This past week the Campion Academy varsity soccer and volleyball teams took two days off of school to compete at the annual Fall Tournament at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. A total of 14 Adventist academies participated from as far away as Florida and Michigan.
The winners of the tournament were Andrews Academy in soccer and Forest Lake Academy in volleyball. The Campion teams were disappointed with their results, but shared they still enjoyed the chance to compete. The boy’s soccer team won 1 out of 4 games that they played. The girls were very close in many of their games, but sadly didn’t win any. “Even though our team lost, we still had fun.” Dwayne Rey, volleyball manager, shared, “We didn’t let that affect our experience.”
A member from each team was selected as MVP; this year Ariel Patterson and Brayden Marroquin won the awards.
The students left campus on Wednesday afternoon, and after a six-hour drive, they arrived at Union College very late at night to settle in the residence halls. Brayden Marroquin shared, “It was a long drive but we had fun singing the whole way there.”
The varsity teams started their days off with having breakfast in the cafeteria. Afterwards, they all gathered for worship in the gym before the games began. Both the volleyball team and soccer team played 1-2 games a day. They were constantly busy going from one game to another.
Olivia Uphold expressed, “It was really fun, especially since it was my first time playing with this school. I had a lot of fun hanging out with my teammates over this tournament.”
In total the volleyball team played against four teams: Midland, Georgia-Cumberland Academy, and twice against Collegedale Academy. The soccer team played against Hinsdale Academy, Collegedale Academy, Sunnydale Academy, and Ozark Academy.
When the teams weren’t playing they were cheering on other teams and hanging out with friends from other schools. Ariel Patterson expressed that, “ It was really fun to play and watch games, and cheer on the boys. My favorite part was seeing my friends from other schools.”
The students worshiped together with the Union College students on Sabbath and relaxed in the afternoon. The championship games and awards were Saturday night.
Randy Ottschofski, soccer coach, expressed, “I am sad to have the season end, but am very proud of how the teams handled themselves whether in victory or defeat.”
Vashty Segovia Santos, Student News Team
The music department provided the worship music for Sabbath’s church service at Campion Church on October 14. View the performances from Orchestra, Choir, and Koinonia on Campion Church’s livestream page. The Choir performance begins at minute 26:40 and Koinonia performs at the end.
Campion Academy play their last game against Rocky Mountain Lutheran, winning 6 to 2.
The Junior Bible class took their biannual field trip down to HMS Elementary to study the Bible with the younger students. The Junior Bible students reinforced their lessons with fun activities like a blind fold to emphasize the need for help from others, legos to build Neiamiah’s wall, and playdough snowmen to illustrate the Trinity.
Campion Academy hosted 45 students from seventh to eleventh grade in the annual Academy Days open house this past weekend. The visiting students made Campion Academy their home for the weekend, some arriving from Kansas and Nebraska, while others were local to Colorado.
Students met in the gym Friday morning and participated in several rousing activities such as a basketball scrimmage, a donut-eating contest, and a wrecking-ball bouncy house.
Jessica Rios, enrollment specialist, planned the weekend event along with the help of the Student Association (SA) leaders. Samuel Walton, SA Spiritual Vice President explained, “Going into the weekend, I was pleasantly surprised when every single event we planned out for the students went above and beyond my expectations. I’m blessed to be a part of SA; it’s events like this where I can show the love I have for my school.”
To show the visiting students our school spirit and to hype up our varsity teams before heading to Union College tournaments, everyone came together for a pep rally in the gym on Friday. The girls and boys varsity teams ran into the gym, breaking through a banner while the crowd cheered. The rally included several musical performances from the jazz band, an inspirational speech from Campion’s Athletic Director Randy Ottschofski, and games hosted by the Student’s Association.
Jessica Rios expressed that her favorite part was “the pep rally because it really brought us all together. I saw our students really take Academy day kids and include them in those activities. The visitors got to see the camaraderie between students.”
Part of the afternoon was spent touring the campus and competing for academic, athletic and music scholarship opportunities. Following the tour, the visiting students participated in a mini scramble, a Campion tradition, and after dinner the students feasted at an ice cream bar.
The student body concluded the day with vespers in the chapel and an afterglow where they crowded together singing praise songs in the Hankin’s Hall tower.
An important aspect of Academy Days is the opportunity for visitors to experience dorm life. Sharing their dorm rooms was a great opportunity for current students to connect with Academy Day students. Natalie Bryant, 8th grader at HMS, reflected, “My favorite part of academy days was hanging out in the dorm, I had a lot of fun getting to know new people.”
Students began their Sabbath with music, an activity, and a worship thought for Sabbath School followed by the main church service. The music department provided all of the music for the service including performances from the Orchestra, Choir, and Koinonia.
After church, lunch was served and the students communed together on center campus playing friendly games of soccer and volleyball. Several students took the opportunity to go on a Sabbath hike off campus as well.
To close off the Sabbath, Pastor Ortiz gave a short worship and the Academy day students received their scholarships. Victoria Matthews, 8th grader at HMS, received first place in the girls basketball scholarship. She shared, “I felt happy and proud when I won. I also really wanted to thank my family and friends for all of their support!”
Eva Resz, Student News Team
The Campion Church hosted a choir and orchestra festival, open to community members of all ages, for the first time on October 6 and 7. The groups met to practice Friday evening and Sabbath afternoon before performing a concert on Saturday night. Pastor Leandro Bizama was the conductor and organizer of the festival which included several of his original pieces. Click to view a recording of the event.
The concert was one event in this fall’s Faith and the Arts Festival where art is used to inspire others to grow spiritually. See below for upcoming events in the Faith and Arts Festival.
The energetic school spirit of the crowd set the tone for the annual Campion vs Mile High soccer and volleyball games. Both soccer teams came out with competitive attitudes, but in the end the Campion boys team won 4-2. The girls battled until the last minute in close sets but lost 3-1.
This last Sabbath, all of the residence hall students traveled to five different churches in the surrounding areas to lead out in their services, in a school-wide SWAT (Students With a Testimony) event.
The Campion students were divided into groups of 10-15 people, going to churches in Aurora, Brighton, Greeley, and Fort Collins. They could share their testimonies and musical gifts by leading worship and sharing special music that inspired people in those churches.
Carlos Santana, Campion Chaplain, came up with the idea of having a SWAT trip on a bigger scale. He shared, “I feel God inspired me to plan this event. One day over the summer I was talking to Molly, my wife about it, and I asked her, ‘What if the whole school did a SWAT trip?’ We thought that if everyone would be a part of SWAT, they would each touch different hearts. I was scared because it was a major undertaking to plan, but it ended up going well.”
After the service, over potluck, the students got to talk to the church members and share a little bit more about their life at Campion and also hear some feedback about the service.
Damaris Lopez-Morquecho, junior, reflected, “I enjoyed sharing my testimony and seeing how my group and I worked together. It was also awesome how the church members at Adventure church accepted us. They are all so welcoming.”
Maxwell Bicknell, a sophomore commented, “When I went on SWAT, my favorite thing was talking to the church members and hearing some of their thoughts. I also really enjoyed being able to give my testimony and felt like I was doing something that God wanted me to do.”
After the success of this event, Chaplain Carlos plans to continue more individual SWAT trips to different churches throughout the year, and potentially make a school-wide trip an annual event.
Pedro Vieira, Student News Team