In a much needed break from studying and tests, this last week students got to go home for April Home Leave, see their families, and relax. Although many students did go home, not everyone chose to; a group of students decided to head to Moab, Utah for their break. Days of jeeping, cliff jumping and late night cave exploration were just a few of the amazing activities that took place.
Most of the students that went were seniors, more particularly, a band of brothers that took care of each other while also having a blast. When asked about his favorite part of the trip Stephen said, “Honestly, my favorite part was growing stronger bonds with my friends and making memories that will be forever remembered.”
Other students stayed local and had fun in their own way. Asking what others did, during their break, junior Conner commented, “I spent my break fishing and playing video games with my friends.”
Everyone has their own way of taking a break after working so hard in classes. Some go on trips, some work at their jobs, and some just sleep all day.
This school year is almost over and students are going to kick it into high gear to come out on top. This break is just the beginning of the end.
[article written by Cole Cizek]
The Rocky Mountain Music Festival was held this past weekend at Campion Academy. Students from all over the Rocky Mountain Conference attended the three day festival starting on Thursday, March 22. This year, the handbell choir was directed by Mrs. Miki Shockley. The choir was directed by Mr. Clinton Anderson, from HMS Richards Adventist School. Campion's Music Department director, Mr. Yves Clouzet conducted the strings ensemble.
On Sabbath afternoon, there was a special concert held by violinist Jaime Jorge. When asked about this weekend, Richard commented, “My favorite part was being able to see some of my friends who don’t attend Campion. “
Stephanie participated in the choir and the strings ensemble; she mentioned that, "Rehearsing all day was hard work, but it was worth it when it came time for the final performance."
Josie also participated in the choir and said that her favorite part of the weekend was being able to share her love of music to everyone at the festival. Overall, it was a successful weekend filled with beautiful music.
[article written by: Chrisheline Kalawo]
This past Wednesday the seniors got back from their two week long class trip - an amazing time filled with bonding and learning more about each other. The first couple days were spent at Caye Caulker, an island off of the coast of Belize. Here, we spent two days enjoying the beautiful sunshine and crystal clear ocean.
Many of the seniors went snorkeling with sharks or drove golf carts around the island. When asked about the trip, Lauren said, “One of the most exciting experiences I had on the island was playing volleyball on the beach. I also enjoyed swimming in the ocean that was full of starfish and conch shells.”
Towards the end of our trip we drove to Cancun, Mexico, where we got to go Chichen Itza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. That same day we were able to go to a giant sinkhole. We got to jump into the hole, but you had to be a good swimmer because it was 130 feet deep. Tanner commented, “I jumped off the cliff and it felt exhilarating. When I hit the water it felt like ice, but soon after getting used to the temperature, I found it all worth it.”
These were just a couple amazing activities the seniors did on the class trip, and we definitely will not be forgetting this trip any time soon. A special thanks to our class sponsors and others, including donors, who helped to make this trip possible for our class!
[article written by Hannah Phelps]
Just this past week, the Campion Academy senior class returned home after a two-week trip to Belize and Mexico. Although the trip began and ended with time set apart for relaxation and sight seeing, the main portion of the trip was spent doing mission work at a small Adventist school in Ladyville, Belize.
The seniors worked five days, with a day off in the middle to recuperate and rest up for the remaining two days. During the workdays, students fully applied themselves, and at the end of the week, the results spoke for themselves with the group completing their tasks ahead of schedule.
Because the main task set aside for the group was to aid in the addition of a second floor to one of the school’s buildings, most of the seniors and sponsors worked in construction. This included preparing, cutting, and building the wooden supports that the concrete for the second floor would rest on. With this being the main project, many had the chance to work extensively with measuring boards and poles, cutting those boards and poles, and nailing it all together.
Knowing that the work being done was for a good cause, senior Jordyn. recounted, “Helping build the school was extremely rewarding knowing that kids would soon be able to learn about Jesus and different subjects there.”
Although construction is what most took part in, others blessed the local community in other ways. A small group spent time painting at a different location and one senior even led out in an evangelistic series at the nearby church. This student was Lauren. While talking about the subject of sharing God in a different environment, she commented, “Preaching for my first time in a foreign country was an amazing experience. I was so happy to share my love for God to people that I had never met before. They were so kind and friendly, and I will never forget their own passion for their faith.”
The senior class went on this trip with the expectation of impacting others, yet many weren’t prepared for the way in which it would affect them. Simply being around the kids and building with the knowledge that the finished product would improve their lives had a lasting effect on some. Others were changed in different ways. “Living with some of your closest friends for two weeks in a different country can really change a person,” Carter stated.
While this year’s senior class trip is over, the impact it left in the lives of the seniors and all the people they were able to bless will last for many years more.
[article written by Alex Fazio]
Can you imagine traveling across the globe at the age of 14 to go to high school in another country and new language? At Campion this year, we have 15 international students hailing from China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Japan, and Latvia. Several local families have opened their hearts and their homes to be these students’ second families either as full-time host families or local guardians to dorm students. Hosting a student from a widely different cultural background is an enriching experience, and families find it to be genuinely rewarding.
Hosting international students is a unique opportunity to share Christ with students who come from non-Christian backgrounds by loving them as Christ does. Our host families may never have traveled to another country, but the mission field has come into their homes.
Teresa Johansen has hosted students from China full-time for the past two years, and this year she hosts two boys, Canson Chen and Tommy Liang. The boys share a room in her house and she provides them with meals each day, connects with them, and takes care of them as she would her own sons. “Opening my home up to international students has meant getting outside my comfort zone at times, but I have decided that I want to help these kids feel welcomed and accepted into my family and our community. If it were my own children going to another country, I would want them to be treated the same way,” she reflects. She adds that it has been a rewarding experience for her as “getting to know the students’ individual personalities and having them in my home has added a whole new dimension to my family.”
Guardian families give international students living in the dorm a local connection to a family. They usually host the student during school home-leaves and serve as the parent-connection for events such as parent-teacher conferences. Marilyn Jackson has been the local guardian for Rain Li, a sophomore from China, for the past two years. “We’ve really enjoyed being guardians. Rain is a great student, he’s always polite, kind, and helpful. It’s been fun to see his English improve; at first he relied a lot on his translator, and we’d have fun trying to figure out how to communicate, but now he understands nearly everything.”
The students have a lot to share with our families and school as well. “I’d highly recommend being a local guardian or host family,” says Jackson. “Even though many of these kids are very well-off, you wouldn’t know it by how they act and treat other people. They are very thoughtful and helpful. We’ve learned so much about the Chinese culture and have gotten to eat delicious Chinese food!”
Other families who host students or serve as guardians include; the Harlow family, the Hill family, the Helm family, and the Marin family.
Campion is in need of more families to be hosts and guardians for the 2018-2019 school year. At this time, we have three potential students from Vietnam who are interested in applying and would need full-time host families.
If you are interested in hosting full-time, please contact Jill Harlow (firstname.lastname@example.org), or in being a local guardian, please contact Dean Helm (email@example.com).
[written by Jill Harlow]
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]