This summer, Campion Academy has employed nine students to work for Mr. O’Halloran in maintaining the campus. So far, they have given Jessica Rios’ house a new roof, painted the Ad Building, and redone Daniel Force’s apartment. Amie said, “My favorite thing to do while working maintenance has been painting the Ad Building and the Tower.”
In addition to the nine students that work maintenance, Kyle Rushold, a Campion graduate, works as a supervisor. Kyle has worked maintenance at Campion for five years with this being his third year working as Mr. O’Halloran’s summer associate.
The students mow the lawns of Campion Church, Campion Academy, and HMS Elementary, which is a total of 37 acres. Julia said, “My favorite job is to mow, and I do a lot of it!”
Ireland added, “Mr. O’Halloran is a good boss, he keeps us busy.”
Mr. O’Halloran commented, “It’s important to take care of the campus and to learn the importance of a good looking campus. If the campus looks good it makes everyone else’s job easier.” When asked why it is important that students work maintenance over the summer, Mr. O’Halloran responded, “So they can earn money and understand the importance of hard work.”
We want to thank Mr. O’Halloran and all the people working maintenance for their hard work and dedication!
Article written by Ashley Herber, Student Editor
Excitement was in the air as twelve Campion students arrived in Spain after spending most of the past school year preparing for the trip by saving their money, working extra jobs, and completing lengthy applications. The students flew into Valencia on the Eastern coast of Spain and then traveled 30 miles north to the ancient city of Sagunto where they will be spending the next six weeks studying Spanish at the Adventist Colleges Abroad institution, Escuela Superior de Español de Sagunto (ESDES).
“You get to be around a lot of Spanish-speaking people and you get to really get into the language,” said Jessica D, incoming junior at Campion. “All of the teachers and monitors just speak in Spanish, so without even realizing it, you are being absorbed in the language, and you get all these new words in your brain, even if you don’t really know what they all mean. It makes me think, I could really get into this and learn the language!”
Around 70 students total are in the summer program from different Adventist universities and a few academies, with Campion having the largest group from any one school. On the first day, students had an orientation and took a Spanish placement test. In the afternoon, they visited the beach in Sagunto. The town is situated on the Mediterranean Sea and the water is warm and calm which makes it ideal for swimming. “My favorite part about being here so far, is going to the beach and meeting lots of new people,” said Megan M.
The typical day includes classes in the morning and either a trip to the beach or a selection of cultural workshops in the afternoon. An important aspect of the program are the monitors, or student workers, who plan fun activities and interact with the American students throughout the day in Spanish. Delanie K. commented, “I appreciate that the monitors take us in as their own and they welcome us to their school as their friends. They don’t make it seem like there is a language barrier because they are just so kind to us.”
The program is also full of excursions to various tourist locations nearby. In the first week, students spent a day touring Valencia, the third largest city in Spain, which is only about 30 minutes from the school. Valencia has beautiful architectural sites in the center of the old city, as well as a very modern arts and science district.
The next trip was a tour of the ancient castle in the local town of Sagunto, parts of which were built during the Roman empire nearly two thousand years ago. “My favorite part of this trip is experiencing a new culture and being exposed to a different side of the world,” concluded Delanie K.
The students in Spain have many more adventures to come, so watch for some of our highlights on Campion’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
Article by Jill Harlow
While students were just beginning their summer break, Campion teachers and staff headed back to class. Chris Wolf, of Fort Collins Poudre Fire Authority, instructed teachers in the Federal Emergency Management System’s (FEMA) National Incident Management System (NIMS) which also includes included the Incident Command System. Campion Academy’s campus is being designated as a potential shelter area in the case of a major incident, such as a flood or fire, in which large groups of people need to be evacuated and cared for.
Principal Don Reeder says, “Our staff needed to be trained in order to effectively respond in the event of a disaster and know what their roles and responsibilities are. We have the appropriate facilities and we want to be able to support our community in times of need.”
In order to appropriately respond to an incident, each volunteer needs to be aware of the overall plan and respect the chain of command. The teachers learned about how the organizational structure set in place by NIMS can help us to better prepare for and respond to an emergency.
“You can either be part of the solution by following the appropriate procedures, or you may be part of the problem by self-deploying,” said Cathy Kissner, Rocky Mountain Conference Adventist Community Services Director.
Following this course, Kissner spoke to the teachers about the role of Adventist Community Services (ACS) in assisting victims of disasters. “We are the state of Colorado’s preferred donations manager in an event that reaches the state level,” she explained. “By getting trained and being involved in donation management, Campion Academy teachers and students can show the love of the Father by meeting the needs of people in the community in a disaster.”
