Homecoming & Alumni Family Weekend
The 2018 Homecoming & Alumni Family Weekend took place on the IMS campus October 12-13. To kick off the weekend, on Friday night alumni volleyball took the court again in front of a large crowd in Hillcrest Union. After the well-played matches were over, members of the 1998 State Final Four team were recognized. From there attention turned to the soccer pitch for the annual alumni soccer game. Alumni soccer players competed under the lights while fans were treated to free popcorn and hot cider, courtesy of the IMS Y-Co students.
The air Saturday morning was brisk, but that didn’t stop runners and walkers of all ages from participating in the Joetown Classic 5K. The overall male and female winners were Rick Faber ’88 (18:59) and Leah Bontrager ’21 (23:54). Following the 5K, folks hung around for the IMS Tailgate which included concessions by the PTO, music by The Old Man Band, a 36’ long inflatable obstacle course, and other tailgate-type games. That evening, the community enjoyed a meal together at the annual Pork Supper hosted by the IMS junior class followed by a Hymn Sing in Celebration Hall.
Mark your calendars now and plan to join us next year on October 4-5. Class reunions scheduled to meet in 2019 will be the graduating years ending in 4s and 9s. #weareims
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. 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.