Last week, the Campion Class of 2019 got the chance to visit various colleges around the U.S. Seniors drove and flew many miles to visit colleges such as Union College, Southern Adventist University, Southwestern Adventist University, and the Colorado University of Colorado Springs. The four days provided to tour these different colleges is beneficial to discover which college fits best. It was also fun to feel like a college student for a few days!
Sydney Michalenko, Academic Life Editor
Last weekend, students involved in Wildfire and Handbells visited Grand Junction SDA church to lead out in the church service and give a performance. The Wildfire team, along with Pastor Esequias, gave testimonies for the sermon and planned the song service. Yves Clouzet conducted as handbells performed three different songs for special music, postlude, and prelude.
Most of the students slept in the church and some stayed with families with students at Campion. Erick Maldonado, of the Wildfire Team, shares, “It was definitely a bonding experience between everyone involved in both Wildfire and Handbells.”
The members of the Grand Junction SDA Church were extremely welcoming and accommodating. They made sure the students were fed and had a place to sleep. Ireland Anthony, member of the Handbells ensemble, states, “The people were so welcoming to us. They all had smiles on their faces when we performed for them. It was such a blessing.”
The Wildfire team will be visiting Grand Junction again during the summer. The students can definitely look forward to more SWAT Trips in the future.
By Megan Michalenko, Junior
Edited by Faith Paden, Student Life Editor
The Campion Varsity basketball teams were given the opportunity to play on a professional NBA basketball court at the Pepsi Center against Mile High Academy. Classes were let out early on Thursday, January 17 for this annual tradition. Although both Campion teams lost, they played their hardest, showed good sportsman ship, and in an answer to prayer, there were no injuries on any of the teams during the games.
Richard Bass, who is on the Campion Boys’ Varsity team reflected, “It was a dream come true, not many people can say they’ve played on an NBA court. The opportunity Campion basketball gave me was amazing!” After the game, everyone watched the Denver Nuggets play the Chicago Bulls, with the Nuggets winning the game.
From the Campion Lady Cougars’ Varsity team, Reagan Garman said, “I think it’s a great opportunity for us as high school students to play on a professional NBA court and to experience the excitement of the arena. It was an experience that we will never forget.”
Ashley Herber, Student Sports Editor
Photos by Caleb Belleau and Amelia Zimmerman
This past weekend, a group of twenty students trekked up to the snowy mountains to enjoy a Christ-filled retreat led out by the Glacier View Ranch staff and guest-speaker, Tyler Morrison. The theme of the weekend was “Home: finding our identity in Christ through His promises.” Each session consisted of two elements, “Gather” and “Engage”. First, we would “gather” together and Tyler would introduce the topic. Then we would “engage” in deeper discussion about how to apply the message to our lives.
“The weekend of Teen Prayer Summit was a great experience for people with all different backgrounds to connect with God through through discussion of the Bible,” expressed Pastor Esequias, our school chaplain. We focused on the importance of basing our identity and self-worth on God’s truth instead of others’ opinions.
At every meeting, a praise team led out in songs that prepared our hearts for the message. Senior Joe Philpott said, “I enjoyed showing people my age that you can praise God through music.”
In addition to the spiritual growth, we also spent time enjoying each others’ company. Ashley Halvorson, who has attended Teen Prayer Summit for two years now, stated, “I enjoy going to GVR Teen Prayer Summit because it gives you a break from school and gives you a chance to hang out with friends and get to know God more.” On Sabbath afternoon, we enjoyed activities such as giant Jenga, indoor dodgeball, and s’more-making. Some went jeeping on the snowy trails while others enjoyed a restful Sabbath nap. Later that evening, we had the option of swimming in the pool, playing card and board games, or watching the Lion King. The Campion group ended the impactful weekend with a smooth trip down the mountain and a much-appreciated lunch of pizza.
Teen Prayer Summit 2019 was filled with spiritual growth, friendships and memories, and we encourage students to plan on attending next January!
