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Twenty-three Campion academy students backpacked a total of twelve miles reaching American Lakes and Lulu Mountain in Jackson County this past weekend while enjoying the scenery and each other’s company.
On Friday afternoon, the outdoor club hiked four miles up a steep side of a mountain to reach their campsite. Sophomore Marcela Zuniga says “I loved hiking even though it was hard, I thought I wasn’t going to make it to the campsite, so as I was walking up the mountain I asked God to help me and He did!”
Along the way, a few of the students got a surprise visit by a mother and baby moose that temporarily blocked the trail. Haley Beckermeyer, senior commented, “I thought it was really cool seeing the moose and her baby up that close. Even though she kind of halted our hiking process a bit, it was spectacular.”
On Saturday, the whole group made their way up the steep trail to Snow Lake. Some students chose to spend most of the day at the lake. Sophomore Keaton Drake reflects, “It was really awesome getting to climb on the rocks, play in the water, and look at the scenery. The view of the forest and valley was honestly incredible.”
The second option that students could do was hike up the 12,002 foot peak of Lulu Mountain. Keon Paez, sophomore, said, “At first I didn’t think I would make it up because it’s super tall, my legs got really tired, mostly because I didn’t get a lot of oxygen up there. But, once I got to the top, I felt very relieved because I didn’t have to climb anymore. The view was incredible and captivated me. The hike was hard but definitely worth it.”
The weather in the mountains was constantly changing. Junior student Dwayne Rey says, “The weather was crazy, at times the sun would be out and it was chill, but then like two seconds later, it disappeared. It was super windy, then it would stop. It was raining, then the hail came. It was CRAZY!”
After breakfast on Sunday, the group hiked back down to the vehicles. Zuniga says “The hike down was a whole lot faster and more fun because of the steepness of the trail. It was such a relief to make it back to Campion after having many challenges and many good times.”
For the students who hadn’t camped or backpacked before, there were a lot of new skills they had to learn, including filtering water for the whole campsite, cooking food on a tiny stove, and even fitting a sleeping bag into its sleeve. Sergio Enriquez, freshman states, “We all were working together to stay alive. We got water together for the entire camp. We bonded by experiencing the same struggles and the same laughs.”
Toby Quillin, Campion News Team
Campion closed up the second week of school with games and competitions at the annual SA Picnic to bring students closer to their classmates and provide fun moments.
In the same spirit of Class Scramble, the classes competed wearing their respective colors in activities such as tug-of-war, water-sponge relay, ball relay, and the traditional bus-push.
While the seniors took first place In tug-of-war, the freshmen class surprised everyone by beating out the junior class. Cindy Santana, Campion teacher, emphasized, “The freshmen have come off as a strong class this year. They did well in Scramble and they also showed that on the SA picnic, so I think in the future they are going to be a class to contend with.”
The junior class had their redemption by winning the bus-push. However, in another unusual turn of events, members from all the classes came together to help and cheer on the freshman class as they struggled to get the bus up the hill. The mix of classes uniting behind the bus showed what the competitions were really about: sportsmanship and school spirit.
Freshman Lilian Resz exclaimed, “I was definitely surprised when the seniors, juniors, and sophomores helped us because I thought it was just going to be us and they would boo us if we couldn’t get to the end. But this attitude gave me a lot more confidence in this school in general when it comes to teamwork, and it made me feel better even though the bus push was something very hard.”
Besides the usual games, there were brand-new ones like the ball relay, that became favorites amongst students. Ekenna Nwankwo commented “The whole thing was really fun, I enjoyed it and I liked the new relay race with the ball. I had a lot of fun, and I think SA did a good job planning it all.”
Overall, the seniors once again finished the day with the most points.
After the competitions, students hung out on center campus, getting wet in a friendly game of slip ‘n slide kickball, or just enjoying talking and laughing with friends. Senior Brayan Martins said, “In four years I had never tried the slip ‘n slide, but this year, seeing all of my friends trying and having fun. I felt an urge to be a part of all that. It was great and I felt very excited to cherish these moments as a senior. ”
Ana Segawa, Student News Team
Seniors won Campion Academy’s annual class competition, Scramble, with a lead of over 200 points. After coming in second place the past two years, the class of 2023 was determined to win this year.
Daniel Moraes, senior, commented,”Class scramble was amazing and fun, honestly at the beginning I thought we were going to lose but we started picking up the rhythm and ended up winning. I was really excited and glad that we won our last year.”
The seniors kicked off the Saturday night event with Principal Don Reeder warning everyone to beware of their surroundings. Then, the lights went out, dubstep music blared, and the seniors jumped out from their hiding places, running and yelling around the gym.
