Campus Ministries traveled to Casper, Wyoming for this semester’s final SWAT trip. Leaving Friday afternoon and spending the night in Casper, the students shared prayer, music, scripture, an object lesson and a sermon for the Sabbath service.
The group of students participating in the church service were all residents of the boy’s dorm. Chaplain Carlos Santana was blessed by the experience, sharing, “Bonding with the guys in the first bro trip was awesome! Getting to spend time with young men of God was so fulfilling.”
Instead of the usual shorter testimonies, Andrew Kramer, senior, presented a full length sermon about God’s Will at the Casper Adventist Church.
Santana expressed that this was a successful SWAT trip: “One of the best they’ve ever done.”
As usual, the students expressed that they felt touched by the loving and welcoming spirit of the church members, and enjoyed the opportunity to visit with former Campion pastor, Mike Taylor.
Izuchi Nwankwo, sophomore, shared, “The trip to Wyoming was an amazing experience. I got to grow closer to God and my friends.”
Eva Resz, Student News Team
Middle school students from HMS Richards Adventist School, Vista Ridge Academy, and Brighton Adventist Academy came to the Campion Academy gym this past Friday to experience a three-hour basketball clinic led by Campion Varsity players.
The clinic began with students focusing on improving their skills. The drills involved dribbling, shooting, and passing. Abby Cleveland, one of the students who participated in the camp, commented, “My favorite part of the camp was doing the drills. We had to do a passing drill where we practiced our bounce and chest passes. I felt like I had improved more on my passing.”
After the drills, they competed in a mini-tournament. There were around 45 students in total and they were separated into four different teams. They had to use teamwork with new people in order to be a successful team. Grace Garman, senior and team coach, stated that, “I had fun during the camp. I got to coach my team and help the players get better. It was competitive but I had a lot of fun!”
The camp was a great opportunity for students to improve their basketball skills and get to know students from other Adventist schools.
Catie Fairfield, Student News Team
The international students from Brazil, Congo, and Mexico planned the last Saturday night activities with soccer and volleyball tournaments, and Mexican loteria. They also provided a variety of desserts that came from their countries.
The students made teams to represent a country or a region of the world to compete. The soccer tournament was a very competitive event; it ended with teams Africa and Brazil in the finals. While Brazil is famous for soccer, the Africans showed that soccer is also popular where they come from and beat Brazil 4-1. “I really enjoyed the international night especially because I love to play soccer and beating the Brazilians was the best part of it. They played well and it looked like they knew what they were doing,” shared Obed Simba, international student from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The volleyball tournament was the most exciting event which brought everyone’s attention. The Indonesians first played against the Brazilians but they ended up losing. For their second game they won against the Latinos and got their spot in the final against the Brazilians again. In the end, the championship went to the Brazilians.
“I loved the volleyball tournament, especially the final game, it was insane. The international night went very well because of the fun and desserts that we had. I'm glad that we made it to the final and I hope that they enjoyed playing volleyball with us,” Gustavo Silveira, international student from Brazil, expressed.
In the student center, Daneil Camas, international student from Mexico, hosted a game of loteria, which is a typical bingo game played in many Spanish-speaking countries. “It was really interesting the way we got excited about the game. It was good being able to play and have fun with them,” mentioned Camas.
Campion currently has about 13 international students this semester. The evening was a fun way for them to share some of their favorite foods and activities with the rest of the students.
Pedro Vieira, Student News Team
This past Sunday, the Campion students wore glittering gowns, sharp suits, and unique masks for the annual SA banquet held at the Brighton Adventist Church fellowship hall. The students had the opportunity to be escorted by their dates to the masquerade ball-themed event where they enjoyed dinner, entertainment, and photos.
Live piano music by Pastor Leandro Bizama set the ambiance to start the evening. After that, Mabel Cabandon and Janelle Anggormas performed the song, “Too Good to Say Goodbye” by Bruno Mars. Anggormas, freshman, elaborated, “I was nervous at first for my performance but after I felt like I did well and was glad I did it. With this being my first banquet I had fun. It was a good opportunity for me to get to know my date better.”
The couples dating game was a highlight of the activities provided. Three different couples were brought up in front and they each had to take off their shoes. Then Carlos Santana, chaplain, would ask questions such as “Who’s the most likely to _?” and they would have to guess by raising the shoe of the person who best fit the description. It was entertaining for Ekenna Nwankwo, Senior SA president, who expressed, “My favorite part of the night was the couples game. It was funny because you were surprised by some of the answers. You got to see everyone’s differences and the roles they played in their relationships.”
