Pastor Daniel Birai Teaches Students of Their Worth in God During Week of Prayer
Pastor Birai dove into the Word, teaching about lessons to be learned from David’s life during Campion’s quarterly week of prayer, February 18 to 22. Students were blessed with a direct and hard-hitting message which encouraged us to look toward God-fearing leaders for help in our lives. Faith Paden stated, “Pastor Daniel spoke to us in an honest and real way that we needed to hear.” A new message was presented each night, and students received a blessing each time.
After the message, Pastor Daniel and Pastor Esequias, along with a few students, stayed by to offer prayer to anyone with requests. Hearts were poured out and tears were wept, but most importantly, prayers were answered. “The speaker didn’t hold back and the message was spoken through the Word of God in love,” states Chaplain, Esequias Perea.
Each night was opened by different groups of Campion students leading in music and prayer. Students worshiped with the theme song for the week, “Pursue” by Hillsong Worship. The week closed with “Vespers Deluxe” which was full of enthusiastic voices and hearts open to God’s spirit. When asked about what it was like to lead praise, Cristian Marin said, “Leading out a worship team is truly amazing. There is no greater feeling than hearing every single student glorifying and praising God!”
After the final message, students were invited to an afterglow held in the Student Center where they could fellowship over donuts and hot chocolate. They also had the option to continue worshiping in song inside the Hankin’s Hall Tower.
Pastor Daniel was a blessing to our campus and this week of spiritual growth won’t be quickly forgotten.
Article by Austin Rotinsulu, Senior, Student Chaplain
In recognition of his spiritual leadership and life-long dedication to God’s work, Principal Donavan Reeder was ordained by the Rocky Mountain Conference of Seventh-day Adventists on Sabbath, February 23. While this formal recognition of God’s calling is usually reserved for pastors, leaders in other church ministry areas, such as school principals, may also be selected for an ordination service. Reeder has served at Campion Academy for 35 years; 31 years as a dean in the boys’ dormitory, and four years as principal, making him the longest-serving employee of the Rocky Mountain Conference.
Conference leaders participated in the service which included a moving tribute from Reeder’s daughter, Jessica Reeder, as well as a special song performed by Campion’s select choir, Koinonia. A life-long mentor to Reeder, Pastor Thure Martinsen was selected as the main speaker for the event. Martinsen encouraged Reeder to continually prioritize his own personal walk with Jesus no matter how time-consuming or stressful his job may be.
RMC Ministerial Director, Mickey Mallory, led out in the ordination prayer, where all the ordained ministers attending encircled around Reeder and his wife Donna, and prayed for a special blessing on their ministry.
Reeder’s faith journey began when he was inspired by his dad, Merlin, to seek to know God as a friend, and by his mom, Arlene, to live a life of service to others.
Pastor Martinsen was one of Reeder’s teachers while he was in academy in Salt Lake City, Utah, where Reeder also began his career in youth ministry after graduation. While working there, Reeder helped to author the “Jesus” play and traveled extensively with Martinsen and others, performing the play throughout Utah and Colorado, as well as the Pacific Northwest while Reeder attended Walla Walla University. Donna Reedy (now Reeder) also attended WWU at the time and became one of the cast members of the play. Throughout the play’s tours, Reeder and Donna got to know each other better and were married in August of 1982.
After graduation, they moved to Colorado where Reeder worked in communications in Fort Collins. Providentially, Pastor Martinsen had also moved and become the chaplain at Campion Academy. Knowing Reeder’s love for youth, Martinsen asked him to help out with vespers. He was introduced to the boys’ dean, Don Kanen, and that introduction planted a seed in Reeder’s heart for the boys’ dorm. A few months later, Reeder was working at Campion as a part-time teacher and as the assistant boys’ dean. After two years as assistant, he became the head dean for the next 29 years. After 31 years in the dorm, in July of 2015, Reeder became principal of Campion Academy.
The Reeders have a daughter, Jessica, who has followed in her parents’ footsteps and has been teaching in Adventist education for the last six years – five years at Mile High Academy and this last year at Fort Collins Christian School.
When not immersed in the daily activities of academy life, Reeder enjoys golfing, camping, reading, running, and team sports. He spends as much time as possible in the Rocky Mountains.
Jill Harlow with Donna Reeder
The Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball teams were gone from February 13 to February 17 for their annual Union Basketball tournament. The Boys Varsity placed 7th place and the Girls Varsity placed 8th place out of the 12 schools that attended, each with a boys and girls team. In an answer to prayer there were no injuries and on either team and the students had a positive experience.
Ashley Herber, Sports Editor
Photos Courtesy of Union College
Last Saturday night, the Chinese students at Campion prepared a Lunar New Year celebration and gave the other students a glimpse into Chinese culture.
The night started off with a few performances in the chapel. Canson (Senior), Rain (Junior) and Ensen (Junior), international students from China, presented a Chinese song with Kung Fu shows. Their enthusiasm got everyone clapping and cheering.
Trivia questions were also asked with prizes to create more interest in Chinese culture. “I enjoyed the live Chinese songs in the chapel, it was rare and exciting for us to listen to live performances in another language. It was really cool,” said Samantha Hodges, a new sophomore this year here who has shown a great talent for learning Chinese. She was able to say, “Happy New Year,” in Chinese, which is “Xin Nian Kuai Le,” and won a prize for the last trivia question.
