Last Friday, Campion Academy hosted its annual volleyball tournament and the Campion team won for the first time in three years. A total of four schools participated, and the games took place all day. After coming in last place the previous year, the team was determined to make a come-back. The team won their first two games that morning against Loveland Classical and Rocky Mountain Lutheran and lost their third to Hyland Christian. This put them in the final championship game against Hyland Christian where they played three sets. The whole team played hard for their win. A few players, including Sandra Marin and Haley Enochs, had long serving runs while other players like Delanie Kamarad and Ashley Halvorson had several good hits at the net. Meg Michalenko, a senior who plays middle blocker on the team, said, “Playing in the volleyball tournament was such an amazing experience as a team. We learned how to trust in one another and encourage those around us.”
Ashley Herber, Senior, Student Editor
Kelsey Cate started coaching volleyball at Campion five years ago at the invitation of then head coach Erin Heib, and she became the head coach two years ago. She played volleyball for two years at Union College before graduating from Colorado Christian University. Before that she played at Campion, graduating in 2013. Kelsey’s love of volleyball is easy to see, as is her love of her players. When asked what her favorite part about coaching is she said, “Sharing my love of volleyball with my players and seeing them succeed,” and when asked what her favorite part about volleyball is, she said simply and enthusiastically, “Everything.”
Ashley Herber, Senior, Student Editor
Our mission from God is to make disciples. We are called by Him to share our testimony to people who need to hear it. Throughout the year, students around the campus will share how God has worked miracles in their lives, in hopes of sharing His love to inspire others. We want to remind and show people how real and good God truly is. As you read these, please think of what God has done for you lately. What is at the heart of your story?
The first story comes from someone who would like to remain anonymous:
“For me, coming to Campion was hard. My whole life, I was always transferring schools, and I should have been used to it, but this time was different. Growing up, I didn’t have much of a choice of whether or not I had to change schools. I wasn’t very close to my family, let alone my brother. Aside from small talk and dinner conversation, I hadn’t talked to my brother for about six years straight. Besides the fact that my family was financially unstable, my family wanted me to come to Campion to experience a better life. Because I had moved so much, I was tired of meeting new people. I was never able to grow close to them, and they would often times forget about me. So I thought if I went to Campion I would have to experience it once again. But one friend changed it for me. My good ol’ roommate. My companion. My grapefruit (this is a hint so you should know who you are once you read this). She is the reason I can finally smile and forget the bad days I had. She helped me shape who I am today. God put her in my life to help me be able to start over with my family. I didn’t think I could be so close with someone, but I see God in her. With her help, I was able to finally talk to my brother, and we are closer than we have ever been. I am extremely grateful that God put the realest people in my life that I can lean on despite everything.”
Edited by Adrianna Campbell, Senior, Student Editor
This Sabbath, all of the students got on buses to go out and spend time in God's second book, nature. Students could choose between three options during their visit to Rocky Mountain National Park. The first bus took people to a rigorous hike to Loch Lake. The second bus took people to Bear lake which was more relaxing, but just as beautiful. The last option took students to the top of Trail Ridge Road, where they climbed many stairs to the top of the peak. A few students shared their experiences of how they saw God while in the mountains.
Jordyn D., sophomore, says, “Pastor Goetz shared with us this verse, Psalm 121:1-2 which says, ‘I lift my eyes to the mountains- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.’ It really helped me understand that God made the mountains, and created us to enjoy and marvel at all of his beautiful creations. It made me feel truly small compared to everything around me and I am so grateful that I was able to be in God's presence while I marveled at his creation.”
Erick M., senior, says, “I took the bus up Trail Ridge Road and was able to get an amazing view at the top. Seeing all the huge peaks and deep valleys God has created made me feel pretty small and insignificant in comparison. However, being up there was an awesome reminder that God cares about and loves me deeply, no matter how powerless or small I feel.”
Beverly O., senior, says, “During mountain church, I had a wonderful experience. Hiking up the mountains with friends, and seeing the waterfalls made me see the real beauty and power of God. It reminded me of the verse Isaiah 43:2. That even in the deepest waters, God gave me rocks for stability in faith and in trust.”
Blessing S., sophomore, says, “Being in the mountains reminded me of how God is my rock and can hold me through any time. I could see how much of a great God he is. My God created the world and made wonderful things for me to enjoy. I loved looking into the waterfall. When I saw my reflection, it reminded me that I was made in his image, and I am a reflection of him.”
