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After many weeks of preparation, upper school students took part in the Mock Trial competition at the Delaware County Juvenile Court. Each VA legal team competed against other local high school legal teams in a realistic and professional trial setting. Official judges and lawyers presided and scored each case, but the rest was up to the students. Opening and closing statements were given, witnesses were sworn in, objections were made and case battles were fought and won.
Check out the official Village Academy Facebook Page to get a glimpse of the action and learn more about their incredible day at court!
Six Village Academy high school students performed at an Ohio Music Education Association competition on Saturday, January 23, 2016, and received superior marks. The solo and ensemble adjudicated OMEA event features soloists or ensembles who perform a chosen piece from a required list of music. The students are then judged and scored on their efforts. The qualified adjudication provides feedback for improvement in written form and assigns a rating to the performance. A rating of “1” indicates a superior performance and is the highest level of praise.
Village Academy was represented by a saxophone ensemble group of Srinath S., Nikhil P., Drew D., and Michael T. and solo performances by Evan F. on the flute and Ben G. on the clarinet. Their performances were evaluated and all students received a superior rating of “1”! Outstanding job by all performers.
What an amazing accomplishment by Village Academy Junior, Srinath, and our surrounding community! As part of his Capstone Project, Srinath found effective ways to collect and donate shoes to Soles 4 Souls. The nonprofit organization collects and distributes the shoes to fight poverty worldwide. Thanks to Srinath’s efforts, they have 2,000 more pairs for their cause. Thank you for making a difference.
Dear Parents and Friends,
We want to share the good news ….the School received the final sign-off from Powell for work to begin on the kitchen renovation and permits will be pulled for Ally’s Cafe next week! Barricades and demolition will close the existing lunch room for the duration. The new, tentative, projected completion date is February 2016. We are thrilled and exalted to be able to finally begin to realize the goal of providing a food services hub!
We will not be holding a ground breaking because we want the project to move forward as soon as possible with demolition starting next week. Instead, we will hold a grand opening at its completion and invite everyone to sample the wonderful food that the kitchen staff will be able to produce for our community! As soon as we have a date certain for completion we will share that information with all our constituents. Your support and generosity has been imperative to the project and has been very much appreciated. We look forward to seeing you soon and hope that your holidays are filled with joy and wonderful memories!
With kindest regards,
Head of School
P.S. If you’ve had a chance to look at the new patio area, you’ll know that it’s coming along nicely as well. It will connect to the new lunch room by a small bridge, but the patio deck grade has to be finished before the bridge can be planned, and the window turned into a door, and then there’s the electric and the key pad, and well…..you get the picture!
Your Donations At Work!
During the month of November, the entire Middle School at Village Academy participated in National Novel Writing Month, affectionately known as NaNoWriMo. Students and their Language Arts teachers each pledged to write an entire novel during the 30 days. It was an exciting start to the month when book covers were displayed throughout the hallways, created by students and teachers alike. They represented just a glimpse of the incredible creativity and enthusiasm the MS students possessed as they began their journey.
Since it began in 1999, NaNoWriMo has increased from just 21 participants completing novels, to a staggering 325,000+. Working professionals, novelists, students, and more were motivated by the fast-approaching deadline. Instead of waiting for inspiration, NaNoWriMo put them into a structured environment where the habit of over-analyzing quickly evolved into pure writing.
MS teachers at Village Academy embraced this movement to put excitement and imagination back into writing. There were moments when students, writing with deep concentration, groaned at the sound of the bell that signaled class was over. They discussed their stories with peers and rediscovered the joy of creative writing. Throughout the month, support poured out from fellow Griffins and spirits were kept high to help students stay engaged and focused on their goal. Although some did not see their novel to completion in the 30 days, notes were taken, lessons were learned, and they can’t wait to try again next November!
Seniors, Jake Block and Erin Schraitle, were recently named School Winners for the prestigious Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. This award highlights exceptional high school seniors and their achievements in the classroom, on the field and in the community.
Created by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas in 1994, the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award has honored more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors. For 22 years, Wendy’s, in partnership with the Heisman Memorial Trophy, has rewarded these students with commitment to academics, athletics and community on a national level and we are proud to highlight Jake and Erin as the school winners.
In addition to playing soccer and tennis, Jake is president of National Honor Society, and plans to major in business in college. He is keeping an open mind about attending law school. He helped start the Business Club Village Academy, and has started his own car detailing business. His top college choice is University of Pennsylvania.
Erin wants to major in physical therapy. Her top choice college is Marshall University. She is a member of several clubs and organizations and is a member of the Dance Ensemble. She is an awesome baker, and spent time baking with the preschool students, incorporating counting, measuring, safety in the kitchen, etc. On the court, Erin enjoys cheerleading and playing volleyball.
Both seniors had to apply for the award, and include all their classes, their grades, their sports, their extracurricular activities, and more. Congratulations to School Winners, Erin and Jake, for their well-deserved High School Heisman Awards!
