Campion’s select choir, Koinonia, had the opportunity to go to Boulder Seventh-day Adventist Church in order to participate in the service this past Saturday morning.
During the service, the group, led by Music Director Cecilia Simmons, performed four pieces: “Modimo Reboka Wena”, “Run, Mary, Run”, “O Love” and “Like a River in My Soul”.
Ariel Patterson, a member of Koinonia, and whose home church is Boulder SDA, shared, “It was great having Koinonia show up at Boulder and everyone there really liked it. Also, it was awesome being able to be a blessing to churches other than Campion’s and share our music with them.”
In addition to the choir pieces, some of those students also led other parts of the service such as praise and worship time and the children’s story.
Phoebe Mamanua and Dwayne Rey got to share one of their childhood memories during the children’s story which had taught them how God could guide them whenever they needed directions. Rey commented, “I thought it was fun doing a children’s story because the kids there were engaged and responsive to what Phoebe and I were sharing and our message was able to get through clearly.”
After the service, Boulder Church had thoughtfully prepared a potluck for the group to enjoy before heading back to Campion Academy.
Simmons shared about the experience, “Bad joke time. You’d think with a name like Boulder SDA, the church would be all stony and standoffish. No sir! They were such a welcoming venue. And the acoustics were top notch! We have to go back just to experience the warmth, community, and crazy good acoustics.”
Ana Segawa, Students News Team
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This past weekend, a group of 15 students in Outdoor Club traded the classrooms for four days of winter activities, which consisted of sledding, skiing, and snowboarding at Copper Mountain.
The trip started off with the students leading worship service at the Leadville Seventh-day Adventist Church. Caleb Gann along with his sister Addison shared the sermon.
Caleb recalled, “The best part for me about church in Leadville was being able to share the things that I have discovered as I have studied Joseph’s story that have helped me in my walk with Christ. I also really enjoyed the hospitality that we received from the members of the Leadville church.”
After church, the students changed into their snow gear and went sledding before arriving at their accommodations which was a former convent converted into a rental home.
Over the next three days, the students persevered through the cold wind and snowy conditions and enjoyed the slopes. “Even though it was cold and my first time skiing, I had a lot of fun learning and really enjoyed the jumps once I was comfortable enough to hit them,” commented Yolanda Han, sophomore.
Unfortunately, one student did have an injury, and had to return to Campion after fracturing her arm.
Each night after skiing, the students helped prepare dinner, followed by study hall and then free time where the students bonded and got to know each other.
“I’ve been on ski trip all four of my years at Campion but this year really stuck out to me. In previous years, most of the people who went already knew each other and were close, but this year we were mostly acquaintances. I really enjoyed getting to know new people through games and talking during free time, especially since we were all staying in one place,” reflected Lindsey Smith, senior.
The students returned to Campion tired and sore but with great memories.
Ciara Felix, Student News Team
Thanks to funds received from a very generous donor, as well as additional funds from the AdventHealth, Campion Academy was able to replace some of our aging buses with newer buses that will be more comfortable and reliable for our school trips.
Pictured above are the new additions including a 2013 Ford Eldorado Shuttle Bus which seats 19; a 2016 Ford Grech Shuttle Bus which seats 29, and a 2007 Thomas Yellow Bus which seats 57. These buses will replace our 1998 International Shuttle Bus and our 1997 International School Bus.
The students and staff alike are eager to climb aboard these new additions and we are very thankful to the donors for their support of Campion Academy!
Seven Campion Academy students chose to spend Spring Break serving in the Navajo Nation of Arizona. Led by Pastor Leandro Bizama, the group included about 30 church members who worked on the construction of a small home, hosted a Vacation Bible School for children, and provided health talks for the communities of Window Rock and Kinlichee.
“The mission trip was fun; I really enjoyed it,” commented senior, Jarrod Lang; “I did construction, and we raised a house from the ground up. The day I left there, I felt so proud that I was able to participate in something that will bring God’s word to the people of that land.”
The construction crew was tasked with building a tiny home for Bible workers, student missionaries or pastoral families in the near future. The three Campion students working on this project learned many skills from experienced builders using wood and power tools. The building’s framing and exterior, including the roof, was able to be completed within the week.
The other students focused on the Children's Ministry by preparing and hosting a Vacation Bible School which was attended by about 20 local children each day. The students assisted in every aspect of the program from leading music to acting in the various skits.
