At Campion Academy’s annual “Handshake”, an event that involves the entire student body lining up to shake hands with each staff member, the freshman section was notably much larger than what has been seen in recent years. This year, Campion Academy has been blessed with 42 students enrolled in the freshman class, making it the largest class in the academy.
“Having a large freshman class is a healthy indicator for positive enrollment,” commented Principal Don Reeder, “It encourages us on our enrollment for future years, but more importantly, it means we have more students who will experience Christ, fall in love with Him, and then be prepared to share Him with the world, which is our mission.”
In the last ten years, freshman enrollment has averaged about 29 students. Each class usually grows in numbers every year, especially during their junior year, as many students come to Campion from junior academies. The 2018 graduating class had 40 students, and this year’s senior class also has 40 students.
Campion Academy strives to maintain its focus on providing a Christ-centered education, and that has been the primary draw for the freshmen and their families. Kylie W., a freshman from Kearney, Nebraska explained, “My brother came here, and what I’ve noticed about Campion is that God is the center of the campus. They really make sure we know that our studies are important, but God is more important, and He’s the main one to turn to in life.”
Robyn Q., a freshman from Cortez, Colorado agreed and said, “I came to Campion because it is a Christian school. I am excited that I get to be part of LE (literature evangelism) and help show others about Jesus.”
While the size of the freshman class is encouraging, Campion Academy is still seeking to increase enrollment. In the past year, they have been expanding their territory for recruiting, as they are central to many states and regions that do not have boarding academies, including Utah, the TexaCo Conference region, and Omaha, Nebraska.
Jadon H., a freshman from Los Alamos, New Mexico, is the first one in his family to attend Campion Academy. “I came to Campion for a Christian experience and independence. I’m excited about sports, making new friends, and taking new classes,” he commented.
Campion is also seeking to expand their global impact by recruiting students from around the world. There are currently students from China, Japan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mexico at Campion, and they have been establishing relationships with potential students in Brazil and Spain for upcoming years.
Campion’s school board and administration has made it a goal to increase its endowment to 10 million dollars in order to offer more financial aid to students who would otherwise be unable to attend. “We have a mission to train students for service in Christ, and we want to be able to open our doors to any student who feels called to be here,” Reeder affirmed.
Article and Photo by Jill Harlow, Communication Director
Last Saturday night, the entire student body participated in the Class Scramble, a class-bonding event. Students and sponsors dressed in their class’s colors with seniors wearing red, juniors white, sophomores blue, and freshman sporting black. The event included games like a solo-cup stacking challenge, people-powered tick-tac-toe, and of course the main event, the actual class scramble. Seniors took home first place, juniors second, sophomores third, and fourth place went to the Freshman.
On Sunday there were more class games at the Student Association (SA) picnic. There was a tug of war challenge, an ice t-shirt challenge, a mini tricycle race, and a bus push. There was also free time when students could participate in games of volleyball, soccer, or water balloon dodgeball. The SA officers did a great job planning the events that were fun for everyone.
To introduce themselves on Move-in Day, the SA officers dressed up in funky beach attire to go along with their theme for the school year, “Making Waves.”
Delanie Kamarad, Spiritual Vice-President, explained in her evening worship talk that every action we take, whether positive or negative, has an impact—or makes a wave—on someone else. She encouraged the students to make waves for Jesus by impacting the lives of others in a positive way.
We are proud to have such a positive team of student leaders, and here we introduce each one, with his or her goal for the school year (in order as pictured).
Weston Humphries, SA President
“My goal is for everyone to have a great year and for everyone to get to know each other more.”
Theron Treat, SA Vice President
“I want to make the school a more comfortable place for everyone.”
Delanie Kamarad, Spiritual VP
“My goal is to create less barriers between classes and peers and to encourage all of our students to be trained so that they can go out and be missionaries in whatever they do.”
Jessica Davis, Social VP
“I want to focus on communication between SA, the teachers, and the students. I also want to make sure that everybody has input in the decision making and that the student body knows that their opinions are valued.”
Susan Wang, Secretary
“My goal is to organize everything that is in my charge and to coordinate every SA member to work together.”
Conner Coe, Treasurer
“My goal is to raise money to help make this school year great for everyone, especially the new students.”
Eloi Dos Santos, Activities Director
“My goal for this year is to make students enjoy the activities throughout the year. Learning about God is the top priority here at Campion Academy, and I want to connect activities with God, so students will not only have fun, but they will learn about God and connect with other students. Although some students would rather choose not to enjoy the activities, I will try my best to make every student get engaged with the activity or event.”
