‘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
Last Saturday night, Campion Academy students decked themselves out in flannel for fun, films, and food at the annual Student Association (SA) Fall Party, held outside at the campus RV Park.
The party was centered around a short film festival. The school was able to watch both funny and serious videos prepared by the students that focused on the theme fall and rise. “Odalis and her team’s video was my favorite because it had a lot of meaning behind someone going through rough times, and Odalis was a really good actor,” said Lexi Davenport, freshman.
Students lined up for popcorn and cotton candy, a student favorite. SA members prepared games like corn hole, gunny sack races, whipped cream eating competition, and glow-in-the-dark tic-tac-toe. “The games were so much fun, and I liked getting candy for participating even though I didn’t win. Also, I had a five-minute winning streak in the whipped cream competition. It was so fun and yummy,” said Airi Nomura, junior.
The photo booth, a canopy strung with lights and fall decor, was popular as a way to commemorate the night with friends. Andy Obregon, senior, commented, “My favorite part of the party was the picture taking. Most of us seniors like to take our precious time with photos and the whole process of taking one, just ONE photo was the funniest part of that night.”
The last activity of the night was karaoke. Students took turns taking the stage to sing-along to their favorite songs. In what has become a Campion Fall Party tradition, seniors sang Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again.” Nelly Salinas, senior, said, “I was so happy our entire class sang together. But, it was also sad because I realized that this is my last year with these amazing people who have changed my life.”
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
This past Saturday evening, students and staff attended the annual Fall Party hosted by the Student Association. This year the party was held at a barn near campus, and students were told to wear plaid. The barn was decked out in lights while each horse stall hosted a different fall-themed game. Bean-bag toss, ring toss, and darts were just a few of the fun activities the Student Association put together. Many other students participated in a pie-eating contest and lip-syncing.
A big hit of the night was the photo booth. A horse stall was decorated into a cool background for photos. Fall-themed snacks were also a favorite among the students. Students and staff members thoroughly enjoyed the night filled with laughter and memories. Sophomore Kylie Wehling shared, “It was cool to go somewhere different and the party fit the definition of fall!”
Megan Michalenko, Student Editor
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.