Then the whole group shifted to the gym for the rest of the night. Badminton courts and ping-pong tables were set up for students to enjoy some popular sports in China. There were art tables for students to decorate traditional opera masks and fans as well. Kevin Perez, a sophomore, expressed his enjoyment, “I drew some cherry blossoms on the Chinese traditional fan, it looked really nice.” He also expressed that the Chinese New Year party has been one of his favorite events of the year. The gym was full of laughter and the sounds of students singing karaoke in multiple languages.
The night ended with colorful fireworks, symbolizing success in the new year ahead of us. Each student had two sparklers and we also enjoyed three other big fireworks. The students felt the excitement of celebrating Chinese New Year with all the Chinese students. We had a fulfilling night.
Jill Harlow is the international club sponsor, and she helped the Chinese students organize this whole event. “It was not stressful for me because the Chinese students are talented and trustworthy, and I know I can count on them,” she said. “The students went above and beyond expectations. They worked hard to put a fun event together and kept track of all the details that needed to be taken care of. I am so proud of them."
One of our Chinese students, Annie, who performed an emotional Chinese song, said, “It was a lot of pressure to practice and set up, but it was worth it. We brought more Chinese elements to the school here.
Yes, that was the goal for this event, for local students to know more about the Chinese culture. And Campion Academy provided a wonderful international atmosphere, because students come from all over the world and join together to celebrate each other's cultures.
By Susan Wang, Senior, Guest Contributor
Ah, Valentine’s Day. A selected 24 hours out of the year where people go an extra mile to show the people they care about that they are loved. February 14th, however, has a certain stigma to it because the word “love” is too often discredited and limited to couples and romance alone. Ultimately, Valentine’s Day is simply a reminder that we have not found “the one” or our “soulmate.”
But it’s time to get real. Love. Love is a phrase, a verb, a feeling. We feel it towards friends, towards family, and towards a special person romantically.
But what is love really? Campion staff and students shared their opinions about love:
“LOVE IS...giving yourself.” -Ericka
“LOVE IS...the feeling you have for someone special to you.” -Shelby
“LOVE IS...a decision to stick through thick and thin and not give up on it.” -Mr. Anderson
“LOVE IS...the willingness to care for somebody else instead of yourself.” -Mrs. Binder
“LOVE IS...the ability to forgive at all costs.” -Anonymous
“LOVE IS...a principle not a feeling.” -Jessica Rios
“LOVE IS...caring about someone even if they don’t care about you back.” -Ashley Reyes
“LOVE IS...imperfect but it is also genuinely from the heart and no matter what it takes or how hard it is, it makes time for happiness.” -Beverly Onsoe
“LOVE IS...what begins as a feeling but becomes an unconditional commitment.” -Sherry Hay
“LOVE IS...laughing together.” -Lindsey Santana
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
This Valentine’s Day, remind the people in your life that you love them. Whether it is a call, a text, a letter, or a gift. Remember that February 14th is not only about the romance between you and that special someone, it is a reminder about our family and the people that make life worth our time. Happy Valentine’s Day.
Alumni Honor Campion Scholars
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
This past Saturday night, Campion Academy had its annual auction and talent show benefiting the senior class. The night started off with the seniors selling concessions and a blind auction. There were ten acts split by an intermission when an auction benefiting the senior class was held. The acts included everything from breathtaking piano playing and skillful violin stunts to mind-boggling magic tricks and audience-interactive comedy.
The first-place act was by Pastor Michael Goetz and was an Egyptian-themed tomb exploration with random Campion Academy students picked to take part. Fabiola, a junior picked by the random drawing, reflected, “I was terrified because I thought that random people were going to push me over or something like that. When he made me touch the ‘eyeball’ I was terrified because I didn’t realize it was just jello.”
The seniors made a lot of money from concessions and the blind auction. Senior Christian Carr explained, “I was working most of the time as the cashier with Maritza, making sure people got the right amount of money back while answering questions they had.”
Cade Lukens, who bought pumpkin bread at the blind auction, stated, “I thought that the blind auction was pretty cool. The only thing that I might change was a limit on the amount of times people can write their names and a list of ingredients in the different items up for auction.”
Lee Beckermeyer, Senior
Students from Brazil, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Mexico, and El Salvador don't have much experience with freezing temperatures in their countries, but last Sabbath they all got to enjoy an epic winter experience at Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.
The students all tried out snowshoes as they trekked around the lake, but they were soon removed when they discovered the smooth, dark ice uncovered in the center of the lake. In their tennis shoes, they attempted running, dancing, and sliding on their stomachs on the slick ice, resulting in many minor mishaps and a lot of laughter. "Walking on the frozen lake was very cool, even though I was afraid of the ice cracking. I felt very happy because it was a new experience in my life," commented Lucas Catira, sophomore from Brazil.
On the far end of the lake, they discovered a steep bank and took turns sledding on snow-shovels - the first sledding experience for many of the students. Overall, it was a wonderful day to give these students a new experience in God's creation. See more pics and video in the link below:
Orchestra students spent a grueling 48 hours practicing challenging music for the 66th annual Mid-America Union Music Festival, held at Union College. These two days are extremely intense, yet also an exciting opportunity for students to learn from college professors, and be challenged with more difficult music. The trip started out with freezing temperatures of 0° F due to the polar vortex, but that didn't stop the Campion students from playing music! By Friday night, there were many worn-out shoulders and lips from the approximate 15 hours spent practicing. All of our hard work paid off on Saturday night when we performed our pieces at the College View Church. Overall, it was such a fun experience! "I liked getting to meet kids from other schools, and to learn more about percussion," Freshman Ula Matangi commented." If would you like to view our performance, visit www.ucollege.edu/live.
Sydney Michalenko, Academic Life Editor
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