Cecilia Simmons, new staff member and SA sponsor, exclaimed, “Oh. My. Goodness. I have been to many a junk scramble in my career, but that was intense. I even got chills when the seniors made their entrance. My adrenaline was so high after the night, I didn’t want to sleep. Clearly I had too much fun. What a night and congratulations to the seniors.”
Each class got dressed in their class colors and competed against each other in the gym, after two years of having it outside. Reeder called out items from a snowboard to a chocolate kiss ribbon that students raced to the center. Students participated in the traditional drills of dead cow, man overboard and air raid. Campion’s Student Association (SA) also added new games such as “cups” and “the floor is lava” to the excitement.
Even for the classes that didn’t come in first place, the night was an opportunity to build class spirit and excitement for the school year. Lillian Resz, freshman, reflected, ”Class scramble was super fun, and it was a perfect opportunity to get close with everyone in our class.”
Blet Htoo, Students News Team
Senior Scramble Photos
Junior Scramble Photos
Sophomore Scramble Photos
Freshmen Scramble Photos
Campion Academy welcomed 125 students to campus with worship, games, and handshakes on Sunday, August 14.
Donning black plastic trash bags and downcast faces, the Student Association (SA) officers kicked off the event by transforming into bright and energetic leaders, introducing the theme for the school year: ‘Renewed’. After leading worship songs, Spiritual Vice-President Tiffany Mogaka shared insights of how God can renew each of our lives.
Students were then divided into their class groups for classic competitions such as human knot and hula-hoop pass. Toby Quillin, returning sophomore, mentioned, “The games were a really good way to get to know our classes better, both for those returning and those joining for the first time. The friendly competition really brought all of us closer together.”
For the main event, all the students and staff members lined up to shake hands and introduce themselves. Ana Segawa, a new senior student, hadn’t experienced this type of welcome at a school before. “As a new student coming from Brazil, it can be very intimidating to go to a boarding school in a different country, but the handshakes were a great icebreaker and a nice way of getting to know the other students and staff,” she explained. “I got to meet amazing people and the whole experience made me feel very welcome.”
The evening ended with a prayer of dedication from Pastor Micheal Goetz and a round of high fives for Principal Don Reeder.
Four-year senior, Haley Beckermeyer, still found herself caught up in the excitement and positivity Handshake brings to the start of the year. She reflected, “I am excited to watch the school grow closer as a student body and closer to God throughout this year.”
Jill Harlow, Communication Director
Nine Campion students and recent alumni spent over six weeks studying the language and culture of Spain in the Adventist Colleges Abroad program in Sagunto.
The students completed six semester hours of college-level/dual credit Spanish classes on campus. While at first many of the students found the full-immersion in Spanish challenging, they commented on the positivity and energy of the teachers. “I enjoyed how the teachers were so fun and relaxed most of the time and talked about things like food and the culture there,” reflected Carla R.
Sandra A. agreed saying, “I found it valuable that the teachers were understanding and would either talk slower or would help us try to find the translation. Also I just enjoyed how the teachers included humor in their teaching. The teachers, staff, and monitors always were able to find a way to make learning Spanish fun.”
In addition to the classes, a major part of the program is touring the country. The students had the opportunity to visit the major cities of Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia, as well as historic towns and local beach cities. Faith E. expressed, “I loved traveling everywhere throughout Spain, but I’d have to say my favorite was Madrid. I loved seeing the European architecture and the food.”
Living and learning in another country came with its challenges, such as the record-breaking temperatures experienced across Europe this summer. Carla explained, “For me the biggest challenge was definitely the heat since we didn’t have air conditioning.”
Thankfully, afternoon trips to the local beaches were frequent, and the students could spend hours swimming and relaxing in the warm waters of the Mediterranean sea.
Unfortunately, the trip ended with headaches over international travel. Due to an airline strike, most of the Campion group was affected by flight cancellations and couldn’t be rebooked for several days, in an unanticipated extension of the trip.
Ultimately, the summer created not only life-long positive memories for the students, but also opportunities for personal growth. Caleb G reflected, “Overall, what I learned from the experience this summer was that I need to be a lot more chill with life and I need to stop worrying so much about everything. It helped me to learn to exercise more patience and to just roll with everything that was happening.”
As a chaperone on the trip, it was an absolute pleasure to lead this group of students. Several teachers commented to me on our students' consistently strong academic achievement, noting how they always had their homework done on time, were prepared for tests, and never complained. More so than other students in the program, our Campion students consistently participated in the spiritual life activities on campus, including leading out in morning worship talks and joining with the praise team for vespers and church. I am so proud of our Campion students and all they learned and achieved!
Jill Harlow, Spanish Teacher