Coming to Campion Academy was by no means an easy decision. I am from Texas and grew up attending a day academy that only went to 10th grade, so I knew that I would need to find a new school to attend by my junior year of high school. I had heard of Campion from my cousin Cori who graduated from Campion, so I visited last year, along with 4 other schools that I was considering.
I’m not very good at making decisions and kept putting it off into the summer. I would pray about it every once in awhile but late June was when I really began praying hard. I had considered the pros and cons of all the schools I was considering, but I knew it would really come down to where God wanted me to be. Little signs started showing up and I just had this feeling that I would have a family at Campion and that it was the right place to go.
So, I jumped in and I went with my gut, and I haven’t regretted it ever since.
The small things I was concerned about have worked themselves out, and I believe Campion is providing me with the opportunities that I desired. Music is a huge part of my life, and now I get to work in the Music Department, participate in the programs I enjoy, and be involved with music in worship services at both the church and school. I feel very blessed to have these opportunities that allow me to grow my talents and use them to serve. Getting involved is the best way to adjust to a new place and that is why I think I have found my place here so quickly.
I have also found a family here at Campion. Never in my life had I moved to a new place and needed to start over with new people; and to be honest I was quite scared. Even then, there has yet to be a day where I have felt alone, excluded, or unloved. I have met some people here that I believe will be in my life for a very long time, and it’s hard for me to imagine my life without them. Being away from home is hard, but I have found a family in my new friends and the staff that makes it a lot easier.
Now don’t get me wrong, no school is perfect, and that includes Campion, but I truly believe that God is working in this place. He knew exactly where I needed to be and where my talents could be put to use for Him. These past few months have put my faith to the test, but it has only proven to me how real God is in my life and that He has a plan for all of us. If we allow Him to lead in our lives, He will reveal His plan for us and take us to places we never thought we could go.
[article written by Josie]
I recently returned from an international recruiting trip to Asia. My travels took me to South Korea, China, and Nepal, which included visiting elementary, middle school, and high schools, students, agents, former acquaintances and making new friends and contacts. Throughout this and my several previous visits to Korea and China, the intent has been to develop and nurture relationships, with the desire that they will yield potential Campion students in the near future. In China, I was able to meet up with former Campion student, Gabbi Joya (class of ’15) who has been in China for the past 2 years studying Chinese and currently working towards an economics major. Gabbi sends her greetings to her Campion family!
This trip also included a first time visit to Nepal, which was an eye opening experience as it relates to the cultural differences between the US and the local Nepal life styles. I can honestly say that we are truly blessed here in the US and it has changed my perspective on my approach to appreciating the blessings God has given us here locally.
My main contact in Nepal was another Campion student graduate, Samira Sigdel (class of ’12). Samira arrived at Campion Academy with no knowledge of Christianity. After attending Campion for two years, she received her business degree at Union College, worked for a short time at the Littleton Adventist Hospital, and then returned home to be with her family in Nepal. She currently is the Development & Communication director at Scheer Memorial Adventist Hospital in Nepal. Samira and her family were excellent hosts as they escorted me around the local Kathmandu sights, into the beautiful mountain countryside’s, through several Buddhist temples, and allowing me to experience living as the locals do.
As I took a tour through the Scheer Memorial Adventist Hospital, I could not help but see the tremendous work the staff is doing, while working under extremely harsh conditions. As the hospital staff works on providing quality medical care to the local people, they are doing so with very limited resources. After meeting with the Chief Operating Officer, Jonathon Thorp, as well as with Samira, I could see their desire to improve and upgrade their facilities. I left the hospital with a desire to share their story and to get the word out about their needs. Attached is a letter from the hospital that describes some of the projects they need funds for in order to move forward. If you have a desire to help, you may submit your donation, large or small, to me at Campion Academy and we will forward it on to the hospital. I am extremely proud of Samira and the work she has chosen to do!
Also, please keep Campion Academy and all our students and staff (current and former) in your prayers as they continue to go throughout the world to share Christ. In addition to your prayers, Campion Academy is also in extreme need of tuition subsidy funds in order to continue providing quality Christian education and training to our current students. Donations may be sent to my attention at the address below. Your support is greatly needed and appreciated!
V.P. of Finance and International Representative
300 42nd Street SW
Loveland, CO 80537
This last week at Campion Academy students’ hearts were being changed every day during our Week of Prayer. Speaker Troy Beans, who was Campion’s Athletic Director on this campus for 20+ years, returned to a familiar campus and spoke to the students on the main topics of how to love yourself physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. We had twice-daily sessions of worship, once mid-morning and once in the evening, beginning on Monday, October 23 and ending on Friday, October 27. On Sabbath morning, the students participated in a beautiful Communion service that seemed like a perfect way to end such an extraordinary week.
Every time Mr. Beans spoke, students were drawn in by the truth and simplicity of his message.
One student commented, “I sometimes have a hard time paying attention in meetings, but as soon as I heard Mr. Beans talk, my focus was on what he was saying. The messages he gave us were definitely something I think all students our age needed to hear.”
