Bryn Hovde joins staff

Rachael, Rebecca, Eryk, Bryn Hovde

Rachael, Rebecca, Eryk, Bryn Hovde

Bryn Hovde will be joining the IMS staff this fall. He and his family have recently been living in Tiskilwa, Illinois and will soon be moving to Wellman. Bryn is our new art teacher and will also work in the Directed Studies department while Bonnie Smith takes a leave of absence. Bryn graduated from Goshen College in 1996 and has worked in the educational system since then.

An added bonus to the hire is that we are happy to also welcome Bryn’s daughter, Rachael to the 9th grade class. We look forward to having Bryn and Rachael join us at IMS.

Bryn comments, “If the kindness people have shown us so far is any indication of how our time in Iowa and at IMS will be, then we are in for a great experience . . . from Darvin Yoder paving the way, to Dwight Gingerich giving our family a grand tour of the great facilities, to many others giving us good advice for settling into a new community.  My daughter Rachael, who will be a freshman, and I look forward to getting to know you all and engage what appears to be a vibrant community here at IMS.  My son Eryk will be attending 6th grade at Mid-Prairie and my wife Rebecca will be helping to get our family settled in our new home in Wellman.  See you soon!”

Baseball Award Night

baseballHead Coach Danny Hershberger and Assistant Truman Shetler gathered their teams one more time to talk about the season and to recognize many for their achievements. For a complete list of the awards click here.

To see the updated baseball records and find out if you are still in that top 10, click here.

Johnson County Fair Results are in!

Timothy Bender

Timothy Bender

 

Tobyn & Timothy Bender

Tobyn & Timothy Bender

 

Tobyn Bender

Tobyn Bender

With a week that started off really hot, the day of competition felt a bit cooler. On Monday and Tuesday with the heat index over 90, it was a great time for the competitors and animals to rest and settle in. On Wednesday, the show day started with the breeding sheep and market lamb show. Juniors Timothy and Tobyn Bender had several lambs in the show. Tobyn showed his commercial speckle face ewe which earned a spot in the champion drive later in the day. Timothy and Tobyn received blue on all the lambs in the commercial ewe lamb show. They also did very well in the market lamb show as they received blue for both of their lambs in those classes. Timothy Bender also received blue for his production lamb that was able to gain .852# per day which was the highest in the show.

Grace Belin

Grace Belin

 

Grace Belin

Grace Belin

The horse show started at 10 am. In this show Junior Grace Belin demonstrated her skills in everything from horsemanship to speed around the barrels. Grace took home five trophies and several blue and purple ribbons. Grace and her horse Skittles ran the Texas barrels in 9.2 seconds, winning that event. Finally, Grace and her other horse Mac, competed in the egg and spoon contest. (pictured) In this event you ride the horse from a walk, to a trot, to a lope – all with an egg balancing on a spoon in your hand.  She did well in this event, outlasting all her competitors.

Michael Hershberger

Michael Hershberger

 

Michael Hershberger

Michael Hershberger

 

Brent Brenneman

Brent Brenneman

 

Brent Brenneman's feeder steers

Brent Brenneman’s feeder steers

Senior Michael Hershberger showed three of his Holstein calves in the dairy show. He has a junior calf, junior yearling, and a senior yearling. All the heifers received blue ribbons and moved on to the championship Holstein drive and one progressed to the supreme champion class. The calf did well but couldn’t beat out the cow in the class. Michael also competed in Master Showmanship class, winning the event with a banner and trophy.

Brent Brenneman brought four feeder steers to the fair. He fills out paper work and documents on feed and weights as they grow. He received a purple ribbon for his efforts and finds out today how he did amongst his competitors. Good Luck!

Congratulations to all our students in both 4H and FFA for working hard and exhibiting their projects at the fair. Best of luck to you as you move on to the Iowa State Fair. Our students will be there starting October 6th – the 17th. We will have sheep, horses and photography along with some horticulture and crop exhibits. Our FFA will also be hosting an agriculture demonstration near the FFA building on the state fair grounds. We are planning a demonstration on making and installing a raised garden bed. If you have any questions or if you would like to help, please call Karen Van De Walle at 319-360-0276. 

Fun From Camp Creamery!

Twenty-seven students ages 7 – 16 attended Camp Creamery at Iowa Mennonite School from ten different communities and three different states.  This is the second year IMS has hosted the camp put on by The Old Creamery Theatre Company from Amana, Iowa.  Three professional actors come and divide the kids into parts, teach them the script, songs and dances for a production at the end of the week. “It is an amazing experience to see how the show comes together from learning the opening number the first day to running through the entire production without scripts by Thursday to the performance Friday night,” said IMS Enrollment Director, Candi Schmieder. 

Camp Creamery was led by Natalie Schmit, Michael Sheridan and Jim Vogt.  The actors were impressed with the facilities at IMS along with the quality of students who attended the camp. The campers had a fun week of learning new songs and dances along with seeing what goes into putting on a production.  IMS enjoys working with The Old Creamery Theatre Company for Camp Creamery because everyone who attends camp, gets a part in the musical. Schmieder points out that, “Both organizations want the students to enjoy their experience so they will continue interest in theater as they get older.” 

The week of camp and the musical production got rave reviews from the campers and family members, friends and community members who attended.  Over 180 people were at the performance. Please enjoy the pictures of the performance below:

 

 

 

Baseball loses district semi-final game

IMS 1 Pekin 2

 

Dallas Nye

Dallas Nye


Tyler Messer

Tyler Messer


Tanner Leyden

Tanner Leyden


Reggie Hostetler

Reggie Hostetler


Lane Schrock

Lane Schrock


Brent Brenneman

Brent Brenneman

IMS fell 2-1 Thursday night in a district semi-final game at Pekin. Pekin got one run in the first and one run in the third inning to take a 2-0 lead. IMS came back with one run in the fourth on a RBI single by Brent Brenneman but that was the only run IMS was able to get across the plate on the night.

Tanner Leyden, Tyler Messer, Brent Brenneman, Payton Miller, and Tobyn Bender all had hits for IMS. Tanner Leyden got the loss on the mound allowing two runs on five hits.

“I am proud of our effort tonight, we played hard and gave ourselves chances, unfortunately we came out on the short end,” said Coach Danny Hershberger.

IMS finishes the season with a record of 11-16. 

Thank you to Kerri Hostetler for providing us with pictures.

Baseball advances in district play

IMS 4  English Valleys 0

IMS won 4-0 over English Valleys in the first round of district play. Dallas Nye got things started for IMS with a solo home run in the first inning to give IMS an early 1-0 lead. IMS scored a second run in the third inning on a Nye RBI single to make the score 2-0 after three innings of play. IMS added two more runs in the fifth inning to take a 4-0 lead. English Valleys only managed two hits against IMS starting pitcher, Payton Miller. Miller pitched all seven innings for IMS striking out eight Bear batters.

Nye led IMS going 2-4 with a home run and two RBIs, Tanner Leyden went 2-3, and Tyler Messer added a RBI for IMS. “We played a solid all around game tonight, Payton pitched a great game for us, and the defense did a great job of backing him up,” said Coach Danny Hershberger.

IMS is 11-15 on the year and will play a second round game at Pekin Thursday night starting at 7 pm.