-military-veterans

Starting at approximately 7:43am tomorrow, the bell atop Morris Hall will ring 502 times to honor the 495 alumni who have served our country in one of the armed forces as well as seven current coaches, faculty/staff, facility and security team members (Neal O’Brien, Dan Olexio & Kim-Sean Mam from US Army, Dennis Gilman, Christian Schweers & Matt Mele from US Air Force, and Jon Wagshul from US Navy) who have also served in the military. One of those 495 alumni is SFC Peter E. Yen ’05 (pictured), who was recently awarded the Army Commendation Award for Valor following his third deployment in Afghanistan. As a “lifer” at Academy, Peter was a member of the 2003 state championship football team and went on to play at Denison University, where he was a 2009 graduate. Between his deployments as a member of the 1st Battalion and then the 3rd Battalion’s 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), which also included tours in Estonia, Republic of Georgia, Poland, Greece, Moldova, Slovakia, Italy and Slovenia and Serbia, Peter completed US Army Ranger School (honor graduate), Special Forces Sniper School, Combat Diver Qualification Course and others. He finished his active duty career in order to pursue becoming a pilot and is still currently serving in the US Army National Guard with 5th Battalion, 19th SFG(A) in Camp Bullis, Texas. This recipient of numerous Army awards is the son of Ed and Ellen Yen as well as the brother of Aaron ’01 and Lauren (CSG) ’02. More on tomorrow’s Veterans Day activities to come.

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November 2019 Alumni News

Check out our November alumni e-newsletter today! Join us at one or more of our many upcoming events:
• Honoring CA Veterans on Monday, November 11
• Turkey Bowl on Thursday, November 28
• Holiday Luncheon on Friday, December 20
• BOS Alumni Gathering on Saturday, December 21
• The Hall of Fame Induction on Saturday, January 25
Learn about the latest in school and sports news and more at: https://www.columbusacademy.org/AlumniNewsNov2019

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Our boys soccer team advanced to its first regional final since 1995 following a 2-1 win over rival Bexley last night and will now play Millersburg West Holmes as part of three postseason matchups for our Vikes this coming Saturday! The other two will include girls soccer in its first-ever regional final vs. Bishop Rosecrans, and our undefeated field hockey team looks to defend its state title from last season as it advanced to the championship game following today's 6-0 shutout of Mount Notre Dame in the state semifinals. More details to come about Saturday's slate of games!

Best of luck to our undefeated and defending state champion field hockey team in today’s state semifinal game against Mount Notre Dame at Upper Arlington HS (1650 Ridgeview Rd, Columbus 43221)! And in his 15 seasons as our boys soccer head coach, Ron Leach has led Academy to an impressive 9 district titles. But last night’s 2-1 win over archrival Bexley was the first regional semifinal victory for our program since it won its lone state title in 1995. With 28:33 left to play, Blake Chiovaro drew a penalty kick, which fellow senior Sam Massick buried into the right side of the net for a 1-0 lead (watch video at https://twitter.com/ColumbusAcademy/status/1189673270544621568). After the Lions managed to tie the game, Sam struck again with just 2:24 remaining on the clock to start the celebration at Westerville Central’s stadium (watch video at https://twitter.com/ColumbusAcademy/status/1189682901320896513). To watch a postgame interview with Sam, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGQI3eduNUA, and read the full media recap at https://www.thisweeknews.com/sports/20191030/boys-soccer-liberty-kilbourne-columbus-academy-advance-to-regional-finals.

Neat opportunity for our assistant band director Susan O'Rourke to meet up with Academy band alumnus and current member of the Ohio State Marching Band Sean Reagan '16 at the pregame Skull Session prior to the Michigan State-Ohio State football game! Read more below about Susan's involvement with the halftime performance as one of 70+ flutists who joined the band.

Earlier this month, assistant band director Susan O'Rourke had the unique opportunity of being among the 70+ flutists who joined the Ohio State Marching Band at halftime of the Ohio State-Michigan State game at Ohio Stadium in order to play "Stars and Stripes Forever" on piccolo as a special celebration for longtime flute professor Katherine Borst Jones. Susan even managed to find Academy band alum & current TBDBITL member Sean Reagan '16 (left) during the pregame Skull Session! Read more about this historic OSU music event at https://www.dispatch.com/news/20191004/special-visitors-to-join-ohio-state-marching-band and https://tbdbitl.osu.edu/news/hello-piccolo-more-70-piccolos-join-tbdbitl-saturday.

Our varsity girls soccer team won its first-ever regional tournament game in the programs 17-year history last night with a 1-0 victory over Lynchburg-Clay! See recap below of that contest and promotion for our boys soccer team's regional semifinal matchup tonight vs. Bexley.

Good luck to our boys soccer squad in today's 5:30pm regional semifinal match against Bexley at Westerville Center HS and congratulations to our girls soccer program on advancing to its first regional final after last night's 1-0 win over Lynchburg-Clay! According to the game recap by ThisWeek News (https://www.thisweeknews.com/sports/20191029/girls-soccer-coffman-columbus-academy-move-on-to-regional-finals), sophomore Aniah Crockett scored off an assist from senior Annalise Grammel with 31:28 remaining in the game, while sophomore goalie Sophie Spolter recorded 3 saves to preserve the 13th shutout of the season. Academy's defense and overall speed are touted in the opponent's newspaper at https://highlandcountypress.com/Content/Default/Rotator-Articles-/Article/Lady-Mustangs-bow-out-of-regional-semifinals-in-loss-to-Columbus-Academy-/-3/546/53477. Coach Matt Thompson's Vikings will face familiar foe Zanesville Rosecrans on Saturday (time & location TBA) for a spot in the state final four. We beat Rosecrans 1-0 in a mid-September home game and lost 3-2 on their home field last season.