Marcela Zuniga shared, “For VBS, I was a doctor that played two roles, explaining guidelines on temperance and trust. I enjoyed getting to know all the kids and learning lessons that helped my relationship with God grow. I learned that I enjoy helping and seeing others smile and learn about God. The theme was to protect your castle (body/heart/mind) and it taught me that I want Jesus to sit on the throne in my castle.”
Mary and Steve Phillips, who are good friends with the local pastor’s family, were instrumental in bringing the group together. They led a health ministry for local adults which included a Health Fair, and nightly meetings. The meetings had eight consistent attendees and Mary shared, “We had very deep conversations which was wonderful!”
Bizama concluded, "I was blessed and proud to see both HMS Richards and Campion students, young adults, and church family members collaborating by spending their Spring break working and serving the Navajo Nation. It was challenging and tiring, especially because we were doing three simultaneous projects while staying in two different areas, but the end result of the service was beautiful to see. May we always choose a lifestyle of service and mission, no matter the cost; just like our theme verse for the trip says: ‘For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve.’”
Jill Harlow, Communication Director
Last week, guest speaker Pastor Wayne Morrison delivered a powerful message on the unconditional love of God for Week of Prayer.
The daily meetings resonated deeply with many students. Audra Bennett, senior, reflected, “I was so touched by the message last week. I learned that I will always be a child of God, and that path was always chosen for me. It impacted my life by showing me that there is nothing I can do that would make God love me any less.”
Every evening Chaplain Carlos Santana hosted a panel with students, pastors, teachers, and other guests, to reflect on the daily messages. Santana commented, “The panels were such a blessing for me because many of the questions I received during the week were answered. These answers, especially from students, brought great perspective about the struggle of accepting God’s love. I am grateful that the panels allowed us to practicalize and reflect on Pastor Morrison’s message.”
Pastor Morrison visited different classrooms, answering various questions from students concerning his weekly message. Senior Daniel Moraes said, “The Q&A session was great. We had a wonderful discussion about the Bible and it helped me understand God’s love better.”
Overall, the Week of Prayer was a huge success, bringing a fresh perspective on God's love and the freedom that comes with being a child of God. Sam Walton, junior, shared “The week of prayer was so meaningful to me that I just had to keep talking about it to the people around me. My favorite message was that we have total freedom of choice, and no matter what we do God will always love us. I really needed to hear that this past week.”
Tiffany Mogaka, Campion News Team
On Saturday night, the juniors performed two original plays for the student body and parents portraying how the “American dream” is often a facade, hiding deeper issues. The American Literature classes were tasked with writing, performing, and designing each production.
One of the most challenging roles was coming up with creative ideas for the script, “We thought that because the American dream is usually portrayed in such an idealistic light, we should draw more attention to the negative sides of it in our plays,” said Lily Testardi, one of the playwrights.
The audience responded well to the plays although some of the topics were serious. “The juniors' plays were quite enjoyable because to me the topics chosen were interesting and they depicted the American dream quite well,” stated Pamela Lah, an audience member.
For many of the students, it was their first experience acting on stage and they had to overcome nerves and reactions as they acted alongside their friends. “The other characters were really funny at some points, so it was difficult not to laugh during my part,” commented Jovanna Maldonado, one of the actresses.
Reagan Rast, one of the set designers, reflected, “I really liked the creative freedom and how as a class we were able to work together.”
Haley Beckermeyer Student News team
This past Saturday night, the Men’s Club hosted its annual Ironman contest where students competed in a variety of athletic activities.
The competition consisted of many endeavors such as an obstacle course, pushups, jousting, dunking, chugging and rope climbing.
This year, boys and girls competed in separate categories. Dean Gann and Dean Dubini presented the top winners with trophies.
The first place winner of the boy’s competition was sophomore Rodolfo Segawa. Second place was taken by Dominic White, junior, and third was Sergio Enriquez, freshman.
The girls first place winner was Julia Da Silva, junior, the second place winner was Jovanna Maldonado, junior, and third was Aurelie Gschoepf, sophomore.
Everyone who participated got a medal and those who placed in individual events got candy.
One of this year’s contestants, Damaris Lopez-Morquecho reflected, “The funniest part was where you had to spin around with a bat on your forehead for 10 seconds because Ekenna (one of the men’s club organizers) counted slowly so people would get really dizzy and fall. Also, the rope climb was intimidating but fun.”
This year’s reigning Ironman, Rodolfo Segawa concluded, “All of the activities were fun, and I really enjoyed being able to participate in this event and win.”
Ciara Felix, Student News Team