This year with some COVID restrictions being lifted, Campion’s drama program is back in full swing. They are working hard, preparing to perform the musical, The Sound of Music, on January 29.
Drama and English teacher Erin Johnson is leading the program with many new ideas. She says, “It’s very exciting to have drama this year. I remember that Campion had an awesome drama department when I was younger, and I am hoping to bring it back to its former glory. I have always loved theater, so to teach it is a dream come true, especially since we are working on one of my favorite musicals. It’s a challenge but I have amazing actors who are committed to making a good show!”
The drama students come into class very energized and excited to be a part of the musical. Class members are not only actors, but are also grouped into different roles such as set design, sound, and lighting, to make sure everything gets done.
During class time, Johnson divides up the actors and gives them specific things to work on, whether it be learning choreography, singing, or just running through lines.
Lacy Matondo, playing the part of Rolf Gruber, says, “It feels really good to be part of the drama class and to be able to act and practice with my friends. We always have fun practicing our roles and enjoy each moment. Acting makes me feel kinda nervous and excited at the same time, but it also helps me to express myself.”
The musical will be held in the Campion Academy Gym during our Senior Recognition weekend January 29. Tickets will be available for purchase by anyone who would like to come, while students will be free of charge.
Gwyn Reeves, Student News Team
Decked out in flannel, Campion students kicked off the fall season with hay rides, face painting, pumpkin pie, games, and karaoke at the Student Association (SA) Fall Party Saturday night.
Freshman Kloe Kedzierski said, “It was definitely fun and very homey. I enjoyed karaoke the most: just singing with everybody all gathered around. It was nice because I didn’t feel self-conscious singing in the crowd.”
The SA officers worked hard to make the event as fun and entertaining as possible for students. “As an SA officer, I expected to be working all night, and I did, but what I didn’t expect was to have so much fun! SA had a blast setting up and had even more fun serving and helping,” SA Activities Director Edward Camas commented.
The night included the highly anticipated announcement of the banquet coming up in November. Another highlight was Camas asking his date to the banquet on stage. Camas reflected, “I asked, Kylie and I was very happy when she replied, ‘Heck yea.’ Overall, the Fall Party was a success and I can’t wait to help with the next event.”
To finish up the party, all the seniors sang the song, “See You Again” which has become an annual tradition at Fall Party. The seniors showed their spirit by jumping in unison and singing at the top of their lungs throughout the whole song.
“I really liked the fall party because of the time that I could chill with my friends and the pictures we took,” reflected senior Gabriel Barbosa, “These will be good memories that I will always remember because it's my last year at Campion.”
Airi Nomura, Student News Team
Photos: Josh Jackson and Jared Marcenaro
This past Monday, the Girl’s JV team won for the first time this season at home. The girl’s varsity game was an intense neck-to-neck, edge of your seat event for the entire duration of the game. In the fifth game, the opposing team won by just a couple of points.
Over 450 alumni gathered for Campion Academy’s annual homecoming weekend to commemorate with their fellow classmates, a welcome return to pre-COVID tradition.
Alumni had a chance to walk through their old hallways and see what’s changed over the years. Arlene Reeder-Russell (Class of 1951) expressed her joy about the school: “I am just thrilled with the change. Everything that they have done has been marvelous.” A change that she was happy to see this year was the new and improved pavement. “I like everything about alumni weekend, and I come almost every year,” Reeder continued.
The weekend started off with the Reeder Golf Classic where alumni, staff, and students competed in a friendly golf game. Alumni were able to eat in the cafeteria and opened the Sabbath in the Campion Church for vespers featuring the Voice of Prophecy’s Discovery Mountain actors. Afterwards, the current and former students had some time to gather around the fire pit to sing praise songs and enjoy s’mores.
During Sabbath School, a panel of previous staff members shared their experiences from their time at Campion Academy. The honorees for the Hall of Faith were Kathy and Kevin Binder, and Kenneth Gregerson, who were all recognized for their long-term impact on Campion Academy and the Alumni Association. The alumni of the year award was dedicated to H.M.S. Richards. Associate Speaker of the Voice of Prophecy, Jean Boonstra, accepted the award in memory of H.M.S. Richards, and was the main speaker for the church service.
The services were also highlighted by performances by the CA Music Department, including: handbells, orchestra, choir, and the select choir, Koinonia.
