Junior and Senior classes Spanish 1 and 2 took a field trip on Thursday to go see Chicano art at the Loveland Museum. They learned about the history of Chicanos, a term that many American-born people of Mexican descent choose to identify with. While there, they were able to view art, ask questions, and gain a deeper understanding of the struggles of Mexican-Americans.
“The field trip was so much fun! I learned a lot about Chicano art. The pieces that they had on display were very beautiful and it was interesting to see what stories they told and what the painter wanted them to do,” says Ashley Herber, Spanish 2 student.
While students looked around the museum, their teacher, Nate Marin, went to the grocery store to get canned mango, guava, and strawberry banana juice with conchas, a traditional Mexican pastry, for the students to try. They came to the cafeteria during lunch time to pick up the food. The day of activities helped students become better acquainted with Hispanic culture and gain a better appreciation for the language they’re learning.
Naomi Boonstra, Student Editor
Winning story of the Student Association pumpkin story writing competition.
The pumpkin that was almost never picked
I passed a pumpkin patch one peaceful afternoon
As a pleasant wind played at the prickly pumpkin vines
And birds pipped away their placid tunes.
The pumpkin smell was poignant, the prime season past
Now old, pale pumpkins were perishing in the patch
And the perfect pumpkins picked were already put in pumpkin pies
All except one, a pitifully pretty, pure orange pumpkin
A procrastinating bloomer, a slow progress producer
Ripened post the pumpkin picking date.
I peered at this peculiar specimen, this gourd in its prime
For it was the most perfect pumpkin I had passed to this time
A pity it was left, perfectly alone,
Possibly passed by some picker, some un-patient person
Predestined never to be a pie or pretty decoration
So I, in my propitious way, proceeded to pick this pumpkin
And take it past this punishing place,
And from the persistent passing time
And make this pumpkin into a pie, to let it persist in the memory
Of the people who would partake in this pumpkin’s serendipity
So in this season of prayer and persistent thanks
Be the person who is not too painfully preoccupied
To perceive and to patiently be prepared to provide
To help make this planet a more positive place without pride
Now take this pumpkin’s parable
And remember that no matter how postponed
Everyone can have a positive part to play that no one can predict
Even a passed by pumpkin that was almost never picked.
By Ashley Herber
As Thanksgiving break approaches, students and staff are eager to take a break and spend time with friends and family. Dorm students look forward to breaks from school so that they can go home and see their families. Ben Maxson, a junior, shares, “I live all the way in California and love going home to see old friends and family. Campion is a huge blessing but homeleaves are a great time to relax and recover.”
Even though it’s hard for dorm students to be away from their families, Campion staff tries their best to make Campion a home away from home. Making connections with other students definitely helps students not to be homesick. Melody Mambo, a freshman, reflected, “I’m thankful for the people here at Campion. I didn’t think I was going to have a lot of friends, but I’ve created special bonds with so many people. I know that these bonds will last for a long time. I’m also very thankful for the staff and teachers because they work hard to help us become better individuals around our campus and community.”
Something that makes Campion unique is that you don’t only go to school with your classmates, but you also live with them. Cade Lukens, a four year senior, shared, “I’m truly thankful for the friends that I have made at Campion. Back home I was homeschooled, so I didn’t make a lot of friends. But the memories and friendships that I’ve made at Campion has changed my life dramatically for the better. Most importantly my relationship with God has grown everyday that I have been here at Campion. My relationship with God is at its best, and it is the most important relationship to me. There are ups and downs, but I am truly grateful and thankful to be here at Campion Academy.”
Megan Michalenko, Student Editor
Campion Academy seniors were given a couple days off of school last week to preview various colleges and plan for their futures. Campion Academy took a bus of 28 seniors to Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, and the rest of the class submitted requests to view other colleges such as Southern Adventist University, Southwestern Adventist University, La Sierra University, Colorado State University, and various local community colleges. They took tours, asked questions, and took steps towards making a big decision.
The visits helped with choosing a school, and also with choosing potential majors. While at the colleges, students were able to visit the departments they may be interested in. Patricia Simamora, who visited Union College, says, “Going into college days, I thought I had my mind set on nursing, but then coming out of it I knew I wanted to major in Occupational Therapy Assistance. Touring the college and looking at all the different programs they had really helped me make an important decision in my life.”
Other students, like Ashley Halvorson, were actually able to make or solidify their decision on which college they would like to attend. “One thing I really appreciate about Campion is that they let you find out what future looks best for you,” she says. “They give you time to visit colleges and they let you pick to visit a college that interests you. I was able to visit Southern Adventist University with my mom and a couple of friends, and it really affirmed the decision I made about going there.”
Naomi Boonstra, Student Editor
Last Friday, 14 students from the junior class participated in Aims Discovery Days at the Aims Community College Windsor campus in order to learn more about vocational options. The students had the opportunity to attend break-out sessions on Criminal Justice, Emergency Medical Services, Automotive Collision and Automotive Service, and Fire Science. At each of the sessions, the students experienced hands-on activities and instruction from current teachers in the Aims Community College programs.
During the automotive service session, Jayce Treat was able to use a spray-gun to practice painting a car and tried out a torque wrench to take off a tire. “I enjoyed how they let us experience what each course was like, as if we were students there,” commented Treat.
Guidance counselor, Nate Marin, organized this trip for students who are interested in learning about vocational career training programs and careers. “The trip gave them opportunities to get hands-on experience and interact with professors who are actually teaching those classes,” he explained. “In our program, this is the next step for students before job-shadowing. It helps them narrow down their focus on the areas they are most interested in.”