The talk around campus throughout the week was nothing but positive as students anticipated each meeting. Mr. Beans even had the opportunity to speak to several Bible Classes during the week and spoke to the senior class about marriage and family.
It is always a special week on campus when a visitor comes to speak for Week of Prayer. It helps remind us to take a break from the busyness of school and life and refocus on what is truly important: spending time with Jesus. After a busy first quarter of school, this past week was just what we needed! We are already excited for the next Week of Prayer to come.
[written by Remington Hill, edited by Kelsey Cate]
This weekend, the Girls’ and Boys’ Dorm went on a little getaway (from schoolwork) to learn more about each other and learn more about God. Dorm retreat occurs in the beginning of the school year and serves as a good way for dorm students to get to know each other and take some time off from school work. This year, dorm retreat began on Friday, September 15, and went until Sunday, September 17. All village students were invited and encouraged to participate. This event brought many students together to hang out, take a break from school, and have a fun, relaxing weekend.
The theme for the Girls’ Dorm this school year is “Surrender”. A guest speaker named, Jenni shared her testimony to the girls and bonded with them as well. Friday night, the girls went outside for worship where lanterns and lights were set up. It was a very windy night but it didn’t stop the girls from worshipping.
Saturday, there were breakout sessions like crafts, games, and discussion. That afternoon, the girls went to the Greeley Church for a special concert that was given by a guest speaker for a women’s retreat. Saturday night, the girls got to hang out and watch a movie. On Sunday, the girls went on a mall trip to The Orchard to walk, shop, and hang out.
"I loved it! I loved how everyone got together and there wasn’t anything against anyone. What I got, is that no matter where you are on your Christian walk with Jesus, you can always surrender to him and not feel judged for anything you’ve done.” (Lauren Bravatti, Senior Village)
“I learned that you really have to pay attention to God and give time to him. My favorite part was Sabbath morning where we talked and ate together.” (Sorcha Knoetgen, Freshmen Dorm)
Mantown (the Men's dorm) had fun bonding this past weekend as well. On Friday, Pastor Daniel gave an amazing message to the boys. The next day, they traveled to GVR to relax and enjoy nature. It had a calm and relaxing atmosphere. Saturday night, they came back down and played capture the flag, campus wide! On Sunday, they played kiddie-pool kickball.
“My favorite thing during dorm retreat was jamming with my brothers up in the men’s chapel. It was cool that we were praising God as lightning was flashing outside. It was like peace in the storm.” (Austin Rotinsulu, Junior Dorm)
“My favorite part was capture the flag at night. It was fun to get everyone involved and have to work together to win. I learned that we’re all brothers!” (Erick Maldonado, Sophmore Dorm)
Dorm retreat was a success. Many students enjoyed the fun activities that were involved. They learned many valuable things with valuable people.
[article by Rachel Marpaung]
3Men's Soccer and Women's Volleyball are off to a great start this school year! We've got a phenomenal group of athletes in sports this year, which makes the entire experience such a joy to be a part of. Our Varsity Volleyball team participated in our annual Fall Classic Tournament, where we hosted four other schools on Friday, September 15. It was a day full of volleyball and teamwork. Our ladies fought hard and took second place out of the five teams.
Although Men's Soccer doesn't participate in a tournament until Union College's Invitational in October, it has not stopped them from playing hard! Varsity's standing record is 3-5, still with half of their season ahead of them.
All of our volleyball and basketball games are live streamed to Facebook, so make sure to tune in and cheer on the Cougars!
Just this last Saturday, Campion Academy had its annual Class Scramble event where the whole school comes together to participate in a little friendly competition. Class Scramble is a time where every student can come dressed up in their class color and participate in a scramble to get random items that Principle Don Reeder calls, to the middle of the gym. Every year students look forward to this event!
In preparation for Class Scramble, students look for anything they can find laying around their rooms or houses. Any item is helpful to their class, as Principal Reeder can call just about anything, such as zucchinis, a dog tag, a picture of the President, and just about anything you can possibly think of. As Principle Reeder calls an item, each class has a set of runners. The runner’s job is to get the item from their class’s corner to the middle of the gym as quickly as possible. Whichever runner makes it the middle of the gym with the item first, earns a point for their class.
“It was so much fun! We really bonded as a class and it was a lot of fun getting hyped with everyone!” – Ireland Anthony (Freshmen runner)
“I was honestly a little confused with the whole thing at the beginning. All l knew is that I had to dress up in blue and be there ready to run. But I thought it was really cool how they have this kind of event with friendly competition so students can participate in something fun.” –Erick Maldonado (Sophomore runner)
In between each quarter of the competition, SA prepared some fun games that students were able to participate in as well, such as shucking corn and balancing plates and bowls.
To begin with, the score was pretty balanced between the classes, but as the night went on and the time was ticking away the juniors started to pull ahead!