Members of the different honor classes met together in the afternoon to renew their ties of friendship made at Campion. An alumni from the class of 2011, Jessica Montoya said, “It’s been ten years, but it feels like two. So much has happened in our lives, and it’s weird being back.”
A recent graduate from class of 2021, former R.A. Nelly Salinas expressed how she felt about being an alumni. She simply said, “weird,” but then added, “It is just exciting. I was excited to come back and see all the staff and some friends who are still here.” She noticed new changes and the reduction of COVID restrictions: “It is nice to see the fountain, and that the picnic tables are back. It is nice knowing that the current students can have a better year.”
The event was topped off with an evening of friendly, yet highly competitive, volleyball and soccer games, in which the alumni faced off against the students. In both matches, the alumni came out on top.
Article by Love Pickle and student news team
Photos by Jill Harlow, Elizabeth Jureckova
Lexi Contreras, senior, shares how in her life she has faced trial after trial, a result of sin pushing its way into her world, yet she fights back with God at her side.
“In my young life, I have faced a lot of health challenges. The hardest part for my family was when I was young, they did not know what was wrong with me,” explained Contreras. Soon they learned that Lexi suffered from an autoimmune disorder known as Myasthenia Gravis (MG). Basically, this disorder causes the body to attack itself.
“It’s not easy being different,” Contreras says; “There are days when every muscle hurts and I’m really weak. Yet, God has carried me through my flare ups, hospitalizations, and extensive treatments. Everyday is a gift from God for which I am grateful.”
Lexi has made comebacks time and time again, and she has no doubt that with God by her side she will not stop doing so in the future. She shared that her faith has strengthened her; “I know Jesus is coming soon; He will take us to a place where there will be no more suffering and pain.”
A verse that encourages her is James 5:15: “And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins he will be forgiven” (NKJV).
Hyacinth Cookenmaster, Student News Team
Students painted landscapes, navigated with compasses, and learned other outdoor skills when Campion Academy ventured to Rocky Mountain National Park for an outdoor school day.
Students left Wednesday morning eager for the day ahead of them. The beauty of God’s creation surrounded the students as they broke off into groups for the first half of the day. Ruth Rawlings, sophomore, looking back on the trip said, “It was a great stress reliever from our daily school work while also being outdoors.”
Students that participated in painting sat on a hill side while Lindsey Santana taught them how to use watercolors when painting mountain landscapes. Students were challenged with recreating landscapes in their point of view. Toby Quillin, freshman, exclaimed, “It was really fun; we learned how to create a sunset landscape using only the primary colors.”
Jill Harlow walked students around Sprague Lake showing them how to take photos using different depths of field and perspectives. Sophia McGrew, junior, reflected, “I really enjoyed nature during our walk; we saw a female moose and elk which made me happy.” Students learned how to handle the camera while taking photos of nature.
At lunch, students made their way over to Hidden Valley where they mingled and ate lunch. Chef Allen had prepared veggie sub sandwiches, watermelon, corn, and brownies for dessert. For the afternoon, students participated in their second activities of which included: weaving, hiking, history of the park, and becoming a junior ranger.
One of the many activities offered was identification of edible plants. In this class students were shown how to identify edible flora and fauna versus dangerous and possibly poisonous plants. Elizabeth Jureckova, senior, shared, “It was a great experience, we learned how important it is to check with multiple sources, such as books or the internet before we eat anything in nature. We had a lot of fun while exploring and hiking up the hill.”
At the end of the classes, students boarded their buses and made their way back down the mountainside to campus. Village students headed home while dorm students ran to the cafeteria searching for their supper meal. Gwendolyn Cress, sophomore, said when thinking back on Wednesday: "I loved the trip in general and had a lot of fun, but boy was I tired when we got back; all I wanted to do was eat and sleep."
Hyacinth Cookenmaster, Student News Team
Love Pickle, Photos
Varsity and JV Volleyball teams have finally resurfaced after a year of absence due to COVID. Students are excited to have their sports season back. The coaches who will triumphantly lead CA to victory are Jo Madonna, Cody Jahn and Ashley Herber.
Not having competitive sports due to COVID-19 negatively impacted the life of many students. Jovanna Maldonado, sophomore, expressed her feelings: “It felt kinda empty without sports last year.”
