Warmly known as “Everybody’s Mom,” Marilyn Jackson served Campion Academy for 13 years by connecting with alumni and drawing their thoughts back to their beloved alma mater. Jackson and her husband, Bob, will be moving to Carlisle, Ohio this month to be near their children and grandchildren. “I am excited because it is a new adventure; we’ll get to be by grandchildren, some great friends, and family,” Jackson commented.
Jackson was known as a tireless and efficient worker who kept everyone going. “God gave her the gift of hospitality. Marilyn made everyone feel welcome at Alumni Weekends, Chapter meetings and Donor dinners,” principal Don Reeder commented. “Students loved to be in her Faculty Family. She prepared great food for them and treated them special.”
Jackson will have fond memories of her time at serving at Campion. “I enjoyed the connections with the alumni. Through chapter meetings, I really formed good relationships with them, and they hold a place in my heart. Their support has meant a lot to me.”
Both she and her husband will continue working when they move to the Carlisle area, but they are ready to reduce the amount of responsibilities they’ve had and have a bit more time to relax. As her passion for Adventist Education hasn’t diminished, Jackson also plans to volunteer at the local Adventist elementary school.
One thing that Jackson was most pleased to see happen during her tenure at Campion was the reconstruction of Hankins Hall. “I know how much meant to the older alumni. That building was their whole school,” she reflected.
She will be deeply missed by all of the Campion family but we know she will keep in touch. “I wish only the best for Campion and that the Lord will bless the school with more students and the financial ability to support them. Primarily, I pray the students will come out of academy with a closer walk with God that will stay with them the rest of their lives.”
Thank you for your service to Campion, Marilyn. We pray that God continues to bless you on your journey.
(Article written by Jill Harlow)
Daniel Force, the Men’s dean at Campion Academy, is engaged to Roxanne Faber. Roxanne was born in Orlando, Florida and has lived all over the east coast. She is the oldest of three siblings, and her parents run the year-round retreat center/summer camp Nosoca Pines Ranch in South Carolina.
She currently teaches 2nd grade at Mile High Academy. Next year will be her 7th year teaching elementary school. She has many hobbies including reading, playing games and sports of all kinds, watching movies, being outdoors, and hanging out with her friends. She spent a year as a student missionary in Honduras and a summer in Spain taking Spanish classes and traveling around Europe.
Roxanne has worked at different summer camps for the past 17 years, working the last 5 of those years as an assistant director. She loves her family, friends, and Dean Force, but above all she loves God.
We are so excited for these two and pray that the Lord blesses their marriage!
[article written by Ashley Herber]
This past weekend, Campion Academy hosted a ladies soccer tournament. There were a total of four teams that participated, the Campion Cougars being one of them. It was a warm sunny day, just perfect for playing the beautiful game of soccer.
When asked about what her favorite part of tournament was, team captain Jackie stated, “I loved getting to play soccer with my team, seeing different skills within my team, and using them to get better and grow stronger together.”
Unfortunately, the lady Cougars did not advance into the championships: “Although we didn’t advance, I think our losses helped push us harder to not give up and come out on top against the Denver Eagles,” team captain Lauren stated.
Junior/Senior banquet was also held this past weekend. The Junior class officers decided to keep the banquet activities a secret this year, versus previous years where the event activities were not a secret. As everybody loaded up the bus, they waited anxiously to see where we were going. Our first stop was getting a bite to eat at Cinzetti’s. The hungry students loaded up their plates, immensely enjoying the food.
As we finished our meals, we loaded up the buses again and headed to our next stop: Adventure GolF and Raceway, where we all played mini golf. People excitedly got off the bus, and for some, it was their first time mini golfing. The night continued with fun, mini golfing, and hanging out with friends. When asked about her favorite part of banquet, Hillary S. stated, ”I liked how the class officers kept it a secret the entire time, it made it more interesting.”
The night was full of surprises, fun, and good times.
[article written by Damarys Nieto]
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.]