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Aiming for “North of Neutral” An Interview with Dr. Ritter

Dr. Suzanne Ritter, Upper School psychologist. (Andrew Barren’ss/Media editor) The pursuit of a meaningful and fulfilling life is an awareness and a practice our Academy administrators and teachers believe is just as important as our academic, artistic, and athletic pursuits, particularly in our developing years as high school students. Our questionnaires on personal issues and


Kittie’s Cakes: Global Turned Local

Kittie’s Cafe at the Bexley location. (Tara Alahakoon’21/Staff) From their international travels, former professional golfers Mollie and Kelly Fankhauser tasted worldly cuisine, cultivating their avid passion for baking. Following the end of their golf careers, they founded Kittie’s Cakes in Columbus, with a goal of creating a one-of-a-kind cake experience. Voted best cinnamon roll in


TEDxColumbus: Discovering the Corners of Our Community

Academy students and faculty attend 2018 TEDxColumbus. (Courtesy/Ruth Milligan) On Friday, November 16, a small group of Academy students attended the 10th annual TEDxColumbus, held downtown at the Riffe Center’s Jo Ann Davidson theatre. Accompanied by Mr. Farrenkopf, Mr. Leet, and Mr. Olexio, the students heard fifteen different speeches, each talk being twenty minutes long. This


Sleep-Out Raises Awareness for Homeless Teens 

Seniors Leah Pierre-Louis, Rekha Marar and Himaja Reddy work on blanket.(Courtesy/Mrs. Bening) Late at night on Thursday, September 6, close to 30 CA students participated in the sleep-out, an activity designed to build empathy for teen homelessness. The night of the sleep-out stimulated the hardships a homeless teen would have to endure. For that reason,


Building a Better Community with the Big Table

Students converse in Academy’s first Big Table event. (Sarah Neltner’20/Media)   On Wednesday, August 29, several groups of Academy students gathered in Academy’s Dining Hall to participate in The Big Table, a discussion-based meeting that centers upon the ways our students can make positive impacts in our school and local community. The Big Table, initiated