This past weekend, a group of twenty students trekked up to the snowy mountains to enjoy a Christ-filled retreat led out by the Glacier View Ranch staff and guest-speaker, Tyler Morrison. The theme of the weekend was “Home: finding our identity in Christ through His promises.” Each session consisted of two elements, “Gather” and “Engage”. First, we would “gather” together and Tyler would introduce the topic. Then we would “engage” in deeper discussion about how to apply the message to our lives.
“The weekend of Teen Prayer Summit was a great experience for people with all different backgrounds to connect with God through through discussion of the Bible,” expressed Pastor Esequias, our school chaplain. We focused on the importance of basing our identity and self-worth on God’s truth instead of others’ opinions.
At every meeting, a praise team led out in songs that prepared our hearts for the message. Senior Joe Philpott said, “I enjoyed showing people my age that you can praise God through music.”
In addition to the spiritual growth, we also spent time enjoying each others’ company. Ashley Halvorson, who has attended Teen Prayer Summit for two years now, stated, “I enjoy going to GVR Teen Prayer Summit because it gives you a break from school and gives you a chance to hang out with friends and get to know God more.” On Sabbath afternoon, we enjoyed activities such as giant Jenga, indoor dodgeball, and s’more-making. Some went jeeping on the snowy trails while others enjoyed a restful Sabbath nap. Later that evening, we had the option of swimming in the pool, playing card and board games, or watching the Lion King. The Campion group ended the impactful weekend with a smooth trip down the mountain and a much-appreciated lunch of pizza.
Teen Prayer Summit 2019 was filled with spiritual growth, friendships and memories, and we encourage students to plan on attending next January!
Article by Josie Reeves, Senior at Campion
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Campion Academy’s very own Kent Kast has been nominated for the Northern Colorado January Teacher Tuesday award! The teacher with the most votes will receive a $500 donation to his or her school as well as some personal gifts. The award is sponsored by Tutoring Excellence and is promoted by several local radio stations. Kast was nominated by a student and then was selected to be in the top six candidates.
Kast is the Vice-Principal of Academics at Campion and teaches Chemistry, Physics, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus classes. While these subjects may sound daunting to many students, Kast has a way of making them understandable. “He won’t quit on you,” said Caleb Wehling, junior. “He’ll keep going until you get it.”
Beyond the classroom, Kast stands-out because he is so actively involved in student-life activities. Kast helps to lead out the outdoor club where he teaches students to rock-climb, snow-ski, snowboard, and conquer 14’ers. He is also musically inclined and plays in the Campion Academy Orchestra and sings in the select choir, Koinonia. And for any off-campus trips, Kast is usually found at the driver’s seat of the bus.
“Mr. Kast is a great teacher because he challenges the students in such a positive way,” reflected Sydney Michalenko, senior. “For me personally, he challenged me to take Physics and Pre-calculus this year. He encourages students to do their best and is always willing to help any time of day.”
We are proud of Mr. Kast and all our great teachers at Campion who continually challenge students and show them an example of Christ’s love in and outside of the classroom.
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Article by Jill Harlow
I know what you’re thinking, “Ugh. It’s January.” I get it. Another semester, which means another 3-4 months of school. It’s been hard to get back into school and, for some, start some new classes. You may even be in bed about to read this article like:
Well, when starting off the new year a common phrase we often hear is, “new year, new me.” We apply it to multiple things which include trying to get in shape, eating healthier, and even making a better effort to improve our spiritual life. The beginning of a year symbolizes a clean slate and a shiny new beginning. It’s a way of saying, “Hey, this time I’m willing to commit to a better me.” But really getting into the groove of things can mean extra effort and determination.
Since we all have come back from break everyone is in the same boat, which is getting back into the routine of a new semester and starting off fresh. I want to encourage all of you to push hard this last semester. I know, you’ve heard it A THOUSAND TIMES but hear me out! For seniors it’s only a few months of high school left, for juniors you’re half a year closer to becoming a senior, for freshmen and sophomores these last few months are an opportunity to build healthy habits for the rest of your high school career (which, trust me, will pay off later). Here are facts and a few tips to help crush your resolutions:
This is what the Bible tells us about a New Year, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:18-19). God promises amazing things when we experience new beginnings. Take this year as an opportunity to do great things. Stay positive and happy (late) New Year Cougars! One more semester. You’ve got this!
