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Sean_MiaOn March 4, 2015 the Associated Press announced the All-District boys and girls all-star basketball teams. These teams are selected by a media panel from the district. Village Academy is proud that two Griffins were among the names mentioned as all-stars. VA Sophomore, Mya Cordle was given an Honorable Mention for the Division IV girls basketball team while, VA senior, Sean McLoughlin was  also given an Honorable Mention for the Division IV boys basketball team.  In addition, McLoughlin was selected by the coaches of the district  to play in the District 11 all-star game that will take place on April 11, 2015 at Granville High School. Congratulations to both Mya and Sean on an outstanding basketball season! #GriffinPride


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Congratulations to VA’s Mock Trial team, ‘Justice League’! For the first time in VA history, the students have won two trials at regionals and will advance to the state competition. This places the Village Academy team within the top 25-30 out of 350 teams statewide.

A special congratulations to Adam Crawford who won best lawyer and best witness and to Jake Block who won best lawyer. Others members of the ‘Justice League’ who competed and are advancing to the state competition are: JJ Sheehan, Claire Sinard, Maddie Fuller, Elora Salisbury, and Sean McLoughlin.

The State Competition begins March 12, 2015 and will conclude with the “last man standing”. 

A very special thank you to VA Parent and team legal advisor, Lori Braunsdorf

IMG_3027The Village Academy mock trial teams competed Friday, January 30,  in the district competition. The three teams competed in two separate venues 2 teams were in Marion county and a third team went to Franklin county.

Earning special recognition were JJ Sheehan, Elise Salisbury, Claire Sinard and Abigail VanVleet. Each won Best Witness awards in their trials. Additionally,  Jake Block and Evan Gareffa won Best Lawyer awards.

Team “Justice League” moves on to the regional round on February 20th.
This team is made up of the following VA students:

Claire Sinard, Elora Salisury, Maddie Fuller, Sean McLoughlin, Jake Block, Adam Crawford, JJ Sheehan


Congratulations to VA English teacher, Bryan Miller for having two more of his poems published. Mr. Miller’s poems, “Pumpkins” and “For the Kentucky State Fair Tour Guide,” were both picked up by Blinders Journal, and were published earlier this month.

Mr. Miller has been teaching English here at Village Academy since the fall of 2002… going on 13 years! He earned his MA in Literature from University of Kentucky in 2002. While there he co-edited the Collected Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. His poetry and short fiction have been previously published in the Raleigh, NC’s newspaper The Independent; in the journal Extracts; and in the 2014 literary horror anthology Strange Frenzies.

To read Mr. Millers poems visit the Blinders Journal at http://www.blindersjournal.org/issue%20two/BryanMiller.html

Congratulations Mr. Miller!

The Village Academy Quarterly Magazine is now available. Click here to view online.Quarterly_Dec14


Village Academy senior, Ryan McLoughlin was selected as an Ohio state finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman award. This leadership award honors well-rounded young men and woman who excel in learning, performing, and leading in the class room, on the field and in the community. Like The Heisman Memorial Trophy, the Wendy’s program believes in the pursuit of athletic and academic excellence with integrity. And in addition to honoring student accomplishments, the Wendy’s High School Heisman Program inspires all future high school students to pursue their higher education goals. Congratulations Ryan!

The 10-minute play written by Junior, Drew Deihlman was recently selected as part of the MadLab Young Writer’s festival! It will be fully produced in July.

Out of more than fifty submissions, Drew’s short play titled “Leaking Out” was selected with 9 other pieces to be featured in their festival.

The time for the shows is yet to be announced, but should be during the last three weekends in July.
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Congratulations Drew!

A big thank you  to Key Club members , Haley Sullivan, Anna Konstantinidis, Erin Schraitle, and Alexa VanHowe for their assistance in making the pre-school Passport to Holidays  a very successful event! These upper school students guided and assisted  the Lil’ Griffins with their multiple crafts and activities as they celebrated VA’s International diversity.  Students “traveled” with their passports from country to country (classroom to classroom) learning about traditions while experiencing wonderful decorations and crafts, lovely performances, and delicious food.  Congrats to advisor Ms. Mitchin and her crew!


Girls on the Run is a program designed for girls who are in grades 3-5. It’s purpose is to inspire participants to be joyful, healthy, and confident while focusing on the importance of physical exercise, specifically running.  Thanks to parents, Lisa Pricher and Carla Waldron, this program was introduced to Village Academy. This Fall, twelve girls from grades 3-5 met every Monday and Wednesday after school to hear a lesson on topics from the negative impact of bullying to resisting peer pressure and self-awaredness and confidence.  In addition, the girls trained to run a 5K!

On November 15, the girls, coaches, and parents, joined the various Girls on the Run chapters throughout Central Ohio at Columbus Commons to run their first 5K together!  It was cold…but it was a successful morning.  Congratulations to all of those who participated and completed her first 5K!



On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, as part of ‘National Signing Day’,  Village Academy senior Reed McGraw signed a binding letter of intent to swim with The Ohio State University. A two time High School State Finalist, three time Long Course State Champion and USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, McGraw began swimming at age six and has competed as a member of the Village Academy swim team since grade 7 with the guidance of coaches Lori and Daniel Ave. Additionally, McGraw participates in club swimming at the United Swim Association under coach, Chris Hadden.

When asked why OSU was chosen, McGraw responded, “I chose to swim at The Ohio State University because I realized that you can make a big school seem small. I was so impressed by the monumental amount of opportunities that the University has to offer, but I instantly connected with close-knit nature of the team. How firm thy friendship, OHIO.”

McGraw will swim his final season as a Village Academy Griffin this winter and looks forward to competing at a collegiate level.

Congratulations Reed! #GriffinPride