Lisa Ling, the first female host and correspondent of the National Geographic series, Explorer, will speak to Columbus Academy students Nov. 12. Later that day, Ling will speak at the fifth annual Celebration of Leadership event, hosted and sponsored by school parents Abigail and Les Wexner.

Lisa Ling, the first female host and correspondent of the National Geographic series, Explorer, will speak to Columbus Academy students Nov. 12. Later that day, Ling will speak at the fifth annual Celebration of Leadership event, hosted and sponsored by school parents Abigail and Les Wexner.

Ling is the fifth guest speaker in CA's annual Fund Celebration of Leadership Series. Others were Sam Donaldson (2004), John Walsh (2005), Cal Ripken Jr. (2006) and Christopher Gardner (2007).

The Gahanna Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the city of Gahanna and the Gahanna Senior Center, will host a health and fitness fair from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 13 at the senior center, 480 Rocky Fork Boulevard.

The Conservatory of Piano celebrated September as National Piano Month at the first annual National Piano Month Festival.

The festival featured two concerts performed by central Ohio pianists of all ages. The concerts were held Sept. 21 and 28, in the recital hall at Graves Piano and Organ.

Gahanna residents who participated in the festival were: Taylor Hay, Connor Mautz, Kelsey Mautz, Lisa Ball and Michelle Lai.

For the third time in six years, Columbus Academy has produced a state AP Scholar. Alex Tomko, who graduated this year, received the honor in the College Board's Advanced Placement program.

With a 4.81 average on 14 college-level AP exams in May, the current Harvard University freshman joined Gary Zhang (2007) and Kishore Jiyanti (2003) as recent CA winners of the state AP Scholar award, which is granted to one male and one female student in each U.S. state with grades of 3.0 or higher on the greatest number of AP exams and with the highest average grade on all AP exams taken.

By earning an average grade of 4.0 or higher on a 5-point scale on all AP exams and grades of 4.0 of higher on eight or more exams, Tomko joined current CA senior Krupa Harishankar and fellow 2008 graduates Yamini Jadcherla, Joe Kelley, Will Petrie, Justin Richmond-Decker, Kirun Sankaran, Karen Sullivan, Holly Tu, Nate Vonder Haar and Joey Yang as national AP Scholars.

In all, Columbus Academy had 81 students earn the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in 2008. Of those students who performed exceptionally well, 41 were named AP Scholars with Distinction and nine earned AP Scholar with Honor.

Columbus Academy, founded in 1911, is an independent coeducational college-preparatory day school in Gahanna.