To top off the season, the Campion Academy varsity basketball teams competed at the annual Union tournament over the February break. The girls varsity team emerged as champions, taking first place in the Clocktower Division.
Team Captain Lindsey Smith, senior, shared “I’m so glad I participated in my last tournament as a senior at Campion. It was so exciting to receive the trophy and celebrate with my teammates. I’m proud of my girls and the team we've become. I’m honored to have played with each of my teammates this year.”
Despite the challenge of traveling in cold and snowy conditions, the teams made it safely to the tournament, riding the new Campion bus. Both teams arrived at Union and played their first game on the same day.
Damaris Lopez, sophomore, stated “I was a little tired from the eight hour bus drive, but playing on the court gave me so much energy and excitement. I'm glad I got the opportunity to play again this year.”
The boy’s varsity team finished in fourth place in the Clocktower Division. Team Captain Ekenna Nwankwo said, “Even though we didn’t win a ton, the tournament was still really fun. Overall, I think it was a really good experience regardless of how the games went. There was still improvement in our play despite the outcome. It was great watching us grow as a team.”
Boys’ Varsity Coach Carlos Santana reflected, “I am very proud of this year’s team. Last year the varsity team didn’t win a single game. Yet this year we were able to have a winning season. This is a tremendous jump so I can only imagine what next year will look like. We have a young core where our starting five consists of three sophomores and two Juniors. This means that we have a foundation to build on for next year.”
Santana continued, “What I loved most was watching this team grow into what it is. Only they know how much work was done not only together at practice, but what each individual player did to get better. They really made my heart smile!”
Tiffany Mogaka, Campion News Team
Usually, boys aren’t allowed within a 20-foot radius of the Girl’s Residence Hall, and girls can never go up the stairway in the Hankin’s Hall tower, but this past Saturday night, mixed company could be found intermingling in both the boys’ and girls’ hallways. Campion Academy brought back the tradition of holding an open house where each group could explore the other’s living quarters.
Each residence hall has its unique features, and the students were surprised to find that they weren’t quite what they expected. “The guys' dorm smelled really good and the rooms were clean!” sophomore Damaris Lopez commented, “What was weird to me was that there are different levels in the dorm and they have to share one big bathroom while we have our own bathrooms.”
Keaton Drake, sophomore, shared his thoughts on the girl’s hall; “The girl’s dorm is all one level; it’s weird that they have four halls and the layout was completely different. It was neat to see how they had different layouts in their rooms and how their beds could be bunk beds and be raised. They also had their personal bathrooms and sinks which I’m very jealous of. It was also cool to see all the decorations of the halls,” he said.
Along with seeing how life is like in the other dorm, the students participated in a contest. For the boys, the contest was who had the cleanest and best room. That award went to Marc Winokan and Aaron Lumowa.
The contest for the girls was for the best hall, and each of the four halls was decorated in a different theme, including: cars, fairy tales, Pac-Man, and Marvel. Senior, and RA for the Marvel-themed hall, Faith Evert explained, “It was really fun and super surprising when we won because all the halls did really well. We went through a lot of work hanging things and then running out of tape. Overall though, it was a cute bonding experience with my girls.”
Toby Quillin, Campion News Team
This past Wednesday morning, 18 select choir students from Campion Academy joined with Mile High Academy students to travel to Union College’s annual music festival.
Upon arrival, after settling into their dorms, the students immediately underwent intense music rehearsals for the next three days. “Practices were rough because they were long, but what made it interesting and fun were the people I was around,” commented Dwayne Rey, junior.
Each school performed during the vespers program Friday night. On Sabbath morning, all of the schools came together and sang in front of the College View Church. Bella Fay, senior and choir accompanist shared, “It was a lot of fun being a part of the big choir, and I really enjoyed having the opportunity to play the piano for such a large and energetic event.”
The students not only had a break from the Campion dorms, they also were able to create long-lasting memories. “It was really cool being able to see the creativity behind the performances of the other schools, as well as just getting out and being able to meet new people in a different environment;” senior Melody Mambo reflected, “It was definitely an experience to remember and I know that we, as Koinonia, got even closer as a group which was a great feeling.”
Ciara Felix, Student News Team
The senior class of 2023 was recognized over this past weekend in a special vespers and church service. On Friday evening, the staff members shared a tribute for each student in the class. The seniors led the worship service on Sabbath and Wendy Eickmann was the speaker for the event.
An audience of over 300 people were transported to New York City during the broadway-style production of the musical “Annie” in the Campion gymnasium this past Saturday night.