Through this training, Campion Academy has sought to learn from and partner with emergency responders in our area. Our aim is to improve our ability to keep students safe and reach out to help others in the community when they are in need.
Article by Jill Harlow
Photo Credit: Don Reeder
Warmly known as “Everybody’s Mom,” Marilyn Jackson served Campion Academy for 13 years by connecting with alumni and drawing their thoughts back to their beloved alma mater. Jackson and her husband, Bob, will be moving to Carlisle, Ohio this month to be near their children and grandchildren. “I am excited because it is a new adventure; we’ll get to be by grandchildren, some great friends, and family,” Jackson commented.
Jackson was known as a tireless and efficient worker who kept everyone going. “God gave her the gift of hospitality. Marilyn made everyone feel welcome at Alumni Weekends, Chapter meetings and Donor dinners,” principal Don Reeder commented. “Students loved to be in her Faculty Family. She prepared great food for them and treated them special.”
Jackson will have fond memories of her time at serving at Campion. “I enjoyed the connections with the alumni. Through chapter meetings, I really formed good relationships with them, and they hold a place in my heart. Their support has meant a lot to me.”
Both she and her husband will continue working when they move to the Carlisle area, but they are ready to reduce the amount of responsibilities they’ve had and have a bit more time to relax. As her passion for Adventist Education hasn’t diminished, Jackson also plans to volunteer at the local Adventist elementary school.
One thing that Jackson was most pleased to see happen during her tenure at Campion was the reconstruction of Hankins Hall. “I know how much meant to the older alumni. That building was their whole school,” she reflected.
She will be deeply missed by all of the Campion family but we know she will keep in touch. “I wish only the best for Campion and that the Lord will bless the school with more students and the financial ability to support them. Primarily, I pray the students will come out of academy with a closer walk with God that will stay with them the rest of their lives.”
Thank you for your service to Campion, Marilyn. We pray that God continues to bless you on your journey.
(Article written by Jill Harlow)
Daniel Force, the Men’s dean at Campion Academy, is engaged to Roxanne Faber. Roxanne was born in Orlando, Florida and has lived all over the east coast. She is the oldest of three siblings, and her parents run the year-round retreat center/summer camp Nosoca Pines Ranch in South Carolina.
She currently teaches 2nd grade at Mile High Academy. Next year will be her 7th year teaching elementary school. She has many hobbies including reading, playing games and sports of all kinds, watching movies, being outdoors, and hanging out with her friends. She spent a year as a student missionary in Honduras and a summer in Spain taking Spanish classes and traveling around Europe.
Roxanne has worked at different summer camps for the past 17 years, working the last 5 of those years as an assistant director. She loves her family, friends, and Dean Force, but above all she loves God.
We are so excited for these two and pray that the Lord blesses their marriage!
[article written by Ashley Herber]
This past weekend, Campion Academy hosted a ladies soccer tournament. There were a total of four teams that participated, the Campion Cougars being one of them. It was a warm sunny day, just perfect for playing the beautiful game of soccer.
When asked about what her favorite part of tournament was, team captain Jackie stated, “I loved getting to play soccer with my team, seeing different skills within my team, and using them to get better and grow stronger together.”
Unfortunately, the lady Cougars did not advance into the championships: “Although we didn’t advance, I think our losses helped push us harder to not give up and come out on top against the Denver Eagles,” team captain Lauren stated.
Junior/Senior banquet was also held this past weekend. The Junior class officers decided to keep the banquet activities a secret this year, versus previous years where the event activities were not a secret. As everybody loaded up the bus, they waited anxiously to see where we were going. Our first stop was getting a bite to eat at Cinzetti’s. The hungry students loaded up their plates, immensely enjoying the food.
As we finished our meals, we loaded up the buses again and headed to our next stop: Adventure GolF and Raceway, where we all played mini golf. People excitedly got off the bus, and for some, it was their first time mini golfing. The night continued with fun, mini golfing, and hanging out with friends. When asked about her favorite part of banquet, Hillary S. stated, ”I liked how the class officers kept it a secret the entire time, it made it more interesting.”
The night was full of surprises, fun, and good times.
[article written by Damarys Nieto]
In a much needed break from studying and tests, this last week students got to go home for April Home Leave, see their families, and relax. Although many students did go home, not everyone chose to; a group of students decided to head to Moab, Utah for their break. Days of jeeping, cliff jumping and late night cave exploration were just a few of the amazing activities that took place.
