Decked out in Santa hats, red and green sweaters, and twinkling lights, the Campion Academy music department hosted their first Christmas concert since 2019.
Led by Director Cecilia Simmons, Hand Bells, Orchestra, Koinonia and the new Jazz Band played an eclectic mix of Christmas music from traditional to modern.
It was a great way to kick off finals week and bring in the Christmas spirit!
Campion Academy and HMS Elementary students came together to perform a wide selection of sacred Christmas music during the Campion Church service December 17.
In the final song, students from kindergarten through high school, in choir, orchestra, and handbells, all came together for the first time in a joint performance.
The service included selections from the individual ensembles and featured solo performances from kindergarten through second grade children.
In case you missed it, view the archived livestream video at campion.church!
Spotlight on staff humors student body
Campion’s staff members displayed their talents to the students in various ways and presentations, with the intent of closing off the semester in a lighthearted way this past Saturday night.
Marc Winokan, freshman, commented, “Staff Talent Show was really fun. I enjoyed all the acts but my favorite was Ms. Johnson and Portia’s singing. Overall, it was a very fun night.”
Erin Johnson and Portia Kluchesky kicked off the program by singing classic Disney princess songs while dressed up and acting their parts.
Relatable to many of Campion’s students, a World History class was recreated by staff members as students and Cindy Santana as the teacher. The typical behavior of students being acted out by staff members was the reason for many laughs.
Already a part of past Staff Talent Shows, the well-known Helmdini, a.k.a. Dean Helm, made an appearance with his tricks that were highly anticipated by the audience. Some students were called to the front and had the chance to participate in magic tricks.
In a bilingual activity, Jillian Harlow prepared a contest in which the competitors, mostly not fluent speakers, had to read sentences at random in Spanish. Staff members and students participated in it and the audience got to vote for the best pronunciation.
Between presentations, April Riseley recreated TikTok trend videos featuring staff members. Rodolfo Segawa, sophomore, mentioned, “I found the idea of doing the TikTok trends really creative. It was something unexpected, and it was really funny.”
The last activity was prepared by the Campion Church pastors with a holiday theme. Pastor Taylor and Pastor Goetz were decorated as Christmas trees by two different groups of audience members while Pastor Bizama presented the activity.
Throughout the night, students had a chance to see the staff members in a different light. Freshman Izuchi Nwankwo, remarked, “Seeing the teachers not in teacher-mode was really funny and seeing the staff as the ones participating in the program instead of outside guests was nice.”
Ana Segawa, Campion News Team
Campion Academy is known as one of the most diverse schools in our area with students from across the globe. This past Sabbath, December 3, the students had the opportunity to not only share their cultures with each other, but also with many of the members at Campion Church during our annual International Sabbath.
The church service started off with a parade of flags, then worship songs were sung in all kinds of different languages, like German, Swahili, Chinese, Spanish and many more. Blet Htoo, senior, commented. “I liked how there was a lot of singing. It was nice to see everyone expressing their cultures and it just was cool overall.”
The church service was followed by an international-themed potluck at the church, where members revealed the students they had for the adopt-a-student program.
After sundown, the Saturday night program also incorporated international activities. In the gym, the Brazilian students put on a soccer tournament, with each team representing a different country, World-Cup style. “I enjoyed the soccer tournament because it was nice to compete with my friends and learn about different aspects of soccer I hadn’t known before,” reflected Noah Greenemier, senior.
In the student center, representing China, partners could compete in ping pong. Luca Lu, a student from China, made potstickers and taught the students how to create Chinese-style paper cuttings.
In the library, Joshua Koroma, an international student from Mexico hosted Loteria, a Mexican form of bingo. “I really loved hosting and getting a chance to play Loteria again,” shared Koroma, “It brought me back to my roots and made me feel like I was back home. It was also fun to speak in Spanish with everyone because normally we just speak in English.”
Ciara Felix, Campion News Team
Campion Academy’s Student Association hosted a White Christmas themed banquet last Sunday.
The event started when the gentlemen would walk over to the Girl’s dormitory and escort their date to the shuttles to travel 45 minutes to the Aloft Hotel in Broomfield, Colorado.
For the first time after Covid-19, the banquet was off campus. Senior Bella Fay reflected, “I really loved it. It was really exciting to get off campus again and experience something different than we’re used to.”
The food was catered from a Greek restaurant. Junior Shawn Ferguson emphasized, “The food was really good this year, I really liked how they catered from a separate place rather than having our staff have to make it. I especially liked the dessert which was baklava; it was really good and the highlight of the meal.”
Various activities were scheduled at the banquet including a Christmas-themed fashion show and Bingo. Freshman Sergio Enriquez commented, “It felt like I was playing the Traditional Mexican bingo that I used to play at home called Loteria, because it used pictures instead of numbers. I also liked the fashion show because each group got to act out their own creative show.”
Along with the activities there was a photo booth where students took pictures with their friends and dates. Senior Joaquin Mendoza stated, “There was good lighting in the photo booth. The background design gave the White Christmas vibe and made the pictures look really good.”
SA worked hard to make the event a night to remember. “Banquet was a fun experience, although planning for it was very stressful,” explained SA Social Vice President Brayan Martins; “It felt good after it all came together. Banquet was relaxing and one of the happiest moments to be a part of.”
Toby Quillin, Campion News Team
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