This past Sabbath at sunrise, several guys from the dorm headed out for an early morning fishing adventure at the local Jay Hawker Ponds. Gabriel and Michael were hauling in the rainbows!
On Sunday, 11 bike enthusiasts spent three hours at Valmont Bike Park. Valmont is a 40 acre public park with trails, pump tracks, jumps, and slaloms designed to develop rider skill. Special thanks to Matt Jordan and Merlin Wehling for hanging out with us, giving us pointers, and providing some excellent entertainment. A group from the guys' dorm is also actively pursuing building our own bike park right here on campus for the enjoyment of students.
As part of the Wednesday night Fusion at the end of September, students took to the streets of Loveland to offer to pray with anyone who needed it. They divided into three groups and stood on the streets in busy areas including in front of the Loveland SDA Church, Chick-Fil-A, and in front of campus.
“I know that people struggle during the day, so we were hoping that we could catch even just that one person who’s ready to give up, and pray with them,” explained Pastor Esequias Perea.
Milka Mendoza, sophomore at Campion, was part of the group that stood in front of Chick-Fil-A. “A lady stopped to talk with us, and she just started telling us about some of the struggles she had that day, and we were able to pray together,” she commented. “It was a really nice experience because we don’t do that on a daily basis, but we got to see God working in our lives. I got to share God’s love with someone I didn’t even know, and we got to pray together.”
At Campion, Wednesday night worships, called Fusion, are a break from sports and study hall and are meant to be a mid-week time to reconnect with God. Students can meet in small groups led by different staff members or join in outreach activities planned by Pastor Perea. “This year we are trying to do more things for the community outside of campus, to help students see the need there is in the community and to broaden their view of ministry,” he elaborated.
Campion’s Spiritual theme this year is “Behold and Become.” Getting out to reach people in our community is part of that. Perea commented, “We are becoming Christ to the community.”
Article by Jill Harlow, Communication Director
If you missed alumni weekend this year, you missed a good one. I watched as friends reconnected, hugging and laughing with each other, even if they hadn’t been reunited in decades. I observed their children becoming friends. I watched with sadness as the class of 1953 remembered their fellow classmates who are no longer around to celebrate occasions such as these and was reminded that there’s a heavenly alumni reunion coming soon when we’ll all celebrate together.
The entire alumni weekend was filled with worship. Friday evening we listened as Richard Lawry (‘73) reminded us that if we miss Jesus, we miss it all. For Sabbath School, we heard reports on mission trips Campion students have recently been on, as well as the student-led evangelistic crusade called Wildfire. It was inspiring to hear how Campion students are not only participating in but leading out in evangelism.
For church, a quartet from the class of 1968 blessed us with special music. They were followed by our featured speaker Harold Alomia’s sermon, reminding us of the value in community. And really, isn’t that what Campion is all about?
On Saturday night, Union College led us in worship with a variety of musical groups and selections. Their music was fabulous.
Throughout the weekend, Campion students led out in praise and worship. I am always in awe of what a great job young people will do when given the opportunity to lead. Campion’s musical groups sounded wonderful all weekend; bells, choir and orchestra.
Thank you to all who came and reconnected this past alumni weekend, we look forward to seeing you again soon.
Alumni Board President
Girls are 'Captivated' at Dorm Retreat
This past weekend the ladies of the dorm experienced the annual Girl’s Dorm Retreat. We heard from speakers Mindy, Melenga, and Vivian, all long-time friends of Dean Melissa Mekelburg, on the topic of Captivated. Each young woman was faced with one question this year: what makes you captivating? The girls enjoyed breakout sessions such as bingo, crafts, a small obstacle course, and a prayer walk with each of the RA’s.
“This weekend Tristan and I were put in charge of having girls reflect on captivating women of the Bible,” says RA Jessica Singon, “it really humbles me to be reminded that everything works in God’s special plan to make us His captivating daughters.”
On Saturday evening we ended dorm retreat with a fun game of capture the ring and slowed the rest of the night down with a movie that had everyone laughing. “It’s really nice to have a fun weekend off of a busy schedule,” comments Josie Reeves, “It’s easy to get busy at Campion so just it’s nice to enjoy the time off.”
Dorm retreat was an overall wonderful experience and on behalf of the Girl’s Dorm thank you to all who contributed such as Mrs. Fagan, the Helms, both Dean Mekelburg and Dean Johnson, the RA’s, and our awesome speakers. To all of you reading this I leave you with one last question: what makes you captivating?
Article Written by Faith Paden, Senior
Guys' Disconnect from Distractions in the Outdoors
The Guys' dorm headed out to Mills Springs Ranch in Wyoming for their annual retreat. At the camp, they spent time together having worship and church services together in addition to enjoying outdoor activities. The speaker for the weekend was Head Dean, Daniel Force's father, Gary Force, pastor of the Durango and Pogosa Springs churches. After church on Sabbath, they went on a hike, went repelling, and practiced slack-lining.