Jessica Singon, Communications Director
“I hope that I communicate well between the staff and the students and that we all strive as SA members to have a successful school year.”
Jordi Morales, Tech Director
“I want to capture and recreate the different moments this year.”
Bela Cinco, Outreach Director
“My goal is for people to get closer to God through helping others.”
Article by Ashley Herber, Student Editor
The Rocky Mountain Conference has brought on a new Director of Literature Evangelism, Pastor Matt Hasty, who will be working closely with the students of Campion Academy. Interested students can meet with him in the gym at our Move-in Day on Sunday and sign up to work with him in this important ministry. Hasty is coming to us from Indiana where he also served as the Literature Ministries Director. We are pleased to introduce Hasty, as he shared with us some of his background and goals for the program.
Why have you chosen to work in Literature Evangelism and what has brought you here?
“I believe literature evangelism is an extremely important tool in leading people to Christ. We are told ‘soon a thousand will be converted in a day, most of whom will trace their first convictions to the reading of our publications’ (EV 693). Because this is true, I want to be involved in a ministry that will make a big impact for the kingdom of heaven! After much prayer my wife and I decided God was leading us to join the team in the Rocky Mountain Conference.”
What is your background in the area?
“I started knocking on doors at 16 years old, and I haven’t stopped yet. Though LE work is full of its challenges, it also gets a little addicting. I’m 32 now, so for a little over half of my life, I have been doing evangelism and always use literature as part of that evangelism. Outside of LE work, I've preached five evangelistic series and have pastored for three years.”
What are your goals for the program?
“I have two simple, but huge goals. First, I’d like to train and persuade every attending member in our conference that they are a literature evangelist. Secondly, I want every home in Colorado and Wyoming to receive at least one of our truth-filled books or tracts every year.”
Could you tell us a bit about you as a person?
In December, my wife Amanda and I will celebrate our 10th year anniversary. Six months ago, we were blessed with our adorable daughter Eliisa. Our family loves the outdoors, camping, cliff-jumping, snowboarding, hiking and the beach! We’re looking forward to making some great memories with our new family in the Rocky Mountain Conference.
The ministry of Literature Evangelism has been an important outreach and job opportunity for students throughout the history of Campion Academy. Pastor Joe Martin retired from the director position in May, and while he will be greatly missed, we are pleased to continue the program under the leadership of Matt Hasty.
Article by Jill Harlow with Matt Hasty
This summer, eight students committed to furthering their relationship with Jesus and to helping ignite the faith of others by participating in Wildfire, a youth-led evangelistic effort. “The purpose of Wildfire is to teach, empower, and disciple young people,” explained Pastor Esequias Perea. The students traveled to Durango, Fruita, Pueblo, and Wyoming, where they put on VBS programs, led evangelistic series, and learned to prepare and preach sermons.
With the Holy Spirit working through the efforts and dedication of the Wildfire team, 14 people were baptized with one confession of faith. There were many answered prayers this summer, especially for safety, baptism, and local church support.
Not only did these students impact the lives of others for God, but their lives were impacted as well. Nolan Eickmann reflected, “It’s been awesome to grow in my relationship with God and to help others grow in their relationship with God.”
Ashley Halvorson said, “Wildfire made me realize that people might have something going on inside that you don’t see, so you should always be kind to them and be praying for them.”
Pastor Nestor Soriano started Wildfire in 2015 out of a desire to help youth preach the word of God. The name Wildfire comes from Acts 2 when the Holy Spirit came upon the believers and tongues of fire appeared above their heads. Wildfire has since grown to include a week of prayer during the school year for Campion Academy and a summer job program from the beginning of June to August.
Students who participated in Wildfire this summer are Nolan Eickmann, Ashley Halvorson, Lauren Fry, Nathaniel Sanchez, Josh Ramirez, Xander Asa, Josie Reeves, and Austin Rotinsulu. The supervisors were Pastor Esequias Perea, the chaplain at Campion Academy; Pastor Phil Jones, a retired evangelist; and the Campion Church pastoral team.
The Wildfire team not only worked hard to spread the gospel, but balanced some recreation into their summer as well. They went jeeping in Moab, Utah, camping and hiking in Colorado, and paid a visit to Wyoming for Frontier Days.
Pastor Esequias said, “Next summer we are hoping to have two to three Wildfire teams. The more kids that are involved, the more churches we can reach.” With God’s help Wildfire will continue to grow and bless others.
Article by Ashley Herber, Student Editor
Photos provided by Ashley Halvorson