This past Saturday evening, students and staff attended the annual Fall Party hosted by the Student Association. This year the party was held at a barn near campus, and students were told to wear plaid. The barn was decked out in lights while each horse stall hosted a different fall-themed game. Bean-bag toss, ring toss, and darts were just a few of the fun activities the Student Association put together. Many other students participated in a pie-eating contest and lip-syncing.
A big hit of the night was the photo booth. A horse stall was decorated into a cool background for photos. Fall-themed snacks were also a favorite among the students. Students and staff members thoroughly enjoyed the night filled with laughter and memories. Sophomore Kylie Wehling shared, “It was cool to go somewhere different and the party fit the definition of fall!”
Megan Michalenko, Student Editor
Alumni Weekend 2019
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Campion Academy has recently gained a new staff member in former student, John Boutot who is teaching two sections of U.S. History this year. His time at Campion left him so on fire for God that even as he graduated in 2013 and enlisted in the Marine Core, he dreamt of returning one day to teach. Boutot found his calling for teaching history along the way, as he originally planned on becoming a school chaplain. During his time in the Marine Core, he was given the title “Section Leader,” which came with the responsibility of teaching classes to his fellow marines on machine guns and machine gunnery. This is where the idea which led him into teaching U.S. History began to grow. His passion for teaching sparked the desire to come home and put Christ first like in his high school years.
Wendy Eickmann, Campion Academy’s chaplain, is one of many staff members who were around for Boutot’s student days. She says, “I remember John Boutot’s openness, his authenticity, and his energy. It’s so cool to see him channeling all of that and being a good example and positive influence on our campus.” Students and teachers alike are expressing excitement for Boutot’s new endeavors in teaching.
Naomi Boonstra, Student Editor
Over the past weekend, 15 students and six sponsors packed their tents, sleeping bags, food, and other gear in their backpacks and headed off for an adventure to summit the highest peak in Colorado: Mt. Elbert. Leaving after classes on Friday, they hiked in from the trailhead about two miles under the light of the full moon.
The next morning, they took on the challenge of reaching the summit which was about nine miles round-trip and 4,700 feet of elevation gain. The hike was long and strenuous, but the group was rewarded by magnificent views along the route and especially at the summit. Students and sponsors teamed up to encourage each other along the way and helped each other surpass their individual limits. The weather was clear and comfortable for hiking, allowing the group to relax at the top and enjoy the afternoon hike back down to camp.
After hiking back out to the trailhead parking lot on Sunday morning, the group was faced with one more unexpected challenge to overcome; the school vans, trailer, and Steve Eickmann’s car were all blocked in by other cars in the parking lot. The group quickly put their heads and muscles together and began rolling boulders out of the way to create a narrow opening between a few cars. After some multiple point turns and readjustments, Yves Clouzet got the first school van through. The trailer had to be unhitched so the second van could go through, then everyone pitched in a hand to push the trailer through and hitch it back to the van on the other side. Finally, Eickmann proved that he is acutely aware of the width of his vehicle by squeezing it between some of the parked cars, sparing less than an inch on either side.
In the end, the group all made it safely back to Campion with accomplishments to cherish and stories to tell.
Jill Harlow, Communication Director
10. Be prepared
"We had to be prepared to sleep in a tent in the cold. The first night I didn’t wear a lot of clothes, but then the second night I wore all my warm clothes and it was so much better. " – Giovanni Silva
9. Drink water
"If you don’t drink enough water, you will feel sick at the top!" – Sydney Halvorson
8. Stick with a buddy
"You never know when you might get hurt and need a friend to help you." – Sydney Cornett
7. Don't be too quick to judge
"When we found ourselves blocked in at the parking lot, we were all upset at a certain red car that was parked in the middle of a lane. After thinking about it later, we realized that the red car actually had to have been parked before the entire row of cars that came in front of it, so didn't deserve all the blame that we had been so quick to give." - Jill Harlow
6. Encourage one another.
"When you have a friend when things get rough, you can encourage each other to get through it." – Kent Kast
5. Don’t look back
"Every time I looked back, I felt so high that it made me nervous. I just kept looking forward to the goal of the summit." --Greg Lang
4. Relationships come first
"I learned that being the first or fastest isn’t always important, it’s the people that you persevere with, even if you don’t get to go as fast or far as you want with them, that are important in the end. - Jadon Harden
3. You can push through the pain
"I was honestly ready to give up and just turn around but I kept going even though it was difficult. Having the accomplishment of summitting the mountain kept me going. – Sami Hodges
2. Slow and steady wins the race
"We set a slow pace, but we did not stop, and we were the first group at the summit." -Kean Jagitsch
1. Never Give Up
"When I was climbing the first false summit, in my head I thought I would just quit after that summit, but after I got there I saw the real summit wasn’t so far, so I encouraged myself to keep on going and at the end I made it." -Jarrod Lang
"You will have an incredible gift when you get to the top." – Giovanni Silva
Last Friday, Campion Academy hosted its annual volleyball tournament and the Campion team won for the first time in three years. A total of four schools participated, and the games took place all day. After coming in last place the previous year, the team was determined to make a come-back. The team won their first two games that morning against Loveland Classical and Rocky Mountain Lutheran and lost their third to Hyland Christian. This put them in the final championship game against Hyland Christian where they played three sets. The whole team played hard for their win. A few players, including Sandra Marin and Haley Enochs, had long serving runs while other players like Delanie Kamarad and Ashley Halvorson had several good hits at the net. Meg Michalenko, a senior who plays middle blocker on the team, said, “Playing in the volleyball tournament was such an amazing experience as a team. We learned how to trust in one another and encourage those around us.”
