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Columbus Academy is one of the premier Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 coeducational country day schools in the United States.
Mission: Columbus Academy – an independent, coeducational college preparatory school – enriches its academic tradition of excellence by valuing a broad diversity of students as it seeks to develop the complete person: mind, body and character. The school rewards rigorous effort and accomplishment, fosters compassion, respect and moral courage, and insists on integrity, fair play and community service. Academy strives to develop and sustain a community of thoughtful, responsible, capable and confident citizens eager to engage in a pluralistic and ever-changing world.
Another baby Viking joined our community this month as lower school reading specialist Krystal Mitchell and her husband Charles welcomed Corbin Gregory Mitchell on June 9th! Weighing 8lbs & 6oz and measuring 21 inches, Corbin joins older brothers Chaz and Camden in their New Albany household.
Concluding a 38-year international career in athletic administration, including the past 20 as our athletic director, Dominic Facciolla is currently enjoying his final day of work before officially retiring. In addition to this interview recorded when he arrived on campus this morning, read recent tributes to him by students at https://www.columbusacademy.org/sites/default/files/uploads/Athletics/DominicFarewellAL.pdf and by a colleague at https://ca-life.org/2019/02/11/faculty-and-staff-column-feature-brad-henry. This spring, he was inducted into both the Mid-State League Hall of Fame (https://www.facebook.com/ColumbusAcademy/photos/a.271245966559/10155898396301560/?type=3) and the Central Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association's Athletic Director Hall of Fame. Also, check out the coverage from his recognition at last fall’s Charlie David Dinner at https://www.facebook.com/ColumbusAcademy/posts/10155690031376560 and read a mid-September feature story on him by ThisWeek News at https://www.thisweeknews.com/sports/20180917/columbus-academy-roundup-facciolla-winding-down-illustrious-career-as-ad. Please join us in wishing Dominic and his wife Bernie all the best in their next adventures!
The final two months of the school year provided a group of our graduating seniors the opportunity to take part in a survival skills crash course, led by upper school teachers Amanda Bundy, Robert Russell, Freda Eden, & Moira Landes. Throughout the final weeks of the school year, the class explored the many facets of "adult life," from prepping & cooking a meal, to sewing fabric & car maintenance, each hands-on activity implemented skills that last a lifetime!
#ThrowbackThursday to a long-overdue gallery of photos from the annual Lower School Halloween Parade! It was yet another fun-filled turnout as lower-schoolers dressed as superheroes, animals, movie characters, and other traditional Halloween costumes paraded through the Jones and Mack Gymnasiums, greeted by cheers and photos from parents, family members, teachers, and fellow Academy students of all grade levels. Our middle-schoolers even got in on the act with costumes of their own worn throughout the school day.
Our final newsletter of 2018-19 recaps the end of the school year and provides a heads-up on some big upcoming events, so get caught up on all things Academy by clicking below!
After completing his 44th year as a faculty member at Columbus Academy, Bob Kirk retired this month as the public speaking instructor who has guided thousands of students through the Junior Speech program over the past two decades. He came to Academy as a fifth-grader in the fall of 1959. After graduating from CA in 1967, Bob went on to a Hall-of-Fame track career at DePauw University, where he still holds the school’s long jump and triple jump records. In addition to earning his undergraduate degree from DePauw, he also eventually received master’s degrees from both Ohio State University and Columbia University’s Teachers College. He returned to Academy in the spring of 1975 to coach the track team and became a teacher in our Lower School that fall. Bob taught fourth grade for eight years and then sixth grade English for 13 years. He also had short stints teaching eighth grade health and physical education but eventually settled into his upper school roles as a sophomore English teacher for several years and his longtime position as Junior Speech instructor. When Bob retired from coaching track and field in 2017, he received the Lou Berliner Award from The Columbus Dispatch for his lifetime contributions to high school athletics (read story at http://www.dispatch.com/sports/20170616/academys-bob-kirk-sold-his-track-athletes-on-idea-they-could-do-more) after accumulating four state titles and four state runner-up finishes as well as nine regional crowns, 23 district championships and 17 league titles. To view coverage from his coaching retirement celebration, including a tribute video by Ryan Vesler ’01, please visit https://www.facebook.com/CA.Alumni/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1319554128160831. He looks forward to spending more time with his wife Lucinda, daughter Carmen and two grandchildren as well as others he mentions in this recent interview. We encourage you to join us in thanking Bob for his service to Academy and congratulating him on his retirement as a faculty member!
The Spring Gala is the largest fundraiser of the year for our Parents’ Association (PACA). Proceeds from the Gala are used to fund the majority of programs sponsored by PACA such as teacher grants, senior gifts, affinity groups and community events as well as funding targeted initiatives like the concessions stand at Hondros Field. The event on May 11 featured totally awesome decorations & auction items, a “Back to the Future” DeLorean, radical 80s cover band The Reaganomics and WNCI’s Kelsey Webb as the night’s MC. A huge amount of thanks to all of this year’s Gala organizers and to everyone who went all-out with their outfits and exuberance for The Iconic 80s, which generated over $115,000 for the school!
