A standing ovation ended off a musically adventurous weekend! Campion Academy hosted the 2019 Rocky Mountain Conference Music Festival that included schools from Kansas, Wyoming, and Colorado. The group of over 200 students ranged from fifth grade to high school, but all had one goal; to praise God through music.
The rehearsals lasted for two full days and were led by Mr. Curtis Anderson, Clinton Anderson’s brother. “He was a great conductor and connected well with all the students,” explained senior Christian Carr.
A valuable aspect of the music festival is the student mentorship program. In the orchestra, each younger student was partnered with an academy student who played the same instrument for all the rehearsals and performance. The more experienced students were able be role models and lead the younger students to a higher level of performance. Esther Aviles, Music Director at Mile High Academy, and Yves Clouzet of Campion, conducted the orchestra.
Friday night was Campion Academy’s Music Department concert called “The Heart of Worship.” Mountain Echoes Chorale, Koinonia, and the CA Orchestra moved the crowd with their inspiring songs and powerful words. The singing didn’t end there. Saturday was the joint concert for all the participating schools. Parents and grandparents from all over piled-in and filled every chair to listen to the students perform. Laughter and cries filled the air as the participants sang one of their favorite songs, “Peter Piper.” Mr. Anderson encouraged the young students to let out a bellowing cry to release their emotions during the song. “You could see all the students smile through every song because of how much they thoroughly enjoyed it,” said senior Stephanie Salinas who played in orchestra.
Handbells played passionately as their hands moved to the beat of the songs. It takes a lot of teamwork and concentration to stay on the beat and listen, but this group pulled it off beautifully. The clinician of handbells was Mrs. Miki Shockley who worked hard to bring the multiple groups together.
The program ended with many “thank you’s” to everyone who took part in making this event possible, such as the sound coordinators, clinicians, piano players, participants, and many more. Mr. Yves Clouzet left the crowd in tears as he thanked his wife for her love and support. He did not forget to mention his daughter and the daughter who will soon come.
Hilary Simamora, Senior, Guest Contributor
This Easter marks the fifth time front-range Seventh-day Adventist churches have combined to invite community members to the Journey to the Cross and Beyond interactive program on the campus of Campion Academy. This annual event will begin Friday evening, April 19, with a concert at 7:00 p.m., featuring the Adventist Chorale of Northern Colorado directed by George Swanson.
Tour groups will assemble April 20 on the Campion Church campus before walking through the Jerusalem marketplace in the Campion gym where they will encounter and interact with merchants, soldiers, priests, and booths, and be part of the drama as Pilate sends Jesus to the cross.
Guests will experience a moving short drama of the crucifixion and resurrection that many have said is “life changing and starkly real.”
Following the presentations, participants are invited to enjoy refreshments in the church Fellowship Hall where they will see first-century Roman artifacts, armor, crucifixion nails, and have a photo opportunity to see themselves as a Roman centurion in full armor.
Tours begin every hour on the hour, starting at 1:00 Sabbath afternoon, April 20. The entire tour will take about an hour and the last tour will begin at 6 p.m. Everything is wheelchair accessible. All events are free, but attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item that will be given to local food agencies for people in need. Reservations are not needed.
There will be hourly drawings for each group for the book “Messiah” by Jerry Thomas, a contemporary version of the best-selling book Desire of Ages. A grand prize of the Andrews Study Bible will be given.
To assist with the interaction of the guests and people in the village, attendees will receive five “gold” coins. However, tax collectors and others will want those coins, making the event highly interactive and memorable.
“The focus is on what Jesus did for us, and what we have because of His death and resurrection,” says Dick Stenbakken, one of the organizers. “It gives the local church members and schools a chance to become involved sharing the Gospel in a unique way,” he says.
Mark your calendars, make plans, bring friends, neighbors and relatives.
-- Dick Stenbakken; photos by Raelynn Kelley
While some students might have been bemoaning the recent snow storms and dreaming of spring, nineteen Campion students embraced winter as they practiced their skiing and snowboarding skills at Copper Mountain during the Outdoor Club’s annual ski trip.
Campion’s ski program provides students from many different areas the opportunity to practice a truly iconic Colorado sport. Carlos Aguinaga, a senior from Texas, has been part of the ski program for the last two years. “I had never skied before I went on the trip last year,” he explained. “I thought since I came to Colorado and there are so many mountains and so much snow here, that I should learn how to ski because I can’t do that in Texas. I love it now and I hope I can keep going in the future.”
