Campion Academy celebrated the graduation of 47 seniors over the weekend; the largest class to graduate in eleven years.
The members of the class of 2022 have been strong campus leaders and academically high-achieving. Twenty-seven students are National Honor Society members with grade point averages of 3.5 and above. Over half the class completed college credits during their years at Campion, some with as many as 22 semester hours of college credit.
The graduates were awarded a total of over $1.3 million in scholarships from Union College, and over $3.8 million in total scholarships from Seventh-day Adventist Universities across the nation.
The Commencement speaker was Pastor Jose Rojas, who implored the students to take Jesus with them as they leave academy. Pastor Rojas highlighted the influence of his own academy Bible teacher, Pastor Paul Eagan, grandfather of graduate Christine Savage, who was in attendance at the event.
As a break from studying for finals, students participated in one last SA event for the year. Students met in the gym for the SA picnic to compete in games against each class.
Activities included ultimate rock-paper-scissors, a shoe-throwing contest,and the long anticipated color run. The students chased each other around the soccer field throwing colorful powder at each other, brightening up the field and their moods.
“This was a great way to end our school year,” Sujay Karki, senior, commented. “I had a lot of fun being with everyone and destressing before finals.”
Jacqueline Kobagaya, Student News Team
This last Sunday, Campion Music Department held their annual Pops Concert to wrap up the school year. Attendees of the performance watched as the bell ensembles, choirs, and orchestra performed a variety of contemporary songs from their repertoire.
The seniors in each of the music groups were recognized and given a pin. Awards of excellence were also given to music students who showed positive and outstanding attitudes throughout the year.
“It’s kind of sad that this is going to be my last pops concert ever, but I’m happy that it was able to take place this year,” Noah Sturges, senior, commented. “Throughout my high school years, I’ve enjoyed playing with the orchestra, and when I won the John Philip Sousa award, I felt honored to be part of the band.”
Students were extra touched, as this was not only the last performance for some, but also the last performance with the Clouzets as music directors. Yves Clouzet will continue teaching one music class at Campion next year, while Melissa Clouzet will be stepping out of the position in order to focus on the needs of their family.
The two were given a standing ovation for their ten years of service at Campion, and also given parting gifts made by their own students. Sandra Arlt, senior, remarked, “I was really excited and happy to help make the gifts for the Clouzets because they’ve made an impact on my life.”
Jacqueline Kobagaya, Student News Team
On Saturday night, teachers recognized high achieving students by giving them awards in many fields: sports, humor, and of course academics.
Pastor Taylor started off the program with his worship thought. “He reminded all of us that although our athletic and academic achievements are important, they cannot compare to what God can achieve through us and our willingness to use those achievements for his glory,” Kylie Wehling senior explained.
As the recipient of multiple awards, Kylie continued, “It was really cool to see all my fellow teammates and classmates get recognized for all their hard work this year! What most surprised me is getting the College Writing award. I honestly hate writing because it takes me so long, but I was glad that my hard work showed through!”
Colton Herber junior exclaimed, “It was nice to get up there and see the hard work pay off. I enjoyed getting the sports awards because I could look back at all the fun I had playing soccer and basketball.”
Many of the teachers gave awards to the students with the top three grades in their classes. Eldridge Woy, freshman who got one of the awards, commented, “Seeing my first awards night was surprisingly fun! It made me feel like I should start trying in sports and school for the awards and appreciation. When my name got called just for one award, that was greatly appreciated, but I want more! Overall, awards night was really enjoyable!”
During the program, the deans announced the new RAs for both boys and girls for next year. “The program was really cool; it was really nice to recognize the people who put in all the hard work. For me it was super fun when I got called up as a new RA because I had been dreaming about getting this position since Freshman year. Overall it was a very fun night,” Faith Evert, junior, stated.
