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Preparing Boys for the Long Run Dublin running coaches change the toxic language used around young boys

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Weight loss, boredom, an upcoming race, a bucket list goal or purely for fun – everyone has a different reason for running. Sometimes after gasping through the third mile, chugging a water bottle after a long run or begrudgingly waking up in the wee hours for training, one might think, “What’s the point?” The truth is, there’s no one good reason to run – and the Dublin Let Me Run team understands that. Dublin resident Claire Houpt was at a parent teacher conference meeting several years ago when she heard about the running organization Girls on the Run and wondered if there was a similar program for boys. She did some digging online and found Let Me Run, an organization based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. The organization trains coaches for youth boys’ running teams and helps teach confidence, good morals and expressing emotion. Houpt contacted Let Me Run and it trained her into a well-versed coach so she could start her own team in Dublin. “A couple of friends and I created a team and we had our first season,” she says. “Then it caught on thanks to Dublin parents and the network here. It spread to other regions in Columbus, with people getting trained to be coaches and starting their own Let Me Run teams.”

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In 2016, Houpt officially became the regional director of Let Me Run. The program in Columbus has trained 1,138 boys and many volunteers, with around 14 runners on each team. Houpt says running teaches young boys to set goals and make social connections with each other, especially in such a supportive, motivating environment like an athletic team. After each run, coaches sit the boys down to go over one lesson, ranging from topics such as how to make a good apology to how to express anger in a healthy way. Holly Tocknell, another Dublin resident, along with Gretchen Ardizzone, will be representing Let Me Run in the New York City Marathon on Nov. 3. While

Tocknell says she’s not a born runner, she’ll do anything for the boys in Let Me Run because of how much they have inspired her. Her son, Luke, started on Dublin’s Let Me Run team in fourth grade and the next season she started coaching. “I’m running for the boys – they are such a huge motivation to me,” Tocknell says. “I want to spread the message that everyone can run.” Ardizzone is an experienced runner, having already completed five marathons. But she says this one is special because of who she is running for. “I want to show the boys perseverance,” she says. “Running a marathon isn’t easy, and sometimes it goes through your head that you want to quit. I want to teach them to keep going.” If you’ve ever run long distances, you know that it can be a great way to channel your emotions into exercise – if you’ve never shed a tear after a hard workout, you’re lying. Houpt points out that boys

don’t always have that opportunity. The language society uses creates a stigma that boys need to act a certain way in order to fit in. Phrases like “brush it off” or “be a man” can heavily impact the way boys express emotions – or don’t. “I want to teach boys how to handle emotions and how to create meaningful connections and relationships with their peers,” Houpt says. “We really need that now more than ever.” Operations Coordinator Amber Gibbs works in tandem with Houpt and says her favorite part of Let Me Run are the lessons they get to teach. “It’s not only about the physical goals,” Gibbs says. “We talk about school and personal goals. They write those down and put them in envelopes at the beginning of the season and get to open them at the end.” Tocknell’s favorite part of being a coach is seeing the boys that start running with little confidence and eventually cross the finish line with huge, proud smiles. “That’s what keeps me coming back year after year,” she says. “Some kids come in with such doubt and to see them blossom really puts everything in perspective.” Mallory Arnold is an editor. Feedback welcome at

Holly Tocknell What’s your training schedule look like? “I’m definitely a group fitness type of girl. I joined Marathoners in Training with Fleet Feet and now I run with them at least twice a week. I run about five days a week with a long run on Saturday. It’s really motivating having a group to push and motivate you.” Podcasts? Music? Silence? “I always have my music on, but when I’m in a group I turn it down low so we can chat. When I get really tired and start doubting myself, I crank something up that gets me moving.” Favorite Dublin spot to run? “We live by a lot of bike paths, so I typically hop on one near Coffman High School or do hills at Cardinal Hill. When it’s hot I tend to run at night and stick to Dublin’s main roads.” Advice for someone trying to run a 5K, half marathon or full marathon? “Find a group – when you find your people, it makes a huge difference. And on those rough days, don’t give up on yourself. Just try again the next day.

It doesn’t have to be a fast race – you can make your goal just finishing.”

Gretchen Ardizzone What’s your training schedule look like? “It’s intense. You definitely have to be committed. It takes a lot of mental and physical strength. Every week you have to commit to get your runs in, but I think it’s even more motivating this training season so know I’m doing this for someone else.”

just have to put in the work to train. I encourage anyone to join a running group. It’s really great to have the support and know others that are trying to reach the same goal.” Main motivation for running the NYC Marathon? “I can tell you the day I cross the start line, I’ll have those boys in my head to motivate me.”

