The senior class embarked on an unforgettable adventure to Florida for their class trip. They experienced Busch Gardens Amusement Park, a day at Daytona Beach, Adventure Island water park, Honeymoon island, St. Pete Beach, and a sunset cruise on the Calypso Queen in Clearwater Beach. Amidst all the fun activities, the students were able to bond as a class and make memories as they approach graduation.
The students traveled to the Denver airport early in the morning at 2:30 a.m., boarded the plane, and landed in Orlando at around noon. After arriving, they went grocery shopping before heading to the guys’ Airbnb, where they swam and enjoyed delicious haystacks and tacos for dinner.
The senior class had a morning routine that included breakfast in their separate houses followed by worship at the guys' house, which was led by different class officers and students.
On the first day, the class went to Busch Gardens amusement park, where they rode roller coasters, indulged in food, and toured a variety of African animals like antelopes, rhinos, and crocodiles.
Lindsey Smith, senior, commented “The rides were so much fun. I’m the type of person who loves roller coasters so I went on every ride. My favorite was the Iron Gwazi. I didn’t realize what it was when I was going on it. I was expecting it to be a really easy wooden one. But it turned out to be the fastest and most exhilarating ride. After Busch Gardens we were starving. We all went to Olive Garden where we got to relax, eat some tasty pasta, and bond with each other. It was a fun end to a fun day.”
On Thursday the seniors traveled to Daytona Beach where they swam, tanned, and shopped around the pier. Jarrod Lang stated, “It was my first time in three years to go to the beach. I loved riding the giant waves with my classmates, and venturing out into the deep parts of the ocean.”
The seniors spent the evening at the Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, where they enjoyed an adventurous, entertaining, and action-packed performance and a filling meal. Lang continued, “The tournament was so interesting. It was my first time watching a jousting match. I enjoyed cheering for the yellow knight and eating a meal like those in the medieval times using my hands. It was all a new and great experience.”
The next day, the class visited Adventure Island water park, where they swam and went down some crazy and fun water slides. Haley Beckermeier reflected, “It was great hanging out with my friends at the water park. My favorite slide had a bunch of fun shapes and patterns on the inside, and played some fun music. There were some intense stairs, but the adrenaline rush after the slides made it worth the climb.
Sabbath was spent on Honeymoon Island, where the seniors held their church service. They prayed, sang, and explored the topic of nature in God's word. Afterwards, they enjoyed a picnic lunch with hot dogs, cooling drinks, and watermelons. Senior Nicole Dominguez recalled, “It was a really nice and relaxing day on the island; a contrast from the other days, which were adventurous and full of energy. Mrs. Brown shared a really beautiful message that deeply spoke to me. She said that we may not know what is coming ahead but there will always be hidden blessings in life, especially when we keep God close to us.”
On the final day, the seniors headed to St. Pete Beach, where they swam right at the Gulf of Mexico. Some students explored the different stores around the beach. The trip ended on a high note with a sunset cruise at Clearwater Beach, where they enjoyed a dinner buffet on the Calypso Queen.
On Monday morning, everyone packed up and headed to the Premium Outlets for a final shopping spree before going to the airport. They finally arrived on campus after a long flight.
Daniel Moraes concluded, “Senior trip was an amazing experience! I got to go to a place I had never been before which was a lot of fun. I loved bonding with the class and the staff as well. It sure was a trip that I will never forget. I thank God that I had an opportunity like this. Florida gave me a chance to have fun and see the people that are important to me enjoy something well deserved.”
Tiffany Mogaka, Student News Team
Campion Academy students showed off their talents ranging from singing to acting this past Saturday night.
The Student Association members, who hosted the event, started and ended the night with amusing performances. To kick it off, they choreographed an aerobic entrance to the song “We are the Champions” by Queen. The ending skit started with all the SA members walking in to the song “Only time” by Enya, as Greek statues with vases filled with water.
“I was so excited to do this skit. Although drinking and spitting water was gross, it was definitely fun seeing and hearing the audience’s reactions,” SA Vice-President Blet Htoo reflected; “My favorite part was when we walked down the aisle and faced the audience. Once the audience got the idea that we might spit on them, they started to run which was really funny!”
Many of the acts were song performances. “Singing was fun, I liked being up on stage with my friends and the audience was so supportive so I felt really comfortable up there,” junior Dwayne Rey commented.
Along with the singing, there were multiple different acts ranging from comedy skits to a makeup tutorial where the person’s arms had a mind of their own. Yolanda Han, a person in the tutorial, stated, “I was the arms of Jalen, who was doing the makeup tutorial. It was really fun and my favorite part was dumping water on her.”
To conclude, Htoo remarked, “Overall SA talent show was amazing, and I think everyone else enjoyed it too!”
