The Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball teams were gone from February 13 to February 17 for their annual Union Basketball tournament. The Boys Varsity placed 7th place and the Girls Varsity placed 8th place out of the 12 schools that attended, each with a boys and girls team. In an answer to prayer there were no injuries and on either team and the students had a positive experience.
Ashley Herber, Sports Editor
Last Saturday night, the Chinese students at Campion prepared a Lunar New Year celebration and gave the other students a glimpse into Chinese culture.
The night started off with a few performances in the chapel. Canson (Senior), Rain (Junior) and Ensen (Junior), international students from China, presented a Chinese song with Kung Fu shows. Their enthusiasm got everyone clapping and cheering.
Trivia questions were also asked with prizes to create more interest in Chinese culture. “I enjoyed the live Chinese songs in the chapel, it was rare and exciting for us to listen to live performances in another language. It was really cool,” said Samantha Hodges, a new sophomore this year here who has shown a great talent for learning Chinese. She was able to say, “Happy New Year,” in Chinese, which is “Xin Nian Kuai Le,” and won a prize for the last trivia question.
Then the whole group shifted to the gym for the rest of the night. Badminton courts and ping-pong tables were set up for students to enjoy some popular sports in China. There were art tables for students to decorate traditional opera masks and fans as well. Kevin Perez, a sophomore, expressed his enjoyment, “I drew some cherry blossoms on the Chinese traditional fan, it looked really nice.” He also expressed that the Chinese New Year party has been one of his favorite events of the year. The gym was full of laughter and the sounds of students singing karaoke in multiple languages.
The night ended with colorful fireworks, symbolizing success in the new year ahead of us. Each student had two sparklers and we also enjoyed three other big fireworks. The students felt the excitement of celebrating Chinese New Year with all the Chinese students. We had a fulfilling night.
Jill Harlow is the international club sponsor, and she helped the Chinese students organize this whole event. “It was not stressful for me because the Chinese students are talented and trustworthy, and I know I can count on them,” she said. “The students went above and beyond expectations. They worked hard to put a fun event together and kept track of all the details that needed to be taken care of. I am so proud of them."
One of our Chinese students, Annie, who performed an emotional Chinese song, said, “It was a lot of pressure to practice and set up, but it was worth it. We brought more Chinese elements to the school here.
Yes, that was the goal for this event, for local students to know more about the Chinese culture. And Campion Academy provided a wonderful international atmosphere, because people from all over the world came to join in the celebration.
By Susan Wang, Senior, Guest Contributor
Ah, Valentine’s Day. A selected 24 hours out of the year where people go an extra mile to show the people they care about that they are loved. February 14th, however, has a certain stigma to it because the word “love” is too often discredited and limited to couples and romance alone. Ultimately, Valentine’s Day is simply a reminder that we have not found “the one” or our “soulmate.”
But it’s time to get real. Love. Love is a phrase, a verb, a feeling. We feel it towards friends, towards family, and towards a special person romantically.
But what is love really? Campion staff and students shared their opinions about love:
“LOVE IS...giving yourself.” -Ericka
“LOVE IS...the feeling you have for someone special to you.” -Shelby
“LOVE IS...a decision to stick through thick and thin and not give up on it.” -Mr. Anderson
“LOVE IS...the willingness to care for somebody else instead of yourself.” -Mrs. Binder
“LOVE IS...the ability to forgive at all costs.” -Anonymous
“LOVE IS...a principle not a feeling.” -Jessica Rios
“LOVE IS...caring about someone even if they don’t care about you back.” -Ashley Reyes
“LOVE IS...imperfect but it is also genuinely from the heart and no matter what it takes or how hard it is, it makes time for happiness.” -Beverly Onsoe
“LOVE IS...what begins as a feeling but becomes an unconditional commitment.” -Sherry Hay
“LOVE IS...laughing together.” -Lindsey Santana
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
This Valentine’s Day, remind the people in your life that you love them. Whether it is a call, a text, a letter, or a gift. Remember that February 14th is not only about the romance between you and that special someone, it is a reminder about our family and the people that make life worth our time. Happy Valentine’s Day.
The homemade crepes were delicious. The flowers were beautiful. The music, brought by students, was delightful. However, the absolute highlight of the annual Scholars and Alumni Scholarship Brunch was watching students be honored for their hard work and alumni stepping forward to show their support.
More than 250 students, parents, and alumni came together to celebrate student achievement in the Campion Academy cafeteria this past Sunday, during Senior Recognition Weekend. Fourteen students received scholarships, all of which are funded by the generosity of Campion alumni. The alumni were in attendance to share about their stories and present the scholarships to the deserving students.
The alumni stories spoke of legacy, commitment, and pride in their school. One scholarship was in memory of Campion’s first principal, whose family has attended Campion for the following 4 generations. Another spoke of a family who sent all 5 of their children to Campion and whose mother served as a much beloved school nurse for many years. One story especially touched hearts, as the presenter shared that the sponsoring alumnus wanted to give back to students; his life was changed due to his Campion roots, coming back to Christ more than 70 years later because of seeds planted while attending Campion Academy and subsequent alumni reunions.
While parents and families looked on, 76 Campion Academy students were honored for their academic achievement of a 3.5 or higher GPA for first semester of this school year. There were 16 seniors inducted into the National Honor Society and 10 juniors recognized as provisional NHS members. Four students shared short speeches about the meaning of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Principal Don Reeder and Vice-Principal Kent Kast spoke about the meaning of the honors and Campion Academy’s pride in the hard work and dedication of both students and staff.