Podcasts? Music? Silence? “I run with MIT (as well as Holly). Being a part of that group was amazing. It gives you that support and I like to talk and listen to people while running – it helps the time go by when you’re out there running for four hours. During race day, I don’t know if I will listen to music, because honestly the race support while you’re running is enough.” Advice to first-time racers? “Anyone can do it. Oftentimes when I say I’ve run marathons, people respond with ‘oh I could never do that’ and anyone can, it just requires training. You

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Fueled by passionate residents, an engaged older adult population and forward thinking leaders, Forever Dublin continues to forge ahead. Forever Dublin is a partnership between the City of Dublin and Syntero, aimed at providing aging support and caregiving resources for residents to make Dublin their forever home. The initiative began with the City of Dublin’s Aging in Place Plan, launched in early 2018. Aging in Place is defined as the ability for individuals to remain in their homes or neighborhoods safely, independently and comfortably for as long as possible, regardless of age or ability. Reviewed by the Community Services Advisory Commission and accepted by Dublin City Council, the plan addresses mobility, transportation, housing, health, wellness and other areas key to aging in place.

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In spring and summer 2018, more than 200 residents and caregivers attended a series of Community Conversations to envision the future of aging, design solutions and share their stories. Thanks to ongoing support and energy, several initiatives are now up and running, including the Forever Dublin Hub. The Forever Dublin Hub offers one-on-one Navigator sessions for any resident who is in need of information on aging resources or caregiver support. It’s an opportunity for those who feel more comfortable meeting with someone one-on-one to discuss their unique needs and interests. The Forever Dublin Hub also offers small group educational sessions on relevant topics such as Medicare 101, Social Security 101, Family Caregiver Tips and Resources, Coping Well, and Achieving Life Satisfaction and Well-Being. And older adults can access a Smart Tech Help Desk the first Saturday of each month, providing in person assistance for smartphones and other devices. “We have gotten off to a great start,” says Julie Erwin Rinaldi, CEO of Syntero. “We are looking forward to continuing to find ways to engage residents in meaningful dialogue around issues that matter to them as they age or are taking care of aging loved ones. Syntero is grateful to play a part in this much larger initiative.” Forever Dublin continues to be community-driven with the creation of the Forever Dublin Community Team. Members of this volunteer leadership team serve as ambassadors for healthy and supportive aging, advising on programming, developing initiatives and researching funding opportunities. “Timing is critical for us to get this right as we set the path for supportive community design,” says Christine Nardecchia, Outreach & Engagement Director for the City of Dublin. “We are fortunate to have the energy, expertise and motivation among so many residents who will keep this path steering on an innovative course.” Here are some ways you or your loved ones can access Forever Dublin resources. Residents and caregivers can access a variety of aging resources available to the Dublin community in one convenient place: The Forever Dublin website features an array of government and nonprofit assistance programs, transportation options, recreation opportunities, education sessions and more. Education Sessions Staying on top of issues like Medicare and Social Security can be difficult. The Forever Dublin Hub provides free education sessions for older adults and their caregivers, diving deep into these topics and more. View upcoming sessions at Smart Tech Help Desk The Smart Tech Help Desk offers help and instruction with smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices. The Help Desk is open the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Forever Dublin Hub. To schedule an appointment call 614-889-5722 extension 810. Sarah McQuaide is a public information officer with the City of Dublin.

The Forever Dublin Hub Located at Syntero’s Dublin location (299 Cramer Creek Court), the Forever Dublin Hub is staffed with Navigators to guide residents on relevant choices and resources when seeking assistance for aging, support and caregiving topics. The concept was inspired by hotel concierge services which provide in-person assistance. The Navigators are armed with information to answer questions and provide guidance, rather than providing the service. To make a one-on-one appointment, call 614-8895722 extension 810.

