The homemade crepes were delicious. The flowers were beautiful. The music, brought by students, was delightful. However, the absolute highlight of the annual Scholars and Alumni Scholarship Brunch was watching students be honored for their hard work and alumni stepping forward to show their support.
More than 250 students, parents, and alumni came together to celebrate student achievement in the Campion Academy cafeteria this past Sunday, during Senior Recognition Weekend. Fourteen students received scholarships, all of which are funded by the generosity of Campion alumni. The alumni were in attendance to share about their stories and present the scholarships to the deserving students.
The alumni stories spoke of legacy, commitment, and pride in their school. One scholarship was in memory of Campion’s first principal, whose family has attended Campion for the following 4 generations. Another spoke of a family who sent all 5 of their children to Campion and whose mother served as a much beloved school nurse for many years. One story especially touched hearts, as the presenter shared that the sponsoring alumnus wanted to give back to students; his life was changed due to his Campion roots, coming back to Christ more than 70 years later because of seeds planted while attending Campion Academy and subsequent alumni reunions.
While parents and families looked on, 76 Campion Academy students were honored for their academic achievement of a 3.5 or higher GPA for first semester of this school year. There were 16 seniors inducted into the National Honor Society and 10 juniors recognized as provisional NHS members. Four students shared short speeches about the meaning of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Principal Don Reeder and Vice-Principal Kent Kast spoke about the meaning of the honors and Campion Academy’s pride in the hard work and dedication of both students and staff.
Lonnie Hetterle, our conference Education Director, spoke to all the students commending them on their hard work and encouraging them to persevere by sharing stories about Michael Jordan and Walt Disney and how they persevered and didn't give up.
Well done, Campion Academy students! We are, indeed, very proud of you!
Darcy Force, Director of Development and Alumni Relations