by Matthew Roberts and Wes Carle
Every year the Rocky Mountain Conference hosts a bible conference at Glacier View Ranch that Campion Academy, Mile High Academy, and several other schools regularly attend. During the vespers and worships, students played ice breaker games, discussed Bible texts, sang praise songs, listened to a speaker from Union College, and spent lots of time praying.
This year's conference lasted two days instead of an entire weekend, yet the time was packed full of spiritual emphasis. According to Campion student Madi Kamarad, "The weather was on point, as well as the spiritual atmosphere. It was awesome being able to hang out with other schools--Mile High Academy, Aurora Church, and Wyoming schools. Most of all it was a very rejuvenating experience to have to get away from school and focus on God."
The main theme of the conference was "Flawless." We are all flawless in God's sight was the lesson learned. The kids and adults all got to go on some amazing hikes, and as you can see from the picture, got an even more amazing view of God's creation. Another Campion student, Chantelle Bravatti, also had something good to say about the conference. "It was awesome being out in God's nature away from the busyness of the city. It was also awesome being able to experience God with all my friends." The weekend was a very cool, God-filled experience for the people that went.
Senior Madi Uhrik and her team chose Turkey and created a model of the Hagia Sophia. She found the exhibition stressful but learned a lot about teamwork and planning throughout the semester. “Having judges come encouraged me to strive higher in order to impress people I didn’t know. You imagine they have higher expectations of you. They don’t know about all the hard work it took to get that final project done, they only see the project itself,” she said.
This is the 4th year Marin has invited judges to help assess the students' work at the end of the semester. He agrees that the learning environment provided by project-based learning is preparing our students for the 21st century workplace. Reflecting on the switch to group collaboration and authentic audiences, he said, “The improvement in quality and learning has been amazing.”
The final exhibition also allows students to celebrate their efforts. “It’s good for them to be able to show off their hard work, and it’s good practice for them to be asked tough questions by an older, more experienced person,” said Erin Johnson, a judge at the exhibition.
Second semester geography class will be giving presentations in May.