Article by Josie Reeves, Senior at Campion
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Campion Academy’s very own Kent Kast has been nominated for the Northern Colorado January Teacher Tuesday award! The teacher with the most votes will receive a $500 donation to his or her school as well as some personal gifts. The award is sponsored by Tutoring Excellence and is promoted by several local radio stations. Kast was nominated by a student and then was selected to be in the top six candidates.
Kast is the Vice-Principal of Academics at Campion and teaches Chemistry, Physics, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus classes. While these subjects may sound daunting to many students, Kast has a way of making them understandable. “He won’t quit on you,” said Caleb Wehling, junior. “He’ll keep going until you get it.”
Beyond the classroom, Kast stands-out because he is so actively involved in student-life activities. Kast helps to lead out the outdoor club where he teaches students to rock-climb, snow-ski, snowboard, and conquer 14’ers. He is also musically inclined and plays in the Campion Academy Orchestra and sings in the select choir, Koinonia. And for any off-campus trips, Kast is usually found at the driver’s seat of the bus.
“Mr. Kast is a great teacher because he challenges the students in such a positive way,” reflected Sydney Michalenko, senior. “For me personally, he challenged me to take Physics and Pre-calculus this year. He encourages students to do their best and is always willing to help any time of day.”
We are proud of Mr. Kast and all our great teachers at Campion who continually challenge students and show them an example of Christ’s love in and outside of the classroom.
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Photo provided by Kent Kast
Article by Jill Harlow
I know what you’re thinking, “Ugh. It’s January.” I get it. Another semester, which means another 3-4 months of school. It’s been hard to get back into school and, for some, start some new classes. You may even be in bed about to read this article like:
Well, when starting off the new year a common phrase we often hear is, “new year, new me.” We apply it to multiple things which include trying to get in shape, eating healthier, and even making a better effort to improve our spiritual life. The beginning of a year symbolizes a clean slate and a shiny new beginning. It’s a way of saying, “Hey, this time I’m willing to commit to a better me.” But really getting into the groove of things can mean extra effort and determination.
Since we all have come back from break everyone is in the same boat, which is getting back into the routine of a new semester and starting off fresh. I want to encourage all of you to push hard this last semester. I know, you’ve heard it A THOUSAND TIMES but hear me out! For seniors it’s only a few months of high school left, for juniors you’re half a year closer to becoming a senior, for freshmen and sophomores these last few months are an opportunity to build healthy habits for the rest of your high school career (which, trust me, will pay off later). Here are facts and a few tips to help crush your resolutions:
This is what the Bible tells us about a New Year, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:18-19). God promises amazing things when we experience new beginnings. Take this year as an opportunity to do great things. Stay positive and happy (late) New Year Cougars! One more semester. You’ve got this!
By Faith Paden, Student Life Editor, Senior at Campion
The international student program at Campion continues to grow with the arrival of new Brazilian students. Four students started this week and three more are expected to come by the end of the month. The students all come here from Seventh-day Adventist families and schools in Brazil for the purpose of learning English this semester before continuing on to earn their high school diploma at Campion.
Zeca Santana, who is a native speaker of Portuguese, was instrumental in recruiting these students and making arrangements for them. “I have felt an affinity towards Brazil for many years,” Santana commented, “and I thought culturally that it would be good for Campion because Brazilians have a vibrancy of life and I wanted to bring some of that here.”
The new students were greeted warmly by mentor students at Campion. The mentor students help new international students make friends and integrate into our campus culture by walking with them to classes, eating meals with them, and participating in activities with them during the first few weeks after arrival.
In addition to the new students, a college-age volunteer from Brazil has also joined the staff at Campion for this semester. Erika Faria is a senior college student at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro where she studies Music Education. Here at Campion she will be assisting in the Music Department, the ELL classes, and in the Girl’s Dorm. “I needed an experience to improve my English and I chose Campion Academy because I saw an opportunity to improve my English and work with music in a Christian environment,” she explained.
We are thankful that God has blessed Campion with these new students and volunteer. Welcome to the Campion Family!
Jill Harlow, Communication Director