Campion Academy’s staff didn't shy away from the cheesy and embarrassing to provide some laughter and needed stress relief before finals at Saturday night’s Staff Talent Show.
Erin Johnson and Lindsey Santana got the show started with a hilarious comparison of British and American English language and culture.
Furthermore, the students enjoyed a magic show by Dean Helm, a.k.a. Helmdini, in which he made props spontaneously appear and disappear, and magically saved Lacy from the “lions”. The student involvement in Helmdini’s show created extra suspense and excitement among the students on stage and in the audience.
In a video episode of Miss Communication, Jill Harlow shared some erroneous advice on communicating with teenagers such as the use of proper punctuation in texts, lengthy emails, and keeping up with the latest musical trends. Miss Communication even danced to ska music in her video, to the great amusement of the audience.
After bringing the audience to their feet in a lively performance of an original rap song about Reeder’s mustache, McDiss (Carlos Santana) and Santana Hybrid (Dean Molly Santana) made an exciting announcement: the girl’s dorm population will increase by one because they’re expecting another baby.
“The whole show was really fun and full of laughs, but my favorite part was the Santanas’ announcement,” said Jovanna Maldonado. “I’m happy for them, and it was special that we all got to be a part of that.”
With deadpan delivery, Shannon Brown shared some very corny jokes with Jessica Rios during the show. Brown expressed, “I was nervous about my performance because I didn't know if people would enjoy my jokes but everyone was very supportive, so I enjoyed it very much. Overall the talent show was well done and made for a wonderful evening.”
Many more acts and talents were shown on stage such as Val Allen’s song about students’ favorite things at Campion, the pastors’ drawing contest, Clouzet’s “sheesh” harmonies, Don Reeder as the puppet in a ventriloquist act, and of course Jordan Dubini’s constant entertainment as the show’s Master of Ceremonies.
Elizabeth Jureckova, Student News Team
This past weekend, families gathered at Campion Academy for Parent’s Weekend. Parents had the chance to share in the accomplishments of their students at the musical and class performances. They reconnected with their teens over fall festival activities, including a basketball tournament Saturday night.
The weekend began with a Music Department Vespers Concert which included performances by all of the ensembles: El Shaddai Ringers (handbells), Golden Harmonies (advanced handbells), Mountain Echoes Chorale, Koininia (select choir), and the CA orchestra.
Gwyn Reeves, senior, exclaimed, “I loved having my parents here this weekend, and it was such a blessing for me to be able to perform our songs for everyone. It was a busy weekend but a ton of fun!” The CA Music Department also led out with the worship services throughout the day on Sabbath.
Saturday night was filled with activities such as cake walks, hay rides, and a chalk art contest. However, the highlight of the night was the 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Students, families, and staff members competed against each other for bragging rights.
“It was really fun to have my parents come for the weekend. I got to play in the basketball tournament with my Dad and we got 2nd place!” Kylie Wehling, senior, recalled. “I think the church did a really good job at creating a fun night for everyone with all the different activities they had.”
On Sunday morning, students and their families met in the CA gym for parent-teacher conferences along with presentations from the sophomore English class and A&P class. The English class re-enacted a shortened scene from Romeo and Juliet, showing off their acting skills. The A&P class presented their songs they wrote about the bones in the body.
Although not every parent was able to be at the school, they still were able to watch performances and join conferences online. Bahati Ayugi, a Campion parent, said, “Although I was not able to be there in person, I enjoyed being part of Parent’s Weekend through zoom and Facebook. I particularly enjoyed the music programs. A big thank you to all the students, staff and everyone that made it possible.”
Jacqueline Kobagaya, Student News Team
Campion’s gym was transformed into an enchanted forest by the Student Association (SA) for the annual banquet on Sunday. The walls were lined with lighted evergreens, sparkling lights draped with ivy were strung overhead, mist filled the air, and woodsy decor topped each table. Students lined up to capture their glamorous outfits at themed photo booths and enjoyed a catered Italian dinner with live music.
“I thought it was very pretty; all the decorations were very beautiful. The most fun thing about the banquet was just spending time with people,” Sierra Felix, junior, said. “I thought the live music was really nice; I liked it a lot. It was a great addition because it felt romantic.”
SA finished off the night with a scavenger hunt around campus. After completing all the missions, students jumped onto a decorated bus and went for a ride. Sophomore Seth Coe reflected, “I had a lot of fun. I enjoyed spending time with my friends on the party bus because we sang a lot of songs, and it was pretty loud which made me feel good.”
The SA officers worked very hard to put everything together even while COVID restrictions remained in place. Clark Cinco, SA President stated, “It went very well. We were able to set it up in a quick and efficient manner. Despite a few minor issues, it seemed like we were able to pull it off and make it fun for everybody. We stayed on task and focused, and all worked together as a team.”
Erin Johnson, the lead SA sponsor commented, “There were a lot of hours put into beforehand to get the look we were going for, and then it was hours of setting up, but the SA did a really great job. During the banquet, I heard positive feedback, so that made me happy. It looked like everyone was smiling and having fun and that’s what it’s all about.”
Airi Nomura, Student News Team
Photos: Jill Harlow & Gwyn Reeves
Video: Noah Sturges
Campion Academy students were filled with emotions and tears of joy on Saturday night as the volleyball and soccer teams closed off their seasons, winning their last home games against Mile High Academy.
The Cougars volleyball team had a long-overdue win in their game against Mile High with the score of 3-0. Even though the season was a little rough for the girls, they really came together and showed off their hard work in the final game. “I feel like what made us win as a team was the fact that it’s our senior year and we wanted to make it count! We wanted to make each other proud by winning the last game of the season and we did,” says varsity player Blessing Simamora.
The soccer team pulled off another win with the score of 4-1 and ended the season with confidence and pride. Varsity player Karson Lee states, “I really enjoyed playing the last game with my teammates. I feel like we worked hard and we had a very successful season. We really connected as a team and I’m really proud of every player!”
In order to support the cougars, the team’s mascot, Clutch, was seen on the field and in the gym running around and dancing, lifting the spirit of everyone around, especially the younger children who came to cheer for their teams.
The soccer goals were scored by Giovanni Silva, Collin Velbis, Nayblue Hser, and assisted by Bryan Martin. The team’s goalie Lacy Matondo says, “As a senior I’m glad I got to play my last soccer season with my team and close off the season strongly. Knowing we were playing the last home game together was kind of sad but we still had a good spirit and played well!”
Elizabeth Jureckova, Student News Team