In Campion’s annual tradition, the end of the year video produced by Noah Sturges culminated the program. “The highlight of the night had to be the video made by one of my friends. I already knew he was good at his video making, but he completely out did himself that night,” Edward Camas senior said. “There were clips of times I don’t even remember and it was a good reminder of all the fun I’ve had here at Campion. I know I’m going to be looking back at that video many years in the future.”
Airi Nomura, Student News Team
For the spring student-led Week of Prayer, seniors walked the student body through the book John every afternoon. Each group of seniors shared valuable insights and creative lessons from the life of Jesus.
Some seniors shared how they felt nervous going on stage and giving bible lessons in front of the whole school. Lizzie Pearson senior reflected, “Being a speaker for the Week of Prayer was nerve wracking but fun at the same time. I was glad to have the opportunity to spread the word of God and dive deeper into the influential chapter of John. I hope what we shared touched someone’s heart.”
Seniors put time and effort into making the presentations engaging, including skits, charades, modern-day connections, and even an interactive video-game presentation.
“This Week of Prayer was pretty fun and exciting, especially seeing all the seniors participate and summarize their chapters in John. Having their different views on each chapter really helped me see a different perspective of the story. It was interesting listening to their thoughts and their conclusions, and also seeing many of their skits,” Denisse Meza commented.
This Week of Prayer impacted the audience differently. “I really like Week of Prayer because not only do we get out of class a little early, but most importantly because it’s a week where we can learn about Jesus and the things he did,” Joaquin Mendoza expressed. “It was fun because the seniors were presenting their creative projects to teach us. I really liked their skits, but I also learned more about the book of John, thanks to them.”
Airi Nomura, Student News Team
Campion Academy's annual Ironman competition, organized by the Men's Club, was the major attraction on Saturday night. The co-ed contest included over 30 athletes competing to an audience of cheering fans.
The participants started off by running around the field and then competing in an obstacle course with a rope challenge, hockey shots, sit ups, spins, a tiny bike ride, ladder runs, and a balance beam.
Many unexpected participants were able to test their limits and strengths. “I did it for fun,” Poe Hla, a senior, said of her participation.
Jousting battles, dunking contests and chugging soda topped off the night. Yngrid Silva, an international student, expressed her experience, “When the people drank soda and threw up it was funny.” Many athletes weren’t capable of keeping the carbonated drink down. “I liked it because it was very new to me and I enjoyed watching it,” she concluded.
Many students were taken aback by their peers' abilities and endurance. Ariana Lopez, a sophomore, stated how amazing it was to witness the girls keep pace with the boys in the friendly competition. Lizzie Pierson, a senior, shared proudly, “I am glad that I could be a part of something that Campion has held for many years. I wish all future participants luck!”
The event ended with Dean Dubini and Dean Gann distributing prizes for the winners. Angel Villabos, the proclaimed Ironman champion, expressed his thanks, saying, “I am ecstatic that my hard work paid off. I have a lot of respect for those who participated. I am happy to leave a mark here at Campion.” Angel’s name will be engraved on the official Ironman trophy that has long been a mark of status in the Men's club.
Love Pickle, Students News Team
Last week the sophomores got to experience learning about biology in Moab for five days, with the Santanas’ and other staff. During this week their schedule was filled with various activities such as hiking, swimming and exploring.
Ruth states, “Moab was absolutely fantastic! We did a whole lot of hiking which was really fun, yet tiring.”
On the first day the sophomores set up camp and spent the rest of the day rafting. The next day was more focused on identifying different kinds of flowers and plants, while hiking in nature.
Ruth adds “The next day we went to a delicate arch and trekked along several paths gaining many blisters along the way. We also went to Faux Falls on one of the days. On Saturday some of us went on a sunrise hike which was quite a sight to experience.”
This year’s sophomore’s class was the first one to experience this trip since 2019 due to COVID. Ariana says, “I’m really glad I went to Moab with the sophomores. It was a great bonding experience that I’m glad I didn’t miss out on. We had fun having water fights in the rafts and playing endless card games. We hiked so much and it was fun to see Mr. Kast beat everyone up the trail jogging half the time.”
