We are excited to announce that our new Chaplain for the 2017-18 school year is Esequias Perea! He comes to us from just across the street at Campion Church, where he was working as the Youth Pastor.
Pastor Esequias comes to Campion Academy with fresh ideas and enthusiasm for teaching students about knowing Jesus and showing Jesus to the world. Along with teaching Freshman and Senior Bible, Pastor Esequias will orchestrate our Senior Survival, Weeks of Prayer, Wildfire, Fusion, Sparks, Vespers and Sabbath School, along with our community outreach projects.
We look forward to witnessing how the Lord blesses Pastor Esequias and Campion Academy!
THIS SUMMER WE ARE STARTING A 2-DAY VOLLEYBALL CAMP!
WHEN IS IT? JULY 30-31, 2017
WHERE IS IT? CAMPION GYM
HOW MUCH IS IT? ONLY $50!
WHO IS IT FOR? FEMALE STUDENTS GOING INTO 9-12 GRADE IN THE FALL
WHAT ARE THE TIMES? 9AM-12PM, 1PM - 4PM (AN HOUR BREAK FOR PROVIDED LUNCH)
THE CAMP WILL FOCUS ON:
WHERE DO I SIGN UP?!
At Campion Academy, we are excited to introduce our new Vice Principal of Academics, Kent Kast. Kent has taught at Campion for six years, beginning in the fall of 2011. He currently teaches Chemistry, Physics, and Calculus, which he will continue to teach along with this new promotion. As the new VP of Academics, Kent will work closely with the Administrative Staff at Campion on envisioning what the future of academics will look like at the school, and seeing those visions through. He will organize and participate in teacher evaluations and professional development for our teachers, as well as ensuring academic excellence at Campion and certifying that all of our graduating seniors have completed the necessary courses.
“Kent is such a great person to work with. He is kind and giving, and always makes time for his students. He is involved in music and outdoor club as well, which helps him develop relationships with all of our students on campus. I appreciate Kent’s kind spirit and positive attitude, and I am looking forward to working directly with Kent in the years to come.” –Sherry Hay, Registrar
“Kent comes into this position as VP of Academics with 30 years of experience. Not only has he been a teacher of many different grade levels, he also has experience as principal, and we are excited to have him be a part of our Administrative Team. What I appreciate about Kent is that if there is a need on our campus, he is willing to fill it.” –Don Reeder, Principal
We all end up finding something at mountain church. Some people find time for a siesta in a hammock; others can find an adventure with friends. But for all of us, we came together and found Jesus. Finding Jesus was the theme of the service this last Sabbath. It’s a tradition at Campion to have the Junior class lead out the service at mountain church. This year, they decided to take the theme Finding Jesus quite literally.
“It’s strange to think that this would be my last mountain church. I can’t imagine not coming here again next year, it seems like those rocky trails always bring me home.” –Celine Lumowa
After the song service, Pastor Rob led everyone out with a quick game of Bible trivia where all the classes were competing against each other. The winners of each game got to go on ahead and begin The Search for Jesus. The Junior class officers had spread out all around GVR and each class had to find them all. Each officer had a clue as to where to find another officer. The search ended at GVR’s watchtower. When we got there, we found Alex Messersmith dressed as Jesus. Jesus (Alex) told each class to perform a skit where someone in the end finds Him.
When the skits were over, we had lunch and they let us go and explore. The mountains are an amazing place where many of us go to just enjoy God’s creations and forget about the struggles of everyday life. For many seniors, including myself, who don’t live in Colorado, this would probably be the last time we would head up to GVR.
Mountain church was truly a blessing and I’m sure all the students think the same thing.
“I loved mountain church because I could really feel the presence of God. And it was a great opportunity to spend time with my friends in nature.” –Natalie Boonstra
Randy Maldonado is a senior at Campion Academy.
The annual sophomore trip to Utah, Moab took place this last week starting on Wednesday and returning on Sunday. Filled with hiking, white water rafting, laughing with friends and singing songs around a fire, the sophomores greatly enjoyed this big adventure. Having worship in the morning before they started their activities for the day, and at night before bed, Mr. Kast walked the students through God’s creation of Earth day by day. The sophomore class got to experience first-hand God’s beautiful creation as they took hikes with breathtaking views and white water rafting down the Colorado River.
“Rafting was fun!” Says Ethan Gueck.
“Moab was a great opportunity for our class to bond. We had to work as a team and help each other out. Even fun activities like river rafting required teamwork. It was a fun trip,” said sophomore, Sydney Michalenko.
Not only was this trip filled with adventurous activities, but the sophomores were put in environment where they could learn more about God and form stronger friendships.
Faith Paden mentioned, “I think our class has always needed something like Moab to bond us a little better. Going on this trip made up for all the stressful labs and late nights. I had a really fun time and I think that because of this trip we got to know how awesome our sponsors (the Santana’s) are. This trip helped me appreciate my class and my teachers so much more.”
Moab was just the starting point for the sophomore class to grow in their relationship with God and each other.
Samantha Nielsen is a senior at Campion Academy.
Despite the lobster red sunburn and sand in places we didn't know we had, this year’s senior class trip was a blast! On April 25, we packed up and headed out West to the beautiful state of California. We were blessed to be able to stay at the Chase Suite hotel in Brea, CA.