Adrianna Campbell, Senior, Student Editor
At the end of August, the senior class of 2020 left for a highly anticipated four-day trip to Glacier View Ranch in the mountains. Senior Survival has been a tradition at Campion for many years, and a key moment for bonding. The theme for the weekend was trusting in others, yourself, and God. The journey up the mountain was challenging because the bus only took us so far, and then we had to take our packs for the week and hike the remainder of the distance. Once we made it to the campsite, our next challenge was making a shelter. We were provided two tarps for rain protection, stakes, and twine. Many chose to sleep in hammocks but some were brave enough to sleep on the ground.
Each day consisted of many challenging team-bonding activities. Our class was split into three groups which separated typical friend groups. The activities were challenging mentally and physically. They required us to put trust in our teammates. Each night after the activities were completed, a campfire was built and everyone gathered around. A short worship was given by our chaplain Mrs. Eickmann, and then the time was given over to the class for discussion. Some nights we would go around and tell funny stories, or we would share our greatest struggle. Even people who were typically quiet opened up. We repeated the saying, “What is said on the mountain, stays on the mountain.” Grant, a four year senior, shares, “Everyone was open and honest. We had such a good time telling stories, laughing and crying together, and getting closer to each other and to God. It’s definitely something I’ll never forget.”
For some students, there was one activity that was dreaded. The trust fall is a group activity where one person climbs onto a rock, while the rest of the group stands in a line ready to catch him or her. Mrs. Eickmann sat at the top and prepared the person who would be falling. She encouraged us to let go of one of our fears and give it to God. For some it was easy to let go and fall, but for others it wasn’t so easy. Ashley Halvorson, a four-year senior, shared, “My favorite part of the trust fall was seeing the trust being built in our class. When it was my group’s turn, there was one person who was scared to fall and everyone began encouraging her. It was silence and then all of the people started yelling things such as, ‘we believe in you,’ ‘we will catch you’ and then she fell. It was inspiring to see the positive impact our class can make on people when we work together.” The entire class participated in doing the trust fall, thanks to the encouragement of the groups.
Senior Survival was such an amazing opportunity to get away from the stresses of school and even personal stresses. Leaving everything behind and focusing on bonding with our class is what made the time so special. Getting to hear from everyone and their stories is something the senior class will never forget. The bonds formed in the mountains will continue to strengthen as the senior class continues their last year of high school. Graduation may be harder because of the new friends made, but I am sure none of the class would change that.
Megan Michalenko, Senior, Student Editor
Photos by Dean Helm, Caleb Wehling, and Kayla Gonzalez
After just three days of practice, Campion Music Department's chorale, orchestra, and hand bells pulled off an impressive performance which blessed our church family.
Students dressed up in their designated class colors, painted their faces, and lost their voices cheering during the Student Association's (S.A.) annual Class Scramble and picnic competitions on Saturday night and Sunday.
Class Scramble is a long-standing tradition at Campion in which classes bring a variety of random items to their corners of the gym and try to be the first to the center when an item is called. The event also includes unique games the S.A. plans each year such as a paper airplane toss, a tic-tac-toe relay, and a football shot. This year the juniors upset the seniors during the Saturday night event which is typically dominated by seniors.
However, the senior class came back strong on Sunday morning during the competitions at S.A. Picnic and won all events. Anchored by dedicated weight-lifter, Hunter Bergondo, the seniors quickly took the lead in the tug-of-war. Despite their size disadvantage, they also won the mini-bike race relay. Other events included a tire-roll relay and pushing the school bus from the entrance of campus to the front of the Ad building.
Photos by Jill Harlow
Video edited by Bela Cinco, SA Communication Director
Freshman Scramble Photos
Sophomore Scramble Photos
Junior Scramble Photos
Senior Scramble Photos
Meet our Student Chaplain, Madi Jordan. "As Student Chaplain, I want everyone to have the opportunity to get to know God as their friend this year. One aspect of this is in music. I want to make praise times very special this year."
Meet our Assistant Student Chaplain, Nolan Eickmann. "I am super-pumped for this school year and am excited for the opportunities I am going to have as a student chaplain. I have three main goals for the school year. First, I want people to grow in their spiritual walks with God. Second, I want to make the spiritual events something for everybody to look forward to. Lastly, I want fusion to be a fun time! In the past, a lot of students have struggled with this event, and I want it to be an exciting and fun time for everybody! Overall I want everybody at Campion to fall more in love with Jesus."
