This past weekend, students and staff experienced a closer look at Chinese New Year. Our Chinese international students started it off by showing a video of what the celebration is and how it all began. Chinese New Year is a celebration of the defeat of a monster who would come into villages and cause chaos. The village people learned that the monster didn’t like the color red, loud noises, or bright lights. In creating loud noises and bright lights, the Chinese people created Chinese New Year. This celebration can be in January or February due to the lunar calendar, which is the calendar that the Chinese use. The students then showed an assortment of food eaten during the fifteen days of the celebration, with an explanation of why they eat those dishes.
The experience was mind opening for all. Mrs. Torres mentioned, “It was fun beginning to end. There were a lot of surprises!” She expressed her delight of the entire activity, explaining that the students prepared all but one of the dishes themselves. The food served was spectacular, and many students and staff expressed their delight in eating what had been prepared.
The steamed rice was prepared by Susan, and a potato dish by Rain, along with many other delicious dishes. The food prepared was a big hit. Richard S. mentioned, “I liked the food, it was really good.”
The meal was set up in the gym along with an assortment of games for everyone to enjoy. There was karaoke, jump rope, Chinese checkers, badminton and Jianzi. Jianzi is like hacky sack, where you are trying to keep the shuttlecock in the air using your feet. These activities were enjoyed immensely by all who were there.
To wrap up the evening, fireworks and sparklers were lit outside. Danielle mentioned, “The fireworks were really cool!” Like many others, Rachel said, “It was very informational, traditional, and fun getting to
know the international students. They’re just amazing.”
The Chinese New Year celebration was enjoyable and informational. It was great to experience a little bit of their culture and the celebration that takes place in China.
[article written by Grace P.]
Students, parents, and grandparents alike enjoyed a small taste of the soon-approaching graduation weekend by recognizing our 2018 Senior Class. Friday night vespers was spent with various staff members reflecting on the good, as well as the funny, memories of each individual senior. Hannah Phelps' thoughts were, “It was a moment we had been waiting three and a half years for, and hearing how much the staff cares about our lives and who we are was really meaningful to me.” The class was in shock of how fast their turn in the spotlight had come.
Saturday night, the Seniors hosted Campion’s Annual Talent Show full of astounding, comical, and surprising performances. Of the ten participating acts, seven chosen judges critiqued and voted Rachel Marpaung in 3rd place, Madi Jordan in 2nd place, and Jordi Obregon and Austin Rotinsulu for a winning 1st place. Second place winning Madi Jordan recounts, “Talent show was a fun and great experience. It was the first time fiddling for me, so I was both nervous and excited when the curtains opened.” Talent Show made for a successful and entertaining evening for all.
Lastly, this busy weekend ended with honoring the hard working scholars and National Honors Society members of Campion Academy. Over a light brunch, students with a 3.5 and above GPA were recognized and applauded. Fifteen selected students were also recipients for additional scholarships to aid in their tuition.
Senior recipient, Angie Cedano expresses her thanks, “I really appreciated receiving the scholarship. It was interesting to hear the stories behind the people who choose to donate money to help us receive a quality Christian education at Campion.”
All in all, the students and visiting parents delighted in the events of the senior recognition weekend.
[article written by Jordyn H., senior]
For Campion it has been a tradition for students to make signs to bring to the annual Pepsi Center basketball game against Mile High Academy. Each year the signs become more and more creative, and this year Student Association wanted to award these high-achieving poster makers.
Faith P. mentioned, "I not only want to show my support by making a sign, but also wish to make a spiritual impact." She wrote a bible verse on her poster. What a great way to reflect the values of Campion!
Two more students were asked what they liked about the poster competition. Jessica said her favorite part is,"Seeing what great ideas people have to portray on their individual posters."
Hilary added, "It is always fun to make posters for Pepsi Center because it is awesome to show our teams not only that we want them to win, but that we support them 100%."
All of the posters were judged by a few SA members and the winner was selected. The 1st place victor was Faith P.! Her poster was not only incredibly artistic but inspirational as well. Competitions like this are part of what makes Campion Academy a fun place to be!
[article by Lauren F., senior]
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