Once we were settled in the first day, we traveled to downtown Los Angeles to the Walt Disney Concert Hall for the Phil Harmonic Duet performance. The music was truly beautiful and the talent was awe-inspiring; although after 36 hours of being awake it was hard to keep our eyes open.
“As a musician myself, it was amazing to just sit back and admire the talent of the performers. Regardless of how difficult it was to stay awake, the music was beautifully intricate and mystifying.” –Michelle Hebard
Beach day came next. We woke up bright and early to spend the day at Newport Beach. My class and I had the time of our lives boogie boarding and shopping in the cute little shops in town. That afternoon, we boarded the Newport Legacy and set out on the ocean. Almost instantly, five massive Grey Whales appeared near the coast. The captain informed us of how lucky we were to have seen this many whales together at once.
The entire trip was filled with nostalgia thinking about our high school life, but the true nostalgia and magic reappeared as we entered the gates of Disneyland. I had never been, but when the sun went down and the lights came on and it was purely magical.
“Going to Disneyland was a huge part of my childhood and getting to relive it with my class made me realize that no matter how old I may get, there is still a Disney loving kid within me”-Chantelle Bravatti
My favorite day of the trip was Sabbath. We had a short but powerful church service and then spent the rest of the day soaking in the sun, boogie boarding on the waves, and walking along the beach.
“Boogie boarding was a new experience, and I had a lot of fun trying to not die in the waves.” –Caleb Anthony
“The waves gave students of all abilities challenges and excitement.” – Glen O’Halloran
This trip was unforgettable and made for a fantastic finishing touch to our high school life. We came even closer as a class and made more memories that we will keep forever.
“Senior year is closing. Very soon, my nostalgia will bring me back to strolling the happiest place in earth and, riding the waves, and singing by the pool.”- Celine Lumowa
Chelsey Bankhead is a senior at Campion Academy.
Academy Days this year was a complete success. Our campus was filled with around 100 students and sponsors from all over who have an interest in attending our school. Students learned to never stop exploring God’s world and to always use Him as their compass. The perspective students participated in many activities that had arctic, mountain, jungle, and desert themes such as rock climbing, building igloos, and decorating African masks. On Sabbath, students had the chance to go hike in Colorado’s beautiful nature. The weekend ended with a soccer game of Campion students vs. academy day students.
“My academy days experience was awesome. Experiencing dorm-life, gym activities, and seeing how everyone is treated like family were the highlights for me.” Says Julian Coria, an 8th grader from Utah.
Our Student Association (SA) was honored to be apart of helping out in this big weekend along with our staff and Ms. Jessica Rios, our recruiter. Our campus was thrilled to have guests from all over join us for a long weekend. Rebekah Cunningham said, “Academy Days was eye-opening because all of the young people who were so respectful.” It was a delightful experience not only for the perspective students, but also for our own high school students.
“I loved Academy Days because it was an excellent experience for me to bond with the girls who stayed in my room. I saw Jesus through the kids by how polite they were and it reminded me to enjoy Campion because of how excited they were to be here.”
Our campus is looking forward to having many new students next year.
Rayna Williams is a senior at Campion Academy.
Thanks to Journey to the Cross, this Easter at Campion Academy was truly one to remember. Most of us have heard the story of Jesus dying on the cross and raising from the dead three days later. It’s a beautiful love story about Jesus’s passion for His people and the sacrifice He was willing to make to bring us back to heaven with Him someday.
Journey to the Cross is an excellent opportunity to go and experience what it might've been like in those times. It's a chance to not only hear about why we celebrate Easter, but to see it too! A skit was performed about every hour depicting the fight between the devil and God when Jesus died on the cross, and when He rose again. It was truly moving and showed how deep God’s love is for us that He would send His Son to die. Jesus was really felt in the Campion gym this past Sabbath.
“Journey to the Cross was cool, I went three times, and it really reminded me about how much Jesus sacrificed himself for all of us.” –Abbie Proudfoot (senior)
“It was an eye opening experience that helped me see how amazing Jesus’s resurrection was.” –Kelby Eickmann (junior)
Natalie Boonstra is a senior at Campion Academy.
With many questions asked of who killed certain individuals that night, the clues left behind were enough to discover the mystery person and the motive behind their murderous actions.
Junior/Senior banquet was held at Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano in Loveland, CO. The restaurant provided a great meal for us along with some ongoing entertainment for the night. The evening was filled with laughter and mystery, as professional performers came and acted out a murder mystery, providing us with a little amusement while we enjoyed our dinner. Lauren Fry, a member of the junior class commented, “The dinner was unexpectedly funny and entertaining!”
A couple of students got the chance to be involved in this murder mystery, myself being one of them. Each one of us picked a seat at the table to sit at and wrote down a fake name on name tags. Throughout the evening performance, we were no longer ourselves but instead the new person whose name we had written down on our name tag.
Remington Hill, Jordi Obregon, Kent Ballard and I had to answer some questions about the murder to see if we were to be accused guilty of the crime. The two detectives that night worked hard to help us identify the murderer. A big congratulations goes to Madison Floyd for revealing the identity of the murderer!
It was a night full of laughter, mystery and good food that helped us create some memories that will last forever. Big thanks to the performers for coming out!
Priscila Garcia is a senior at Campion Academy