‘Twas the night before finals, and all through the school, not a student was stressing, it was surprisingly cool...
Laughter erupted throughout the gym, as Campion Academy’s staff entertained the students with skits and songs during the annual Staff Talent Show on Saturday night.
To kick off the night, the Student Association (SA) lip-synced to “Underneath the Tree” by Kelly Clarkson led by SA sponsor and talent show organizer Erin Johnson.
“It’s a fun event for both the students and the staff. The staff get to show a different, less serious side of themselves,” Johnson explained. “My favorite part of the talent show is performing. It’s fun for me to get the staff involved, and to see how the students react.”
Principal Reeder’s act drew big laughs from the crowd. Three student volunteers, oblivious to his tricks, were told to race to name the type of sports ball hiding underneath a row of towels on a table. Little did they know, Bill Hay was hiding under the table with his head sticking up under one of the towels. The volunteers were so shocked that two of them fell to the ground in surprise while the audience howled in laughter.
“My favorite part was when Nelly and Chrino fell from screaming because it was funny to see my friends scream and fall,” commented Kevin Perez.
Next, Yves Clouzet sang the Hamilton song, “You’ll be back” with a twist. He impersonated Principal Reeder and changed the words in a humorous performance about COVID-19 restrictions, including Zoom, sick list quarantine, and social distancing.
Cafeteria director Chef Allen and Mrs. Allen performed a rendition of the act “Who’s on First” between the chef and assistant planner who misunderstood the names of workers that would fill a kitchen position.
Carlos Santana, Dean Molly Santana’s husband, took students by surprise by busting out some beats in a Christian hip-hop rap. The students also got down to the beat and were waving their hands in the air.
The Great Helmdini, Dean Helm, never fails to awe the audience with his magic tricks. His mind-blowing card tricks left everyone wondering: how? His final performance left students in amazement when he pulled a long length of toilet paper, which was once ripped and crumbled, from his mouth.
Tiffany Dien, Student News Team
To add a little variation to everyday life, Campion’s Student Association (SA) introduced a spirit week to give the students a chance to loosen up before finals and get creative with their outfits.
“I liked spirit week,” commented Phoebe Mamanua, freshman. “It was really interactive, and I looked forward to going to school every day.”
Each day was unique and gave the student body many opportunities to put together some innovative combinations. As an incentive to participate, the class with the most involvement at the end of the week would earn a pizza party.
Monday - Twin Day
To start the week, each person found a “twin” and dressed up in matching attire for the day.
Tuesday - Christmas Spirit Day
The sleigh bells were ringing with everyone dressed up and ready for the holidays. SA members were all decked out in bells and reindeer antlers. Some students even wore Christmas lights to top it all off.
Wednesday - Wacky Wednesday
“I really enjoyed Wacky Wednesday,” said Jonathan Pineda, senior. “I wasn’t planning on dressing up, but when I saw how crazy everyone was going, I decided to join them. It shows how much people enjoy spirit week, being able to dress up differently from normal.” From mismatching socks to a full pineapple suit, Campion took “wacky” to a whole new level.
Thursday - Character Day
With a countless variety to choose from, students dressed up as characters from all over, and one group even went as characters, including minions, from Despicable Me. The majority of the Brazilian students got creative and dressed up as M&Ms.
Friday - Campion Spirit Day
What better way to end the week than with a burst of school spirit? A part of Campion could be seen on almost every person in the form of T-shirts, hoodies, sports jackets, or other Campion merchandise.
“I loved how creative people got during spirit week,” reflected Edward Camas, junior. “I think it helped a lot of people gain energy and inspiration to make it to home leave.”
Sami Hodges, Student News Team
The Campion Adventist Church and Campion Academy created a joint Fall Fest-themed Drive-in Vespers that brought the community and campus together last Saturday evening.
Lead Pastor Micheal Goetz explained that even though the usual combined events such as Prayer and Lunch (PAL) and Fall Festival can’t be held due to COVID-19, “We are unwilling to do nothing and act like life is on pause. So we took an idea that brought everyone together as safely as possible and had spiritual and social focus.”
Members from the community were invited to attend Campion’s special vespers, where they could listen to the music, drama and speaker from inside their cars in order to promote social distancing. Meanwhile, students in chairs that were spaced apart in the front of the parking lot.
As part of the worship time, Campion’s drama class acted in a Reformation Day skit to commemorate the actions of Martin Luther who sparked the Protestant Reformation. Literature evangelists shared their personal stories of witnessing before Pastor Matt Hasty challenged the audience to seek their identity in Christ.
After vespers, Campion Academy students and the community enjoyed a BBQ dinner and activities such as hayrides, doughnut eating, and egg tossing contests.
“I really enjoyed hanging out by the fire with everyone. It was warm and we had so much fun talking. We went to the baseball field to eat some doughnuts and it was good,” said Blet Htoo, sophomore.