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An Egg-cellent Journey For Cindy Kirkland, eggs are more than just a breakfast option

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Cindy Kirkland didn’t live on a farm, but grew up in the small town of Mt. Sterling, Ohio. As a student at The Ohio State University, she studied textiles and clothing, a far stretch from her current work within the culinary arts and with the Ohio Poultry Association. As a member of the culinary community in Columbus, Kirkland took the creative aspects she enjoyed from her work in clothing and applied that to food. “Over the years, I’ve developed a love for cooking and food,” Kirkland says. “It started with feeding my family and having a husband and two boys that really liked to eat.” With a new found passion, Kirkland began taking cooking classes and 16 • October/November 2019

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tinues to approach her work in the kitchen with an excitement that is hard to hide. “Some people paint, others draw… I can’t do either of those,” Kirkland laughs. “Cooking is my creative outlet.”

The Perfect Shot Not only does she know her way around a kitchen, Kirkland is an avid food photographer. Most of the photos she shoots are on her iPhone to keep things as realistic as possible. “I’m glad things have changed with food photography,” Kirkland says. “It used to be years ago that if a shot had food in it, everything had to be perfect… Today, it’s much more realistic.” That’s not to say she doesn’t try and get the most appealing shots possible. “Obviously, you still want everything to look good,” Kirkland says. “You should make sure to let the food be the star of the show.” Kirkland is also invited every year to help cook an omelet breakfast at the Ohio Agricultural Council’s Hall of Fame breakfast. Upwards of 500 omelets are made and no one leaves with an empty stomach. “Someone came up to me this year and told me, ‘You don’t know how much they appreciate it, they want you to cook for them all the time,’” Kirkland laughs. While Kirkland is set to collaborate for a second version of Dish on Eggs, she con-

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Kirkland Dishes it Out What is a common misconception people have about making eggs? “People like their eggs different ways and every time I make an omelet, people are still amazed at how you make it. They take all but a minute to make, and it is such a healthy breakfast, lunch or dinner. … Plus, the toppings are endless!” Do you have a favorite dish you like to make? “I love trying new things, but breakfast casseroles are so easy to put together and then you can stick them in the oven the next morning.” When you aren’t cooking, what are some of your favorite Dublin spots to eat? “They are all so good. We love to go to Vaso, Tucci’s and I’m excited we have Katzingers now.”

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“I just had to do more for animals.” Inspired by that vision, Susan Willis created the annual Dublin Pet Fair in May 2012, creating a space for rescues, shelters, veterinarians, advocates and, of course, pet owners to celebrate their pups and felines, and to support good causes. The event continues to grow, last year raising around $4,000 for spay and neuter clinics. And the September 2019 event saw similar success. “There are millions of pets all over the country in shelters – and they’re perfectly good pets,” Willis says. “It doesn’t make sense to keep breeding all these animals when so many die from neglect.” That’s why the fair is a perfect space for rescues to present their organizations and get people interested in adopting a new furry family member. Almost Home Dog Rescue, Powell Animal Welfare Society, Cozy Cat Cottage and Team Greyhound – among others – always attend. While reputable shelters don’t allow on-site adoptions because of the many extensive background checks and required home visits, it’s a good way for people to come out, see some available pets and learn their options. Willis adopted her own cats, Emma and Daisy, from rescues. Emma, an outgoing feline who demands cuddles and attention, was once a feral stray kitten. The 22 • October/November 2019

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Columbus Humane Society reports that close to 400,000 feral cats live in Franklin Country alone. “There are actually more cats in America than there are dogs,” Willis points out. For the 2019 event, food vendors and pet-centered vendors like PetPeople and Rascal Animal Hospital made an appeance, along with the talented dogs participating in the UpDog dog sport competition. While all pets require a leash for the fair, competing dogs were the exception as they flew to astounding heights to catch frisbees. Something brand new to the fair this year was the full-service wellness clinic that provided vet services including vaccines, heartworm and parvo testing, microchips, and more. Another new addition to the fair came in the form of feathers – the Charlie Brown Bird Rescue. The rescue takes in companion birds, rehabilitates them and finds homes for each winged friend. The organization was founded in 2016 and rescues hundreds of birds, from tiny parakeets to massive macaws and cockatoos. With the inclusion of the Charlie Brown Rescue, came the opportunity for other animal species to one day be included in the pet fair, shedding more light on the importance of being kind to all creatures – feathered, furry or otherwise.



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cares about helping his clients, in any way possible.” One year, Willis told everyone that if the fair raised $3,000, she would dye her hair pink for next year’s event. Sure enough, she kept her promise and arrived at the pet fair with her cotton candy-colored updo. While walking around the fair she ran into a poodle who also was sporting a bright pink ‘do, and had to snap this iconic picture.

