For the first time in three years, Campion’s volleyball and soccer teams went to Union College to compete at the Fall Tournament.
Both teams returned on Sunday from three days of friendly competitions, where Campion and 16 other Adventist schools from all over the United States were brought together.
Colton Herber, senior and captain of the soccer team, commented: “I looked forward to this tournament a lot, and being able to finally go is something I’ll remember. Being a senior and a captain definitely put me into a different mindset than previous years. Especially after not going the last two years due to COVID, I really wanted to play my hardest and help put my team in the best situation possible.”
The soccer team started off by winning their first pool game against College View Academy with an impressive 7-2 final score. However, after losing the next few games, they ended by placing third in the Clocktower division (secondary bracket).
The girl’s volleyball team also had a mixture of wins and losses, but finished strong in second place in the Clocktower division after playing in the championship game Saturday night.
For the volleyball team, the game against cross-town rival Mile High was definitely a highlight, since they won 2-1. “That was definitely my favorite part,” Lindsey Smith, senior and captain of the volleyball team expressed; “We really came together as a team and played our absolute hardest and in the end it paid off. It felt good to play them again and, this time, come out on top.”
The time spent on-campus didn’t consist only of games, the program included events such as Vespers on Friday night, where the students came together to worship and praise God. It was led by college students and chaplains, and they also had an afterglow with music and bonding.
The overall winners of the tournament in soccer were Sunnydale Academy, Thunderdome Division, and Maplewood Academy, Clocktower Division. In volleyball, Forest Lake Academy took first place in the Thunderdome Division and Hinsdale Academy in the Clocktower Division.
Ariel Patterson and Joaquin Mendoza both got the All Tournament Award, as best players from the Campion teams.
Mendoza explained, “Winning this award meant so much to me, it is my first-ever award, I will forever keep it with me and be proud of it, I wouldn’t have done it without the help of my coaches, teammates, and managers.”
“I really enjoyed and loved every second of the tournament,” Mendoza continued; “I had never been to a tournament before, so being able to experience that moment was amazing. It makes me sad to think that the season is over, but thankfully I was able to enjoy it and play. I love my teammates, they pushed me to become a better person and player, I will miss playing with them.”
Ana Segawa, Campion News Team
Armed with the Word of God, Campion Academy SWAT (students with a testimony) teams are once again taking over Sabbath services at churches across Colorado.
A group of eight students, led by Chaplain Carlos Santana, conducted the entire service at the Greeley Seventh-day Adventist church on October 15, and another group will head out to a church in Lamar next Sabbath. Santana says he plans to take SWAT groups out at least once a month throughout the school year.
“I enjoyed visiting with the elders after church and having potluck,” Olivia Heller shared about her experience last weekend. “It’s helped me in my faith because I’m learning how to show God to other people and not be nervous about it. When you get out of your comfort zone, it makes it easier to show people God because you’re not so worried about what you look like and stuff like that. Going out and talking to more people is a really good experience.”
Santana explains that the students planned a less traditionally structured service, including a variety of short features centered around a theme. “For me it’s about both evangelism and discipleship,” Santana emphasized. “I want to teach the students that they all have God-given talents they can use to share, and we don’t have to do it how we’ve always done it.”
At the Greeley church, the students’ theme of God’s peace made an impact on the church members. Santana shared that after the service a woman came up to him, showing appreciation for the students’ participation. Santana recalled, “The woman said she had just lost two of her best friends, and the message the students shared of God’s peace was something that she really needed.”
Jill Harlow, Communicative Director
The Men’s Residence Hall deans took all the boys to Glacier View Ranch this past weekend for a camping retreat filled with food, activities, and worship.
Upon arrival on Friday afternoon, the boys set up tents and hammocks in the Pathfinder Village camping area of GVR.
Mainly prepared by Jordan Dubini’s brother, Jared (known to the students as “Two-bini”), the food was a highlight of the trip. From Friday to Sunday, they got a variety of foods including haystacks and homemade cinnamon rolls.
