Campion Academy students nominated into the National Scholarship Society, as well as those awarded scholarships, were formally recognized at the annual Scholar’s Lunch on Sunday.
The tables and the stage were set delicately by the seniors for students, parents, and alumni awarding scholarships to gather as they celebrated their hard work. Angel Villalobos, senior said, “I really enjoyed the lunch, the food was filling and the atmosphere was joyful.”
Angel was one of the students who received a scholarship and highest honors for having a 4.0 GPA. “I was nervous prior to receiving my scholarship, but when I received it, I was happy to know that my hard work had paid off. I actually yelled out in joy when knowing that my efforts were not in vain. I was so honored to stand up in front with all the other 4.0 students!”
During the program, each students’ name with a 3.5 GPA or higher was called to go up on the stage to recognise their hard work.
Alexis Contreras, senior scholarship recipient with a 4.0 GPA mentioned, “I thought it was exciting and I’m very grateful for the scholarship. There were a lot of students who also deserved the scholarship I got, so I felt very special. I was also excited for the other students who got to go up on stage.”
As the program proceeded, Jill Harlow, teacher and Communication Director, gave a speech about failure. “It was an honor to speak to our top scholars. These are the students that make my job easy; they work hard day-in and day-out so I was happy to see them receive some recognition!”
Four selected seniors also gave speeches on the pillars of the National Honor Society: scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
“I was so honored to be asked to talk about character,” reflected Christine Savage. “This helped me step back and reflect on my own stance on how God is the root of my good character. We can obtain good character following the way he lived here on earth as well as through the close study of his word.”
Airi Nomura, Student News Team
On Friday, February 11, Campion students and staff gathered with the family and friends of Timothy Dien to celebrate and memorialize his life at the Colorado Indonesian American SDA Church.
Timothy’s sister, Tiffany Dien (Campion class of 2021), gave the eulogy, and the service included many tributes and songs from family members and friends from the church and Campion Academy.
Campion Academy’s select choir, Koinonia, performed a song in Timothy’s honor, and Principal Donavan Reeder shared words of comfort and hope as the main speaker for the event.
“While we are still mourning the loss of Timothy, the service provided an important opportunity for us to come together as a community,” reflected Reeder. “As we spoke of our fond memories of Timothy, we began the process of healing and moving forward. We were able to share the blessed hope that we have in the soon coming of Jesus and the reuniting of the Dien family.”
On Sunday, Campion Academy’s Scholar’s Lunch was dedicated in honor of Timothy. His family received the scholarship and awards that had already been selected for him. Darcy Force, Director of Alumni and Development, announced that Campion Academy will put in place a new annual award, the Timothy Dien Award, to be given at graduation, honoring a student who shows academic excellence and the willingness to help others as Timothy did. Through this award, Timothy’s life will continue to impact and inspire the students at Campion Academy.
This past weekend, families gathered at Campion Academy for senior recognition weekend. Friday night, the seniors marched down the aisle of the Campion Church. Teachers and staff members spoke about each student, moments they have shared, and the footprint each has left on the campus.
“I think it’s a special time for the students to feel recognized by the staff,” Erin Johnson says. “Even though it’s nerve racking, it’s still important to show the impact they’ve made on our lives.”
Many students were honored and touched by the ceremony, even shedding a few tears. “I felt really special, I didn’t realize Dean Santana would talk about me, but it meant so much that she did,” Sandra Arlt, senior, comments.
On Sabbath morning, seniors led out in the church service. From the praise team to the morning prayer, the students shared their talents and eagerness to serve. “I loved participating in the service, especially with doing the children’s story,” Brie Bell, senior, reflected. “My favorite part was interacting with the children and hearing their answers to my questions.”
Senior recognition weekend was the first event to honor the class of 2022 as they approach graduation in May.
Jacqueline Kobagaya, student news team
A favorite Campion tradition returned when the Cougars got to play basketball against Mile High Academy at the Denver Nuggets Ball Arena on Tuesday afternoon. Even though fellow classmates and many families couldn't attend to cheer on the Campion Cougars, there was a tremendous amount of spirit amongst the players competing on such an empowering court.
The girls varsity basketball team entered the arena with a determined mindset to win their last game. The Campion girls won the game with a score of 37-22 which brought up their morale after a long season of setbacks. The win helped them feel assured that they will have success in the upcoming tournament at Union College.
Sadly, the varsity boys lost their game 24-34, but their spirits were not crushed. Now determined more than ever, the boys are ready to make an unforgettable turnover to finish their season in the upcoming game on Monday.
Love Pickle, Student News Team
Fourteen select orchestra students got to spend four days rehearsing and performing new songs at the Union College Music Festival, February 2 through 6.
At first, a blizzard threatened to keep the group from traveling, but the orchestra team slowly pushed on to Union College. After safely arriving, they endured intense music training and COVID restrictions. Despite the challenges, their hard work was rewarded. On Saturday, the Campion students had the remarkable experience of playing in front of the Union Church along with a large group of instrumentalists coming from many different schools.
Jack Jordan, freshman, won a Young Artist Solo award and got the opportunity to play a professional-grade solo on his violin. Along with this award, he received a $1,000 scholarship.
Last year, the Union College Music Festival couldn’t take place due to COVID. “Returning to the music festival was something I was not expecting. It was different from last time, but just as fun. New music and new people made this trip worthwhile.” stated Edward Camas, senior.