“I look forward to this event every year. As a scorekeeper it seems like a very simple task, but it is actually a lot of pressure. I have to be on the ball at all times, and get in the score quickly and correctly. I believe Class Scramble is the epitome of class bonding, and I know the students always enjoy it. It’s a lot of fun to see how each grade progresses throughout the years.” –Dean Johnson
In the third quarter the juniors were racking up points one after the other with their score getting up in the 200’s! But in the fourth quarter, the Seniors began coming in close behind the Juniors. With just a few minutes left in the last quarter, the Juniors and Seniors were neck in neck and as Principal Reeder called the last item…. the Seniors won!! By just five points, the Seniors were able to pull ahead and win Campion Academy’s Class Scramble of 2017.
“I was super nervous and felt pressured that the Seniors had to win, but I was super proud of our class when we had a comeback in the last quarter and won by five points! I knew we could do it, but it was just a matter of whether we would do it or not.” –Jordyn Hammond (Senior runner)
“It was so lit! Just the energy of running and getting to the cone, it’s just so exhilarating!” –Jordi Morales (Junior runner)
Written by: Bela Cinco (sophomore)
Edited by: Kelsey Cate
The first week of school at Campion is always a busy one, and this year was no exception! On Monday, August 21, students, faculty and staff paused their various activities on campus to watch the Solar Eclipse. Students were awed by the event and grateful to be able to see something so spectacular in their lifetime!
A week full of new classes, new schedules and soccer, volleyball and Koinonia tryouts wore students out pretty well, but they soon forgot about the tiredness as they looked forward to Class Scramble and S.A. Picnic. Class Scramble is a favorite Saturday night activity that happens on the first weekend of every school year. Classes go up against each other in battle as they compete in races and games with all of the random items they can find. It is a night full of fun, chaos, and class bonding - a favorite for sure!
"This year's Class Scramble was so fun! Our class bonded like never before, and winning was a HUGE bonus! - Lauren Fry, Senior
"Thing I remember most about Class Scramble was when the seniors were 60 points behind and then made a huge comeback, winning by 5 points!" - Lauren Bravatti, Senior
S.A. Picnic came on Sunday, where there were more class games and competitions, as well as a color fight and muddy tug of war. These activities were a great way to relieve the stress of the first week of school and bond together as a school family.
"Although we won Class Scramble, loosing a couple of events at S.A. Picnic was a very valuable lesson for us." -Kelby Eickmann, Senior
Our students are fortunate to have a staff that works as hard as they do to make each event enjoyable for the students. Thank you to all who helped out with the events over the past weekend!
Our first annual summer volleyball camp was a smashing success! With 16 players and 3 coaches, we had fun, worked hard, and learned a lot! If you weren't able to come this summer, don't worry, there's always next summer!
My wife, Sue, and I spent the first 2 weeks of June touring China. The primary purpose of the trip was to visit our current students in their home country and let them show us the culture that they are proud of representing. We started in the southern part of China, near Hong Kong, spending time with Canson and Tommy. They showed us a great Chinese museum, good Chinese food, and we were able to meet one of Canson’s prior language teachers who would like to have some of our American students visit his school in the fall.
We headed north to the Beijing area, where Susan and her family hosted us. We were able to visit famous sites like Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall of China and experienced some traditional Chinese food, such as authentic Peking duck! In Beijing, we visited with one of our new students, James and his family, as well as met with a new agent who is interested in sending students to Campion Academy.
Susan escorted us as our interpreter and guide for the rest of the trip as we took several trains across the country, with our next stop in Shijiazhuang. We met up with Rain and his parents and visited another one of our new students, Annie and her mother. We enjoyed some site seeing experiences such as seeing the oldest stone bridge in China, panda bears at the Shijiazhuang Zoo, and several teahouses. Paul Niu and his wife, Abigail, hosted us for much of the time in this area. Paul is an Adventist agent, who will be serving as director of Campion Academy’s Chinese office for future Chinese students who wish to attend Campion.
Rain and Susan traveled with us by train to central China, to meet up with Zoe in Luoyang, home of the famous Longmen Grottos. The Longmen Grottoes are some of the finest examples of Chinese Buddhist art and are located in cave like structures on a beautiful river wall area. We also visited a local area Museum, and saw some beautiful peony sculptures in rocks and other art forms.
The three students traveled with us by train for our final destination to Shanghai. We visited Nanjing Street, which is a famous shopping area, as well as the setting for beautiful nighttime skylines showing off the ocean-bordered Shanghai business district. A day at Shanghai Disney, which is only one year old, let us experience massive crowds and lines, but it was a treat to visit. Seeing Buzz Light Year speaking Chinese was a new experience! Before heading to the airport for our long flight home, we stopped at Old Shanghai Street, which is a more traditional Chinese shopping area where we picked up some last minute Chinese souvenirs.
This was my sixth visit to China, all with the purpose of visiting students, schools, and agents and developing long-term relationships for future students to attend Campion Academy. It was my wife’s first Chinese experience, and the students did a fantastic job of planning, organizing and guiding us around this very large country. We developed life-long relationships with these students and look forward to them returning to Campion Academy in the fall.
Article By: Dean Helm, V.P. of Finance and International Representative
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!