Campion Academy welcomed 155 students this week, starting a school year that is highlighted by a return to nearly-normal activities. Campion is once again offering a full music program, varsity sports, field trips, and other pre-COVID programming, while maintaining one of the most effective defenses against outbreaks: face masks indoors.
Students expressed their excitement with the easing of COVID policies. “When I heard about the lifting of some of the restrictions, my mood for the year drastically changed in a positive way,” commented Noah Sturges; “I’m really looking forward to this year!”
After being on-hold last year, try-outs for JV and Varsity volleyball and soccer began this week. Love Pickle exclaimed, “I am overjoyed that sports are back for my last year.”
The music program will once again include a large choir, select choir, bells, and orchestra, with more performances on the schedule than last year. “I am looking forward to seeing more music events around and outside the campus,” said Jackie Kobagaya; “Being able to experience a more normal school year is a true blessing.”
The staff officially welcomed students back at the annual handshake event on Sunday evening, which included actually shaking hands with a few hand sanitizer stations in-between. The Student Association officers planned a fun-filled evening which included worship and class competitions to ease the back-to-school jitters.
Kylie Wehling, Student Association Spiritual Vice-President, announced the theme for this year: Radiate. “As Christians, we are called not only to represent Christ and reflect him, but to radiate the message of His Living Water, hope, and salvation,” Wehling explained. “To radiate as a student body this year means to not only glorify God on this campus, but to let His Light shine beyond the walls of this school, into our communities, our homes, and in the lives of those we meet."
The Campion Church pastors concluded the event by leading in a time of prayer and dedication of our campus. The circle of students and staff was notably larger than it has been in recent years. Principal Donavan Reeder concluded, “God has given us 155 students, which is more than we’ve had in the last few years and even more than we had anticipated. We look forward to seeing how God will touch the lives of each of these students this school year.”
Jill Harlow, Communication Director