Not only did the team experience college dorm life, but got to create unforgettable memories throughout the event. “It was a great opportunity to play music with other schools and spend time with my friends. I got to see alumni from Campion at Union all while taking a break from studies,” Reflected Ivan Mogaka, senior.
Noah Sturges, Student News Team
Gentlemen, do you have a crush on a young lady but you don’t know how to catch her attention? Do you ever wonder how you can sneak into her heart? With Valentine’s Day coming up on Monday, ladies at Campion Academy, who will remain anonymous, shared the best ways you can show you care.
1. Communicate to Connect
“I like it when a guy communicates.” Call her, text her, and even surprise her by a random facetime call. Be the leader in the relationship. Make time to talk with her in-person amidst the busyness of life. Starting a conversation shouldn’t be complicated, ask her about her day, or about her interests, and if you have the guts, compliment her on something she did. Those few minutes may create something that may last an eternity.
2. Stay classy
“I like it when a guy presents himself well.” Physical appearance is one of the first things that a girl notices. Don’t worry, it’s not really about having the most handsome face or perfect body, but looking like you care for yourself. Comb your hair, keep your face clean and groomed, and wear clothes that compliment your style.
3. Make simple connections
Unplanned visits to where she works or surprising a girl with her favorite drink and snack makes her feel special. “I like it when a guy compliments me”. Flatter her with a superb thesaurus word to make her heart skip a beat. Or ask her an ordinary question like, “How was your day?” Send her a video or meme that reminds you of her. Mention that you notice little differences about her or remember things she says.
4. Take notes from Reeder
In movies bad boys get the glory, but girls love it when a guy takes the initiative of stepping up as a gentleman. “I like it when a guy opens the door for me”. Being a gentleman doesn’t mean you have to be extravagant, but rather willing to go the extra mile to do simple acts of kindness.
5. Be affectionate
There's no hope at a boarding school, but if you are fortunate enough, embrace her with a gentle hug in her toughest moments (just keep it to three seconds!). Sometimes just sitting there and being present brings more comfort than words.
6. Keep it real and simple
Be yourself around her. Make her feel safe so that she can be goofy and herself. Be friends with her friends or just get along with them. Don’t hold onto her too tight, and let her breath on her own once in a while.
Love Pickle, Student News Team
Has senior year hit hard? Feel a loss of motivation? Senioritis is all too real. You may be so focused on the future that you stop engaging in the present. However, it doesn’t have to stay that way. Here are five ways to help combat senioritis.
1. Stay on top of your day-to-day responsibilities
You may find yourself not keeping up with your daily classwork and responsibilities because you aren’t focused on the present. If you allow your work to pile up, you suddenly may find you have more on your plate than you can handle. Pacing yourself with your work is more important than ever. Using calendars and to-do lists will make the day-to-day process much easier to go through.
2. Set attainable goals
Setting goals that are far too difficult to attain will lead to burn-out and unimaginable stress. That’s why it is especially important to have ambitions you can follow through with and achieve. According to an article written by the Harvard Business Review, the best way to make big changes is to start small with micro habits. “By breaking down an ambitious job into smaller, more achievable ones that you build over long periods of time, micro habits help you complete big goals.”* For example, setting aside 10 minutes to do homework without your phone is a great micro habit to start with. Eventually you can work up that time until you are spending all of study hall doing homework without looking at your phone.
3. Challenge yourself to try something new
It may be easy to fall into a routine and lose drive for the things around you; keeping yourself stimulated is a good way to stay involved. Joining the outdoor club on a hike or ski day, learning a new instrument, and giving a testimony are great ways you can keep your mind engaged in the present. “The way I challenged myself for senior year was trying out for Varsity Volleyball,” Sandra Arlt reflects. “I wasn't sure if I could do it, but I put my mind, heart, and effort into tryouts and I made it on the team! I had a lot of fun and it helped make my senior year more enjoyable.”
4. Take a break when you need it
While challenging yourself is a good way to keep up, taking a break when you need it is also perfectly okay. Deadlines may be important, but your physical and mental well-being are just as much a priority. The first step to de-stress is finding something that rejuvenates you, rather than just scrolling through your phone. Going on a walk, reading a book, or spending time with a friend. “A good way to replenish is to leave campus for the weekend, to just disconnect and get away,” Noah Sturges suggests.
5. Enjoy the present moment
These high school experiences are only going to come by once, and whatever you make of them will last forever. “Live in the moment. Because once these moments are gone, you’ll never get them back,” Love Pickle says. Set aside time for your friends and family, write appreciation notes for your teachers, and celebrate how far you’ve made it in life. You will soon be marching down the aisle at graduation, so make the most of the time you have left in high school!
Jacqueline Kobagaya, Student News Team
Freshman Campion student Jack Jordan was selected as a finalist in a concerto competition at the Mid-American Union Music Festival at Union College this weekend. After submitting recordings weeks before the music festival, he was chosen as one of three finalists to perform over the weekend. Jack will be performing a solo on the violin during the Saturday evening concert.
Along with Jack, 14 students in the Campion Academy Orchestra will be participating in the music festival at Union College starting today through February 5.
Find the schedule and links to view the concerts live at https://ucollege.edu/musicfestival2022