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Dressed in green and white Dublin Coffman High School gear, fans and family gathered in the Ohio Wesleyan University stands for the lacrosse state championships. The Coffman fans were confident and fired up, having won the semi finals the week before. Captain Evan James was a huge part of that win, having scored eight of the 15 goals, and many people came to the finals in hopes of seeing more spectacular lacrosse. Twelve seconds into the state championships against St. Xavier High School, the crowd wasn’t disappointed. James ran down the field, spun around his opponents and scored the first goal. Less than a minute later, he flawlessly moved from side to side and scored the second goal. The game continued with James scoring three more goals and Coffman maintained the lead with a final score of 13-8.

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The essential components of lacrosse are good footwork, being able to use either hand and changing direction easily. Fortunately for James, these are his strengths and some of the reasons he was recruited as a sophomore by Loyola University Maryland. “I have played basketball for a long time, including four years at Coffman, and it has helped my lacrosse game tremendously with speed, vision and changing direction,” says James. 

As for James’ father, Mike, he couldn’t be more proud – especially since he’s a former college lacrosse star and coach. “He is very unpredictable and hard to contain. I wouldn’t want to coach against him,” he says. The fact that the state championships were held at Mike’s alma mater and the same college field where he became a twotime All American and Hall of Famer made the win extra exciting. Mike was also the Coffman booster president for the last seven years and urges others to get involved in any booster program. “Volunteering for the organization with the other parents was half the fun,” Mike says. James is part of a lacrosse-obsessed family, with big sister, Mackenzie, having played for Bishop Watterson High School and his brother, Bryson, having played for Coffman.

“I went to the state championships with 15 buddies,” says Bryson. “There were tons of alumni and teachers there to watch the game.” All three of the siblings started in the Dublin Youth Athletics program, which Mike headed up from 2005-2012. “Most of our Coffman team has been together since first grade when we learned how to pick the ball up from the ground and throw it,” says James. “We played for the DYA, Ohio Cup and Columbus Saints teams before reaching high school. Then, last year, we lost in the semi-finals in overtime. That’s why the state championship title meant so much to us.” James and many of his teammates also played club lacrosse for Resolute during the last four summers. They traveled out east to Baltimore, Philadelphia and Long Island quite a bit and that’s where Loyola noticed James. After several visits to Loyola, he committed to a four-year Division I scholarship. “I like the size of the school, the smaller classes, the coach and the guys on the team,” says James. His records and statistics speak for themselves. Some of his highlighting awards are two-time U.S. Lacrosse AllAmerican, Ohio Player of the Year Division I, Conference Player of the Year, OHSAA Region One Player of the Year and Midwest Player of the Year by U.S. Lacrosse Magazine. His Coffman stats are equally incredible, as he holds the career points record of 301, career goals record of 199, single season points record of 120 and single season goals record of 85. With all of these athletic honors, it’s no surprise that James is in the National Honor Society and was awarded the Agonis Club Scholarship for Lacrosse Student Athlete of the Year. Even with all the successful statistics and records, James notes something that makes him prouder. “Winning the state championship with this group of guys and I was honored to be the captain.” As for the future, James is excited about lacrosse at Loyola and having his parents continue to support him and travel to his games.  James plans to major in business and hopes to give back to the sport by coaching someday. As for advice to young athletes? “Play multiple sports. If you only focus on one, you can burn out,” he says. “The variety in sports will make you a better athlete.” Colleen D’Angelo is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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An illustrator’s life in watercolors, sketches and piano keys Ever since he was young, Roger Curley has created all kinds of art and music. Even though his talents have taken him all over the world, Dublin is where he chose to settle down. Curley was born in Pennsylvania, but he calls central Ohio home, having lived here the majority of his life. When the Vietnam War progressed, Curley, then an art student at The Ohio State University, left his paintbrushes behind for the time being. “Guys were being drafted right and left, and I felt like I was going to be, too,” Curley says. “Chances were, if you go in the Army, you might not come home. So, I decided to make a choice myself and chose the Air Force.” While enlisted in the Air Force, Curley continued to draw and paint as an illustrator, sharing his work throughout the world wherever he traveled. However, he is gifted in another form of art. Curley was a part of the Castlegate Trio, a musical group consisting of him and a few other members of the Air Force based in Germany. They toured all over Europe, recording music, making the top 10 German charts and even performing in London on the BBC’s The Tonight Show. “I wouldn’t trade (my Air Force experience) for any college degree,” says Curley. “Those four years were just phenomenal.” When he returned home to central Ohio, Curley worked as a layout artist for The Columbus Dispatch. It was during this time he

