On Saturday night of parent’s weekend, HMS Richards Adventist School and Campion Academy hosted a Fall Festival in the gym as a way to raise money for class funds and enjoy time with family and friends.
Andrea Francis, mother of Anya Francis, shared, “The Fall Festival was nice. The fundraising concept was interesting and innovative. It allowed the students to plan and be involved in raising funds for their Senior Trip, which in turn helps the cost on the parents.”
From root beer floats to pumpkin bread, there were lots of food selections to choose from made by Campion and HMS students alike. Senior Melody Mambo comments, “I really liked the variety of foods that there were, like funnel cakes and nachos. It was really cool to see people be connected through food since we never really get to interact with HMS students. It was nice being able to bond with them through our love of food.”
After stuffing themselves with treats, students could try out heart-pumping activities ranging from rock climbing, jumping in a bouncy house, and taking pictures holding a snake. Jack Jordan, sophomore, reflects, “It was great to have a fall fest again this year! I especially enjoyed the competitions, such as the slow bike race and the arm hang, which I ended up winning.”
The fall festival was a successful fundraiser, bringing in over six-thousand dollars between all of the classes.
Toby Quillin, Campion News Team
Decked in seasonal flannels, students let loose on the stage singing karaoke at the annual SA Fall Party on Saturday night. Campion's bus barn was transformed with hay bales, purple lights, and a flat bed truck for a stage. Students celebrated the season with pumpkin pie, apple cider, and games.
For the first time since 2019, the residence halls will be opening their doors for prospective students to spend the night for the Fall Academy Days, happening October 28-29.
Campion Academy is preparing to host seventh through eleventh-grade students coming from Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, and several other states to experience life at Campion for this free event. Not only do prospective students get to sleep in a dorm room and eat cafeteria food, but they also have the chance to interact with current students and staff to get a real feel for campus life.
Tiffany Mogaka, senior and SA officer, is looking forward to hosting her younger sister for Academy Days this year: “I’m excited to introduce my sister to Campion and to show the other students around to let them see what it is like to live away from home. I know it will be a fun experience for everyone.”
This year’s Academy Days theme is “Hunger to Know” and features a life-size inflatable Hungry-Hippo Chow-down game, an ice cream sundae bar, mixers, and interactive games.
Haley Beckermeyer, now a senior at Campion, reflected on her experience at Academy Days: “I made friends at Academy Days when I was in eighth grade that helped me feel comfortable when I arrived as a freshman. Many of the people I met then are still my friends now.”
In addition to the fun activities, students will have a chance to compete for scholarships in academic subjects, music, and athletics.
New this year, Academy Days is being held in the Fall. Jessica Rios, Campion Academy’s recruiter, explains, “We found that by the springtime many parents and students have already made up their minds about their school choices for the upcoming year. By hosting Academy Days in the Fall, we hope to give families a better opportunity to learn about Campion early-on in the decision-making process.”
While tours and visits to Campion can be scheduled individually year-round, Rios emphasizes that this weekend is not to be missed: “While we have many events to attend throughout the year, this is the only event that is specifically geared for prospective students. It is intentionally designed to give students a really good understanding of what it is like to be a student here. I highly encourage any student considering their high school options for next year to attend Academy Days for the full experience.”
Jill Harlow, Communication Director
Campion closed up the second week of school with games and competitions at the annual SA Picnic to bring students closer to their classmates and provide fun moments.
In the same spirit of Class Scramble, the classes competed wearing their respective colors in activities such as tug-of-war, water-sponge relay, ball relay, and the traditional bus-push.
While the seniors took first place In tug-of-war, the freshmen class surprised everyone by beating out the junior class. Cindy Santana, Campion teacher, emphasized, “The freshmen have come off as a strong class this year. They did well in Scramble and they also showed that on the SA picnic, so I think in the future they are going to be a class to contend with.”
The junior class had their redemption by winning the bus-push. However, in another unusual turn of events, members from all the classes came together to help and cheer on the freshman class as they struggled to get the bus up the hill. The mix of classes uniting behind the bus showed what the competitions were really about: sportsmanship and school spirit.
Freshman Lilian Resz exclaimed, “I was definitely surprised when the seniors, juniors, and sophomores helped us because I thought it was just going to be us and they would boo us if we couldn’t get to the end. But this attitude gave me a lot more confidence in this school in general when it comes to teamwork, and it made me feel better even though the bus push was something very hard.”
Besides the usual games, there were brand-new ones like the ball relay, that became favorites amongst students. Ekenna Nwankwo commented “The whole thing was really fun, I enjoyed it and I liked the new relay race with the ball. I had a lot of fun, and I think SA did a good job planning it all.”
Overall, the seniors once again finished the day with the most points.
After the competitions, students hung out on center campus, getting wet in a friendly game of slip ‘n slide kickball, or just enjoying talking and laughing with friends. Senior Brayan Martins said, “In four years I had never tried the slip ‘n slide, but this year, seeing all of my friends trying and having fun. I felt an urge to be a part of all that. It was great and I felt very excited to cherish these moments as a senior. ”
Ana Segawa, Student News Team
Seniors won Campion Academy’s annual class competition, Scramble, with a lead of over 200 points. After coming in second place the past two years, the class of 2023 was determined to win this year.
Daniel Moraes, senior, commented,”Class scramble was amazing and fun, honestly at the beginning I thought we were going to lose but we started picking up the rhythm and ended up winning. I was really excited and glad that we won our last year.”
The seniors kicked off the Saturday night event with Principal Don Reeder warning everyone to beware of their surroundings. Then, the lights went out, dubstep music blared, and the seniors jumped out from their hiding places, running and yelling around the gym.
Cecilia Simmons, new staff member and SA sponsor, exclaimed, “Oh. My. Goodness. I have been to many a junk scramble in my career, but that was intense. I even got chills when the seniors made their entrance. My adrenaline was so high after the night, I didn’t want to sleep. Clearly I had too much fun. What a night and congratulations to the seniors.”
Each class got dressed in their class colors and competed against each other in the gym, after two years of having it outside. Reeder called out items from a snowboard to a chocolate kiss ribbon that students raced to the center. Students participated in the traditional drills of dead cow, man overboard and air raid. Campion’s Student Association (SA) also added new games such as “cups” and “the floor is lava” to the excitement.
Even for the classes that didn’t come in first place, the night was an opportunity to build class spirit and excitement for the school year. Lillian Resz, freshman, reflected, ”Class scramble was super fun, and it was a perfect opportunity to get close with everyone in our class.”
Blet Htoo, Students News Team
Senior Scramble Photos
Junior Scramble Photos
Sophomore Scramble Photos
Freshmen Scramble Photos
‘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