Instead of a normal class period on Friday, the American Literature class enjoyed a spectacular party. The juniors had recently finished reading the book “The Great Gatsby,” and to celebrate, Dean Erin Johnson worked hard to decorate the student center in a roaring 20’s theme. Everyone had a wonderful time eating cupcakes, enjoying activities, and taking pictures at the photo booth.
By far, what was most memorable about the event were the outfits. The juniors went all out on their costumes, hair, and suits and showed up in their best vintage looks. “I liked the way we were all dressed,” commented Lucas Catira. “The music was cool, and I especially liked the game we played at the end.”
In addition to all the fun, the junior class took away deeper life lessons from reading the classic text. Jynaya Wright said, “The lesson I learned from reading the book was that people aren’t always what they seem.”
Overall, the party was a highlight of the week, and it gave the juniors a glimpse of what life was like in the 1920s.
Samantha Hodges, Junior, Guest Contributor
This past weekend was the annual Girls Dorm Retreat. The retreat started on Friday night with the new assistant LE director, Shayna, coming to the dorm to speak for Vespers worship time. The theme for the weekend was “Belong”. She started out by telling us the classic tale of The Ugly Duckling. She ended the worship by playing the guitar while singing us a song. The rest of the evening was capped off with delicious snacks courtesy of Mrs. Helm while we watched a christian romantic movie. The weekend was off to a great start and all the girls were enjoying themselves.
On Sabbath morning everyone in the dorm had the opportunity to sleep-in. Our day started with a delicious brunch of poppy-seed pancakes, once again prepared by Mrs. Helm. “The food was well-prepared and I’m glad that we got to have Mrs.Helm’s delicious food!” commented Melody, a freshman.
Sabbath worship consisted of multiple little breakout sessions that included games like Jenga, in which each block had a Bible question on it that we had to answer, charades, where we had to act out Bible stories and characters, and painting. The dorm chaplain presented a short film called “Noise”. Each group watched the film and then discussed how all the noise in our lives keeps us from our relationship with God. We discussed how we need silence for God to speak to us. We just have to sit and listen.
On Sabbath afternoon, the deans took us to Benson Sculpture Park where we participated in a photo scavenger hunt. Everyone had a lot of fun running around the park looking at the different sculptures, and of course taking a lot of pictures. We came back to the dorm for Mrs. Helm’s big-mac sloppy joes. To end the Sabbath, Kelby Eickmann came to speak to us about overcoming personal obstacles in order to find where each of us belongs. We ended the weekend by watching the movie Aladdin, singing along to every song of the movie, and once again having delicious snacks. The dorm was never silent this weekend, and all the girls got to bond with each other and just have a fun time.
“I enjoyed bonding with all the girls in the dorm and also creating new friendships.” -Kylie Wehling, Sophomore
“It was a lot of fun and I’m so grateful that I got to bond with everybody that came! This was a dorm retreat that I will never forget!” -Patricia Simamora, four year senior
Bela Cinco, Student Editor
Photos by Patricia Simamora and Girl's dorm students
This past Sunday, the entire student body divided into groups to volunteer for four hours on various community projects. "We do a community service day to let our students experience the joy and satisfaction of serving others," explained Chaplain Wendy Eickmann. "We also aim to positively impact our community."
A few groups stayed right on the Campion campus and helped out with the building project at Campion Church, cleaned-up at HMS Elementary School, prepared the fields for winter in the agriculture department, and worked on various other projects in grounds and the cafeteria. Other groups dispersed to do yard work and clean-up at several community members homes who needed some extra help, as well as at the Estes Park SDA Church and the Lon Hagler Reservoir. Two groups picked up trash along the five-mile section of highway 60 where Campion has been part of the Adopt-a-Highway program and at on the trails at Lon Hagler Reservoir. "We picked up around seven big bags of trash we found around the lake and the trails," commented Lindsey Smith. "It felt good that we did it even though it was hot and tiring."
Jill Harlow, Communication Director
Senior Eddie Camacho found boxing his freshman year between other sports and has been training hard ever since. His first sparring partner was former golden gloves champ Jay Rhine, and he occasionally spars with pro-fighter Mario Sierra, or “Juaritoz”.
Eddie’s first official fight was last year in Ulysses, Kansas. “I won by an eight count which is a technical knockout since the kid looked like he was about to drop and wasn’t able to defend himself anymore so the ref stopped it,” says Eddie.
Eddie’s victories don’t come without hard work, though. His training regimine not only has him waking up at 5 a.m. to run and going to the gym four times a week, but he also has to regulate his diet. “One month before a fight, I’ll cut out sweets. The week of the fight, I’ll eat as cleanly as possible in order to feel good… I just recently went back to being a vegetarian, and I’m trying to eat plant-based, so I can have more energy when I fight.”
Most importantly, Eddie glorifies God. Social media posts about his fights can be found under the hashtag “#GodGetsAllTheGlory,” and his attitude will tell you the same. “My coach is a Christian… we always pray right before every match,” says Eddie.
Although Eddie doesn’t plan on continuing boxing after high school, he says that it has made him stronger mentally.
Naomi Boonstra, Student Editor
The Campion Academy varsity soccer team is 6-0 so far this season, and although they are currently unranked because they fell below the minimum number of games required for a ranking, as of last Monday they were #38 in the state and #1 in 2A schools (Campion's sports division).