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ing, every day I have to drive down the street and ask, ‘What have they done now that’s new?’” Continuing his love of music, Curley is also a pianist at Von Maur. Make sure to stop and say hi when walking through the Polaris Fashion Place department store. “The reason I’ve done it so long and I will still do it a long, long time is because the demand is there from my clients and the things that I do make people happy,” says Curley about his different forms of art. “It serves a need and makes you proud of what you have done.” To see more of Curley’s work, visit Sara Dowler is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

began drawing portraits - the start of what would become his lifelong career. “I’ve never considered doing anything else, just more and more of what I do,” says Curley. Curley’s artistic style ranges from portraits, caricatures, graphics and cartoons. Even when he lived in Colorado for seven years, before returning to central Ohio to marry his wife, Doris, he noted the loyalty of his customers in his home state. “It’s funny, I lived in Worthington before I moved to Colorado and I had more business from (Ohio) than when I lived in Colorado,” he says. His style is known around Columbus, having created portraits of recognizable faces such as Jack Hanna, Walt Disney, Nationwide board member Ken Davis and Jack Nicklaus. Curley has lived and produced art in Dublin for 32 years and counting. He enjoys every second of his career, which gives him the opportunity to work on a variety of exciting pieces from family and pet portraits to celebrities. “Dublin is so familiar, it is dependable, … it is just home,” says Curley, “and I love all of the developments. It is kind of

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There’s a house in the Corazon neighborhood you may have passed by and dreamed of seeing inside – and now you have that chance. The homeowners of this gorgeous Mediterranean-Tuscan-style home built it themselves with the help of architect Lee Rumora. While the house itself spans over 10,000 square feet, the homeowner’s ideas and plans were arguably the biggest part of the process. “It took a long time to express our style to the architects and designers,” the homeowner, who prefers to remain unnamed, says. “We wanted it to first and foremost be open and have a good flow.” The design process took about a year and the building took two. “It was stressful sometimes,” the homeowner admits. “We were trying to squeeze in a million meetings and had to do a lot on the weekends.” The family was prepared though, having built a house previous to this one. That experience educated them about the process, what was going to be difficult and what was the best way to go about building. “It takes time,” the homeowner laughs, “and definitely a vision.” Approaching the house, you won’t miss the breathtaking driveway. According to the homeowner, that wasn’t 36 • October/November 2019


really a design choice. While the family really wanted a circular entryway, it didn’t quite fit. So instead, the architect decided to cut a few corners and create the house’s unique driveway. “We had to take a different approach, it definitely wasn’t originally meant to be like that,” the homeowner says. The outdoor space, a clear family favorite, boasts a pool, patio area, covered living space and a kitchen. The house was practically built to entertain, obvious from the ideal seating and cocktail hour setting. With two kids in the home, it’s also a great space for sleepovers. Another notable section is the wine cellar, a reflection of the homeowner’s passion and personality. “We’re big wine drinkers – we go out to Napa a lot,” the homeowner says. “So, of course, the wine cellar was important. I love how it looks like an old-fashioned area but it’s modern. It was definitely fun to design.” Moving into the heart of the home, the homeowner says the kitchen was important to her since everyone tends to gather in there, especially for gatherings and events. The most important part of her dream space?

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“A massive fridge,” she laughs. “You’re always trying to find more room – with guests always over we needed as much space as possible.” The kitchen leads into the living room seamlessly, blending the two together as if they are one space. However, the living room has a much warmer tone to it – on purpose, according to the homeowner. The exposed brick gives the room a Tuscan and warm feeling, while the wood burning fire place gives off a comforting feeling. What was most important for these design selections, was that each decision screamed cozy. And these homeowners aren’t done yet. They’re actually in the process of building a new house which will be completely different in style and design. While it may seem exhausting, building doesn’t scare this homeowner, as she only exudes excitement when talking about the big project. “We wanted a pool house so when we’re outside, we don’t have to constantly track inside,” she says. “Our inspiration was Napa and the open vineyard pool houses there. I’m really looking forward to it.” Mallory Arnold is an editor. Feedback welcome at

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Songs from the Heart A local children’s choir takes music students across the world

