Iowa Mennonite freshmen Alijah Beatty, Noah Bruns, and Leslee Rios impressed Iowa judges with their letters about literature.
Last December the students submitted letters to the national Library of Congress Letters About Literature contest as part of a class project. After reading The Hobbit, all the freshmen wrote letters to J.R.R. Tolkien about how his epic novel changed their view of the world or themselves.
One hundred thirty-nine Iowa students in grades 9-12 submitted letters to the contest this year.
Bruns was among twenty-nine Iowa finalists, earning a certificate and feedback from the judges. Beatty and Rios were among four semi-finalists in Iowa and also received certificates recognizing their achievement.
Their hard work paid off. “I didn’t believe it at first,” said Bruns after receiving the certificate.
“I was surprised,” said Rios, “I didn’t think I would be one of four semi-finalists.”
“I’m very competitive, so it was exciting,” said Beatty.
This is the fourth year IMS students have participated in the contest.
This week and last week’s Chapel theme was I AM Changed/Transformed…
Monday: Lee Ebersole led an object lesson using his guitar and tuning it to the piano, explaining that we as Christians should tune ourselves to God’s truth, followed by a devotional led by Marcus Miller.
Tuesday: Small Groups
[Wednesday-Monday] No School, Spring Break
Tuesday: Small Groups, time of prayer and fasting
Wednesday: Dick Swartzendruber shared his life story and changes during his life in times when God led in him in a new direction. Dick challenged students to remember that just as a friend who walks beside wouldn’t yell at us to communicate with us, God also doesn’t usually speak in a loud voice or grand production, but rather a “whisper” as the Holy Spirit works.
Thursday: Angela Widmer and Megan Miller came to speak about Crooked Creek Christian Camp’s ministry and the idea of “Reclaiming Jubilee” that is the camp’s theme for the summer. They led students in some fun camp songs, shared about what it means to rest and observe Sabbath, and shared some stories of campers whose lives have been changed as a result of attending camp.
Students in Foods Class presented reports about Fruits & Vegetables this week. Each student chose a fruit or vegetable that they wanted to learn more about or taste and researched the history of it, how and where it is grown, how it is commonly prepared and it’s nutritional value. Each student brought a sample of their produce for the class to taste. After presenting, the class used several more common fruits to make Strawberry Banana Orange Julius for their lab.
Students in Culinary Arts class learned about a unique dining tradition during class time today in an “outside the classroom” experience. Nancy Halder welcomed the class to her home and treated them to tea, crumpets, scones with clotted cream & jam, and tea loaf. Nancy also shared about English tea customs and recipes and explained some common misconceptions people may have about tea time. It was a relaxing and delicious morning! Special thanks to Nancy for her hospitality!
After struggling to score goals this season, IMS found the home nets to be friendly in a 12-2 win in the home opener. Playing against Mediapolis, IMS opened the scoring three minutes into the half after Jacob Schmieder sent a pass to Reggie Hostetler who turned the ball by the goalie. Hostetler set up the second goal three minutes later sending an angling ball to Alex Kurtz who set the ball up for the Enrique Sanchez goal. Minutes later, Spencer Schrock broke from the back, beat several defenders, then executed some nice combination play with Eli Gingerich, springing Schrock free in front of the goal, and the score.
Alex Kurtz scored the next two goals in the next two minutes, using some deft dribbling to beat defenders and push the ball into the net. Eli Gingerich, Reggie Hostetler, and Kobi Russom on an assist from Sanchez scored the final three goals of the half for the 8-0 lead.
In the second half, a combination of Mediapolis hustle and a lapse in attention by IMS led to a Mediapolis goal nine minutes into the half. Kurtz quickly responded with his third goal of the night. Eli Gingerich notched his second goal of the night on an assist from Hostetler. Russom picked up his second goal on an assist from Enrique Mendoza. Not giving up, Mediapolis responded with a breakaway goal. With time running off the clock Kirby Shetler hit a shot from distance for the final 12-2 score.
IMS returns to action Tuesday, April 22 traveling to Burlington Notre Dame.