"The best part was being able to grow closer as a dorm and getting to know everyone a little bit differently," reflected Connor Coe, RA.
Check out Connor's slideshow from the retreat!
Campion’s Outdoor Club spent the weekend camping above tree-line encircled by three of Colorado’s famous “fourteeners;” mountain peaks that rise above 14,000 feet. They were rewarded for braving a cold night in tents at a high elevation by glorious hiking weather and the opportunity to summit all three peaks in a full-day’s hike.
Starting from the Kite Lake trailhead outside of Alma, Colorado, the group went to the summits of Mt. Democrat, Mt. Lincoln, and Mt. Bross. For many students, taking on the challenge of reaching all three summits was the highlight of the trip. Freshman, Judah Hammond commented, “It was a great feeling of accomplishment completing all three fourteeners.”
While some students were seasoned mountain-climbing veterans, several students were attempting the feat for the first time. Cynthia Alvarez, sophomore, reflected, “I went on the trip to put myself out there, because I’m not usually a nature-loving person. This was the first time that I’ve actually enjoyed something like this. I was able to climb up to the saddle and I was proud of myself because I’m afraid of heights.”
Perhaps a highlight for the sponsors involved was that no one seemed to notice or care that there was no cell phone service or WIFI available. Students were able to relax and connect with God and each other while enjoying the beautiful scenery. “It was really cool to step outside my tent and be surrounded by the mountains,” said Grant Velbis, junior. “The view was phenomenal.”
Outdoor club events are open to all Campion students and are designed to encourage students to get active in God’s nature. They are looking forward to day-hikes, snow-ski trips, rock climbing and more throughout the school year.
Article by Jill Harlow
Photos by Jill Harlow, Yves Clouzet, and Ashley Reyes
This past weekend, the class of 2019 went on the annual Senior Survival trip to Glacier View Ranch. The trip consisted of various team activities, survival skills, and worships every morning and night. Although it may seem like a nice break from classes, the trip required hard work; we made our own shelters, cooked our own breakfasts and dinners, used an outhouse, and hardest of all, learned to trust our entire class.
“My favorite activity was the nitro-crossing,” said three-year senior Conner Cizek, “we all had to come together and think about how we were gonna get across, but eventually our team got it accomplished.” Other activities such as the spider-web, where a group had to get across a “spider-web” without touching the string, taught our whole class how to work as a team.
The spiritual theme for senior survival was memories. Each senior had the chance to tell his or her favorite memories, how God has used us, and a prayer that God has answered. Jessica Singon, two-year senior, responded that the most important lesson she learned through the trip was, “My broken history shouldn’t shape my future.”
Overall, Senior Survival was a great opportunity to grow closer to God, and to learn more about our classmates. All the seniors would like to give a huge thank you to our class sponsors, Dan Philpott, Zeca and Cindy Santana, as well as Pastor Esequias, Kent Kast, and Steve and Wendy Eickmann for all the hard work they put into the trip. We wouldn’t have been able to survive without you!
Article written by Sydney Michalenko, Senior at Campion Academy
At Campion Academy’s annual “Handshake”, an event that involves the entire student body lining up to shake hands with each staff member, the freshman section was notably much larger than what has been seen in recent years. This year, Campion Academy has been blessed with 42 students enrolled in the freshman class, making it the largest class in the academy.
“Having a large freshman class is a healthy indicator for positive enrollment,” commented Principal Don Reeder, “It encourages us on our enrollment for future years, but more importantly, it means we have more students who will experience Christ, fall in love with Him, and then be prepared to share Him with the world, which is our mission.”
In the last ten years, freshman enrollment has averaged about 29 students. Each class usually grows in numbers every year, especially during their junior year, as many students come to Campion from junior academies. The 2018 graduating class had 40 students, and this year’s senior class also has 40 students.
Campion Academy strives to maintain its focus on providing a Christ-centered education, and that has been the primary draw for the freshmen and their families. Kylie W., a freshman from Kearney, Nebraska explained, “My brother came here, and what I’ve noticed about Campion is that God is the center of the campus. They really make sure we know that our studies are important, but God is more important, and He’s the main one to turn to in life.”
Robyn Q., a freshman from Cortez, Colorado agreed and said, “I came to Campion because it is a Christian school. I am excited that I get to be part of LE (literature evangelism) and help show others about Jesus.”
While the size of the freshman class is encouraging, Campion Academy is still seeking to increase enrollment. In the past year, they have been expanding their territory for recruiting, as they are central to many states and regions that do not have boarding academies, including Utah, the TexaCo Conference region, and Omaha, Nebraska.
Jadon H., a freshman from Los Alamos, New Mexico, is the first one in his family to attend Campion Academy. “I came to Campion for a Christian experience and independence. I’m excited about sports, making new friends, and taking new classes,” he commented.
Campion is also seeking to expand their global impact by recruiting students from around the world. There are currently students from China, Japan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mexico at Campion, and they have been establishing relationships with potential students in Brazil and Spain for upcoming years.