Orthopedic One sponsored a 5K event that gave all Central Ohio High Schools the opportunity to show their school spirit and earn money for their Athletic Department. In order to win the prize, Village Academy had to register as many Griffins as possible for the Spirit Sprint 5K event that took place at Huntington Park in downtown Columbus, Ohio, the morning of November 1, 2015.
The registration cost was only $25 and VA Athletics received 100% of each registration fee. Due to the overwhelming support of our Griffins, over $2500 was raised by the fees alone! Points were awarded to each school according to how many participants they had and the top schools earned a cash prize.
The weather was beautiful and the energy was contagious as staff members, students, VA athletic teams, and families gathered at the starting line. 3.1 miles later, along the Scioto River and downtown Columbus, the runners approached the finish line inside the ballpark stadium. Although the finishing time was displayed, it was ignored as everyone smiled and congratulated their teammates on a great finish. After everyone rehydrated and ate the complimentary food, Orthopedic One presented Village Academy with a check for $6375 for taking 2nd place in participation!
This was a wonderful opportunity for current students, teachers, coaches, athletes, and alumni to come together for an exciting morning full of #GriffinPride. Thank you to all of those who supported VA Athletics and came out for this fun and rewarding event, and special thanks to Orthopedic One for making it possible. See you next year!
Joey Edgington proposed an idea to alleviate overpopulation and hunger in Brazil and received recognition for his research at the recent World Food Prize Conference in Iowa. In order to create awareness of the problems of rapid urbanization in Brazil, Joey submitted a paper as part of a competition among high school students across the world.
In April, Joey was one of eighty students to be invited to the Ohio Youth Institute at OSU’s Center of Agricultural and Ecological Studies in Columbus, Ohio. In just four minutes, Joey summarized his research and presented to a panel of three esteemed judges. He was then chosen as one of twelve students for a final, in-depth, interview with four experts in the field of food security.
Joey’s journey did not end at OSU. He was selected as one of a group of delegates to represent Ohio at the Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa. The three day program took place between October 14 and 16, 2015 and Joey, among 200 students from around the world, presented his paper to a group of students and experts. After sharing his ideas he was then selected by his group to speak in front of the assembled Global Youth Institute during the final symposium of the conference.
As a result of his hard work and his participation in the conference, Joey is now eligible to apply for the Borlaug-Ruan International Internship and the USDA Wallace-Carver Fellowship. One of the academic experts who heard Joey’s paper congratulated him on his performance and confided: “You’re going to do big things, Joey. Stay in touch.”
To All Parents and Students,
Since student safety is our highest priority, we would like to remind you of safe practices to use in our parking lot. It is very important that students exit/enter vehicles from the passenger side making their way to/from the school doors. Using the driver’s side door could put students in a position to be struck by passing traffic. Additionally, the arc by the flagpole, the entry area to the main/lower school building, can become congested during morning drop-off and pick-up so please take extra care.
Here are a few safety reminders:
These instructions are in the best interest and for the safety of students and should to be followed with care. We appreciate your attention and further use of these procedures.
Fifteen years ago, Cheryl Driesen began her relationship with Village Academy as a parent of her young son, Jim, who was starting preschool. Coming from a successful, fast-paced fashion career in New York City and Europe, Cheryl moved back to her home state of Ohio to care for several of her family members and needed an exceptional school for her son to begin preschool. She volunteered at Village Academy until knowledge of her background in marketing surfaced and the faculty realized she would be an asset to VA. Over the next 10 years she held positions in the front office, admissions and marketing before becoming the Director of Development. After four years in her current position, Cheryl’s last day with Village Academy was Friday, August 28, 2015.
As a Director of Development, Cheryl’s primary responsibility was to bridge the financial gap between tuition income and operating costs of Village Academy. Building strong, trusting relationships with stakeholders and the Powell community was the key to success in this position and Cheryl thrived. Her enthusiasm for the students and her community showed through in her work.
Now that retirement has begun, Cheryl plans to continue to travel to Italy and other parts of Europe with her son, Jim. While working for Calvin Klein and other fashion companies, Cheryl got a glimpse of life in Europe and can now travel for pleasure rather than business. Also, Jim has a passion and talent for sculpting so the history and art of Italy are never taken for granted. Here in the states, Cheryl plans to continue playing golf and singing in a jazz band for private venues, which she has been doing for 25 years!
After sitting down one-on-one, Cheryl expressed what she cherished most about her time at Village Academy. “It has been an honor and a privilege, not only to have met and worked with parents, but to watch the kids grow up. There is a reason why so many tears are shed at graduation.” Cheryl will miss the relationships she has built throughout her years at Village Academy most of all. However, Cheryl may be out of her office, but she is not gone from our community. She hopes to keep in touch with her VA family and continue seeing the students flourish. We wish her the best of luck and no matter where her retirement journey takes her, she’ll always have a home at Village Academy.