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Tribute to our Dining Hall Director & Staff

(Photos/Andrew Barren) This month, The Academy Life sat down with Stephanie Campbell, food service director and chef at SAGE, to receive an inside perspective on how the dining hall staff has operated during both a pandemic and a food shortage.  The dining hall’s adjustments re-emphasize how every member of the school staff has stepped up

Photo: Paul Hansen'19. Edited by Josh Tu'21

The Academy Life Welcomes You to our Community

The Academy Life welcomes all members of our Academy community back to school after these past few trying months. We have been so inspired by how our Viking family has responded to new health protocols and the transition to both virtual and hybrid learning.  From our faculty’s enduring efforts to ensure a safe, comfortable learning

Model UN & JSA Vikes Take the Nation’s Capital

Suzy L’Hommedieu, Ashi Gunawardena, and Jake Huddleston at this year’s Model UN. (Courtesy/Amy Berkley) Over the long Presidents’ Day weekend, two groups of Columbus Academy students traveled to Washington, D.C. for Model United Nations and Junior States of America events.  Over 40 Upper School students joined nearly 3,000 national and international high school delegates at The


Boys Basketball Heats Up To End Regular Season

Kevin Reeves shoots a fadeaway. (Josh Tu’21/Staff) The Columbus Academy boys basketball team hosted Centerburg on Tuesday, February 18, in a game that was bound to be a tough matchup for the Vikes, with Centerburg entering the game with a 15-6 record.  CA started off in rhythm and maintained an early 13-8 lead after the

Opinion & Editorial

George H.W. Bush: Hero, Father, Statesman

The First Lady and the President at The White House: 1989-1993. (Joyce N. Boghosian/White House Photo Office)    “OK, go for it, but it will be a real punch in the gut,” said the president as he negotiated with congressional leaders from each party on a hot afternoon in June of 1990. The president had just


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


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

Opinion & Editorial

Editorial: 2017, A Year in Review

The Capitol Building Awaits Trump’s Inauguration: January 18, 2017 (Geoff Livingston/Flickr) At the close of 2016, there was consensus, at least among half of Americans, that the last 365 days mirrored hellfire. Hatred and anger were intertwined with our political culture more than ever. It became near impossible to detach politics from our national dialogue. An