Many of the students were experienced skiers and snowboarders and just enjoyed the time to practice their sport surrounded by friends. Madisen Ramos, freshman, said, “I loved just racing my friends down the hill.”
In addition to skiing and boarding, the students enjoyed sledding, hot-tubing, and the chance to get to know each other in a different environment. “I enjoyed getting to know people better on the trip,” said Abigail Segovia. “Since I’m a new village student I hadn’t really gotten to know my classmates that well, and on the ski trip it was a small group and it was fun to have the chance to talk with them.”
The students were also able to share their faith and be a blessing to local SDA congregations. They led out in two different church services at the Leadville SDA Church, and the Copper Mountain SDA Company. Students led out in prayer, children’s story, and worship. Several students even shared their personal testimonies. The church members expressed their appreciation for their service and blessed them in return by providing a delicious potluck lunch.
Jill Harlow, Communication Director
Photos by Outdoor Club Students
Amira Davis was an eighth-grade student attending public school in Alamosa, Colorado, when her pastor approached her and encouraged her to attend a free weekend event at Campion Academy in Loveland, Colorado called Academy Days. Accepting this invitation would end up having a major impact on her life. “Honestly, I didn’t really know anything about Campion, and I didn’t have plans to attend,” she recalls. “The pastor just told us there was going to be this fun and free event, so I decided to go. When I went, I saw how much fun it was, and how easy it was to make friends in that environment. Ultimately, that’s why I decided to go to Campion.”
Now in her second year at Campion as a sophomore, Davis says “Coming to Campion definitely affected my academics in a positive way. There were a lot of things in school that I felt I struggled with, and when I came here, I got more personalized help. Being here has helped me focus on my academics, my GPA, and my goals for the future.”
Davis has also appreciated the focus on spiritual growth at Campion. “I definitely have more opportunities to connect with Jesus than I would at any other school,” she commented.
Campion Academy is once again preparing to open its doors to interested students during its annual Academy Days on April 12 and 13. Academy Days is designed to give prospective seventh through eleventh-grade students the opportunity to visit classes, stay a night in the dorm, eat "cafe" food, tour the campus, make some new friends and just get a feel for academy life.
Students attending Academy Days typically come from all over the state of Colorado, and many other states as well, including Wyoming, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Texas. The theme this year is “He Knows Me By Name” and is featuring virtual-reality station games, an ice cream outing, awesome mixers, games and tons of food. “This event not only introduces students to academy life, but it is designed for students to have a great time and make new friends,” comments Jessica Rios, Enrollment Director. “Most importantly, visitors experience what it means to be surrounded by vibrant young Christians in our Christ-centered campus.”
In addition to having fun, students are also given the opportunity to apply for scholarships in multiple areas, including writing, art, music, and service. Robyn Quillin, from Cortez, Colorado, attended last year’s Academy Days and won a scholarship for Christian Service for her volunteer work she had done at nursing homes and through Pathfinders. While she was already planning on attending Campion before the visit, she discovered, “It was a great way to get some scholarship money to help me attend, and it was fun to see all the different activities they have at Campion. It also made it easier to come this year because I got to know other students beforehand.” While some scholarship competitions happen on-site, most need to be applied for by April 4, and can be found on the Academy Days registration home page.
Campion Academy provides students with a rigorous academic environment grounded in a Biblical worldview. Students not only gain a top-quality education but are encouraged to grow their faith in Christ in every aspect of academy life.
For more information and to register, visit www.campion.net/academy-days.
Jill Harlow, Communication Director
Senior year, in popular opinion, is the best year. Filled with many exciting events such as last banquets, last tournaments, and graduation. Around this time of the year, ACT scores are stressed about, college applications are sent in, and all the seniors you know are getting themselves prepared to move onto a new era in their lives.
You might think, “Those seniors just really have it together. They’re going to college and accomplishing big things, SO PUT TOGETHER.” Right? Haha. Wrong. You’d think after all that learning and maturing, we’d have it figured out.
We may not be as put together as we need to be, but we have learned a few things along the way. To help you out, here are nine things we wish we would have known before we were seniors:
Thankfully, no matter what uncertainties we face in the future, we know we can trust in God to lead us in His plan. “I say this because I know the plans that I have for you.” This message is from the Lord. “I have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future.” Jeremiah 29:11 ERV
By Faith Paden, Senior, Student Life Editor
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