Noah is a senior from Washington. He has jumped right in and has been involved in many different extra curricular activities at IMS, including swimming that we do through a sharing program with Iowa City West High. He was named Mississippi Valley Conference Mississippi Division swimmer of the year this year and qualified for the state meet. He has enjoyed his time at IMS serving at lunch and running the sound board for chapels and special events in our auditorium. Noah says that people should just take the leap and come to IMS for high school. In his words, “Do it! It’s worth it.”
I wish others wouldn’t judge IMS just because it has the word mennonite in the name. IMS is a school that welcomes everyone of all race and religion, it is a school where you are able to feel comfortable and express yourself in your own way. IMS isn’t a perfect school and the people aren’t perfect either, but despite that it is a place where you can feel safe to be yourself and see everyone like a family. When one is having trouble academically, in their faith, or in their personal life others are there to help because that is what the IMS community is about.
Coming from a middle school of a big size and having about 20+ students in a classroom, seeing class sizes of about 10 students at IMS was one of the things that appealed to me. Also chapel was one of the aspects about IMS that I enjoyed and helped me make a decision. If you want to see what IMS is like for yourself, come visit us. Check out details here: IMS Visit Day
Gretta has enjoyed participating in multiple clubs, fine arts and sports while at IMS. So far she has participated in The Reflector newspaper, Compassion Club, Student Government, Math Club, Chapel Committee, piano lessons with Susan See, the fall musical last year (Cotton Patch Gospel), the fall drama this year (Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner), the spring children’s drama, chorale, volleyball, softball, golf, and the girls weightlifting program- Women of Steel. Gretta feels that being involved is a way to learn new things and contribute her talents back to the IMS community. She says, “Last year I collaborated with English the teacher, Maya Kehr-Yoder, to revive the student written school newspaper, The Reflector, which has made a way for community members and students to see student writing and reflection. I was also involved in the production of Amahl and the Night Visitors where I was able to interact with alumni involved in the production.” Gretta would like others to know that, “With IMS being such a small school students can really be themselves and express their interests and passions, get to know students in all grades, and succeed academically from the support teachers provide.”
Find out how you can be involved by coming to visit IMS on Monday, January 16th for our Visit Day. Register at www.iowamennonite.org/visit.
Gretchen graduated from IMS in 2011. She has now graduated from Goshen College and is serving in Bolivia through the MCC SALT program. Here is what Gretchen had to say about her time at IMS. “The emphasis my teachers at IMS had on not wasting our gifts has led me to always put my best foot forward in whatever I am doing in life. The smaller class sizes allow you to be involved in many different clubs, teams or musical groups. The constant support from the community is something I will remember and cherish.”
At IMS I was able to be involved in multiple activities. I think because IMS is a smaller school you get the chance to participate in things you might not get to in larger schools. It’s a great place to explore what you’re interested in and try new things without fear!
I also liked that our class sizes were small so we get one-on-one time with the teachers. Both teachers and students were very friendly and I’ve already developed such close relationships that will stick with me long after graduating from high school.
IMS is more than a school. To me, it’s a family.