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Spread of education world map. (Needpix) We are always searching for means to connect minds across the globe. For the 2020-2021 school year, rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to enroll in courses through the Global Online Academy, uniting 70 schools in 15 countries. GOA offers an opportunity to thrive in a global network


Jump with Heart

Seniors spin jump rope for their kindergarten buddies. (Courtesy/Jeremy Morgan) We are never too young to care for our hearts. On Tuesday, February 11, kindergarteners paired up with their senior buddies in the new field house for an afternoon of recreation. As February contains Valentine’s Day and is the month of heart awareness, it seemed


CSYO’s Showcase Concert: Time Well Spent

Scioto and Columbus. (Wikimedia Commons) The arts that are all around us. On Sunday, January 26, at 3:00 p.m., hundreds of young classical musicians from the Columbus Symphony’s Youth Orchestra performed for the public Vern Riffe Center’s JoAnn Davidson Theatre. For only a $5 ticket, one could attend the program’s annual Showcase Concert, a spectacular


Kids 4 Kids Update

Collected non-perishable food donations in the Barton Room’s lobby. (Tara Alahakoon’21/Staff) From October 28 to November 12, Academy launched its oldest service tradition: the Kids 4 Kids food and clothing drive. The school-wide project aims to provide meals, clothing, household items, and toys for 30 families, referred by Siebert Elementary and The Childhood League. Many


Learning “In A New Way”: An Interview With Ms. Emily Dennett

(Sarah Neltner’20/Media) Academy welcomes Ms. Emily Dennett, who joined the faculty this year. She teaches geometry and Advanced Pre-Calculus.  What were your experiences prior to arriving at Academy? I went to Wittenberg University and got a bachelor’s in math. Then I went to the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and got a master’s degree in math.


First Blood Drive of the Year Nets 30 Units

Senior Nikki Turley saving lives by donating blood. (Sarah Neltner ’20/Media) On October 16, Academy’s Service Board partnered with the Red Cross to host our first blood drive of the year in the Athletic Lobby. Organized by Mrs. Bening and Mrs. Crain, along with Service Board shapers seniors Lindsay Dunlap and Carolyn Zhang, the drive


Sleep-out Precedes Annual Service Day

Before heading to The Mack, students worked on our Empty Bowls project. (Courtesy/Mrs. Bening)   The second sleep-out in Academy history, held on the night of Thursday, September 12, blended into another vibrant Service Day. The sleep-out, coordinated by Matthew Derzon’21, is designed to simulate teen homelessness and raise awareness about Columbus’s  Huckleberry House, a teen


Peer Tutoring Program to Begin in August

Mentor-Mentee. (Wikimedia Commons) In our next school year, all upper school students will have an opportunity to participate in a peer tutoring program, offering mentorship from upperclassmen to freshman and sophomores. As of now, the program includes only math, science, and world language courses, as they are more conceptually challenging and can be interpreted through


Vesak: Honoring The Life Of The Buddha

Buddha Statue in Sri Lanka. (Good Free Photos) Falling on Saturday, May 18, this year in the US, all Buddhists gather to celebrate Vesak, a holiday commemorating Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and death. Vesak commemorates the life of Siddhartha Gautama (originally a prince in what is now modern-day Nepal), who abandons the luxuries of his palace