AC in the News – 2017

Posted on February 2nd, 2017 by klapa

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December 4th, 2017

Family gives back after getting gift from ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’

AC’s participation in the Cheerio Challenge was highlighted in this WHEC television news story. After being featured on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the Wests, a local family who started the non-profit organization Champions of Change, put out a challenge to collect as many boxes of Cheerios as they could and AC was delighted to take on that challenge. Click here to see!

November 24th, 2017

Honor Roll featuring AC’s Empty Bowls Event

Channel 8 news featured AC’s Empty Bowls project on a recent Honor Roll segment. Sponsored by AC’s Middle School Ceramics class, the event will feature an auction of hand-made ceramics and art to benefit a charity that works to fight hunger.

November 16th, 2017

Allendale Columbia Celebrates Thanksgiving

AC’s Food Service Team carried on their annual tradition of treating AC students, faculty, and staff to an early Thanksgiving meal at school. To feed the entire school, the team prepared 240 pounds of roasted turkey, 80 pounds of local organic sweet potatoes, 30 pounds cranberry sauce, 5 gallons of gravy, and 500 pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Click herehere, and here to see!

October 19th, 2017

Allendale Columbia students hold bake sale to raise money for Puerto Rico relief efforts

AC’s Community Service Club organized a bake sale to raise money for Mrs. Roman’s hometown in Puerto Rico. Mrs. Roman, who is a member of AC’s food services team, has family in Salinas, Puerto Rico, including a cousin who is the mayor of the town. Of the town’s 31,000 residents, 4,000 lost their homes during the recent hurricane. Click here to see coverage on WROC and click here to see coverage on 13WHAM.

October 16th, 2017

RIT grad makes the most of her opportunities

AC graduate and Associate Director of Admissions, Shelby Hill ’08, is featured in this Fast Start article from the Rochester Business Journal. The article discusses Shelby’s 15 years as a student at AC, her enrollment in RIT’s journalism program, co-op experiences in L.A. and path back to Rochester that ultimately led her to seize an opportunity to work at AC!

In addition, she was interviewed on 98PXY’s Morning Show, Team PXY with Carter and Corey! Click below to listen to the compressed version.

For the full version of Shelby’s interview, click through to 98PXY’s web page: RBJ Fast Start: Shelby Hill.

October 4th, 2017

Blue/White Day at Allendale Columbia School

We had a fantastic Blue/White Day celebration, and students of all ages were able to get outside and enjoy the festivities. Fox Rochester, WROC, and 13WHAM covered the event – combined these news stories have already reached more than a half million people! Click the following links to see the coverage as we share this long-standing tradition with the Rochester community and beyond:

WROC Television News Story
Fox Rochester
 and 13WHAM Pictures of the Day
WROC Tweet
13WHAM Tweet


October 29th, 2017

Getting the right faculty is paramount for private schools

AC was featured in this Rochester Business Journal article that discusses hiring and talent acquisition practices at a few local schools and includes comments from Head of School Mick Gee and AC’s Director of STEM, Innovation, and Research, Maya Crosby, as well as a photo of Maya.

Midtown Spirit Magazine
Member Profile: Kristin Cocquyt 

Fall 2017

Krisitin Cocquyt, AC’s College Advisor, is featured in this Member Profile in Midtown Spirit Magazine. In the article, she discusses her personal and professional background, and her work to help AC students find colleges that are the right match for them each year. Click here to read more!

Seniors Welcome Students Back to First Day of School at Allendale Columbia in Pittsford
September 6th, 2017

Spectrum News joined us as AC’s Class of 2017 welcomed all students back to campus for the first day of school. Students said it was a tradition started by the graduating class before them, that they wanted to continue. Click here to see!

Many Voices, Many Visions: Allendale Columbia Summer LEAP
August 25th, 2017

Mick Gee, Head of School, and Lindsey Brown, Director of Summer LEAP, participated in this interview with Norma Holland about AC’s Summer LEAP Program. Designed to help prevent summer learning loss, the program has grown from 40 to 75 students since it started a few years ago, with plans to continue to grow each year. Click here to see!

Extraordinary People: Teacher Keeps Kids Learning During Summer Months
August 16th, 2017

Lindsey Brown, Director of Summer LEAP, is featured in this “Extraordinary People” segment on WROC Channel 8. She states that she has her dream job and loves seeing, “the academic gains they’ve made, the friendships they’ve made, and the growth in [the]  faculty and staff in terms of reaching their teaching potential.” Click here to see!

Connections with Evan Dawson: Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program
August 7th, 2017

Ariane Baer-Harper, AC’s Director of Global Engagement, has developed a partnership with Rochester Global Connections to bring students from the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) to campus for AC’s Global Leadership Program August 2nd-15th. The program was recently featured on WXXI’s Connections with Evan Dawson radio show and AC 12th grader and Global Engagement Scholar Emily Atieh was interviewed along with two Iraqi students and the Executive Director of Rochester Global Connections, Cecelia Hencke. Click here to listen to the show!

Four Ways to Keep Your Children Engaged this Summer
July 20th, 2017

Martha Bjorklund, Assistant Head of Lower School, provides insight into how parents can make the summer a fun and productive time in this article, which was published on Kids Out and About. She says, “Parents should take advantage of the extra time they have with their children to create memorable and valuable activities their children will remember for years.” Click here to read the full article.

Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program Broadens Global Connections in Rochester this Summer
June 20th, 2017

Talker of the Town featured AC’s Ariane Baer-Harper, who is collaborating with the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program and Rochester Global Connections on a Global Connections Leadership Academy this summer. The article highlights the broadening global connections in Rochester, some of the partnerships Ariane has fostered, and the offerings she’s bringing to our community. Click here to read more!