Freshman Izuchi Nwankwo says, “Two-bini did a good job not overcooking or under-cooking the meals. He did a good job of making it so everyone would like it. My favorite meal was the cinnamon rolls with breakfast burritos because it had the perfect balance of flavors and they were homemade.”
Saturday was an open day where boys could explore in the forest, hang out in their tents, or play games. “I really liked playing spike ball Saturday Afternoon. It was super fun because we played it a lot, and Noah and I went undefeated for a long time,” said Dominic White, junior.
Throughout the weekend, Dean Gann shared worship thoughts on how our actions in high school change our future. Senior Joaquin Mendoza reflected, “We talked about how most teenagers leave the church, and it impacted me because I could be one of those people that turns away. But realizing that I’m not alone in the situation gave me hope that I can come back to God no matter the circumstances.”
Even though the weather in the mountains was chilly, the boys expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to leave campus and relax.
Toby Quillin, Campion News Team
Campion Academy’s Girl’s Club bonded over their retreat on campus this past weekend. They connected over activities such as having church in a park, watching movies, singing karaoke and even taking a trip to Denver’s amusement park, Elitch Gardens.
“It was super fun to watch the girls come together like a family. As a four year senior, I’ve always loved dorm retreat with all the girls,” says Faith Evert, senior and Residence Assistant.
On Friday evening, the girls had a vespers program on center campus around a bonfire.
On Sabbath, they went to a local park and participated in team-building exercises and worship. After worship, they had free time to hang out. “I had a lot of fun at the dorm retreat this year. I had never gone before because in past years I was a village student, but it was a positive experience. I got to grow closer to my classmates and friends and had a lot of fun playing groundies at the park,” Lindsey Smith, senior, commented.
In the evening, when they returned to campus, they had karaoke and watched movies.
On Sunday, they all went to Elitch Gardens in Denver. Ariana Reyes-Perez, freshman says, “Dorm retreat has been one of the best experiences I've had at Campion. It was super fun being able to spend time with friends at a place like Elitch Gardens and going on all the rides with them.”
Ciara Felix, Student News Team
For the first time since 2019, the residence halls will be opening their doors for prospective students to spend the night for the Fall Academy Days, happening October 28-29.
Campion Academy is preparing to host seventh through eleventh-grade students coming from Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, and several other states to experience life at Campion for this free event. Not only do prospective students get to sleep in a dorm room and eat cafeteria food, but they also have the chance to interact with current students and staff to get a real feel for campus life.
Tiffany Mogaka, senior and SA officer, is looking forward to hosting her younger sister for Academy Days this year: “I’m excited to introduce my sister to Campion and to show the other students around to let them see what it is like to live away from home. I know it will be a fun experience for everyone.”
This year’s Academy Days theme is “Hunger to Know” and features a life-size inflatable Hungry-Hippo Chow-down game, an ice cream sundae bar, mixers, and interactive games.
Haley Beckermeyer, now a senior at Campion, reflected on her experience at Academy Days: “I made friends at Academy Days when I was in eighth grade that helped me feel comfortable when I arrived as a freshman. Many of the people I met then are still my friends now.”
In addition to the fun activities, students will have a chance to compete for scholarships in academic subjects, music, and athletics.
New this year, Academy Days is being held in the Fall. Jessica Rios, Campion Academy’s recruiter, explains, “We found that by the springtime many parents and students have already made up their minds about their school choices for the upcoming year. By hosting Academy Days in the Fall, we hope to give families a better opportunity to learn about Campion early-on in the decision-making process.”
While tours and visits to Campion can be scheduled individually year-round, Rios emphasizes that this weekend is not to be missed: “While we have many events to attend throughout the year, this is the only event that is specifically geared for prospective students. It is intentionally designed to give students a really good understanding of what it is like to be a student here. I highly encourage any student considering their high school options for next year to attend Academy Days for the full experience.”
Jill Harlow, Communication Director