Students in Columbus Academy’s Jazz Ensemble and Upper School Concert Band had the opportunity to take a Spring Break trip to Disney World! In addition to visiting several amusement parks during their six-day trip to Orlando, our Jazz Ensemble performed on the Marketplace Stage at Disney Springs, and all our musicians participated in a collegiate instrumental clinic at the University of Central Florida as well as a professional workshop with Disney Performing Arts that culminated with a special recording of their music along with a portion of a Disney animated film. Band director and performing arts department chair Jessica Sneeringer also spent a week in late May at Arizona State University conducting the Athena Brass Band (an ensemble comprised of the best female brass players in the country) during the International Women’s Brass Conference. She was asked to play in a jazz trombone quartet featuring Broadway performer Jennifer Wharton alongside Juliane Gralle (credits include “Wreck It Ralph 2” and the Lady Gaga tribute to David Bowie) and Jen Krupa (recently named musical director of the U.S. Navy’s Commodore Jazz Band). “Needless to say, it was an experience of a lifetime!” You can catch her conducting the award-winning Central Ohio Brass Band this summer. Competing against bands from all over the country in early April, COBB placed third in the top division at the North American Brass Band Championships. Their next performance will be on the evening of July 5 at Grove City’s Summer Concert in the Park (https://www.facebook.com/events/683332052113371).
Ashton Cofer, a rising senior at Columbus Academy, participated in a keynote panel discussion on what the younger generation can do to preserve the environment and support the zero carbon transition at an event in Paris, France. Last week's “The Good Day” was hosted by French energy company Engie, which transformed the Parc de St Cloud into a scientific playground with inspiring talks and technology demos about accelerating to zero carbon. “We need to stay optimistic,” Ashton told the audience, “because there are millions of young minds who are so passionate about wanting to make a change and who want to innovate.” The Gahanna teen was invited to the event based on his popular TED-Ed talk from December 2016 (https://www.ted.com/talks/ashton_cofer_a_young_inventor_s_plan_to_recycle_styrofoam?language=en) following his FIRST Robotics team’s win at the Google Science Fair for developing a process to convert Styrofoam waste into activated carbon for purifying water. Watch a brief Engie video featuring Ashton at https://twitter.com/engiegroup/status/1141656449996771329.
This past Friday, a special honor was had for our very own Anne Horton as she was recognized at the Appalachian State Athletics Legends Gala as one of nine new legends included in the 2019 class of inductees! Anne was a three-year standout on the Mountaineers' field hockey team, serving as team captain while collecting first-team Deep South Field Hockey Association honors and the Most Valuable Defensive Player award. She is of course widely regarded in the Academy community for her legendary coaching accolades, having compiled an impressive 475-39-27 record in her 28 seasons at the helm of our field hockey program, including 22 league titles, 22 district crowns and 11 state championships in 17 appearances. Anne led the the Viking field hockey squad to their latest state title this past season, as the team went a perfect 21-0 and outscored its opponents by a staggering margin of 138-1 en route to being named NFHS National Coach of the Year. She also is a 2011 inductee into the Ohio Lacrosse Hall of Fame, having steered the Vikes to three state championships, eight regional titles and a Midwest Lacrosse crown. Join us in congratulating Anne for this esteemed honor!
Check out this cool story on recent graduate and Ohio University-bound Jordan Dearing-Hardiman, whose senior project was a great example of how Academy encourages and enables students to explore their interests outside the classroom!
Columbus Academy graduate Jordan Dearing-Hardiman of Gahanna built a 95-foot-long roller coaster in his spare time -- hundreds of hours, every single school day for the seven months -- on the grounds of the school.
Learn more about Jordan's project here:
Many of our faculty and staff members are engaging in professional development opportunities this summer. Earlier this week, a group of Columbus Academy educators participated in a three-day Positive Education Conference at the Shipley School near Philadelphia, where they were honored to meet and learn from Justin Robinson & David Bott from Geelong Grammar School’s Institute of Positive Education in Australia as well as Dr. Martin Seligman, a leading authority in the field of positive psychology!
Following a successful season in which our varsity girls lacrosse team lost in the regional finals to eventual Division II state champion DeSales, Lexi Leader was named to the All-Ohio 1st Team after leading the Vikings in scoring with 62 goals and eight assists while also adding 87 groundballs and 89 faceoff controls. She was joined on the All-Region 1st Team by Evie Gee and on the All-League 1st Team by Lauren Bernacki, who made the All-Region 2nd Team. In addition to earning All-Region Honorable Mention, Tani Obikunle joined Avie Smith and Sydney Hill on the All-League Second Team while Emma Belford was All-League Honorable Mention. Head Coach Anne Horton's squad also had 20 players earn Academic All-Ohio honors!
Columbus Academy celebrated its 106th graduating class during a morning Commencement ceremony on June 6th. The first three images in this gallery are a panorama from the stage by Board President Vic Thorne '92 followed by the class and "lifer" group shots by Lifetouch. The rest are a collection of the best shots by Cindy Wilson, Andy Morris '85 and Jeremy Morgan. To view videos and more coverage from the ceremony, please visit https://www.columbusacademy.org/news/memorable-commencement-academys-class-2019.
Another solid turnout was had at the second annual Family Math Night for our Lower School families in mid-April, as hands-on learning activities were aplenty! From our 3YO Explorers to fifth-graders, the students and families in attendance enjoyed an evening of engaging math games, books and other playful activities organized by our esteemed math department. Special thanks to all of our faculty and staff members who helped put together another memorable event!
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