Last Sabbath, December 18, was a special day because the Campion Academy choirs, orchestra and handbells prepared a program where the students sang and played Christmas music from around the world. They also played in Campion Church on Sabbath morning, but the main program was in the afternoon.
The program started with orchestra playing a Spanish piece with three movements conducted by Yves Clouzet. They practiced that music for almost two months and they played well. “It was awesome! I loved it so much; I wanted to hear the last one again,” said Brizney Espino, a freshman.
The choir’s main song was a Nigerian Christmas carol which included solos, rhythm instruments, and movement. It was really African style because they used only three different drums and no other instrumental accompaniment. “I loved it because it was so culturally enriching, and it was fun to perform,” said Amira Davis, one of the choir singers and handbell ringers.
Orchestra finished the program with a long piece called Russian Christmas Music, and they were so good that the church gave them a standing ovation.
Yan Silva, International Student, Guest Contributor
Last Wednesday, the Student's Association organized a group of students to collect food donated by residents of Loveland as a service project. The week prior, students had handed out empty bags in a neighborhood with a note explaining the project. Then, they went with Mr. Marin to neighborhoods to collect the filled bags. Mr. Marin separated them into groups of two or three and each group went down a different street. “It was good; it was cool to help others,” said Theron Treat.
Mr. Marin drove around to check in on all the groups to see if everything was going well and to put the bags inside the van. “It was really cold, but a good activity,” said Grant Caviness. After that, they came back to the school and took all the bags to Mrs. Eickmann’s office. The students collected twenty-eight food bags in total and all of the food was donated to the House of Neighborly Service.
Daniel Moraes, International Student, guest contributor
Last Saturday evening the girls dorm held an open house; that means the boys got to visit the girls dorm. All of us freshman boys were excited, because we had no idea what the girls dorm looked like inside. At 7:00 p.m. all us boys from the second and third floors were in the tower ready to leave. “Ready, set, go!” Mr. Ottschofski said, and we pushed the tower door open and walked together down the path toward girls dorm.
When we walked in the front door, we were all amazed by how they decorated their dorms and their rooms. We visited every single room and enjoyed the snacks that both of the deans prepared for us. Some of us found out that the girls dorm has a work-out room. We were curious, so we went inside and tried out all the work-out equipment, especially the punching bags.
After the open house ended, we got to go to the gym. A lot of us went down to the gym to play some sports and talk with our friends, but some just relaxed in their rooms and reviewed for their finals. After 9:45 p.m. all the students started to go back to their rooms for a good nights sleep after a fun Saturday night activity.
Jarrod Lang, International Student, Guest Contributor
Last Sunday on December 8, Campion students had a Disney-themed SA Banquet. Both the boys and girls dorm offered afternoon snacks and the banquet started at 3:30 p.m. The boys went to the girls dorm to pick up their dates. We went to the new Fort Collins Christian School for supper, and to spend time together. The decorations were amazing; there were awesome lights and candles. Banquet dates got a good opportunity to talk to each other and take pictures.
For dinner, Noodles and Company catered in and we had a chance to choose what we liked to eat from the menu. The Campion SA group romantically served the dates. They had options like Korean noodles, Pasta, Mac'n Cheese and Penne Rosa and for dessert they had cheesecake. “Yeah, it was fun, talking to my date, we ate good food and I enjoyed the noodles,” commented Brizney Espino.
After that, everyone went to Colorado State University for a magnificent orchestra concert. Everyone got to choose their seats. They spent a good night together at the concert. “It was nice to go to the concert after eating at the school," said Clinton Anderson. The concert had two parts; the first part was the string orchestra, and the second part had a tenor soloist with the strings. On the way back to the dorm, dates and friends sat next to each other and talked about the day. At about 10 p.m. we got back to the dorm for a good sleep.
“It was very nice that students and their dates or the people that they invited had a good time taking pictures, and spending time as a whole school.” commented Ismael Jesus Diaz.
Gregory Lang, Freshman Guest Contributor, with Bela Cinco
On December 6, we had a different Friday here at Campion Academy. Our day was different because we went to church and listened to students and church members singing and playing Christmas songs. These songs were good and people enjoyed them. They made us happy, excited, and look forward to Christmas.
Right after the performance, we went to the fellowship hall. We were with our friends from school and the church people waiting for the Christmas lights ready for everyone to see. Then, when they were ready, the teachers called everyone to go to the center of campus where the Christmas lights were. When we got there, we counted down from 10 to 0, turned on the lights in the boys’ dormitory and another in the girls' dormitory. This was very cool, because these colorful lights get a lot of attention.
Rafael Goncalves, Guest Contributor
Last Sabbath, on December 7, we had International Sabbath. Many of Campion’s students and church families participated. The program started off with a lot of students carrying flags, and there were over 40 flags. Each student carrying a flag said a greeting in a different language. Some students wore their country’s clothes. “It was cool seeing different clothes represented by different countries, and I also liked the way the Japanese girl’s clothes looked,” said Audra Bennett, freshman.
The praise team sang a few Christmas songs in eight different languages. “International Sabbath was really fun. I really enjoyed learning new languages. It was hard learning new languages and I think the hardest was Swedish or French,” commented Kaddy Koroma, senior.
A few international students did a children’s story. The children learned to say “Jesus loves you” in different languages. Other international students read Bible verses in different languages. “I’m really interested in languages, and I like studying languages, so I really appreciated it. It was really cool to see all of the different languages being sung and read in,” explained Samantha Hodges, junior. We learned about different countries and had an amazing Sabbath.
Airi Nomura, Guest Contributor, International Student from Japan
My testimony is how I came to know Jesus personally and have a one-on-one relationship with Him. Before coming to Campion, I had never been in an environment where we daily talked about Jesus. Back home, I was used to going to church every Sunday, but I honestly felt like I was going to church because I had to and because my whole family went. Church was the only time I was required to pray by myself, and I didn’t enjoy it. The only thing I enjoyed when I went to church was seeing my friends there; other than that, it was just like any other day. Even though we sometimes prayed as a family during the week, I wasn’t able to make an effort to pray by myself. Once in a while, I would try to pray, but I felt like I was always discouraged.
When I heard about Campion and that it was a Christian school, I wasn’t as excited as I should have been to come here. My parents and I decided that I was going to come here with my brother. Coming here to Campion, I felt like there was something different about this school, and I felt myself called to be more involved in school. Soon, I found myself enjoying what Campion had to offer and the opportunities that we have to praise and worship Jesus, and that’s what I like most about Campion.
With the Bible classes and the worships we have everyday here, I felt like I needed to know more about Jesus and have a relationship with Him. Every day I was making an effort to pray and know Him more, and with that, I decided to make a decision to get baptized last school year during the Spark evangelistic series. I am glad to have friends in the dorm whose stories and testimonies encourage me to know more about Jesus. I am thankful that I came to Campion because I wouldn’t have known Him better like I do now if I hadn’t.