On Tuesday, October 13, the Campion sophomore English class changed their styles for a fun alter-ego project based on the play, “The Importance of Being Earnest.” The students were tasked with creating an “alter ego” of themselves, and then dressing up and acting as that person for the day.
“Since we are reading ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, which is centered on a man who creates an alter ego for himself so he can have an excuse to go to town, I thought it would be fun for the students to experience that for themselves,” explained Erin Johnson, sophomore English teacher. “I wanted them to apply an old story to their lives in a creative way,” she said.
Students changed various aspects of themselves, such as the way they dressed, their hairstyles, or the way they talked. Some students took it further than others; one of them even shaved his head. “It was crazy how everyone did so many different things,” said Haley Beckermeyer, sophomore. “The village students went all out, and even some of the dorm students went crazy.”
Many students thoroughly enjoyed dressing up and altering their personality. Melody Mambo, sophomore, said, “It was a fun time because I got to experience my friends in a way I have never seen them before.”
While they had fun doing this for a day, students experienced the meaning of “The Importance of Being Earnest” in real life. “I learned how difficult it is to be someone that you’re not, and how much better it is to just be who you truly are,” shared Faith Evert, sophomore.
Jayce Treat, Student News Team
Photo by Erin Johnson
Campion Academy was among the first high schools in the nation to reopen for in-person classes on August 9. Now, eight weeks later, they’ve completed the first quarter without a positive COVID case.
School nurse, Jenny Gann, was instrumental in developing the health and safety policies which have helped Campion manage the risk of an outbreak. For starters, mask wearing is required at all times, even outdoors. Gann commented, “As frustrating as they can be, I believe masks and limiting our students coming on and off campus have been the main policies which have kept our students healthier this quarter.”
Residence hall students have only been able to leave campus with immediate family members, and trips off campus have been vastly reduced, which has limited the potential for community exposure. While some of these restrictions can be draining on students, Gann says, “I appreciate that the staff and students have been cooperative, so that we’ve been able to stay open.”
Teachers have had to adapt as well to social distancing and to managing an in-person classroom along with students joining on Zoom. Anytime a student experiences any type of viral symptoms, he or she must stay home or in their residence hall and is able to join classes remotely through Zoom, until they’ve been cleared through testing and/or nurse approval to rejoin their classes.
Erin Johnson, Literature and Geography teacher, comments, “I think the challenge is trying to be creative with the restraints. I’m typically a teacher that puts students in groups, so I have to be creative in getting students to work together without being physically close.”
With all the added precautions and bumps in the road, has in-person education been worth the risk? “Definitely,” said Johnson. “The kids value our spiritual programming and having in-person help from a teacher. Just being able to see each other’s eyes face to face is valuable. It’s hard to have that ‘ah-ha’ moment, or connection, through a screen.”
Principal Donavan Reeder commented, "I am so proud of our staff, students and families. It has been difficult to navigate all of the restrictions. I am amazed at the creativity of our teachers in delivering education with these challenges. Students and families have been understanding and cooperative. Our Spiritual Life team has been faced with challenges for spiritual programming, but the efforts are worth it. We can see God's Spirit moving on our campus as we seek to Know Him and Show Him."
While Campion can celebrate this milestone, the administration recognizes that the fight is not over. Students were able to return home for a much anticipated break last week, but with that, the risk of COVID exposure was increased at the start of the second quarter.
Gann comments, “It is easy to let our guards down because we’ve been safe so far, but diligence in wearing our masks, washing our hands, keeping our distance, all of those difficult things, is extremely important right now.”
Principal Reeder further said, “I am grateful to God for His watching over us as he promised in Psalms 91, and we ask for everyone to keep us in your prayers for the rest of the school year.”
As students have returned from the break, Campion plans to continue the second quarter as they did the first: with diligence.
Jill Harlow, Communication Director
UPDATE: With 10 days left in the semester, Campion has still had no COVID-19 cases.
Campion Academy’s brand new drama class, titled Illuminated, gave its first performance of the year during chapel on Wednesday, September 16. The class wrote and constructed every aspect of the play themselves, which was about trusting God, even amidst rough circumstances.
2020 has been a year of many disasters and disappointments, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Illuminated wanted to convey the message that through it all, God is with us and will always listen to us.
“I think the most important message we wanted to get across was to always communicate with God no matter what,” explained Sami Hodges, lead actress in the play. “I wanted the audience to understand that even though there are so many distractions, if they are able to keep connected with God, whether it’s through prayer or a spiritual conversation with a friend, it will make it much easier to navigate through life knowing He is always by our side.”
The drama students physically represented emotional struggles in the play with black boxes labeled with words such as fear and anxiety. At the climax of the play, Jesus, as portrayed by Francisco Cortez Echeverria, knocked away all of the black boxes piled around the main actress.
“The most important aspect of the play to me was the symbolism,” commented Daniel Garcia-Mencia, junior. “With the struggles that teenagers and adults alike may be going through, especially with all the chaos that is around us, we just have to trust in God and know He’ll be there to guide us through it all.”
Illuminated’s next performance will be in November and will be live-streamed on Campion’s Facebook page. The class is being taught by Erin Johnson this year which has been reinstated at Campion after a five-year hiatus.
