Academy Days this year was a complete success. Our campus was filled with around 100 students and sponsors from all over who have an interest in attending our school. Students learned to never stop exploring God’s world and to always use Him as their compass. The perspective students participated in many activities that had arctic, mountain, jungle, and desert themes such as rock climbing, building igloos, and decorating African masks. On Sabbath, students had the chance to go hike in Colorado’s beautiful nature. The weekend ended with a soccer game of Campion students vs. academy day students.
“My academy days experience was awesome. Experiencing dorm-life, gym activities, and seeing how everyone is treated like family were the highlights for me.” Says Julian Coria, an 8th grader from Utah.
Our Student Association (SA) was honored to be apart of helping out in this big weekend along with our staff and Ms. Jessica Rios, our recruiter. Our campus was thrilled to have guests from all over join us for a long weekend. Rebekah Cunningham said, “Academy Days was eye-opening because all of the young people who were so respectful.” It was a delightful experience not only for the perspective students, but also for our own high school students.
“I loved Academy Days because it was an excellent experience for me to bond with the girls who stayed in my room. I saw Jesus through the kids by how polite they were and it reminded me to enjoy Campion because of how excited they were to be here.”
Our campus is looking forward to having many new students next year.
Rayna Williams is a senior at Campion Academy.
Thanks to Journey to the Cross, this Easter at Campion Academy was truly one to remember. Most of us have heard the story of Jesus dying on the cross and raising from the dead three days later. It’s a beautiful love story about Jesus’s passion for His people and the sacrifice He was willing to make to bring us back to heaven with Him someday.
Journey to the Cross is an excellent opportunity to go and experience what it might've been like in those times. It's a chance to not only hear about why we celebrate Easter, but to see it too! A skit was performed about every hour depicting the fight between the devil and God when Jesus died on the cross, and when He rose again. It was truly moving and showed how deep God’s love is for us that He would send His Son to die. Jesus was really felt in the Campion gym this past Sabbath.
“Journey to the Cross was cool, I went three times, and it really reminded me about how much Jesus sacrificed himself for all of us.” –Abbie Proudfoot (senior)
“It was an eye opening experience that helped me see how amazing Jesus’s resurrection was.” –Kelby Eickmann (junior)
Natalie Boonstra is a senior at Campion Academy.
With many questions asked of who killed certain individuals that night, the clues left behind were enough to discover the mystery person and the motive behind their murderous actions.
Junior/Senior banquet was held at Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano in Loveland, CO. The restaurant provided a great meal for us along with some ongoing entertainment for the night. The evening was filled with laughter and mystery, as professional performers came and acted out a murder mystery, providing us with a little amusement while we enjoyed our dinner. Lauren Fry, a member of the junior class commented, “The dinner was unexpectedly funny and entertaining!”
A couple of students got the chance to be involved in this murder mystery, myself being one of them. Each one of us picked a seat at the table to sit at and wrote down a fake name on name tags. Throughout the evening performance, we were no longer ourselves but instead the new person whose name we had written down on our name tag.
Remington Hill, Jordi Obregon, Kent Ballard and I had to answer some questions about the murder to see if we were to be accused guilty of the crime. The two detectives that night worked hard to help us identify the murderer. A big congratulations goes to Madison Floyd for revealing the identity of the murderer!
It was a night full of laughter, mystery and good food that helped us create some memories that will last forever. Big thanks to the performers for coming out!
Priscila Garcia is a senior at Campion Academy
Campion Academy has been traveling to Belize every year for the last 12+ years to help build a junior college in Corozal in northern Belize. This year we worked on a new project in Ladyville, near Belize City. This project involved adding a new wing to an existing school that is busting at the seams. The new addition will double the existing classroom area and provide a space for the children to play when the weather is not suitable for outdoor play. Two groups before us started the process by putting in the foundation and the floor. On the first day of work on the site, we finished pouring the floor.
After pouring the remaining floor, five Campion students plus about ten adults including some locals put up the four walls for the first floor. While they were working on that part, five other students and two adult sponsors worked with five different churches to provide nightly evangelistic meetings. The students preached each night as well as visiting two schools in the day to provide opportunities for the students to get to know Jesus. Most of the students in the schools do not come from SDA background. At the end of the week over fifty students asked to be considered for baptism. Several baptisms happened while we were there including one of the pastors, Ricky Crews. He is a junior at Campion Academy.
Over all, everyone worked very hard and with God’s blessing we accomplished way more than we had dreamed both in reaching people for Jesus and in the building project.
[article by Kent Kast]
Over spring break, Campion Academy took a mission trip to Belize led by Kent Kast and Jim Lynch. The group consisted of 10 students from Campion along with some sponsors. Broken up into groups of five, the Campion students either helped with construction or prepared sermons for nightly evangelistic meetings.
Sponsors and local help worked alongside the students at the job site at Ladyville SDA Elementary School near Belize City. We successfully finished pouring the concrete floor of the classroom addition and put up four walls of the building within one week.
At the jobsite we interacted with the kids from the school who were very friendly and always waved at us with bright, eager smiles. The students who focused on the evangelistic meetings went on school visits during the day and led their own meetings during the evening.
I, along with others, went to hear some of the evangelistic meetings where I met friendly kids that swarmed us with hugs every time we saw them. On Sabbath afternoon, the entire group went to a local orphanage where we donated some clothes, shoes, and toys.
Overall, the trip was fantastic. We were able to learn teamwork in hard conditions and see Jesus through the people of Belize. They are so humble and always willing to help with a smile. We appreciated their passion for Christ and love for us all.
[article by Lizbeth Camacho, edited by Kelsey Cate]