Besides the great number of activities the sophomores had planned, they got a chance to get closer together as a class and create a lot of memories.“I have been waiting since freshman year to go to Moab. Honestly I was kind of nervous to go because I didn’t know what to expect.” Explained Natanya.
“Once I got to Moab it was literally magical. I had so much fun with my whole class. It was truly a bounding experience our class really needed. Seeing the sunsets and sunrises on the arches was so beautiful. Camping in tents and staying up late at night was definitely the best. From exhausting hikes to eating s’mores on Saturday night, I couldn’t have made better memories with my friends and classmates.”
Elizabeth Jurackova, Student News Team
On Saturday night, Campion Academy students experienced a talent show performance put on by the Student Association (SA). There were various kinds of performances including poetry, playing instruments, acting, and singing.
A group of junior boys also known as the “Gents” sang, “I Can't Help Falling in Love.” Geraldy Marvel expressed his experience as a member, “Being a part of the “Gents” was a marvelous experience. Getting on stage, performing, and seeing the faces of many happy people was fun.” The audience showed their appreciation for the performance by erupting in cheers.
Having recently arrived from Japan to learn English at Campion, Rio Nomura, a freshman, along with her sister Airi Nomura, sang “The Start of Something New.” Rio excitedly stated, “I really loved that everyone was vibing when my sister and I were singing. It made me so happy and excited.” As a lover of performing arts, she expressed, “ I’m thankful for the opportunity to sing.” This was her first time performing in front of people in a new country.
The crowd was full of energy, constantly cheering for their fellow students and grooving along to the musical performances. Audra Bennet, a junior said, “I really loved that everyone was engaged and hyped up that night, it made the experience that much better. The acts themselves were very entertaining.”
In former years the student talent show was a part of Senior Recognition weekend, but this year it was replaced with drama’s dinner theater, so the SA decided to include it as one of the final events of the semester. Gwyn Reeves, the SA treasurer concluded her experience by saying, “I really enjoyed being able to carry on an old tradition at Campion. I had a lot of fun working with my SA officers to make it all happen and hope it will become a tradition again for years to come.”
Love Pickle, Student News Team
Last Friday, Campion’s Spanish 1 class had their turn to share their cultural knowledge through projects and presentations. The performances included a traditional dance from Spain, instructional cooking videos, and art presentations. Students attending the performances were rewarded with sampling the homemade tortillas, salsa, and churros.
“I really enjoyed the cooking portion of the Spanish project,” reflected Spanish student Melody Mambo. “My team was super fun and we were just being ourselves which was really nice. I like being able to portray my likeness for cooking while also speaking Spanish because it’s really cool that we get to learn new skills.”
Last Sabbath students from Campion Academy’s drama team shared skits, songs, poems, and testimonies at the church service at Brighton Adventist Church.
Lexi, one of the students who sang and gave a testimony, commented “I really enjoyed performing with the Campion drama team. Everyone’s testimonies were really good and I felt very blessed. I’m so glad I got to sing with Christine, and I’m very happy that the Brighton church welcomed us to do their church service.”
Seth, a sophomore, told his testimony about a health issue he had as a baby and how God worked a miracle to heal him. Seth remarked “I was very nervous going up front, but I’m glad I was able to go up and share how I have seen God’s work in my own life.”
The service did not only have an impact on the students, but also an impact on those around them. Randy Bell, an Elder at the Brighton Adventist Church, explained “Seeing the drama group take charge, organize, and perform the church service assured me that God is truly working through Campion Academy to impact the students lives and those they come in contact with.”
The drama team finished off the weekend by going to see Singin’ in the Rain at the Candlelight Theater on Sunday. At the theater they were provided a meal while watching the show.
Kayleigh Cate, a junior, comments, “I really enjoyed the production of Singin’ in the Rain. The food they served was delicious! The production was impressive with the actors, set designs, and a neat water feature. The whole trip was a fun experience.”
Brianna Bell, Guest contributor