Many Voices, Many Visions: Allendale Columbia
June 11th, 2017

Norma Holland’s show, Many Voices, Many Visions, featured Ariane Baer-Harper, AC’s Director of Global Engagement, and Emily Atieh, member of AC’s Class of 2018, who talked about AC’s Center for Global Engagement, experiences from international trips that have been offered to AC students, and the connections they’ve been able to build. Please click here to see the coverage!

RBTL Hosts Annual Stars of Tomorrow Ceremony and Sends Students to New York City
May 16th and 26th, 2017

Rochester Broadway Theater League recently held its 19th annual Stars of Tomorrow recognition ceremony to celebrate high school musical theater programs in the Greater Rochester area. AC’s “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” received outstanding acting ensemble, student orchestra, singing ensemble, and musical production. Jessica Matrachisia received outstanding supporting actress for her role as “Charlotte,” and Catherine Kennedy, “Ella,” and Rebecca McQuilken, “Marie,” each earned outstanding leading actress. Click here and here to read more!

AC’s Robotics Team
May 11th, 2017

The Daily Messenger published a series of photos along with captions to highlight AC’s participation in the VEX Worlds Robotics Competition in Louisville, Kentucky this spring. The competition provided a fantastic experience for our students, and included teams from more than 25 countries. Click here to see!

Woman to Watch Amy Oliveri Thrives on Seeking Out What Matters
May 7th, 2017

The Democrat and Chronicle highlighted AC’s Amy Oliveri in its Women to Watch series, which features outstanding young women who are community servants and rising stars in the Rochester area. Amy’s curiosity has proven to be invaluable in her position as the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at AC. The program’s objective is to help students learn about the real world through various learning opportunities, including partnerships with local, national, and international businesses and organizations — giving students skills that can be utilized after graduation. Click here to read more!

Innovation Day at Allendale Columbia
May 4th, 2017

13WHAM featured AC’s Innovation Day during a recent “Bright Spot” segment. The day included students starting a podcast, making maple syrup, and presenting business ideas and products to local entrepreneurs. Click here to see!

Perfect Day to Fly a Kite Learn About Weather at Allendale Columbia
May 3rd, 2017

13WHAM provided television coverage of this year’s Kite Day, a long-standing annual tradition at AC that combines fun with topics Lower School students are exploring. Click here to see!

Scholastic Art & Writing Competition
April 27th, 2017

AC students were recently honored by the Scholastic Art & Writing Competition for their artwork, with eight students receiving a gold key. The Post highlighted artwork by AC students Garrett Wilson, Madeleine Gee, Middy Vella, and Alivia Martin. Click here to see their work!

Bright Spot: Dixon Schwabl and its Tutoring of Students
March 29th, 2017

13WHAM highlighted AC students Garrett Wilson and Chase Franz during a recent Bright Spot segment. The boys collaborated with Dixon Schwabl’s Brand Journalist to co-create a video about Summer LEAP. The video was also submitted to a national video contest organized by USA Today with prizes of a $100,000 and $50,000 grant. Click here to see the Bright Spot coverage!

National Science Teachers Association Announces Recipients of its 2017 Teacher Awards Program
March 27th, 2017

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) announced the winners of the 2017 NSTA Teacher Awards program and S.T.E.M. teacher Donna Chaback won an award. More than 110 media outlets picked up this story; click here to see!

Science Bowl Competition
March 1st, 2017 highlighted AC’s Science Bowl team as part of its Honor Roll coverage on the 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. news as they prepared to compete at the Regional Science Bowl. Click here to see!

NAIS Innovation Lab

Year-End Collaborative Program Relieves Stress, Re-Energizes School Community
February 15th, 2017

The National Association of Independent Schools highlighted AC’s May Term in this article, explaining that the program enables students and teachers to explore new topics and collaborate in exciting ways.  Click here to read more!

Combating College Application Stress
February 6th, 2017

Head of School Mick Gee and Counselor Rebeka Radna-Crasta were interviewed on Good Day Rochester about the college application process. During the segment they shared tips for helping teens cope with any stress and anxiety that may accompany this process. Click here to watch!

Allendale Columbia Students Present Fifth Annual TEDx
February 4th, 2017

This television news story showcased AC students as they presented their fifth annual TEDxAllendaleColumbiaSchool event. During the event, a series of speakers, including students and community members, offered their insights about connecting with others and sharing experiences, often in unexpected ways. Click here to see!

LLE Research Lands Local Teens in Semifinals
for National Science Competition
January 23rd, 2017

Two local teens have earned recognition in the prestigious Regeneron Science Talent Search (formerly the Intel Science Talent Search) for research projects they carried out last summer at the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE). AC senior Nathan Morse is among the 300 semifinalists nationwide chosen from more than 1,700 who entered the competition. Click here to read more!

TEDx Rochester Returns to Illuminate
January 12th, 2017

TEDxAllendaleColumbiaSchool is mentioned as one of the TEDx events taking place in the Rochester area in this Democrat and Chronicle article about the return of TEDxRochester. Click here to read the full story!

Victor Resident Joins Allendale Columbia School
January 12th, 2017

This article announces John Palomaki’s appointment as Allendale Columbia School’s development and communications associate. In this role, John is responsible for managing the donor database, gift processing, research, reports, and the development and implementation of a social media plan to extend AC’s reach and engagement online. Click here to read more!


We’re doing so many exciting and interesting things here at AC and look forward to sharing more media coverage with you in the future!

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