Toby Quillin, Student News Team
Scenes from the death and resurrection of Jesus were brought to life in the annual Journey to the Cross celebration on Campion’s campus this past Saturday afternoon. Over 600 visitors attended the Easter event featuring a Jerusalem marketplace and a dramatic reenactment of the story of salvation.
The drama portion was directed by Pastor Leandro Bizama and Erin Johnson. Viewers followed Jesus through five scenes including the Triumphal Entry, the Garden of Gethsemane, Pilate’s Court, the Crucifixion, and the Resurrection. The scenes were narrated with the actors pre-recorded audio and featured live music.
Audience member Janey Padilla-Reyes reflected, “I liked how this year we walked with Jesus through the scenes and the live music was a good touch too. It impacted my life personally because I felt like I was really there with Jesus while he was going through this journey and it demonstrated how much he went through just for me.”
The production was repeated five times throughout the afternoon to accommodate the amount of visitors, with a Spanish version as a new feature this year.
Visitors started the journey at a recreated Jerusalem marketplace located in the HMS Gym, organized by Natalie Barton along with many volunteers from the Campion Church. Each person was given golden coins to spend at booths or give to beggars. In traditional middle eastern garb, vendors sold a variety of goods including: scrolls with Bible verses, clay lamps, grape juice, bread, and fish. The Roman Army patrolling the village even had a booth to draft new recruits.
Geraldy Marvel, senior, volunteered as an actor in the marketplace; “Seeing all the happy faces and just having a great time interacting with many people was such a blessing. One of the booths I helped with was selling grape juice: the finest in all of Jerusalem! It was an amazing experience and I had a great time being a part of Journey To The Cross,” Marvel concluded.
Over 120 volunteers from Campion Church, Campion Academy, HMS Richards School, and other area churches worked hard to put the afternoon together in a way that would be remembered by everyone. Erin Johnson commented, “This was our best year yet in Journey to the Cross. We had an amazing team that collaborated for months and I’m so glad people were blessed by the program.”
Toby Quillin, Student News Team
In place of classes, Campion Academy students spent last Friday serving the community. While many students helped with the RMC Music Festival, the rest of the student body dispersed to community projects, with some going up to Glacier View Ranch and Eden Valley where they completed Spring-cleaning projects and built fences. Other students picked up trash on the highway, helped at Habitat for Humanity, or were assigned to various projects on campus.
A few of the students returned to Habitat for Humanity, where they sorted donations. “I liked that I was able to return to Habitat for Humanity; I found it to be the same positive experience I had last semester: being able to help and talk to people I don’t normally hang out with,” Jalen Contreraz, senior, shared.
Unfortunately, the windy weather cut a few projects short. Dominic White, a student assigned to the campus maintenance team commented, “We went out to the baseball field and painted the dugouts and put metal sheet roofing on them. Sadly, we couldn't finish fully because the wind started picking up making it hard to place and hold the sheets. But other than that, it was a lot of fun.”
Principal Don Reeder commented on the value Campion places on service days; “Reaching into our community is staying true to our mission of teaching young people to serve others. One of our goals for Community Service day is for our students to learn the value of service even without an external reward.”
Ciara Felix, Student News Team
This past weekend, Campion’s campus was filled with new voices as middle schoolers from nine different schools came together to form a single choir of 120 students.
The Rocky Mountain Music Festival began at full blast on Friday morning in the chapel where Dr. William Chunestudy led the first rehearsals. Separated into two sections based on their voice parts, the students rehearsed a total of eight pieces that would be presented on Saturday morning and evening. The members of Koinonia, Campion’s select choir, were present at all rehearsals to support and help the children with their pieces.
Natalie, a student from HMS Richards and a soloist in the festival, shared that she enjoyed “being able to learn new things from Dr. C and also making more friends from other schools. It was a lot of singing and my voice was sore, but it was a good learning experience.”
Besides the practices, the participants attended breakout sessions which included arts, games, soccer, and gymnastics.
During Friday night vespers, the high school students from Campion and Mile High came together to perform several pieces. In addition to that, both schools’ select choirs also performed separately.
Sabbath’s church service took place in the gym, where the combined choir performed two songs. Pastor Leandro Bizama was the speaker for all of the weekend events.
After the service, the kids took part in an outreach activity planned by Campion Church which included distributing cookies and handing out invitations for the Journey to the Cross Easter program.
The choir participants had a chance to showcase their talents and hard work in their final performance on Saturday night.
Cecilia Simmons, Campion’s Music Director commented, “Listen, we put over 100 squirrely prepubescent kids into a room and asked one man to teach them eight songs in two days. Either we were crazy or our festival clinician, Dr. Chunestudy is a miracle worker. What he did with those kids in such a short period of time was phenomenal.The final concert was a celebration of their hard work and belief in everything he taught them. Just like he said, it was a circle of giving between the festival choir, the audience, and the director.”
All of the performances were recorded and are viewable on Campion’s Facebook page.
Ana Segawa, Student News Team