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Janet Fireman, Sumona Lester, Beckie Hoagland (Compiled by Carolyn Vaziri'22)

A Q&A with Dr. Lester, Nurse Fireman, and Nurse Hoagland on Vaccinations

In light of the increasing number of vaccinations available in Ohio, The Academy Life sat down with US biology teacher, Dr. Lester, and our school nurses, Ms. Fireman and Ms. Hoagland, to learn more about the science and effectiveness of the three vaccines: Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer. Pulling from both research and experience,

Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks at Interfaith Civil Rghts Rall y at the San Francisco Cow Palace, June 30, 1964 (Flickr)

Academy Honors Black History Month

Amid our uncertain world, our re-evaluation of American history, a movement for racial justice, and a raging pandemic, Academy stood in solidarity with Black Americans during Black History Month in February. As Academy celebrated Black History Month, we recognized that Black history is American history.  We celebrated Black leaders, whose names both remain at the forefront


Welcome Lynn Magovern and Javon’e Williams

(Courtesy of Lynn Magovern and courtesy of Javon’e Williams) Freelancing, Awareness, and Expression: Lynn Magovern Lynn Magovern has taught English at the Emma Willard School in New York and Belchertown High and then Williston Northampton, both in  Massachusetts. She will sub for Ms. Carmichael, who is on maternity leave. What were your experiences prior to arriving


Cornelius Stuns at States

Having met the 28th place regional cutoff, senior Regan Cornelius individually advanced to states on Saturday, November 7 at Fortress Obetz. With splits of 88th in 6:09 and 81st in 12:46 at the first and second mile, Cornelius finished in 20:24, placing 77th out of 177 Division 2 runners and rounding out the girls cross


Día de los Muertos: A Time of Remembrance

(La Noticia Charlotte) From Sunday, November 1-2, Latin American communities observed Day of the Dead, a celebration of the afterlife.  Typically commemorated by colorful street parades, intimate group storytelling, and reflective gatherings in cemeteries, this year’s holiday adhered to social distancing guidelines.  “This year it has been tough to really celebrate Día de los Muertos


Cornelius Heads to States

Senior Regan Cornelius (Courtesy/Kasey Kist) Senior Regan Cornelius secured 23rd plasce with a  20:28  run at regionals at Pickerington North on Saturday, October 31 Cornelius advances to states at 1 pm on Saturday, November 7 at Fortress Obetz.


Girls XC Founders Regionals; Cornelius Advances

Junior Julia DeVore paces the course. Freshman Caitlynn Hinds. Senior Regan Cornelius advances to regionals (Courtesy/TomDeVore) On Saturday, October 24, our girls cross country team continued its stellar postseason performance at districts, hosted by Hilliard Darby. Senior Regan Cornelius bolted to 7th place in with outstanding 19:53, clearing the 12th place individual cutoff to qualify for


Girls Cross Country Shines at Leagues

Vikes prep up.  Junior Julia DeVore sprints to finish. Senior Regan Cornelius dashes into second.  (Thomas DeVore/Courtesy) On Saturday, October 17, our girls cross country team took the course by storm at the MSL Ohio Cross Country Championships, hosted by Buckeye Valley as the first meet of postseason. Senior Regan Cornelius pulled through with another


Girls XC Prepares for Postseason at Darby Dash

Caitlynn Hinds’24 sprints to the finish line. Samantha Frickel’23 strides ahead. (Courtesy/Julie Hinds) On Tuesday, October 6, our girls cross country team ran in crisp fall weather at Hilliard Darby’s 2-mile Dash. Frickel took the lead for the Vikes with a 41st place finish, running a 13:44. Hinds and Julia DeVore’22 blew past the finish


Tradition Prevails: Academy’s 38th Charlie David Dinner

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Academy’s beloved Charlie David Dinner and Silent Auction transformed from a gathering in the Dining Hall to an engagement in cyberspace.  “The Charlie David Dinner is the highlight of the year for all families at CA. We were disappointed to not be able to gather this year due to COVID,