Mr. Ottschofski, who is in his fifth year of coaching at Campion, said, “We have a solid starting defense but are also scoring more goals this year, and our passing has improved. I love coaching because it provides so many opportunities for young men and women to grow and develop character. Those are the moments I look for as a coach and athletic director.”
Erick Maldonado, who is a senior and one of the captains of the team, said, “It really feels like the team is clicking. I'm looking forward to the bigger games on the schedule, as we have some big challenges ahead, and of course the Mile High game. This team is very talented, but above all, they've shown a lot of heart, so I'm excited to face some harder teams and see how we do. I love the amount of fun we have on this team. Though we've been very good on the field, we're doing it while having a lot of fun. No one believes they're better than their teammates, and despite the stats and final scores, we make sure we have fun doing it. I feel this has really helped us relax, and opened up our creativity. These traits can only lead to positive results, which is what we keep on striving for as we head towards the Union tournament.”
Campion is so proud of its soccer team’s accomplishments and sportsmanship. Be sure to check the sports schedule and come out to support the soccer team during their upcoming games!
Ashley Herber, Student Editor
On September 28, the entire music department drove to Longmont to share their music with the Mountain View Seventh-day Adventist church. It was a real blessing that they got to use their talents to show God’s love. This church hosts both English and Spanish services and the Spanish church stopped their service to come down and listen to the music.
Throughout the school year, different student groups lead out in church services around the state in what is referred to as S.W.A.T. (Students with a Testimony) trips. “The S.W.A.T. trip was an amazing experience for me,” commented Kayla Gonzalas, senior. “I love these trips because they give us opportunities to connect with people outside of Campion. I also love to share Jesus with others using the talents he has given us.”
After the service, the churches combined to provide a large potluck lunch for the visiting students. “Despite me sitting on chocolate, I had an amazing time sharing God’s message. I loved the people there, and they loved our music. The food during potluck was amazing, and I must have eaten a hundred cookies,” said Renan Moreira, sophomore.
Overall, the students had a wonderful experience sharing music at a different church. “I had an amazing time with my friends praising God and getting off campus. Not to mention, the food was great! The people there asked us to come back, and I am praying we get to!” exclaimed Amira Davis, sophomore.
Adrianna Campbell, Student Editor
This past Saturday evening, students and staff attended the annual Fall Party hosted by the Student Association. This year the party was held at a barn near campus, and students were told to wear plaid. The barn was decked out in lights while each horse stall hosted a different fall-themed game. Bean-bag toss, ring toss, and darts were just a few of the fun activities the Student Association put together. Many other students participated in a pie-eating contest and lip-syncing.
A big hit of the night was the photo booth. A horse stall was decorated into a cool background for photos. Fall-themed snacks were also a favorite among the students. Students and staff members thoroughly enjoyed the night filled with laughter and memories. Sophomore Kylie Wehling shared, “It was cool to go somewhere different and the party fit the definition of fall!”
Megan Michalenko, Student Editor
Alumni Weekend 2019
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Campion Academy has recently gained a new staff member in former student, John Boutot who is teaching two sections of U.S. History this year. His time at Campion left him so on fire for God that even as he graduated in 2013 and enlisted in the Marine Core, he dreamt of returning one day to teach. Boutot found his calling for teaching history along the way, as he originally planned on becoming a school chaplain. During his time in the Marine Core, he was given the title “Section Leader,” which came with the responsibility of teaching classes to his fellow marines on machine guns and machine gunnery. This is where the idea which led him into teaching U.S. History began to grow. His passion for teaching sparked the desire to come home and put Christ first like in his high school years.
Wendy Eickmann, Campion Academy’s chaplain, is one of many staff members who were around for Boutot’s student days. She says, “I remember John Boutot’s openness, his authenticity, and his energy. It’s so cool to see him channeling all of that and being a good example and positive influence on our campus.” Students and teachers alike are expressing excitement for Boutot’s new endeavors in teaching.
Naomi Boonstra, Student Editor
Over the past weekend, 15 students and six sponsors packed their tents, sleeping bags, food, and other gear in their backpacks and headed off for an adventure to summit the highest peak in Colorado: Mt. Elbert. Leaving after classes on Friday, they hiked in from the trailhead about two miles under the light of the full moon.
The next morning, they took on the challenge of reaching the summit which was about nine miles round-trip and 4,700 feet of elevation gain. The hike was long and strenuous, but the group was rewarded by magnificent views along the route and especially at the summit. Students and sponsors teamed up to encourage each other along the way and helped each other surpass their individual limits. The weather was clear and comfortable for hiking, allowing the group to relax at the top and enjoy the afternoon hike back down to camp.
After hiking back out to the trailhead parking lot on Sunday morning, the group was faced with one more unexpected challenge to overcome; the school vans, trailer, and Steve Eickmann’s car were all blocked in by other cars in the parking lot. The group quickly put their heads and muscles together and began rolling boulders out of the way to create a narrow opening between a few cars. After some multiple point turns and readjustments, Yves Clouzet got the first school van through. The trailer had to be unhitched so the second van could go through, then everyone pitched in a hand to push the trailer through and hitch it back to the van on the other side. Finally, Eickmann proved that he is acutely aware of the width of his vehicle by squeezing it between some of the parked cars, sparing less than an inch on either side.
In the end, the group all made it safely back to Campion with accomplishments to cherish and stories to tell.
Jill Harlow, Communication Director