Meet our SA President, Richard Bass. "This year I want to make Campion the most fun school for the students through events that SA will plan! More importantly I want to make sure each student develops a better relationship with Jesus Christ!"
Meet our SA Social VP, Delanie Kamarad. "As social VP, I hope to leave a lasting impression on other students. I want to encourage everyone to break the stereotypes and cliques formed in school and life by providing them with amazing experiences. This will hopefully spark interest in future leaders to one day do the same."
Meet our SA Vice President, Samantha Hodges. “Arthur Ashe said, ‘Start where you are, use what you have, and do what you can,’ and this year I’ll do my best to remind myself of this. As VP, I’m honored to serve Campion and help be the voice of the students! “
Meet our Spiritual Vice President, Erick Maldonado. "I want to be able to leave knowing the school is in a better place spiritually. I want to work with class pastors and our students chaplains to create a spiritual environment that can reach ALL our students and staff members."
Meet our SA Outreach Director, Jynaya Wright. "Doing your best is more important than being the best. This year I want to strive to do my best in everything, no matter how long it takes."
Meet our SA Activities Director, Trent Kiefer. "I’m excited to be able to plan the activities that the students want to be involved in."
Meet our SA Treasurer, Annie Fan. "My goal for this year is to raise money in order to create a fun and entertaining environment for everyone. I also want to let the new students to feel welcome."
Meet our SA secretary, Tiffany Dien. "Although a secretary’s main job is to take notes, I hope to contribute to ideas and organizing SA activities for this school year. My goal is to work for God to help people enjoy their home away from home."
Meet our SA Communication Director, Bela Cinco. "My goal for this year is to communicate between students and staff as best as possible and be the voice of what the students want."
Meet our SA Tech Director, Patricia Simamora. "I am excited to have the opportunity to capture all the memories being made this year. I am eager to relive the moments with the students when we watch the end of the year review video."
Campion Academy welcomed home 145 students to kick-off the school year this week. Parents, staff, and church members rallied together to help the students move in to the dormitories throughout the day on Sunday. In the evening, the beginning of a new school year officially commenced at the annual Student Association (S.A.) Handshake event.
The 2019-2020 Student Association officers introduced the theme for the school year: No Limits. Erick Maldonado, S.A. Spiritual Vice-President, explained, "Everyone has issues that create limits in their lives, like anger, doubt, fear, and failure. But, with the power of God, we can break free from those chains and live our lives with no limits."
After worship, the students enjoyed a few games and class competitions including the classic human knot, hula-hoop circles, and a water-balloon toss. For the main event, the staff and students formed a long line where each student shook hands, gave high fives, or hugs to each member of the staff and student body. Finally, Campion lead pastor, Micheal Goetz, led everyone in a prayer of blessing on the school year.
Welcome home to Campion, students. You are loved.
Naomi Boonstra, an incoming senior at Campion, shares her experience of spending the summer on the Literature Evangelism team with Pastor Matt Hasty.
On August 6, I said goodbye to my summer colporteuring Youth Rush team. For ten weeks, we woke up together, had devotions surrounded by each other, ate breakfast together, had worship together, and then went door-to-door distributing Adventist literature for donations for our school scholarships. This was my third summer doing this, and each time I leave in absolute awe of how God has used us to grow each other and to turn cities upside down.
When you spend a summer doing ministry, the people who are becoming your family are also falling in love with God every day. When I’m surrounded by my Youth Rush team, no matter how imperfect we've been towards each other, I feel like I’m being held up by God’s perfection, and I’m completely at peace. All the floors we slept on, all the vans we drove, and all the doors we knocked on were absolutely filled with the love of God radiating off of this little group of missionaries.
As colporteurs, we talk about how at doors we knock on, we might be the only glimpse of Jesus that someone ever sees. Even if they slam the door on me, my smile might be the only Godly thing someone ever does for them. Going door-to-door, I had to carry myself in such a way that even just a cookbook sale could be a divine experience for someone. Letting God show His love though me has taught me more about its depth than I could’ve imagined when I was first handed an application to give my summer to ministry. Being asked to show God’s character has forced me to completely die to self every morning before I go out, which is something that I now can carry into an everyday ministry.
Naomi Boonstra, Senior at Campion