By Faith Paden, Student Life Editor, Senior at Campion
The international student program at Campion continues to grow with the arrival of new Brazilian students. Four students started this week and three more are expected to come by the end of the month. The students all come here from Seventh-day Adventist families and schools in Brazil for the purpose of learning English this semester before continuing on to earn their high school diploma at Campion.
Zeca Santana, who is a native speaker of Portuguese, was instrumental in recruiting these students and making arrangements for them. “I have felt an affinity towards Brazil for many years,” Santana commented, “and I thought culturally that it would be good for Campion because Brazilians have a vibrancy of life and I wanted to bring some of that here.”
The new students were greeted warmly by mentor students at Campion. The mentor students help new international students make friends and integrate into our campus culture by walking with them to classes, eating meals with them, and participating in activities with them during the first few weeks after arrival.
In addition to the new students, a college-age volunteer from Brazil has also joined the staff at Campion for this semester. Erika Faria is a senior college student at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro where she studies Music Education. Here at Campion she will be assisting in the Music Department, the ELL classes, and in the Girl’s Dorm. “I needed an experience to improve my English and I chose Campion Academy because I saw an opportunity to improve my English and work with music in a Christian environment,” she explained.
We are thankful that God has blessed Campion with these new students and volunteer. Welcome to the Campion Family!
Jill Harlow, Communication Director
On this past Sabbath, the Mountain Echoes Chorale, Koinonia, Teh Campanas Handbell Ensemble, and the Campion Academy Orchestra delighted listeners at their annual Christmas concert. The students and music directors Yves and Melissa Clouzet worked hard all semester to make this performance a success. Thank you for sharing the beautiful music with us and ringing in the Christmas season.
This past Saturday night, the boys scrambled to clean their rooms for the Boys' Dorm Open House. This is the one event where the girls are actually allowed into the Boys' Dorm! The girls thought it was quite an experience seeing the men’s dormitory because most of them have never seen it before. Christmas music played as the girls got to hang out in their friends' rooms. The boys got creative with decorating for Christmas season. Different colored lights were strung, and mini Christmas trees were decorated! The Residence Assistants of the Ladies Dormitory thought their paper stocking name tags were a head turner because they had never done any decorations for their doors. Some rooms even had candy for everyone. Thank you boys for your hospitality!
Sydney Michalenko & Jessica Singon, Student Editors
The Ladies’ Dormitory celebrated twelve days of Christmas to lighten up the holiday spirit. Each day, the girls received a little treat from the Deans to celebrate Christmas. Junior student Beverly Onsoe said, “I love how they gave some nice complementary food which gave us the taste of Christmas.” Every hall in the girls dorm enjoyed every treat, especially with finals around the corner. It was a stress-reliever during the time frame of study hall. For the ninth day of Christmas, the Deans prepared a craft which was decorating ornaments. Sophomore student Odalis Mata says, “It’s been pretty fun! It’s a good way to bond with the other girls as we were decorating ornaments together.” After a long day of finals, it was nice coming back to the dorm to relax and spend some time with the girls. Junior student Adrianna Cambpell said, “I loved being able to interact with the girls, especially since I’m new here. I also liked being creative, not only in the halls, but with the ornaments. It was a great way to get ready for Christmas.” Many girls loved the activities and enjoyed the hot chocolate bar provided as well. As finals are coming to an end, the girls cannot wait to go home and share their Christmas ornaments with their family and relax for the next couple weeks.
Jessica Singon, Student Life Editor
After several months of interim, Campion Academy is thrilled to announce the new Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Darcy Force, has moved to campus and officially joined our team. Recognizing the importance of a strong candidate in this role, the school board was able to re-instate it as a full-time position this year. Force became the top candidate for the job as she is highly qualified and experienced, having worked in advancement and marketing in Adventist education for over 14 years.
Force comes to Campion from Southwestern Adventist University, where she worked as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the past seven years. “When Don (Reeder) first called me about the job opening, I wasn’t looking to leave Southwestern, so my husband and I sat down together and came up with a list of things that would need to come together for us to understand that this was really God’s will for us,” she reflected. “Every single one of them was answered and it was at least ten items! The way that God guided from beginning to end, it was very evident that He was opening this door for us and that this is where we needed to be.”
