Music is in the air…students are in the gym.
The Rocky Mountain Conference Music Festival was held this past weekend from Thursday, March 23 through Saturday, March 25. This festival brought together students and sponsors from over 15 schools in the Rocky Mountain Conference and beyond. The director of this year’s festival, Yves Clouzet, had some thoughts on the weekend’s events,
“The reason this festival happens is to give students from smaller schools, who may not have a formal music program, an experience of singing and playing challenging but fun music.”
This festival was the combined effort of over 150 hours of planning from countless sponsors and music directors. This year’s choral director was Dr. Jonathan Wall from Southwestern Adventist University. Mr. Leandro Bizama (Mile High Academy) directed the band and Mr. Yves Clouzet (Campion Academy) conducted the strings ensemble.
Of the students involved, most were in 5th through 8th grade and were joined by the Campion Mountain Echoes Choir, as well as a few other high school students. Remington Hill, a participant in the festival, was asked about her thoughts on the event. Her take away from the weekend was a positive one:
“Dr. Wall was very talented and good with the kids. Other schools were able to see Campion as welcoming, which may encourage them to choose to attend Campion for their high school years.”
Caleb Anthony is a senior at Campion Academy.
Going to Peru was everything and more I wished to have on a mission trip. On my previous two mission trips I never felt like I really truly helped anyone, but going to Peru changed that. We did construction, deconstruction, Vacation Bible School (VBS), and dental work. On previous mission trips all we did was construction. The whole experience was amazing, but it was the dental and VBS that really opened my eyes to the compassion and kindness possible through the little things.
When I signed up for VBS I thought I was just signing up for arts and crafts. When I got to Peru though I was told I was doing drama. I hate being up front, whether I have to speak or not. Thankfully in drama I was merely an actor portraying the narrator’s story. I was pretty nervous my first day but it got so easy once I saw the kids. They were so excited and attentive to watch us act. They didn't care whether I messed up or not; they were ready to be entertained. Watching the kids’ faces light up as we acted out Bible stories was a blessing all in itself.
My favorite moment of VBS though was during arts and crafts, when we would all sit on the ground and help the kids color. I was helping a little girl and her brother Cade glue cotton balls onto a cut-out cloud. He didn't speak any English and I had already used up all the Spanish I knew. We stared at each other somewhat lost and I could tell he was becoming bored. I grabbed a fluffy cotton ball and tossed it at the little boy. We literally sat there the next 10-15 minutes just throwing cotton balls back and forth between each other. I was amazed we were able to laugh so much and connect over something so simple. We couldn't talk to each other but I was able to create a memory that will forever be in my heart.
Cadence Wright is a senior at Campion Academy.
Campion Academy hosts the annual Music Festival March 23-25 during which academy, public school, and homeschool students from all over Rocky Mountain Conference gather for 2 days of music instruction and concerts.
Clinicians Yves Clouzet, Music Department Director at Campion Academy, Jonathan Wall, Director of Choral Studies at Southwestern Adventist University, and Leandro Bizama, Director of Music at Mile High Academy, will direct string orchestra, choir, and band ensembles this year.
Campion Academy’s Outdoor Club took 11 students to Copper mountain for a three-day ski trip during the first week of March. Tommy Eickmann, a junior at Campion Academy, has been going for three years. He said, “It’s nice to take a short break from school and enjoy God’s playground.”
The students also got a chance to minister on Sabbath morning by providing the worship service at the Leadville Seventh-day Adventist church. The students led song service and senior Steven DeMaio got the unique opportunity to preach. “I felt blessed that I got to help people in another church get closer to God through my words,” said Steven.
After church service, the students had the opportunity to have some fun sledding. Then on the following ski days, they learned new tricks and experienced new terrain. They bonded and learned more from each other. They also got to know one another better while spending time in the condos.
The annual ski trip has been a longstanding tradition at Campion and this is Kent Kast’s 6th year sponsoring the trip. “This trip is important because it introduces students to a life skill that will provide hours of recreation for many years to come,” he said. “It provides an outlet to the stresses of school and work outside of the competitive world of organized sports.”
Students are encouraged to sign up for the ski trip at the beginning of the year. One of the perks of signing up early is that they get a huge discount. The ski trip is open to anyone, no matter the skill level. Students feel blessed to have the opportunity to go on this trip.
Blake Unsell is a senior at Campion Academy
Campion senior Caleb Anthony recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank awarded in the Boy Scouts of America program, and one earned by only 2% of Scouts since its inception in 1912. Earning the Eagle Scout award took Caleb 6 years and included earning over 30 merit badges, leading the 65 Scouts in Greeley’s Troop 247 as their Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) for one year, and designing and implementing an Eagle Scout Service Project. In addition, a Board of Review interviewed Caleb and checked his character references, leadership history, and other parts of his scouting career. “It feels good to join such a small, dedicated group of teenagers that really want to make a difference,” he says.
Caleb’s service project involved conservation work—building and installing 8 bat houses at Campion. He knows this area is ideal habitat for bats and hopes they will lower the insect population here on campus. Look for them this summer when they return from their winter home!
February 17- 24, Campion held its third annual Wildfire, a student-led evangelistic series covering topics such as the Sabbath, what happens when we die, and heaven. Each night began with student-led praise songs, a welcome, prayer time and introduction, and then a wonderful sermon. Junior Lauren Fry really enjoyed the whole process, “I was blessed by this year’s Wildfire by the music, speakers, and people coming together to praise God.”
The series was held at the Loveland church, which allowed for a close-knit family feeling. “Sitting there every night next to my friends and listening to my peers preach made me feel happy and like a family,” said senior Jacey Johnson.
Throughout the series, student presenters made several appeals and two calls for baptism. Junior Kelby Eickmann was especially impressed by the call and those who responded. “It was inspiring; it was cool to see how people became brave and went outside of their comfort zone because that’s how much they wanted Jesus.”
Wildfire is always something students, teachers, and parents look forward to. We can't wait to see what next year’s Wildfire will bring!
Cori Nelson is a senior & Jennifer Sigler is an English teacher at Campion Academy
What a time it is to be a Campion Cougar! The lady Cougars proudly took home the Union College basketball tournament championship trophy for the 2nd year in a row last weekend, February 18-19. The boys' team also played with passion and courage, and they represented the Cougars well Saturday night.
Junior basketball player Jordyn Hammond says there is more to tournament than just winning, “Winning tournament for the second year in a row made me feel grateful for the amazing team I have. It goes way beyond just basketball--knowing my teammates have my back.”
Many of us have been going to tournament for a few years now, but for some it's their very first time. Junior Angie Cedano said, “I enjoyed being able to just play some friendly basketball against other Christian schools and at the end being able to win tournament while getting to know my teammates better.”
Union tournament is not only a time to compete, it’s a time to create bonds with other schools. As varsity guard Isaac Segura stated, “Union tournament was a cool experience because I got to meet people from Pohnpei island and just get the chance to hang out with people from Union.”
As athletes participate in the tournament year after year, seniors eventually face the fact that it will be the last time they play with their team. Senior Jay Mamanua states, “The thought of this being my last time playing in the tournament clouded my mind for the last few months. Breaking my arm gave me a different perspective of Union tournament. It helped me see that it went far beyond basketball, and sometimes the memories created will go far beyond winning a trophy. "
The Union College basketball tournament closes the season for the year. Thank you for all those who supported the teams at the Union College tournament and those who watched online.
Chantelle Bravatti is a senior at Campion Academy
photos: Union College Facebook page