The Men’s Residence Hall students and deans enjoyed a device-free weekend bonding with each other on campus.
The central theme of the weekend was leadership. Jayden Anggormas, senior, said, “Each and every one of us are leaders, and we must let God influence us to be the best leaders.” In a mens-specific service, Pastor Goetz gave a sermon explaining how we can be better leaders, and the students watched several videos on the topic for vespers.
Before church on Sabbath, the guys enjoyed a competitive game of Bible trivia. “My favorite part of the dorm retreat was the Bible trivia that we had before Pastor Goetz’s sermon,” commented Kevin Perez, senior. “I enjoyed working with my team to try to find the answers for the questions, and although we tied, it was still fun.”
On Saturday afternoon, the guys broke into several different groups for a photo scavenger hunt. They were given a sheet of paper with riddles on it that they had to solve. When they solved the riddle, it explained the type of picture the group had to take at various locations around campus.
On Saturday night, the guys played a round of capture the flag in the dark. “I definitely loved playing capture the flag with all of the boys in the dorm,” explained Angel Villalobos, junior. “All the strategies and plans the boys would come up with surprised me and made me want to give it my all. It was a great time of togetherness!”
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The Girl’s Residence Hall partnered up with the Campion Church Women’s Ministries to bring a special service, “Lemonade,” to the academy girls and ladies in the community. On Sabbath, the guest speaker, Pastor Jen Woody, focused on the theme “Sweet Sufferings” and talked about how God can turn disappointments into blessings.
On Sabbath afternoon, in a session called “Anything Goes,” Pastor Jen answered anonymous questions that girls had on their hearts about God, life, and relationships. “I really enjoyed the fact that Pastor Jen was comfortable with our questions and didn’t filter anything,” Melody Mambo, sophomore, explained. “She made us feel safe and I’m glad that we got answers to some questions we wouldn’t normally ask.”
The girls also enjoyed the “Hope Rocks” activity by painting inspirational and creatively designed rocks.
The residence hall girls ended the retreat on Saturday night with pizza and karaoke. Amira Davis, senior, commented, “Karaoke was a good way to end the night along with dancing with the other girls. It was fun, and I got closer with people I don’t usually hang out with.”
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Photos: Sami Hodges
Campion Academy’s brand new drama class, titled Illuminated, gave its first performance of the year during chapel on Wednesday, September 16. The class wrote and constructed every aspect of the play themselves, which was about trusting God, even amidst rough circumstances.
2020 has been a year of many disasters and disappointments, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Illuminated wanted to convey the message that through it all, God is with us and will always listen to us.
“I think the most important message we wanted to get across was to always communicate with God no matter what,” explained Sami Hodges, lead actress in the play. “I wanted the audience to understand that even though there are so many distractions, if they are able to keep connected with God, whether it’s through prayer or a spiritual conversation with a friend, it will make it much easier to navigate through life knowing He is always by our side.”
The drama students physically represented emotional struggles in the play with black boxes labeled with words such as fear and anxiety. At the climax of the play, Jesus, as portrayed by Francisco Cortez Echeverria, knocked away all of the black boxes piled around the main actress.
“The most important aspect of the play to me was the symbolism,” commented Daniel Garcia-Mencia, junior. “With the struggles that teenagers and adults alike may be going through, especially with all the chaos that is around us, we just have to trust in God and know He’ll be there to guide us through it all.”
Illuminated’s next performance will be in November and will be live-streamed on Campion’s Facebook page. The class is being taught by Erin Johnson this year which has been reinstated at Campion after a five-year hiatus.
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Photos by Bentlee Barry
Fifteen Campion Academy students and sponsors immersed themselves in nature over the weekend on the annual Outdoor Club backpacking trip.
For several students, this was their first backpacking experience. Jared Marcenaro, a junior, said, “It was a lot of fun and I definitely would go again. I was going in blind and had no idea what to expect. Using the restroom in the forest was definitely a challenge I had to overcome. Since I’m from Kansas and there are no mountains, it was cool to see first hand how huge the mountains really are. I now understand the significance of the phrase that God moves mountains because he really is so strong and powerful.”
The backpacking trip was originally scheduled for the weekend of September 11th but was postponed to September 18-20 due to snow. In another turn of events, on the day they left, the sponsors of the trip were informed that there was a fire near the planned location, a mountain range in Wyoming. They had to quickly change plans and relocated to Peaceful Valley in the Indian Peaks Wilderness near Glacier View Ranch.
The students hiked about 15 miles total over the weekend, which included going up to Coney Lake, camping by a river, and witnessing a moose near camp.
Airi Nomura, a junior, said “It was a lot more fun than I expected. The hike was hard but the view and sense of satisfaction definitely made it worth it. I was exhausted and my legs hurt a lot, but my friends were there and everyone helped each other out. I definitely want to go on another one, but maybe the hike could be a bit shorter and the days a bit longer.”
They had worship on Friday night and on Sabbath during which the group talked about how the plans people make will not always be the plans God has for them. Jillian Harlow, a sponsor, said, “Personally, I love doing outdoor activities and getting away from the rush and stress of life. I am able to grow and reconnect with God, and I love introducing students to that experience as well.”
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Campion Academy students competed in a night of class festivities last Saturday. Typically held outside on a Sunday, the annual class-competition event, the Student Association (SA) Picnic, had been rescheduled for Saturday night in the gymnasium due to the smoke and poor air quality. SA members planned creative activities for students to enjoy with a glow-in-the-dark theme.
Sandra Arlt, junior, said, “I thought it was really smart that we could do it inside, it was nice not to get eaten up by the bugs. I think the fact that we did it Saturday night was cool as well because it meant no sun burns. It was a fun time and I made really cool memories.”
The night started out with a slightly altered game of tug-of-war; classes chose just five students to pull the rope to allow for social distancing. Despite the slippery floor, seniors quickly took the lead.
In a new game, students had to jump down a glow-stick hula hoop path and battle it out in a game of rock-paper-scissors with other classes. In an unusual turn of events, freshmen got first place in that game. However, seniors took back first place in the annual mini bike relay race. SA ended off the night with a game of musical chairs and sing-alongs.
Even with the change of time, venue, and added safety precautions, Campion students made the most of the night. Nicole Dominguez, sophomore, commented, “I thought it was amazing and so different. I personally think it was better than last year. I truly had so much fun with all my friends and got to talk to people I don’t usually talk to.”
Photos by Sami Hodges and Bentlee Barry