Her role at Campion will include fundraising, particularly growing the endowment fund, which will be used for worthy student-aid. With a sizable endowment fund, Campion will be able to help more students afford an Adventist education. Force is particularly fond of the relational aspects of the job and looks forward to cultivating and building relationships with the alumni and friends of Campion Academy. One of her first goals for this year is to improve the database of alumni contact information, so that she can help them stay connected with their alma mater. She’s also looking forward to meeting alumni at chapter meetings she will be planning this year.
Because of her experience and skills in marketing, she will also be serving on the Marketing and Communication committee in order to help plan initiatives for recruiting and public relations. “I want to help Campion connect even more with the community, so that the local community knows that Campion is here, not just for recruitment purposes, but to be good members of our community and reach out to the people around us,” Force commented.
Don Reeder has been eagerly anticipating her arrival in this position. "I am so glad to have Darcy Force with the Campion Family,” he exclaimed, “I am looking forward the seeing how God will use the talents and experience he has given her to help Campion fulfill the mission of teaching and training young people in God's love and service.”
Many people will recognize her last name, and Darcy Force is indeed the sister of our very own Men’s Dean, Daniel Force. She’s married to Russell Branham and has two adult step-sons, Aaron and Peyton. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor pursuits such as hiking, camping, kayaking, and dirt biking with her family. As an outlet for her creative side, she also loves photography and flower arranging.
Welcome to Campion Darcy!
Jill Harlow, Communication Director
by Faith Paden, Spiritual Life Editor
At Campion Academy, the week before every finals has been previously known as “dead week;” this is a week where everything not pertaining to academics is set aside to focus in on the end of the semester grades. Recently, this week has been rebranded as “focus week.” This helps students give that last push to finish out strong. However, this week always feels so busy. It can, at times, especially feel like a mess.
Sometimes (as my fellow students are aware) being a Campion student can be overwhelming, especially at this time of the year. There is a lack of sleep and high levels of stress.
So to do everyone a favor below I have listed some healthy ways to survive finals week:
I know that these next few days can be hard and stressful. Just remember to make the most of these final few days we have left. We are so close to break; push through everybody and good luck!
On a trip down to Colorado Springs this weekend, the boys' basketball teams did more than just play ball; they shared their faith by leading the worship music, praying, giving the children's story, and even preaching for the Sabbath service at Colorado Springs South Church.
Nolan Eickmann was one of the five team members that shared a testimony during the church service. "It was cool because we are always in the gym together playing basketball, but this gave us a chance to get to grow closer together as a team spiritually. I think the church was able to gain a blessing and we gained a blessing from them."
Athletic director and basketball assistant coach, Randy Ottschofski, planned this opportunity for the team. "Doing sports on a high school level is all about teaching leadership and developing character. I saw this as an opportunity for the team members to get church leardership experience while helping out a smaller church."
In the evening, they played against the basketball team from La Veta High School, CO and both the JV and Varsity teams won their games. Joe Philpott, also co-team captain, appreciated how they came together as a team to do something good for another church before playing. "Helping others helps us become better men and translates to how we play on the court," he reflected.
By Jill Harlow, Communication Director
The annual Student Association Banquet is one of the highlights of the school year at Campion Academy. In the months before banquet, students muster up the courage to ask someone to be their date. This year, the girls had the opportunity to ask the guys.
The night started off with a walk in the Christmas-lit Chapungu Sculpture Park. Although it was a cold evening, the beautiful Christmas lights made up for it. Students enjoyed taking photos in their formal-wear amongst the sparkling lights. Some students found shelter in a nearby gelato shop and ate some cold gelato in the below-freezing temperature.
An unusual, but fun activity for a banquet was playing laser tag at an arcade! Students had a great time competing against each other in a three-story laser tag course. There was also a rock wall, a ropes course, a 3D roller coaster ride, and arcade games! Even Principal Reeder and Mr. Kast got in on the action on the ropes course. "My favorite part of the night was playing all the fun arcade games," said sophomore Ireland Anthony. This was definitely the climax of the night. Lastly, the students returned back to campus and ate dessert in the beautifully decorated student center. The ice cream sundaes were a hit!
Overall, the night was a success. Jessica Davis, the event coordinator for the night, felt "the night went really well! Everyone had a great time." Thank you SA for planning this fun event!
Sydney Mickalenko, Student Contributor