Campion’s school board and administration has made it a goal to increase its endowment to 10 million dollars in order to offer more financial aid to students who would otherwise be unable to attend. “We have a mission to train students for service in Christ, and we want to be able to open our doors to any student who feels called to be here,” Reeder affirmed.
Article and Photo by Jill Harlow, Communication Director
Last Saturday night, the entire student body participated in the Class Scramble, a class-bonding event. Students and sponsors dressed in their class’s colors with seniors wearing red, juniors white, sophomores blue, and freshman sporting black. The event included games like a solo-cup stacking challenge, people-powered tick-tac-toe, and of course the main event, the actual class scramble. Seniors took home first place, juniors second, sophomores third, and fourth place went to the Freshman.
On Sunday there were more class games at the Student Association (SA) picnic. There was a tug of war challenge, an ice t-shirt challenge, a mini tricycle race, and a bus push. There was also free time when students could participate in games of volleyball, soccer, or water balloon dodgeball. The SA officers did a great job planning the events that were fun for everyone.
To introduce themselves on Move-in Day, the SA officers dressed up in funky beach attire to go along with their theme for the school year, “Making Waves.”
Delanie Kamarad, Spiritual Vice-President, explained in her evening worship talk that every action we take, whether positive or negative, has an impact—or makes a wave—on someone else. She encouraged the students to make waves for Jesus by impacting the lives of others in a positive way.
We are proud to have such a positive team of student leaders, and here we introduce each one, with his or her goal for the school year (in order as pictured).
Weston Humphries, SA President
“My goal is for everyone to have a great year and for everyone to get to know each other more.”
Theron Treat, SA Vice President
“I want to make the school a more comfortable place for everyone.”
Delanie Kamarad, Spiritual VP
“My goal is to create less barriers between classes and peers and to encourage all of our students to be trained so that they can go out and be missionaries in whatever they do.”
Jessica Davis, Social VP
“I want to focus on communication between SA, the teachers, and the students. I also want to make sure that everybody has input in the decision making and that the student body knows that their opinions are valued.”
Susan Wang, Secretary
“My goal is to organize everything that is in my charge and to coordinate every SA member to work together.”
Conner Coe, Treasurer
“My goal is to raise money to help make this school year great for everyone, especially the new students.”
Eloi Dos Santos, Activities Director
“My goal for this year is to make students enjoy the activities throughout the year. Learning about God is the top priority here at Campion Academy, and I want to connect activities with God, so students will not only have fun, but they will learn about God and connect with other students. Although some students would rather choose not to enjoy the activities, I will try my best to make every student get engaged with the activity or event.”
Jessica Singon, Communications Director
“I hope that I communicate well between the staff and the students and that we all strive as SA members to have a successful school year.”
Jordi Morales, Tech Director
“I want to capture and recreate the different moments this year.”
Bela Cinco, Outreach Director
“My goal is for people to get closer to God through helping others.”
Article by Ashley Herber, Student Editor
The Rocky Mountain Conference has brought on a new Director of Literature Evangelism, Pastor Matt Hasty, who will be working closely with the students of Campion Academy. Interested students can meet with him in the gym at our Move-in Day on Sunday and sign up to work with him in this important ministry. Hasty is coming to us from Indiana where he also served as the Literature Ministries Director. We are pleased to introduce Hasty, as he shared with us some of his background and goals for the program.
Why have you chosen to work in Literature Evangelism and what has brought you here?
“I believe literature evangelism is an extremely important tool in leading people to Christ. We are told ‘soon a thousand will be converted in a day, most of whom will trace their first convictions to the reading of our publications’ (EV 693). Because this is true, I want to be involved in a ministry that will make a big impact for the kingdom of heaven! After much prayer my wife and I decided God was leading us to join the team in the Rocky Mountain Conference.”
What is your background in the area?
“I started knocking on doors at 16 years old, and I haven’t stopped yet. Though LE work is full of its challenges, it also gets a little addicting. I’m 32 now, so for a little over half of my life, I have been doing evangelism and always use literature as part of that evangelism. Outside of LE work, I've preached five evangelistic series and have pastored for three years.”
What are your goals for the program?
“I have two simple, but huge goals. First, I’d like to train and persuade every attending member in our conference that they are a literature evangelist. Secondly, I want every home in Colorado and Wyoming to receive at least one of our truth-filled books or tracts every year.”
Could you tell us a bit about you as a person?
In December, my wife Amanda and I will celebrate our 10th year anniversary. Six months ago, we were blessed with our adorable daughter Eliisa. Our family loves the outdoors, camping, cliff-jumping, snowboarding, hiking and the beach! We’re looking forward to making some great memories with our new family in the Rocky Mountain Conference.
The ministry of Literature Evangelism has been an important outreach and job opportunity for students throughout the history of Campion Academy. Pastor Joe Martin retired from the director position in May, and while he will be greatly missed, we are pleased to continue the program under the leadership of Matt Hasty.
Article by Jill Harlow with Matt Hasty