Sophomore Keaton Drake shared, “The play was fun to watch, and I think that all the actors played their parts very well. It was an enjoyable story and I liked it a lot.”
The main character in the play, Annie, was performed by senior Ruth Rawlings. “I didn’t really mind everyone watching me as the main character because I was prepared,” she reflected; “I knew all my lines and had memorized them for more than five months, so I was comfortable.”
The Campion Academy Orchestra accompanied the performance with an overture and a finale. Flutist Quiana Davis commented, “I was stressed because the pieces of music were hard and we only had two weeks to prepare. In the end though, it was amazing and incredible! I couldn’t even hear myself because of the applause! It was a great night overall.”
The performance benefited the senior class with most of the money coming from the sales of New York styled foods such as hot dogs, black-and-white cookies, and New York cheesecakes. Alexandra Cordoba, sophomore recalled, “There was a lot of good food at the show, but my favorite was the cheesecake because it was delicious, sweet, and creamy.”
Annie was the second musical that Drama teacher Erin Johnson has directed. “I am very proud of the drama class this year and the work they put into the show,” she explained; “I feel like this year there was a lot of excitement from last year’s production and our class time was full of positive energy and new talent. I am looking forward to the growth of the drama department.”
Toby Quillin, Campion News Team
This past Sunday, students, staff, parents, and alumni gathered together for the annual Scholar’s Brunch to recognize students’ hard work and dedication.
To start the program, scholarships were awarded to 12 students. Those scholarships are a result of donations from alumni that chose to support Campion’s Adventist education and give other generations the opportunity to attend.
Alumni or their families attended the event and presented scholarships to their recipients. They shared the stories behind the scholarships that their families had sponsored for years or even generations.
Darcy Force, Director of Alumni and Development remarked, “Working with the alumni and friends of Campion who have established these endowed scholarships is always inspiring. They all have such a spirit of giving; a desire to pass on their blessings.”
“We've added three new endowed scholarships this year,” Force continued; “Working with those families is lovely because they're seeking to honor their loved ones through helping others. I get to hear about that person and why they were so special. I know of no better way to memorialize a cherished family member.”
The endowed scholarships come to a total of $12,500 per year, not including other financial aid that a number of students receive.
In the National Honor Society (NHS) portion of the brunch, Campion Scholars were also recognized for their GPAs from the past term of school. Amongst the Scholars, fifteen students had a GPA of 4.0 or above. Students are able to achieve a GPA of above 4.0 due to the large number of options of advanced and dual-credit courses offered at Campion.
Tristi Ramos, Psychology dual-credit class teacher, commended the students with a speech, followed by four students who each spoke on the different pillars of NHS; Scholarship, Service, Leadership and Character.
Colton Herber, one of the four seniors to give a speech commented, “I really appreciated being given the opportunity to speak on the National Honors Society’s pillar of Scholarship. I usually avoid public speaking, and it was something I had to push myself to do but having to prepare and give a speech was an experience that was really beneficial.”
13 seniors, of a class of 36, were officially inducted into the NHS, receiving red cords to wear at graduation, noting their achievement of a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above.
Ana Segawa, Campion News Team
The majority of Campion’s student body followed the basketball varsity teams to Ball Arena to watch them play on an NBA court against our sister-school Mile High Academy on January 31. Both Campion girls and boys varsity teams won against Mile High. The students stayed through the evening to watch the Nuggets game.
Playing on the larger Nuggets court under the bright arena lights was a bit different than playing on a high school court. The players had the opportunity to run out on the court from the NBA tunnels. “When I walked out of the tunnel, I heard all the people cheering. Stepping onto the court made me really nervous, but it was a good feeling. The best part was just being able to experience playing in a professional arena,” explained Damaris Lopez sophomore.
After the highschool games the students proceeded out of the arena to go eat dinner, “Walking around Denver for dinner was a time to bond with friends,” reflected Jarrod Lang, senior; “Walking around the city admiring the view reminded me of the cities in China. Chatting and having fun with my friends was truly a cool experience.”
The night ended off with the students going back to Ball Arena to watch the Nuggets play against the Pelicans. Some of the Campion students even got on the arena screen, the jumbotron. Sophomore Keon Paez commented, “My favorite part about the game was when I got on the jumbotron, which was really funny. It was during the Lion King cam. Micheal and Richy thought it would be funny to pick me up. We were surprised when we actually got on the jumbotron.”
The Nuggets capped off the night with another win for the Campion students to celebrate.
Haley Beckermeyer, Student News Team