Lonnie Hetterle, our conference Education Director, spoke to all the students commending them on their hard work and encouraging them to persevere by sharing stories about Michael Jordan and Walt Disney and how they persevered and didn't give up.
Well done, Campion Academy students! We are, indeed, very proud of you!
Darcy Force, Director of Development and Alumni Relations
This past Saturday night, Campion Academy had its annual auction and talent show benefiting the senior class. The night started off with the seniors selling concessions and a blind auction. There were ten acts split by an intermission when an auction benefiting the senior class was held. The acts included everything from breathtaking piano playing and skillful violin stunts to mind-boggling magic tricks and audience-interactive comedy.
The first-place act was by Pastor Michael Goetz and was an Egyptian-themed tomb exploration with random Campion Academy students picked to take part. Fabiola, a junior picked by the random drawing, reflected, “I was terrified because I thought that random people were going to push me over or something like that. When he made me touch the ‘eyeball’ I was terrified because I didn’t realize it was just jello.”
The seniors made a lot of money from concessions and the blind auction. Senior Christian Carr explained, “I was working most of the time as the cashier with Maritza, making sure people got the right amount of money back while answering questions they had.”
Cade Lukens, who bought pumpkin bread at the blind auction, stated, “I thought that the blind auction was pretty cool. The only thing that I might change was a limit on the amount of times people can write their names and a list of ingredients in the different items up for auction.”
Lee Beckermeyer, Senior
Students from Brazil, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Mexico, and El Salvador don't have much experience with freezing temperatures in their countries, but last Sabbath they all got to enjoy an epic winter experience at Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.
The students all tried out snowshoes as they trekked around the lake, but they were soon removed when they discovered the smooth, dark ice uncovered in the center of the lake. In their tennis shoes, they attempted running, dancing, and sliding on their stomachs on the slick ice, resulting in many minor mishaps and a lot of laughter. "Walking on the frozen lake was very cool, even though I was afraid of the ice cracking. I felt very happy because it was a new experience in my life," commented Lucas Catira, sophomore from Brazil.
On the far end of the lake, they discovered a steep bank and took turns sledding on snow-shovels - the first sledding experience for many of the students. Overall, it was a wonderful day to give these students a new experience in God's creation. See more pics and video in the link below:
Orchestra students spent a grueling 48 hours practicing challenging music for the 66th annual Mid-America Union Music Festival, held at Union College. These two days are extremely intense, yet also an exciting opportunity for students to learn from college professors, and be challenged with more difficult music. The trip started out with freezing temperatures of 0° F due to the polar vortex, but that didn't stop the Campion students from playing music! By Friday night, there were many worn-out shoulders and lips from the approximate 15 hours spent practicing. All of our hard work paid off on Saturday night when we performed our pieces at the College View Church. Overall, it was such a fun experience! "I liked getting to meet kids from other schools, and to learn more about percussion," Freshman Ula Matangi commented." If would you like to view our performance, visit www.ucollege.edu/live.
Sydney Michalenko, Academic Life Editor
Last week, the Campion Class of 2019 got the chance to visit various colleges around the U.S. Seniors drove and flew many miles to visit colleges such as Union College, Southern Adventist University, Southwestern Adventist University, and the Colorado University of Colorado Springs. The four days provided to tour these different colleges is beneficial to discover which college fits best. It was also fun to feel like a college student for a few days!
Sydney Michalenko, Academic Life Editor
Last weekend, students involved in Wildfire and Handbells visited Grand Junction SDA church to lead out in the church service and give a performance. The Wildfire team, along with Pastor Esequias, gave testimonies for the sermon and planned the song service. Yves Clouzet conducted as handbells performed three different songs for special music, postlude, and prelude.
Most of the students slept in the church and some stayed with families with students at Campion. Erick Maldonado, of the Wildfire Team, shares, “It was definitely a bonding experience between everyone involved in both Wildfire and Handbells.”
The members of the Grand Junction SDA Church were extremely welcoming and accommodating. They made sure the students were fed and had a place to sleep. Ireland Anthony, member of the Handbells ensemble, states, “The people were so welcoming to us. They all had smiles on their faces when we performed for them. It was such a blessing.”
The Wildfire team will be visiting Grand Junction again during the summer. The students can definitely look forward to more SWAT Trips in the future.
By Megan Michalenko, Junior
Edited by Faith Paden, Student Life Editor
The Campion Varsity basketball teams were given the opportunity to play on a professional NBA basketball court at the Pepsi Center against Mile High Academy. Classes were let out early on Thursday, January 17 for this annual tradition. Although both Campion teams lost, they played their hardest, showed good sportsman ship, and in an answer to prayer, there were no injuries on any of the teams during the games.
Richard Bass, who is on the Campion Boys’ Varsity team reflected, “It was a dream come true, not many people can say they’ve played on an NBA court. The opportunity Campion basketball gave me was amazing!” After the game, everyone watched the Denver Nuggets play the Chicago Bulls, with the Nuggets winning the game.
From the Campion Lady Cougars’ Varsity team, Reagan Garman said, “I think it’s a great opportunity for us as high school students to play on a professional NBA court and to experience the excitement of the arena. It was an experience that we will never forget.”
Ashley Herber, Student Sports Editor
Photos by Caleb Belleau and Amelia Zimmerman