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History came alive on Friday, February 21 in the Lower School Village Academy classrooms. Students in the third, fourth and fifth grades participated in the Village Academy annual “Wax Museum”. This longstanding tradition at VA allows students to present research on famous people in a unique way.
66 Students spent the afternoon as figures in a “wax museum” only to come “alive” and share interesting information about themselves when a visitor dropped a coin in their cup. Parents, friends, students, and even members of the Powell Historical Society attended this event. All money raised was donated to the Powell Historical Society.
The Village Academy Mock Trial team competed in the regional tournament on Friday, February 21. The VA team defeated Dublin Jerome in the morning, but late fell to the Westerville North team who will compete in the state tournament for the second year in a row.
Mock Trial “Best Witness” awards were won by Dominic Ritchey and Ian Smith and “Best Lawyer” was awarded to Adam Crawford. Congratulations to the entire VA Mock Trail team and special thanks to seniors, Ian Smith, Dominic Ritchey, Agneeth Mazumder and Emma Clark for making it the regional tournament.
Ohio Mock Trail is a competition instructed by teachers and volunteer legal advisors. Students learn about the law and how the legal system works by participating in a simulated trial written by real attorneys. The students are in real courtrooms across the state and argue both sides of the case. Each year the state finals are held at the Ohio Statehouse and the state winner then advances to the national competition. VA is proud to have had our team succeed to the Regional level. Congratulations!
On Friday, February 14, 2014, Village Academy junior Reed McGraw placed first in the 200-yard individual medley at the OHSAA District Tournament. With a time of 1:56.26, McGraw won by a full three seconds and qualified to compete at the OHSAA State Swimming and Diving Championships, which will take place February 19 – 22 in the Canton McKinley High School C.T. Branin Natatorium.
A second time State finalist, McGraw once again qualified to compete in both the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breast stroke. When asked about his back to back state qualifying performances, McGraw commented, “It’s amazing to see all of the long hours spent training both in and out of the pool pay off. I’m excited to just get out there and race, stick to my process and have fun.”
In addition to McGraw, Village Academy freshman Sheridan Ave also will advance to the State competition. As runner up in the 50-yard freestyle, Ave qualified to advance to the State competition setting a new team record with a personal best time of 24.90.
Both McGraw and Ave will compete at the OHSAA State Prelims at the Canton McKinley pool on Thursday, February 20. The top 16 swimmers will advance to the State Finals to be held Friday, February 21, 2014.
Congratulations to both on such a grand accomplishment and good luck at the State competition!
Tuesday, February 11 “Tommy the Toothbrush” came to visit Pre-k and Young Kindergarten students at Village Academy. He brought his giant toothbrush and teeth, sang songs and danced to teach our lil’ Griffins the benefits of healthy eating and good brushing habits.
On Saturday, February 1, senior Michaela Melnek scored her 1000th point on the court during the game against the Delaware Christian girls basketball team. Michaela is one of only three Village Academy girls to surpass 1000 points during her high school basketball career. The game was paused to honor the moment she met the 1000th point milestone, and Melnek received a signed game ball to commemorate this outstanding accomplishment. Congratulations Michaela!
On November 16, 2013, Village Academy 10th grader, Ben Gareffa, completed his Eagle Scout project. Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. Its requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges, demonstrating leadership qualities and completing an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads and manages.
Ben’s service project was the renovation of a supply truck for Sanctuary Columbus Church. He organized the funding and material donations for the renovation. Ben scheduled and managed a three-shift work day of volunteers, which included, family, fellow scouts, as well as, VA staff and students. These volunteers unloaded and sorted the truck’s contents. They installed shelving, cargo netting and new hand carts pre-loaded with the most used equipment. Ben and his father personally delivered the renovated truck to the amazement and deep appreciation of the congregation.
Currently, Ben is completing the final steps in earning his Eagle Scout rank and hopes to receive his award in the Spring.
Congratulations to the Village Academy Thespians for their collection of over 754 pounds of food during the 2013 Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat (TOTS-Eat) program. As the International Thespian Society’s annual nationwide community service initiative to collect food for the hungry, this program is designed to encourage student thespians to collect canned goods during Halloween instead of candy.
The Village Academy Thespian Society continues to enthusiastically support TOTS-Eat each year. Last year, the VA Thespians met their goal to collect 500 pounds of food to donate to the Delaware People in Need organization exactly. This year they raised their goal to 575 pounds and superseded their expectations with a …the most VA Thespians have ever collected for this event.
During October, Village Academy students created decorations for Candy by the Carload, a trick or treat event at the Village Green parking lot hosted by the City of Powell. Businesses and organizations from Powell decorate booths and car trunks, and pass out treats to neighborhood children.
Members of the Village Academy National Art Honor Society designed and built the School’s Flintstones-themed trunk decorations and costumes. Senior Lucas Fendrick has led the team of students in this project as a part of his Capstone, an in-depth research project required of Upper School students at Village Academy. Village Academy students from the Middle School Senate club will be wearing Flintstones costumes and passing out candy at the event.
For more information about Candy by the Carload, please click here.
On October 11-12, 2013, Jeg Coughlin III won the OHSAA State Golf Tournament. Jeg shot a 73 in the first round and a 71 in the second round at the OSU Scarlet Golf Course. Jeg is the first student in VA history to take home this title.
Jeg was featured in The Delaware Gazette on October 10 and 13, and The Columbus Dispatch on October 13 for his achievements during this season, and was named The Columbus Dispatch Athlete of the Week on October 19.
On October 11, 2013, firefighters Tom Saunders, Ray Friebner, Doug Simmons, and Darren Riegel from the Liberty Township Fire Department visited Griffin Hall students in honor of National Fire Prevention Month.
During their visit, the students were able to tour the firetruck and learn about fire safety equipment. The students also learned about fire safety precautions and what to do in an emergency. Mr. Riegel (above) put on firefighter safety gear, as Mr. Saunders explained how the equipment is used in case of a fire.
For more information about the Liberty Township Fire Department, click here.