The thrill of having sports back and the energy it creates within students is on a deeper level. Kendra Eickmann shared, “Having volleyball back is definitely a highlight of my senior year, I missed going to tournaments last year and being with my teammates.”
This season may be different because of continuing COVID effects, but the students are happy to compete again. This is only the beginning of a triumphant change, and not the last because CA students have spirit.
This past week, the varsity girls team kicked off the start of their season with a game against Mile High. Unfortunately, they lost 1:3 but their perseverance showed that the next games will be different.
“It’s nice to get back into the groove and feel the energy of competition, ” reflected Kylie Wehling, captain of the varsity team. “I have a good team and I am looking forward to what this season will hold.”
Love Pickle, Student News Team
Photos: Gwyn Reeves
After a dreadful year of COVID restrictions, the varsity soccer team is finally back on the soccer field. The cheers of students, staff, and families echoed throughout campus as the boys showed off their soccer skills during the first home games of the season.
Team member Collin Caviness said, “It felt really good being back on the field. I think sports bring people together in a way nothing else can. You could definitely tell last year the effect of not having it had on everybody. We’re all super excited to play again this season, make memories and have some fun.”
The boys trained for weeks, and it really showed off during their first away game against Mile High when they won 3 - 1.
Last week they had their first home game against Nederland High School. Although the score remained tied for most of the game, they scored the winning points seconds before the end.
While they didn’t come out on top against Loveland Classical on Tuesday, they will have a chance to get back on track at the next home game on Thursday.
Team member Karson Lee stated, “After not being able to play any sports last year, it is great to finally be able to play sports again, especially soccer. It’s already been a great start to the season and it will only get better. We have a lot to work on together as a team but we all are willing to put in the work. I think our whole team is excited to play soccer once again and we all want to bring the trophy back home from Union.”
Elizabeth Jureckova, Student News Team
Photos: Jill Harlow
Despite challenges of hail, cold nights, rocky trails, and high altitude, the 25 students and four sponsors in Campion's Outdoor Club had a successful and unforgettable backpack trip in the Snowy Range mountains in Wyoming this past weekend.
The group left Friday after classes, completing a two-and-a-half hour drive to the trailhead, where they were met with rain and hail. Jahir Marcenaro, senior, reflected on the start of the trip: “It was memorable because Mr. Kast started our group on the wrong trail, and when we got onto the right trail it started raining and hailing. But, when that passed, we got to see the beautiful night sky.” Once everyone had settled in and set up camp, the club had an evening worship under the stars.
The club started their Sabbath off with breakfast and a devotional thought by Mrs. Harlow. Then they tore down camp and started to head to their next campsite, about 6 miles away. The hikers enjoyed the beautiful views, even though they had to push their physical limits as the trail got steeper and surpassed 11,000 feet in elevation.
Matthew Winokan, junior, commented, “Getting to be in nature was very peaceful; I feel like being out there distracts you from school and any stress you have. You get closer to God, and you have time to talk with friends.”
When the club reached their new campsite they got settled in and they had time to themselves to explore or relax. Noah Sturges, senior, said, “One thing I really enjoyed was the freedom we had, especially on Saturday because I could wander off on my own time, and it wasn’t restricted to staying at camp or on a trail.”
After the club’s free time they were called in for an evening worship under the starlit sky, where students shared what they learned about God throughout the day. Preston Sturges, junior, reflected, “Seeing the stars makes you realize how small we are but how God still cares for us.” The club members then headed back to their tents and hammocks to rest after such a challenging day.
Early the following day, a group of ten club members took the opportunity to hike to the summit of Medicine Bow Peak, while the rest of the members opted to sleep in. “I really enjoyed the hike on Sunday morning,” said Ekenna Kwankwo. “Even though it was really hard, it was awesome going to the summit and looking down on where you just came from and how far you got. It also relates to your own spiritual walk, where you need to go through a struggle so you can look back and see how far you’ve come.”
Once everyone had eaten and packed up, the club embarked on their last hike of the trip, the hike to the vans and busses to transport them back to campus. Love Pickle, senior, summed up her weekend saying that, “The people and the views made backpacking fun.”
Jared Marcenaro, Student News Team
Photos: Noah Sturges, Airi Nomura, Jill Harlow