2018 Ohio Chinese Speech and Essay Contest April 25, 2018 - 2018 Ohio Chinese Speech and Essay Contest The 2018 Ohio K-12th Chinese Speech Contest was held at Cleveland State University on Saturday, April 21. Congratulations to Village Academy second grader,  Landon Stokes for winning 2nd place in the Elementary Division at the Chinese Speech Contest. Click above to enjoy Landon's speech about his favorite cat! Additionally, for the 2018 Ohio K-12 Chinese Essay Contest, students submitted their essays last month and received their results on Saturday, Grace Rademacher received a second place award. Abbey Otte received a third-place award, Simon Zimmerman, Nathan Chen, Emerson Thompson, Annie White and Jack Kalnicki all received an Honorable Mention at the Chinese Essay Contest. Congratulations to all the students that participated. Village Academy enjoys sending students to compete in this contest each year and our Griffins continue to be top performers. Because of the outstanding performance of all our students, the Competition Organizing Committee also awarded a trophy to our school. Congratulations Griffins! #GriffinPride  
YK-Grade 3 Read-a-thon April 17, 2018 - YK-Grade 3 Read-a-thon The YK-3rd grade participated in a Read-a-thon last week to raise money for Partners In Conservation through the Columbus Zoo. Today Nala from Partners in Conservation came to share some of the goods Rwandan people make to sell. She also talked with us about the conservation of mountain gorillas and their habitat.
Stinger Visits Village Academy February 14, 2018 - As a result of receiving 2nd place in the Powell "Paint your Plow" contest earlier this year, Stinger, of the Columbus Blue Jackets is visiting the Village Academy campus on Wednesday, February 21. The 1st-5th graders will be participating in a Hockey clinic that afternoon as well!  Stinger will visit the Pre-K and K classes to say hello and pose for a few pictures!
Congratulations Swimmers! February 10, 2018 - The swimmers competed in the first round of the OHSAA Tournament this weekend. All raced very well with the strongest finishes being Olivia Ave earning 14th in the 200 Free and 8th in the 500 Free  as well as the 400 Freestyle Relay.  Competitors in this relay Elise Salisbury, Sara Crawford, Gaby Scott and Olivia Ave which finished 9th. The OHSAA District Championship (for Central/East/South-East) will be this Friday in Athens. The relay was incredibly close as they ranked only one place away from advancing, however; we have Olivia advancing in both the 200 and the 500.  
Mock Trial Competes at Delaware County Courthouse January 29, 2018 - On January 26, a team of 14 Village Academy students traveled to the Delaware County Courthouse to compete in a Mock Trial against other centrally located schools. According to the OCLRE (Ohio Center for Law-Related Education), the Ohio Mock Trial offers an innovative approach to learning about law and how our legal system functions. Guided by teachers and volunteer legal advisors, students participate in an original, unscripted simulated trial written by attorneys. High school students argue both sides of the case in real courtrooms across the state. With 3,500 high school students participating in this statewide event, it is the largest non-athletic competition in Ohio. More than 1,000 teachers and legal professionals volunteer their time and expertise to make this program possible by serving as team legal advisors, case and competition committee members, competition judges and site coordinators. The Village Academy team has been working diligently since last fall for this event and the hours of rehearsing paid off! Congratulations to Faith Christy and Max Block for winning Best Attorney, and to Ellie Newman and Elise Salisbury for winning Best Witness.
VA Josh Stith Alumni Game this Saturday! January 18, 2018 - The Village Academy Josh Stith Alumni Game is scheduled for this SATURDAY, JANUARY 20 in the VA Gymnasium. We will begin a bit earlier than previously noted. Please see the schedule below for the day's activities: 1:00 p.m  VA Girls Varsity vs. VA Girls Alumni Memorial for Alumni, Josh Stith 2:00 p.m.  VA Boys Varsity vs. VA Boys Alumni Following the games, there will be an Alumni pick-up game for all those interested in playing! Let's fill the stands and show our #GriffinPride!
VA Theatre Ensemble to Perform at Ohio Thespian State Conference October 24, 2017 - The Village Academy Theatre Ensemble has been invited by the Board of Directors of the Ohio Educational Theatre Association to perform On the Verge during the Ohio Thespian State Conference at Northmont HS in March 2018. The VA theatre performed On the Verge in October of this year to a sold out crowd! The State Conference brings in over 1,500 Thespians from across Ohio for an unforgettable weekend of celebrating the arts to include workshops in playwriting, puppetry, dance, and college auditions.  Throughout the weekend, carefully selected high schools are given the opportunity to perform for an audience of over 200 guests! We are proud that this is the second year that VA’s Theatre Ensemble has been invited to participate in this exciting event!
8th Graders Participate in Young Adult Unfinished StoryBox Project October 16, 2017 - The 8th grade Language Arts students at Village Academy were selected as ambassadors for the Young Adult Unfinished StoryBox Project. This organization began in 1995 where students receive story starters from published authors and finish the piece in the style of their chosen author. Over the years, thousands of stories have been written and told! On Sunday, October 15, VA students participated in the launch of the StoryBox. They joined hundreds of national and international Middle School participants in sharing and telling stories. What a great way for the 8th grade LA students to make an impression in the literary world!
VA Golf Competes in Sectionals September 27, 2017 - Congratulations to the VA Golf Team - Justin Wells, Johnathan Uptegraph, Jake Morgan, Cyrus Benis, and Mateen Afkhami  - competed on Tuesday, September 26 in the Division III OHSAA sectional golf tournament hosted by Darby Creek Golf Course. The team improved by 17 strokes over last year to place fifth in the tournament.  Despite a rough start, this team overcame adversity and extreme heat to play an amazing back nine. It was such a great season for these extraordinary young men. We are proud of the dedication these 5 players have exemplified over the entire golf season. #GriffinPride #IamaGriffin
VA Senior named as National Merit Semifinalist September 15, 2017 - The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Village Academy is proud to report that senior, Nikhil Parail, was named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist for the 2017-18 school year. According to the NMSC, these academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Finalists will be announced in February and all National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Nikhil has attended Village Academy throughout his entire academic life. He is president of Key Club and National Honor Society at the School, and he enjoys tutoring other students through NHS. In addition to his academic accomplishments, Nikhil has been the captain of the Cross Country team and a two-time regional qualifier in the 800m for track. Nikhil has played both the alto and baritone sax in the VA varsity jazz band since the 8th grade. He’s competed at the Ohio Music Education Association’s Solo and Ensemble competition since his freshman year and has earned the highest possible rating all three years. If that’s not enough, Nikhil also scored a PERFECT 36 score on the ACT.  When asked how he felt when he received the news, he said, “If I recall correctly, I think I jumped out of my seat and audibly yelled at 1:30 AM!  I had a good feeling about the test, but I never expected a score that good.”   Congratulations, Nikhil on becoming a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist! Village Academy is proud to have you as a Griffin. #GriffinPride #IamaGriffin
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