Campion senior Caleb Anthony recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank awarded in the Boy Scouts of America program, and one earned by only 2% of Scouts since its inception in 1912. Earning the Eagle Scout award took Caleb 6 years and included earning over 30 merit badges, leading the 65 Scouts in Greeley’s Troop 247 as their Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) for one year, and designing and implementing an Eagle Scout Service Project. In addition, a Board of Review interviewed Caleb and checked his character references, leadership history, and other parts of his scouting career. “It feels good to join such a small, dedicated group of teenagers that really want to make a difference,” he says.
Caleb’s service project involved conservation work—building and installing 8 bat houses at Campion. He knows this area is ideal habitat for bats and hopes they will lower the insect population here on campus. Look for them this summer when they return from their winter home!
February 17- 24, Campion held its third annual Wildfire, a student-led evangelistic series covering topics such as the Sabbath, what happens when we die, and heaven. Each night began with student-led praise songs, a welcome, prayer time and introduction, and then a wonderful sermon. Junior Lauren Fry really enjoyed the whole process, “I was blessed by this year’s Wildfire by the music, speakers, and people coming together to praise God.”
The series was held at the Loveland church, which allowed for a close-knit family feeling. “Sitting there every night next to my friends and listening to my peers preach made me feel happy and like a family,” said senior Jacey Johnson.
Throughout the series, student presenters made several appeals and two calls for baptism. Junior Kelby Eickmann was especially impressed by the call and those who responded. “It was inspiring; it was cool to see how people became brave and went outside of their comfort zone because that’s how much they wanted Jesus.”
Wildfire is always something students, teachers, and parents look forward to. We can't wait to see what next year’s Wildfire will bring!
Cori Nelson is a senior & Jennifer Sigler is an English teacher at Campion Academy
What a time it is to be a Campion Cougar! The lady Cougars proudly took home the Union College basketball tournament championship trophy for the 2nd year in a row last weekend, February 18-19. The boys' team also played with passion and courage, and they represented the Cougars well Saturday night.
Junior basketball player Jordyn Hammond says there is more to tournament than just winning, “Winning tournament for the second year in a row made me feel grateful for the amazing team I have. It goes way beyond just basketball--knowing my teammates have my back.”
Many of us have been going to tournament for a few years now, but for some it's their very first time. Junior Angie Cedano said, “I enjoyed being able to just play some friendly basketball against other Christian schools and at the end being able to win tournament while getting to know my teammates better.”
Union tournament is not only a time to compete, it’s a time to create bonds with other schools. As varsity guard Isaac Segura stated, “Union tournament was a cool experience because I got to meet people from Pohnpei island and just get the chance to hang out with people from Union.”
As athletes participate in the tournament year after year, seniors eventually face the fact that it will be the last time they play with their team. Senior Jay Mamanua states, “The thought of this being my last time playing in the tournament clouded my mind for the last few months. Breaking my arm gave me a different perspective of Union tournament. It helped me see that it went far beyond basketball, and sometimes the memories created will go far beyond winning a trophy. "
The Union College basketball tournament closes the season for the year. Thank you for all those who supported the teams at the Union College tournament and those who watched online.
Chantelle Bravatti is a senior at Campion Academy
photos: Union College Facebook page