Julia Rizk '15, a senior cross country and track & field runner at The Ohio State University, was recognized at halftime of this past weekend's OSU football game for her indoor track & field National Championship in the mile run last March! In her final cross country season this fall, Julia has placed among the top-four finishers on the team three times, including with a personal best time of 20:56.4 at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational earlier this month. She ended her track & field career this past spring as a Big Ten champion, school record holder and indoor National Champion.

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2019 W Association Hall of Fame Inductee Profile - Matt Mahaffey '00

Congrats to alumnus Matt Mahaffey '96 who was inducted into The College of Wooster Athletics Hall of Fame in September! A four-year standout and third-team All-America selection as a punter for the Scots' football team, Mahaffey finished the season three times with a punt average of 40+ yards throughout his collegiate career. Read more about his athletic and professional career via the article linked below.

woosterathletics.com 2019 W Association Hall of Fame Inductee Profile - Matt Mahaffey '00

Career Fair 10/24/19

Last Thursday, 15 of our alumni joined some of our upper-schoolers for a Career Fair inside the dining hall. The event, hosted by the Alumni Office and Internship Office, was designed to help our upper-schoolers gain insight into varying industries to perhaps spark an interest in a certain career field, ranging from business, law, non-profits, healthcare, technology & many more! A special thanks to our alumni who took time to meet with our students, including Lauren Burke ʼ12, Scott Clay ʼ98, Michael Corey ʼ01, Brandon Dickes ʼ13, Stephanie Preston Domas ʼ05, Andrea Esselstein ʼ00, Vanessa Foreman ʼ02, Victoria Foreman ʼ07, Leigha Grosh ʼ08, Ali Haque ʼ01, Mary Ellen Sandel McCullen ʼ98, Danika Stahl ʼ12, Alicia Tamarkin ʼ10, Alex Tancevski ʼ00, Comfort Owusu-Ansah Witcher ʼ98 & Jonathan Wolman ʼ86. Also a special shoutout to student council members Vaughn Armour & Sarah Silver who helped spearhead the event, along with help in contacting speakers by our senior alumni representatives Sarah Neltner, Nikki Turley, Mike DeAscentis, Jay Gokhale and Whitney Hannallah.

Last Thursday, 15 of our alumni joined some of our upper-schoolers for a Career Fair inside the dining hall. The event, hosted by the Alumni Office and Internship Office, was designed to help our upper-schoolers gain insight into varying industries to perhaps spark an interest in a certain career field, ranging from business, law, non-profits, healthcare, technology & many more! A special thanks to our alumni who took time to meet with our students, including Lauren Burke ʼ12, Scott Clay ʼ98, Michael Corey ʼ01, Brandon Dickes ʼ13, Stephanie Preston Domas ʼ05, Andrea Esselstein ʼ00, Vanessa Foreman ʼ02, Victoria Foreman ʼ07, Leigha Grosh ʼ08, Ali Haque ʼ01, Mary Ellen Sandel McCullen ʼ98, Danika Stahl ʼ12, Alicia Tamarkin ʼ10, Alex Tancevski ʼ00, Comfort Owusu-Ansah Witcher ʼ98 & Jonathan Wolman ʼ86. Also a special shoutout to student council members Vaughn Armour & Sarah Silver who helped spearhead the event, along with help in contacting speakers by our senior alumni representatives Sarah Neltner, Nikki Turley, Mike DeAscentis, Jay Gokhale and Whitney Hannallah.

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Addis Boyd, SEAS ’22, puts “sistas” of color front and center in his clothing line

Check out alumnus Addis Boyd '18 and his clothing line, "Sistas of Liberty," featured in a recent article in the Columbia Daily Spectator. The piece noted that "being an engineer, Boyd was naturally inclined to STEM field, so for Black History Month design, he chose to donate to Black Girls Code, a platform for black girls to explore science and technology fields.” Read the entire article below to learn more about his unique clothing line!

columbiaspectator.com She stands tall, her hands wrapped around her iconic torch and tablet. Her green, dashiki-inspired dress is accompanied by an Afro that peeks out from under her crown; her large hoop earrings cascade down her shoulders. This take on the Statue of Liberty was the first design used by Addis Boyd, SEAS...

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FOOTBALL: Tuckerman on target for Team 147

Sam Tuckerman '16, a senior place kicker on the football team at Yale University, was featured in a recent article in the Yale Daily News student newspaper for his superb start to the 2019 season! According to the article, Sam currently leads "all other Ancient Eight kickers in makes" and has been a major contributor to the Bulldogs' 4-1 start. Read more about Sam's journey in collegiate football as well as his latest triumphs with an onside kick and extra point which helped clinch a victory!

yaledailynews.com   |  FOOTBALL: Tuckerman on target for Team 147 Jared Fel FOOTBALL: Tuckerman on target for Team 147 Jared Fel & Eamonn Smith Staff Reporters Sam Tuckerman One can often find kickers on their own during a football practice, entranced in a rigorous routine of placing a football perpendicular to t...

Academy alumna and award-winning illustrator Tracy Subisak '05, daughter of the late Jeannine Subisak, is mentioned in this month's Publishers Weekly Children’s Bookshelf newsletter! A previous work illustrated by Tracy titled "Shawn Loves Sharks" won the 2018 Washington State Book Award and was nominated for the 2019-20 Missouri Association of School Librarians' Readers Awards. A sample of Tracy's art while she attended Columbus Academy can be seen on the cover of our 2005 yearbook.

Neat opportunity for alumna Lawson Sadler ‘16 to catch up with faculty members Laura Miller, Amy Seymore, Susan Carter & Carolyn O’Brien on the 8th grade class trip in Washington D.C. Lawson, a senior at Baylor University, is an American Progress intern in our nation’s capital.

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