Campion students and staff took a break from the classroom walls and experienced God’s creation through activities including hiking, photography, and nature journaling in Rocky Mountain National Park for Outdoor School day.
Students rose bright and early Monday morning for this long awaited day. Designated groups boarded buses and set out to explore their interests in nature. Phoebe Mamanua, junior stated, “It was really fun to be with my friends and be out in nature. I loved being outside, especially spending time with God and in His creation.”
The Nature Journaling group first concentrated on the details in nature through doodling and writing before admiring the mountain views on a challenging hike up a Deer Mountain. Ana Segawa, senior, reflected, “What I appreciated the most was stopping and really looking at nature and the things that often go unnoticed. It was very peaceful there.”
Students who participated in the intense-hike group stayed hydrated as they traveled roughly seven miles across steep hills and formidable trails in high altitudes. They arrived at Loch Vale where they observed the splendid views of the lakes surrounded by the mountains. Helen Reyes-Peres, freshman said, “The hike was honestly easier than I expected. Overall, it was very fun to be with friends, and by the end I felt very accomplished and happy.”
In between activities, students ate a pre-packed sack lunch prepared by the cafeteria team. In the afternoon they proceeded to complete their various nature pursuits, followed by spending free-time together at a sub-alpine point before heading back to campus.
The Outdoor School day gave students irrevocable memories of nature-learning with fellow students and teachers. Brayan Martins, senior, recalled, “It was a great experience to be out in the mountains and see great views. It was a really good bonding experience! I’m glad to enjoy this last outdoor school with my friends!”
Tiffany Mogaka, Student News Team
Around 700 alumni gathered at Campion Academy this last weekend to reconnect with their classmates and support their alma mater.
Kicking off the event on Wednesday, the 26th annual Reeder Golf Classic featured 62 golfers, 20 more than previous years. More than $10,000 was raised towards our counseling and mentoring program. This year’s tournament was in honor of Lance Turner, ‘85-’86, an alum and beloved community member who was known for being exceptionally supportive of his classmates and neighbors.
On Friday evening, alumni and current students gathered for a vespers concert presented by Prisma, a local group of musicians.
The main event on Sabbath was the church service, featuring Dr. Andrew Harewood, the first Adventist and African American chaplain to reach General rank in the US Army reserve. In addition, Campion Academy’s music ensembles performed for the first time this school year.
The weekend also featured the reunion of 5 music directors and host of brass players - performances by the Alumni Reunion Brass Ensemble graced us throughout Sabbath. A choir sing-a-long was also a weekend highlight for everyone who used to sing in the choir.
Following the service, the honor classes were provided with a meal of lasagna served by the senior class. The honor classes gathered in the halls of the Ad Building after lunch looking at pictures of their class and seeing how much things have changed.
Celebrating 70 years since graduation, Betty Ready, Class of 1952, reflected on her feelings when she first came to Campion Academy: “I was just always so excited to come to Campion because it was a bigger school with more people. I was coming from a school of six or seven people.”
The students enjoyed being around the alumni and talking about how the school has changed since they were here. “I thought it was really cool getting to meet some of the people that graduated years ago and seeing all of the many faces on campus,” commented Daneil Camas, junior at Campion Academy.
Current students got to see some of their friends that graduated recently. Sandra Arlt, Class of 2022 commented, “It’s really cool coming back as an alumni this year because it was fun to see all of my friends, talk to the teachers, and update everyone on my life. I really appreciate being able to come back, seeing friendly faces, and having a family to say hi to.”
On Saturday evening, in a new feature this year, the alumni and students came together to perform in a brass ensemble and a choir sing-a-long that featured five former choir directors.
The alumni closed off the weekend by playing volleyball and soccer against Campion Academy’s varsity teams. In typical fashion, the alumni defeated the current students in both games.
The livestreams of the programs are available on Campion Academy’s Facebook page and Youtube channel.
Haley Beckermeyer, Student News Team
Campion Cougars lost in their home game vs Windsor Charter on Thursday, September 8.
Nine Campion Academy student leaders trained with others from across the Mid-America Union during Leadership Experience at Union College last week.
A highlight of the workshop was the chance to get to know student leaders from other schools. “I really enjoyed being able to see all the other schools and know that we are all on a similar journey of being a leader,” reflected Ariel Patterson, junior and Resident Assistant at Campion.
The event kicked off with an emphasis on service, with the leaders working in community projects around Lincoln for Union College’s Project Impact day. Over the course of four days, the students participated in leadership simulation activities and listened to advice from experienced leaders, including the Union College SA officers.
Melody Mambo, senior and SA President expressed, “The thing I enjoyed most about the retreat was that we were able to understand our different strengths and weaknesses as leaders. We were able to show our abilities in activities provided by Union, and it was interesting to see how different people from each group stepped up to show their leadership qualities.”
Patterson further explained, “The weekend was full of really fun activities and challenges, and I was able to learn some valuable lessons for leadership in just a couple of days!”
Jill Harlow, Communication Director
The Campion Academy seniors bonded as a class and grew closer to God over the five days of Senior Survival in the mountains of Glacier View Ranch.
When they arrived last Wednesday, each pair of students was given supplies to build a shelter to stay dry. Many students brought duct tape and rope to help build their shelters. Several students brought hammocks and others slept on the ground. Thankfully, the students had relatively warm and dry weather.
Each group that camped together collected sticks and chopped wood to build a fire, which they used to make their own breakfasts and suppers. They cooked meals such as stew, French toast, hotdogs, and breakfast burritos.
At night, the seniors gathered around a campfire as Chaplain Carlos Santana led them in discussions of faith centered around the theme “Level-up”. Senior Carlos Lopez commented, “My favorite worship was when everyone sat around the fire, and we were finally honest with each other and shared our fears because now we know that we are not alone and have friends that have become like family to help us through.”
During the days, the seniors all participated in team-building activities where the had to work together to cross through obstacles. “I really enjoyed the spider web and the Ground is Lava activities because they got me closer with the other seniors, and taught us teamwork,” commented Noah Greenemeier, senior.
Early on Sunday morning, many of the seniors climbed to the top of a hill to watch the sunrise before packing up their camps to return to campus.
Santana said, “This was my first time going to Senior Survival, and it not only met my expectations but surpassed them. I saw God working in this senior class of 2023. God not only worked in them, but in me as well. It gives me hope for the spiritual future of the young people here at Campion.”
Haley Beckermeyer, Student News Team