Most of the students that went were seniors, more particularly, a band of brothers that took care of each other while also having a blast. When asked about his favorite part of the trip Stephen said, “Honestly, my favorite part was growing stronger bonds with my friends and making memories that will be forever remembered.”
Other students stayed local and had fun in their own way. Asking what others did, during their break, junior Conner commented, “I spent my break fishing and playing video games with my friends.”
Everyone has their own way of taking a break after working so hard in classes. Some go on trips, some work at their jobs, and some just sleep all day.
This school year is almost over and students are going to kick it into high gear to come out on top. This break is just the beginning of the end.
[article written by Cole Cizek]
The Rocky Mountain Music Festival was held this past weekend at Campion Academy. Students from all over the Rocky Mountain Conference attended the three day festival starting on Thursday, March 22. This year, the handbell choir was directed by Mrs. Miki Shockley. The choir was directed by Mr. Clinton Anderson, from HMS Richards Adventist School. Campion's Music Department director, Mr. Yves Clouzet conducted the strings ensemble.
On Sabbath afternoon, there was a special concert held by violinist Jaime Jorge. When asked about this weekend, Richard commented, “My favorite part was being able to see some of my friends who don’t attend Campion. “
Stephanie participated in the choir and the strings ensemble; she mentioned that, "Rehearsing all day was hard work, but it was worth it when it came time for the final performance."
Josie also participated in the choir and said that her favorite part of the weekend was being able to share her love of music to everyone at the festival. Overall, it was a successful weekend filled with beautiful music.
[article written by: Chrisheline Kalawo]
This past Wednesday the seniors got back from their two week long class trip - an amazing time filled with bonding and learning more about each other. The first couple days were spent at Caye Caulker, an island off of the coast of Belize. Here, we spent two days enjoying the beautiful sunshine and crystal clear ocean.
Many of the seniors went snorkeling with sharks or drove golf carts around the island. When asked about the trip, Lauren said, “One of the most exciting experiences I had on the island was playing volleyball on the beach. I also enjoyed swimming in the ocean that was full of starfish and conch shells.”
Towards the end of our trip we drove to Cancun, Mexico, where we got to go Chichen Itza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. That same day we were able to go to a giant sinkhole. We got to jump into the hole, but you had to be a good swimmer because it was 130 feet deep. Tanner commented, “I jumped off the cliff and it felt exhilarating. When I hit the water it felt like ice, but soon after getting used to the temperature, I found it all worth it.”
These were just a couple amazing activities the seniors did on the class trip, and we definitely will not be forgetting this trip any time soon. A special thanks to our class sponsors and others, including donors, who helped to make this trip possible for our class!
[article written by Hannah Phelps]
Just this past week, the Campion Academy senior class returned home after a two-week trip to Belize and Mexico. Although the trip began and ended with time set apart for relaxation and sight seeing, the main portion of the trip was spent doing mission work at a small Adventist school in Ladyville, Belize.
The seniors worked five days, with a day off in the middle to recuperate and rest up for the remaining two days. During the workdays, students fully applied themselves, and at the end of the week, the results spoke for themselves with the group completing their tasks ahead of schedule.
Because the main task set aside for the group was to aid in the addition of a second floor to one of the school’s buildings, most of the seniors and sponsors worked in construction. This included preparing, cutting, and building the wooden supports that the concrete for the second floor would rest on. With this being the main project, many had the chance to work extensively with measuring boards and poles, cutting those boards and poles, and nailing it all together.
Knowing that the work being done was for a good cause, senior Jordyn. recounted, “Helping build the school was extremely rewarding knowing that kids would soon be able to learn about Jesus and different subjects there.”
Although construction is what most took part in, others blessed the local community in other ways. A small group spent time painting at a different location and one senior even led out in an evangelistic series at the nearby church. This student was Lauren. While talking about the subject of sharing God in a different environment, she commented, “Preaching for my first time in a foreign country was an amazing experience. I was so happy to share my love for God to people that I had never met before. They were so kind and friendly, and I will never forget their own passion for their faith.”
The senior class went on this trip with the expectation of impacting others, yet many weren’t prepared for the way in which it would affect them. Simply being around the kids and building with the knowledge that the finished product would improve their lives had a lasting effect on some. Others were changed in different ways. “Living with some of your closest friends for two weeks in a different country can really change a person,” Carter stated.
While this year’s senior class trip is over, the impact it left in the lives of the seniors and all the people they were able to bless will last for many years more.
[article written by Alex Fazio]