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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


Senior Lock-in: All-night Party

Excited seniors arrive ready for a long night. (Courtesy/Sammie Kass’19) When the concept of a senior lock-in was first introduced by then-senior class president, Christina Lee’16 in her campaign speech, a seemingly impossible feat soon became a reality. The Class of 2016 participated in the inaugural senior lock-in, a night full of fun and bonding


CA’s Latest Campaign for Environmental Education: Arboretum Accreditation

Beauty abounds on Academy’s campus. (Andrew Barren’22 and Katie Rankin’22/Staff) Over the past several years, Academy has implemented many programs and initiatives, all advocating for environmental conservation and awareness in our school community. These efforts range from the revamped student-run Service Board recycling program to the Dining Hall’s food pulper system, which has reduced food waste


The Dining Hall’s Recycling Program: From Food Waste to Soil

The pulper, installed in 2011, has been instrumental to Academy’s mission to become an eco-friendly institution, diminishing food waste to 1/8 of its original volume. (Images in left and bottom right graphics from and Top right photo and formatting by Andrew Barren’22)   The Academy community is constantly looking for ways to combat

Opinion & Editorial

Defining Academy’s Role in Preserving the Environment

Global warming  is a concern for scientists and politicians alike. (Pixabay)  On September 11, the EPA announced yet another proposed change to the rules and regulations set into place during the Obama-era to combat climate change. In an official statement, EPA Acting Director Andrew Wheeler claimed that the “common sense reforms” targeted at relaxing regulations


Academy’s Mission: Reframing “In Quest of the Best”

  In 1916, Paul Schoedinger, a senior at Columbus Academy, created the motto “In Quest of the Best” for the first hard-bound edition of the yearbook,The Caravel. The school community took a liking to Schoedinger’s mantra, and it was eventually adopted as Academy’s official statement.  Ever since, “In Quest of the Best” has served as


Upper School Social Research Course Culminates Successful First Year

CSBGL students Olivia Ryan’18 and juniors Rekha Marar, Himaja Reddy, Mercedes Crestanello, Julia Gurevitz, Samantha Kass and senior, Maisy Kelemen present in the end-of-year conference at UPenn (Courtesy/Beckett Broh) For the past ten years, The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education has run a research consortium of faculty and students called the Center for



(Pixabay) The CA Debate team sent 9 pairs to the inaugural Olentangy High School Invitational on Saturday, January 20. After nearly six hours of competition, the duo of co-captain Kyle Channell’19 and Grant Hillmann’20 tied for the second most team points in the Public Forum category. All pairs competed in Public Forum, debating the January


Debate Team Excels at Season-Opener

Juniors Caroline Mallory and Rekha Marar Prepare for a Round. (Courtesy/Darnell Heywood) The Academy Debate Team kick-started its third season with a successful performance at the Fourth Annual Kenyon College Forensics Classic on Saturday, November 18. Forty-two teams attended the match, hosted by Mt. Vernon. The team’s co-president, junior Kyle Channel, and first-year debater, Ezra


DESI Dazzles in Diwali Assembly

DESI Club performs a group dance to cap off its Diwali Assembly. (Chris Heermann’18) Candles lit the edge of the stage as seniors Kareena Aurora and Neena Baliga, leaders of Academy’s DESI club along with fellow senior Shreyah Mohanselvan, hosted the Diwali Assembly on Monday, November 6.  The extraordinary talent among these upper school students