Jayce Treat, Student News Team
Photos by Bentlee Barry
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
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
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
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Campion Academy’s very own Kent Kast has been nominated for the Northern Colorado January Teacher Tuesday award! The teacher with the most votes will receive a $500 donation to his or her school as well as some personal gifts. The award is sponsored by Tutoring Excellence and is promoted by several local radio stations. Kast was nominated by a student and then was selected to be in the top six candidates.
Kast is the Vice-Principal of Academics at Campion and teaches Chemistry, Physics, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus classes. While these subjects may sound daunting to many students, Kast has a way of making them understandable. “He won’t quit on you,” said Caleb Wehling, junior. “He’ll keep going until you get it.”
Beyond the classroom, Kast stands-out because he is so actively involved in student-life activities. Kast helps to lead out the outdoor club where he teaches students to rock-climb, snow-ski, snowboard, and conquer 14’ers. He is also musically inclined and plays in the Campion Academy Orchestra and sings in the select choir, Koinonia. And for any off-campus trips, Kast is usually found at the driver’s seat of the bus.
“Mr. Kast is a great teacher because he challenges the students in such a positive way,” reflected Sydney Michalenko, senior. “For me personally, he challenged me to take Physics and Pre-calculus this year. He encourages students to do their best and is always willing to help any time of day.”
We are proud of Mr. Kast and all our great teachers at Campion who continually challenge students and show them an example of Christ’s love in and outside of the classroom.
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Article by Jill Harlow
Sophomores from Cindy Santana's world history class and Kathy Binder's English class joined forces in presenting snapshots of life from the Roman Empire. As they studied Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in English and the Roman Empire in history, students collaborated in research, writing a newspaper, and presenting a satirical skit about characters from a particular class of Roman society.
"I liked it. [The project] had different ways of learning the same thing. We wrote a research paper and we did a satire about slaves," said Caleb Belleau.
Whether students wrote from the perspective of a slave, a plebeian, a soldier, or a head of state, Kathy Binder was happy with the results. "I think it went very well. Students saw life from a different perspective," she said.
Sydney Michalenko described how they wrote a newspaper with 2 articles--one factual and one opinionated. The editorial focused on requesting the Roman government to support them and their class situation. Sydney's group was given 'slaves' to write about, and they especially enjoyed presenting their satire. "We were all slaves [in our skit] and decided to visit the Roman Colosseum. They built the Colosseum, but weren't allowed inside. We all died."
A field trip to see local church member Dick Stenbakken's private collection of Roman artifacts provided further insights to Roman life.
Jenny Sigler teaches English at Campion Academy
photos: Don Reeder
Kathrin Klemm, a Campion Academy graduate of the class of 2011, graduated from Walla Walla University’s School of Engineering in June as one of seven females in a class of 44. Not only is Klemm encouraging other girls to pursue engineering, she’s taking her passion for engineering and combining it with her desire to serve others.
Klemm first decided to pursue civil engineering because she was interested in humanitarian work. “Campion’s emphasis on missions was a big thing for me. That helped me want to choose a career that I could use to make a tangible difference in the world,” she says. After her first mission trip to Belize with Joe Martin in 2009, Klemm has continued to prioritize service to others.
For the last two years, Klemm has been involved with Walla Walla’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), taking the technical lead last year in the international project. Working with the mountain community in Pampachiri, Peru (elevation 14,500’), Klemm and the rest of her engineering team designed and implemented a gravity-fed water system that ensures a clean water source for the entire community.
Because of her experience with EWB, Klemm has been invited to speak at Southern Adventist University’s TEAMS Forum (Transforming and Educating Ambassadors for Mission and Service). One of the goals of the forum is to encourage sustainability of the mission projects sponsored by the Adventist Church. “It’s something I’ve become really passionate about,” says Klemm. “I’m excited to start sharing this with the Adventist community. It’s such a conscious approach to mission work.”
Klemm credits Campion Academy with not only inspiring her mission-mindedness, but also giving her confidence in her field. “I was in Joe Martin’s Literature Evangelism program, which taught me how to talk to strangers. And, I took calculus from Harold Williams (now retired from Campion), and he encouraged us—never made us feel like women shouldn’t be a part of that class,” she explains. As a student grader for calculus, pre-calculus, and chemistry, Klemm says she became comfortable in the world of science.
Klemm also described Walla Walla as a haven and reported mostly supportive attitudes from her male cohorts, yet the greater engineering field can be much less supportive of women. Klemm remembers her first year in the engineering program was challenging, both because freshman year is a “weeding out” year and because students questioned her choice of field. “I met people who would say, ‘You don’t look like an engineer. You don’t act like an engineer.’ I think a lot of people, when confronted with that kind of attitude, would start second-guessing themselves.”
In 2015, Isis Wenger, an engineer at OneLogin, started a hashtag campaign #ILookLikeAnEngineer to address how people stereotype men and women. In the United States, less than 20% of engineering bachelor’s degrees are earned by women.
Before graduating, Klemm posted this appeal on her Facebook page: “Don't tell your friends, daughters, or sisters that they don't "seem" like engineers. Tell them that their perspective and skills are invaluable and that they can do amazing things for their world. We need them.”
Klemm will begin work in August as a naval architect with the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard where she’ll be working on barges that carry retired nuclear reactors to their disposal site.
Jennifer Sigler teaches English at Campion Academy