Campion church member, Suzie Sendros commented, “My favorite part of the night was riding on the hayride to the field of games and competing for the top prize of doughnut eating champion or egg tossing queen!”
“What stands out most to our family was the camaraderie between the staff, students and community members, the laughing and singing and having some light hearted moments together!” Sendros reflected.
Tiffany Dien, Student News Team
Campion Academy students competed in a night of class festivities last Saturday. Typically held outside on a Sunday, the annual class-competition event, the Student Association (SA) Picnic, had been rescheduled for Saturday night in the gymnasium due to the smoke and poor air quality. SA members planned creative activities for students to enjoy with a glow-in-the-dark theme.
Sandra Arlt, junior, said, “I thought it was really smart that we could do it inside, it was nice not to get eaten up by the bugs. I think the fact that we did it Saturday night was cool as well because it meant no sun burns. It was a fun time and I made really cool memories.”
The night started out with a slightly altered game of tug-of-war; classes chose just five students to pull the rope to allow for social distancing. Despite the slippery floor, seniors quickly took the lead.
In a new game, students had to jump down a glow-stick hula hoop path and battle it out in a game of rock-paper-scissors with other classes. In an unusual turn of events, freshmen got first place in that game. However, seniors took back first place in the annual mini bike relay race. SA ended off the night with a game of musical chairs and sing-alongs.
Even with the change of time, venue, and added safety precautions, Campion students made the most of the night. Nicole Dominguez, sophomore, commented, “I thought it was amazing and so different. I personally think it was better than last year. I truly had so much fun with all my friends and got to talk to people I don’t usually talk to.”
Photos by Sami Hodges and Bentlee Barry
Over the first weekend back on campus, Campion Academy participated in our annual Class Scramble. Although it was similar to years past, students and staff took extra precautions relating to COVID-19. Student Association (SA) officers took on the challenge of creating new games and rules to ensure that everyone had fun safely.
For the second year in a row, the senior class of 2021 kept up their winning streak and came out on top. Milka Mendoza, senior, stated, “I was super glad we were even able to still do it, and thankful for the SA officers and the staff who set everything up. It felt so good to win for a second time in a row! I’m super excited to see how our class can continue to make memories despite everything else going on. We did get a little scared of losing, but we pulled it off! It all worked out because we came together as a class.” The other classes didn’t make it easy for the seniors to win; it was a tight race between the seniors and the sophomores, who came in second.
The event was held outside, everyone wore masks, and the new games allowed for social distancing. Some students embraced safety by decorating their masks and finding creative ways to take pictures. Kylie Wehling, SA Spiritual Vice President, said, “Being on SA this year, we had the challenge of thinking of new ways to stay safe with social distancing while still being able to have fun with our classes. Even though a lot of the normal Class Scramble games had to change, such as man-overboard and men-in-a-boat, I think everyone was still able to have tons of fun and enjoy bonding time with their classes.”
In years prior, Class Scramble has been followed up on Sunday with SA Picnic: a series of class competitions put on by the SA officers. This year, unfortunately, the low air quality from local mountain fires put that on hold. Campion is still planning on having this event on a day where there is less smoke and we can ensure the safety of everyone on our campus.
Campion Academy welcomed 142 students back to campus for the new school year on Sunday, August 9. Students and staff are wearing masks and social distancing both during the in-person classes and throughout campus. “I’m glad to be back on campus and see all of my friends again,” commented Sami Hodges, senior. “I’m thankful that the Campion Academy staff has made it possible for us to have in-person classes because having to do school online wasn’t ideal.”
Besides wearing masks and social distancing, everyday activities look a bit differently this school year. First of all, registration and move-in were by appointment and spread out over three days to avoid large groups together. All chapels and group gatherings are being held outside on center campus, and desks are spaced apart in classrooms. Even the cafeteria has spaced out their tables six-feet apart and is only accommodating less than 50 people at a time.
Despite all the regulations, students are feeling positive about returning. Haley Enochs, senior, explained, “Sure, it’s uncomfortable to wear a mask and not be right next to other people, but in the end it is worth it to get that face-to-face communication with my teachers and friends.”
Students were officially welcomed into the new school year at the not-so-traditional “Handshake” event. The Student Association (SA) officers provided cut-out paper hands on popsicle sticks for staff and students to use to “high-five” each other in the line that stretched out to circle the entire green on center campus. Classes still competed against each other in creative games that allowed for social distancing while building camaraderie.
During worship, Kylie Wehling, SA Spiritual Vice-President introduced the theme for the year: Rise. The theme was inspired by the verse Micah 7:8, “Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light” (NIV).
“Our SA team chose this theme because we want students to go to God to be able to rise above the circumstances we have this year,” said Tiffany Dien, senior.
Jill Harlow, Communication Director