Treat felt the program gave him a good taste of vocational careers. “Sometimes you think you might enjoy a profession, but when you try it you realize you don’t enjoy it. Discovery Days gave me a good picture of what careers I like and which I don’t,” he explained.
In addition to the career-oriented sessions, the students also attended a workshop discussing applying for financial aid with a FAFSA and College 101, a class that went over the basics of applying for college and options offered at Aims and other Colorado universities.
Jill Harlow, Communication Director
Over the past few months, the world history and English sophomores worked on a big project about Ancient Rome. The nine groups, heads of states, patricians, plebeians, merchants, soldiers, Christians, women, slaves, and Jews, presented their work on parents weekend.
There are two major parts of this project, a skit and the newspaper. The groups presented their skits representing their group’s problems and lifestyles in front of their families and peers after parent conferences. Each also had to write three articles for a newspaper including, a historical article, a letter to the editor, and a story about life in ancient Rome.
You may ask, “Why do the sophomores have to go through all of this?” Well, the alternative to learning this stuff is to just sit in class and do homework. This is a way to learn things better with variety. You don’t believe me? Here are some quotes from some of the sophomores.
“I like it how we presented the skits in front of the parents and Campion. It helps me learn better… I think it was a good project,” commented Lacy Matondo.
“It was fun. I like the Rome setting and skits and stuff. It’s genuinely good at what it is,” said Clark Cinco.
Of course there are things to improve within the project. There are times in the project where researching, typing, and creating is tough and intense, especially with the deadlines. “We didn’t have enough time to do it. We should start at the beginning of the year,” explained Jaime Domingez. We did research on a website called “Noodle Tools”. This site is basically an “easy” way to keep your notes and where you got things from to avoid plagiarism. For me personally, this was one of the hardest and tedious part of the project.
Overall, the project was a good learning experience for the sophomores, and the audience enjoyed the show.
Noah Sturges, Guest Contributor
This year’s Campion Academy basketball season is officially underway with tryouts ending last week. There have been many changes in the coaching staff this last year. Mr. Ottschofski, known as Mr. O, the athletic coordinator, is now the Campion boys varsity head coach. He has been coaching basketball for 13 years and this is his eighth year of head coaching. “I’m looking forward to seeing how we come together as a team and all of the fun things we are going to do as a team,” Mr. O commented. The boys varsity assistant coach is Caleb Allen, and Arlen Mekelburg is the boys JV coach as well as the varsity assistant coach. The Campion girls varsity head coach is Elisa Alicea Neidigh, known as Coach A. She is in her eighth year of coaching, although this is her first year as a Campion head coach. She works as an evangelist for the Voice of Prophecy and as a surgical technician. “I’m looking forward to teaching my players how to work as a team. I also want this season to be about more than just basketball, so I’m looking forward to doing some community outreach with the team,” Coach A said. There is a girls JV team, although Coach A is still working on getting a full time JV coach.
Ashley Herber, Student Editor
One of our goals in Journalism and Communication class was realized this last week when two of our students’ stories were published in the local newspaper, the Loveland Reporter-Herald. Ashley Herber’s article about the diversity of Campion’s soccer team and Megan Michalenko’s article about HMS Richard’s students cleaning up trash in downtown Loveland were both in the Friday, November 8 issue.
“I was so excited that my article was published!” exclaimed Herber. “I actually want to be an author one day, so I felt like this was one step towards that goal.”
Each week our students’ stories are not only published in This Week at Campion, but also picked up by the Rocky Mountain Conference newsletter, News Nuggets. From there, a Campion article is usually selected to be a part of the monthly Union magazine, Outlook. Previously, we had not been sending regular press-releases to our local newspaper, but this year we are starting to change that.
In addition to the academy news, Michalenko has been dedicated to writing a story covering events at HMS Richards each month for our church newsletter. “I work at HMS, so I get to see a lot of the events that I get to write about. I love that I get to help HMS be able to reach out more to the community with what I write,” she commented.
Having a small but dedicated Journalism and Communication class has really amped up our ability to share the positive stories that are happening at Campion Academy. Those who have been dedicated readers of our weekly e-newsletter may have noticed that the student team has recreated our format, increased our feature articles, and added more graphic ads for our upcoming events.
The class has featured a variety of guest speakers who are professionals in the communication field. We started locally with Ardis Stenbakken, communication director at the Campion Church, and Darcy Force, Campion’s Director of Development and Alumni. We are reaching out more into the community and have had Erik Stenbakken, professional photographer, and will have Jean Boonstra, Executive Producer of Discovery Mountain, and Carina Julig, reporter at the Loveland Reporter-Herald, joining our class this semester.
The guest speakers and students in the class have certainly added some fresh ideas and creativity as we seek to improve our communication department, and it has been a pleasure to watch their skills continually develop.
Jill Harlow, Journalism & Communication teacher
Students, church members, and people from the community enjoyed games, food, and fun at the
annual HMS fall fest block party last Saturday night. Booths were set up for things like funnel
cake, hot dogs, caramel apples, mini bike races, and face painting. The proceeds went towards
fundraising for school trips and classroom needs among other things.
This past Saturday, the Music Department put on their Fall Concert during parents’ weekend. Performances from Orchestra, Chorale, Koinonia, and Handbells were featured at the concert. The different groups have been working hard and looking forward to performing. Parents were able to see all the hours their children have put in and appreciate the music performed. Directors of the Music Department, Melissa and Yves Clouzet, have put in many hours of dedication which shone through the beautiful music.
Megan Michalenko, Student Editor