By Jayce Treat – Loveland, Colorado … Campion sophomores lived out their English assignment by trying to be someone they were not for a day.

Students changed their styles for a fun alter-ego project based on the play, “The Importance of Being Earnest.” They were tasked with creating an “alter ego” of themselves, and then dressing up and acting as that person for the day.

“Since we are reading ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, which is centered on a man who creates an alter ego for himself so he can have an excuse to go to town, I thought it would be fun for the students to experience that for themselves,” explained Erin Johnson, Campion English teacher. “I wanted them to apply an old story to their lives in a creative way,” she said.

Pupils changed various aspects of themselves, such as dress, hairstyles, or the way they talked. Some took it further than others, one even shaving his head.

“It was crazy how everyone did so many different things,” said Haley Beckermeyer, Campion sophomore. “The village students went all out, and even some of the dorm students went crazy.”

The participating students enjoyed dressing up and altering their personality.

“It was a fun time because I got to experience my friends in a way I have never seen them before,” Melody Mambo, Campion sophomore, said.

While they had fun doing this for a day, students experienced the meaning of “The Importance of Being Earnest” in real life.

“I learned how difficult it is to be someone that you’re not, and how much better it is to just be who you truly are,” commented Faith Evert, sophomore.

Jayce Treat, is a senior at Campion Academy; photos supplied