Ashley Herber, Senior, Student Editor
Kelsey Cate started coaching volleyball at Campion five years ago at the invitation of then head coach Erin Heib, and she became the head coach two years ago. She played volleyball for two years at Union College before graduating from Colorado Christian University. Before that she played at Campion, graduating in 2013. Kelsey’s love of volleyball is easy to see, as is her love of her players. When asked what her favorite part about coaching is she said, “Sharing my love of volleyball with my players and seeing them succeed,” and when asked what her favorite part about volleyball is, she said simply and enthusiastically, “Everything.”
Ashley Herber, Senior, Student Editor
Anonymous donors have offered to pay half of the price of new volleyball shoes for all of the girls who need them, allowing many players to buy new shoes for this season. Good volleyball shoes are important because they help to prevent ankle injuries that can happen with all of the sudden stops and starts that the sport demands. We thank the donors for their generosity and concern for the safety of the girls on the volleyball teams.
Our mission from God is to make disciples. We are called by Him to share our testimony to people who need to hear it. Throughout the year, students around the campus will share how God has worked miracles in their lives, in hopes of sharing His love to inspire others. We want to remind and show people how real and good God truly is. As you read these, please think of what God has done for you lately. What is at the heart of your story?
The first story comes from someone who would like to remain anonymous:
“For me, coming to Campion was hard. My whole life, I was always transferring schools, and I should have been used to it, but this time was different. Growing up, I didn’t have much of a choice of whether or not I had to change schools. I wasn’t very close to my family, let alone my brother. Aside from small talk and dinner conversation, I hadn’t talked to my brother for about six years straight. Besides the fact that my family was financially unstable, my family wanted me to come to Campion to experience a better life. Because I had moved so much, I was tired of meeting new people. I was never able to grow close to them, and they would often times forget about me. So I thought if I went to Campion I would have to experience it once again. But one friend changed it for me. My good ol’ roommate. My companion. My grapefruit (this is a hint so you should know who you are once you read this). She is the reason I can finally smile and forget the bad days I had. She helped me shape who I am today. God put her in my life to help me be able to start over with my family. I didn’t think I could be so close with someone, but I see God in her. With her help, I was able to finally talk to my brother, and we are closer than we have ever been. I am extremely grateful that God put the realest people in my life that I can lean on despite everything.”
Edited by Adrianna Campbell, Senior, Student Editor
This Sabbath, all of the students got on buses to go out and spend time in God's second book, nature. Students could choose between three options during their visit to Rocky Mountain National Park. The first bus took people to a rigorous hike to Loch Lake. The second bus took people to Bear lake which was more relaxing, but just as beautiful. The last option took students to the top of Trail Ridge Road, where they climbed many stairs to the top of the peak. A few students shared their experiences of how they saw God while in the mountains.
Jordyn D., sophomore, says, “Pastor Goetz shared with us this verse, Psalm 121:1-2 which says, ‘I lift my eyes to the mountains- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.’ It really helped me understand that God made the mountains, and created us to enjoy and marvel at all of his beautiful creations. It made me feel truly small compared to everything around me and I am so grateful that I was able to be in God's presence while I marveled at his creation.”
Erick M., senior, says, “I took the bus up Trail Ridge Road and was able to get an amazing view at the top. Seeing all the huge peaks and deep valleys God has created made me feel pretty small and insignificant in comparison. However, being up there was an awesome reminder that God cares about and loves me deeply, no matter how powerless or small I feel.”
Beverly O., senior, says, “During mountain church, I had a wonderful experience. Hiking up the mountains with friends, and seeing the waterfalls made me see the real beauty and power of God. It reminded me of the verse Isaiah 43:2. That even in the deepest waters, God gave me rocks for stability in faith and in trust.”
Blessing S., sophomore, says, “Being in the mountains reminded me of how God is my rock and can hold me through any time. I could see how much of a great God he is. My God created the world and made wonderful things for me to enjoy. I loved looking into the waterfall. When I saw my reflection, it reminded me that I was made in his image, and I am a reflection of him.”
Adrianna Campbell, Senior, Student Editor