How many teenagers do you know who have performed throughout the U.S., Europe and South Africa, and have met former President Barack Obama in the White House? The members of the awardwinning Columbus International Children’s Choir know quite a few. Most of the high schoolers started their musical career by taking piano lessons with renowned instructor Tatiana Kats at the Columbus Music and Art Academy. Kats encouraged, and sometimes insisted, that her piano students also give choir a try. The programs continued to develop under Kats’ close watch, and now her students have more stamps on their passports than most adults. In 1994, Kats and her husband, Ilya Utkin, moved to the U.S. from Moscow and currently live in Dublin. Utkin began work at The Ohio State University while Kats earned a master of arts degree in choral conducting and a master of music degree in piano pedagogy. She is now the founder and director of the Columbus International Children’s Choir, Columbus International Community Choir, Columbus Music 42 • October/November 2019

and Art Academy, and the Central Ohio Singing Competition. The CMA accepts children ages 4 through 18, with the youngest students singing in the Sunny Smiles Choir and the Creative Notes Choir. Children explore their singing voices and gain the confidence to sing alone and with others. They also learn proper posture, breathing techniques and how to follow a conductor. Dublin resident Hanrui Xu began taking piano lessons with Kats when he was 8 and tried choir as well. “I didn’t think I would be very good or enjoy it, but eight years later, I still play piano and travel with the highest level vocalise choir,” says Xu, laughing. “You can definitely improve with practice and vocal exercises. Everyone can use more music in their life.”

The vocalize choir is an advanced, select choir for grades eight through 12 and requires an audition. This group travels on yearly national and international concert tours and performs the most advanced repertoire. Xu, now a junior at Columbus Academy, is a big fan of Vocalize and its travel opportunities. In 2016 he joined Kats and her choir groups in Italy, where they explored Venice, Florence, Milan, and Rome. The highlight was performing at mass at the center altar of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. Summer 2019 brought the choir to Ireland where they sang in multiple locations such as St. Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick and Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin. Fifty-five children and adults made the trip and enjoyed visiting the Cliffs of Moher and the Rock of Cashel.  One of Xu’s favorite experiences was visiting and singing in Washington in 2016. Earlier in the day, the vocalize choir had a tour of the U.S. Capital, met Ohio Senator Rob Portman and performed for Congress. Twenty-five of the students were invited to shake hands with and sing a private concert for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. “At one point the president thought we were finished with our song and started clapping too early. He was embarrassed and started laughing and hid behind his wife,” says Xu. “It was really funny.”  Brittaney Jin is a senior at Dublin Coffman High School and has been studying piano and voice with Kats since she was 6. Jin recently finished the 10th level of piano, which is the final step before professional, and sings in the hamber and vocalize choirs. Her 14-year-old sister, Christina, plays violin, piano and is in choir

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as well. One of their favorite trips was performing at the World Choir Games in South Africa in 2016. “There are opening and closing ceremonies, a parade of nations where you walk with your flag, and a presentation by the home country,” explains Kats. “We took 90 people on that trip, including 65 students, and came home with two gold medals: one in youth choir and one in musica sacra, or sacred music.” The students all say they loved the sense of community and learning about the many cultures at the WCG. “You could feel the energy,” says Jin. “In South Africa they have dance and movement associated with all of their music, which was great to experience because we don’t have that. Afterward, we taught them dances from popular U.S. culture.” In summer 2020, the WCG are in Belgium and Kats plans to bring the same number of singers to compete. Since The Columbus Music and Art Academy is a non-profit, it is planning fundraisers throughout the year to create scholarships for students with financial need. In addition to teaching singing and instruments, the school offers music theory and teaches skills such as harmony and ear-training, sight singing, reading music, and visual art. “There are so many benefits to learning art and music that can help in other areas of your life,” says Kats. Its website,, mentions getting exposure to foreign languages through songs, developing the confidence to perform on stage, and increasing self-discipline and responsibility.  “Tatiana is extra passionate and super detail-oriented,” says Jin. “She meticulously goes through tons of songs to find the right ones that will be accepted for the World Choir Games and still be fun for us to learn.” “Tatiana is so dedicated and keeps us at the top competition level with just one Saturday practice per week,” Christina says. “It’s true,” adds Jins. “I wouldn’t want to spend my Saturday any other way.”

Colleen D’Angelo is a freelance writer who lives in Dublin with her husband, three children and several small animals. She enjoys playing tennis, walking the Dublin bike paths and traveling.


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