The first ever Homecoming & Alumni Family Weekend was held on the campus of IMS on October 13-14. The weekend kicked off Friday evening with two alumni sporting events. First, many alumni and their families gathered in Hillcrest Union to watch the alumni ladies play volleyball. Next was the guys turn. The sideline was full of onlookers there to watch alumni soccer players take the pitch. The fall of 2017 was the 20 year anniversary of IMS’s fall soccer State Championship. Members of the 1997 were in attendance and were recognized at halftime of the game.
Saturday morning IMS hosted the Joetown Classic. The event included a 5K race, a kids 1 mile fun run and other kid’s activities. The overall male and female winners of the 5K race were Levi Geyer (18.19.59) of Kalona and Madison Roth (22.40.10) of Wayland. As tradition, the overall winners received a pan of homemade cinnamon rolls along with their medal. Thank you to all who participated on a rainy morning and to all our sponsors. The Title Sponsors were Joetown Garage, Everence, and Hills Bank. The Children’s Activities were sponsored by Hart-Frederick Consulting P.C. The Race Sponsors were Freeman Foods, Bright Futures Chiropractic, Open Gates Group (Kalona Supernatural), Waterfront Hy-Vee, Myron Graber of Elliott Realty, Bluefield Painting, Jet Physical Therapy, Beatty & Peterseim Funeral and Monument Services, and Kalona Veterinary Clinic. After the race wet runners/walkers enjoyed post race refreshments along with a concession stand style meal put on by the IMS PTO while listening to the sounds of The Young Ramblers, a duet made up of Matthew Yoder (’05) and Lisa Schrock.
That night was the Annual Pork Supper hosted by the IMS junior class. Hillcrest Union was full of hungry alumni, friends of IMS, and community folks enjoying the traditional meal and fellowship. After the meal, the evening was capped when many people gathered in Celebration Hall for a Community Hymn Sing. Nathan Swartzendruber (’05) led the mostly acapella songs that were chosen by the audience with grace and ease.