The students got a variety of food throughout the night. They started with fresh-baked bread and following was squash soup. Beforehand they got to choose their main course with the options being: mediterranean vegetable quiche, spinach stripple quiche, and lentil pot pie. Lastly, they ended the night with their choice of dessert: Mille-feuille, apple compote crepe, or chocolate mousse.
Jack Jordan, junior and SA Activities Director, elaborated, “The night was fun and I really enjoyed the food. I got to try the lentil pot pie and the chocolate mousse which I was excited about.”
Throughout the night, the students voted for the best duo, best mask, best dressed girl, and best dressed boy. The winners were announced at the end; Shawn Fergurson and Olivia Arizola got best duo, Anya Francis won both best dressed girl and best mask, and Aaron Oster got best dressed boy. Afterwards, the students had some free time to hangout with friends and take pictures in front of the booths that were decorated with vines and lights.
Catie Fairfield, Student News Team
For parent's weekend, the music department shared several performances from Koinonia, Chorale, Orchestra, and Handbells.
The Staff Talent Show, which happened Saturday night November 18, had all types of entertainment, including music presentations, skits, karaoke, magic tricks, a quiz game for parents and many other presentations.
Dean Helm awed the audience as Helmdini, presenting his skillful magic tricks. Catie, senior student, was one of the audience members called up front to participate in the show. She shared, “This was my first time being in the Helmdini magic show and I was nervous at first, but in the end it was funny and I enjoyed it.”
Several of the visiting parents were called to the stage to participate in a Jeopardy-style game hosted by Jill Harlow, about the slang that their teens use nowadays. “It was really exciting and funny when my dad went on stage for the teen language jeopardy,” Tobey Quillin commented, “I liked seeing him try to figure out what the terms were and laughed a lot when he did the floss.”
At the end, Jordan Dubini hosted a newly-wed style game show with staff couples Haley Baker and her new fiancé Caleb Bib, and Lindsey Santana and her husband Shawn. They answered questions about their relationships made by the audience prior to the event. “It was actually pretty funny to answer those questions about my relationship,” shared Haley Baker, “I liked it especially because I knew the answers.”
The Staff Talent Show closed the parent’s weekend in an amusing way for both students and parents, setting the mood to start Thanksgiving break. “My family and I had so much fun. Having the talent show right before the break was a fun start to break,” expressed Vashty Segovia.
Julia Santiago, Article & Photos
The Campion Academy Orchestra and select choir, Koinonia, traveled to the Fort Collins Seventh-day Adventist Church last Sabbath to lead out in their worship service. Several Campion students and staff are members at this church, just 30 minutes from Campion.
HMS Richards Adventist School, Campion Academy, Campion Church and community members came together to celebrate their annual Fall Festival with a variety of food, games, and activities last Saturday night in the gymnasium. Each unique booth raised funds for classes and clubs. Check out the video below for a glimpse of the fun!
Campion Seniors took two days off of classes to visit colleges last week. Most of the students went to Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska for the annual College Preview days which included interactive activities such as a campus tour, team building scavenger hunt, and time to hangout with friends while experiencing college life.
During the stay at Union College the senior classes participated in several tours and explored different academic programs in breakout sessions.
Union College staff not only planned an academic tour but they gave the visiting students the chance to experience the college town through a scavenger hunt. The preview students ran through downtown Lincoln to complete the scavenge receiving a variety of prizes.
Andrew Barr, senior, expressed, “The highlight of my trip to Union was being able to see a bit of what campus life looks like at a college.”
The evening activities included swimming or hanging out in the student center, playing pool and foosball. “I liked hanging out with my friends in the student center after the events and it was amazing being able to grow closer to my classmates and the other visiting students. ” shared Madison Ramirez, senior.
For worship on Friday night, students gathered together in the UC Church with a spiritually uplifting praise team and a testimony from a Union staff member who also graduated from Union College. He shared the importance of letting God guide and having Him as the foundation in life.
Saturday morning began with an impactful Sabbath School followed by a church service. Students were able to have a day to rest and as the Sabbath ended Union College’s Student Association held a dodgeball tournament for the Saturday night activity.
Some seniors ventured to other schools including Southern Adventist University and Colorado Christian University. Catie Fairfield, senior, reflected, “It was a good opportunity to see other colleges that I was considering.”
College days were the perfect opportunity to guide the senior class in making the important decision of which college to attend. Ramirez concluded, “Visiting Union College helped me to see what my future might look like.”
Eva Resz, Student News Team