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TB: What were some of the aspects about IMS that stood out to you and helped you decide to come here?
EB: I had a difficult time deciding where to attend high school. I knew that most of my friends would attend Mid-Prairie, so I definitely felt that pull, but I also knew some alumni who had loved their time at IMS. Attending IMS visit days really made my decision. I sat in on classes, met current and prospective students, and really got a feel for what a day at IMS was like. I could see right away that this was a tight-knit community where exciting things were happening. The academic side of things seemed engaging and challenging and the fine arts were amazing. As an eighth grader, I really felt like I would be accepted and encouraged to succeed at IMS, and that has definitely proven true over the past four years.
TB: What clubs, fine arts and sports have you been able to participate in at IMS?
EB: I have participated in Compassion Club, track, choir, Chamber Singers, band, pep band, praise band, drama/musical, piano, Chapel Committee, Math Club, National Honor Society, the Reflector (school newspaper), student government, and Silver Cord.
TB: What is a favorite memory or story from your extra-curricular participation so far?
EB: The fall dramas have definitely been highlights for me during my time at IMS, specifically the camaraderie and inside jokes that develop among the cast. The line “It WAS a wasp” from The Curious Savage, the 2014 drama, still makes me laugh.
TB: What have been your favorite classes?
EB: I have enjoyed most of my classes so far, and it’s hard for me to pick a favorite. World History, AP English, and AP Chemistry are all incredibly interesting courses that have taught me a lot.
TB: What ways have you been challenged to grow? In your faith? Academically? As a person?
EB: I have grown in so many ways since coming to IMS. Adolescence is a time when people grow and experience many changes, and coming to IMS helped me grow in the right direction. Attending chapel every day and being able to delve into spirituality in the classroom makes faith an immediate, constant part of life at IMS. The community at IMS has also been a huge influence in my spiritual life. Being able to pray, fellowship, and talk candidly about faith with teachers and classmates makes IMS more than just a school. It has become a church community and support network. I care about the people here, and I know they care about me too. IMS is a great example of the fact that although we might not always agree, we are called to be the body of Christ together.
There is no doubt about the fact that I have been challenged academically. There are rigorous courses in every subject here, and I am already applying concepts from some of them to my everyday life. Required English classes like speech and research have quickly evident practical applications. They taught me skills such as public speaking, writing with an academic tone, and constructing a paper. I have also been pushed outside my comfort zone in areas like math and science, where I am less comfortable naturally, and been able to learn a lot and succeed. History classes have given me a broader perspective to understand how current situations came to be, and in class we are challenged to consider current events and understand them. Finally, literature courses here have broadened my horizons and given me the tools to understand, appreciate, and analyze literature much more deeply than I ever could before.
TB: What are your plans after high school?
EB: I plan to attend college but am undecided as to where.
IMS Art Gallery by Anya Slabaugh (’13). Anya is currently a senior at Goshen College majoring in Art. The exhibit is titled, “Deconstruction”. Anya is the daughter of Marv & Betsy Slabaugh of rural Kalona. The gallery will be open Homecoming Weekend and during the fall concert and musical.
Homecoming & Alumni Family Weekend will take place on campus Oct 13-15. Events will include alumni volleyball and soccer games, Joetown Classic, food fundraiser by the PTO with outdoor music by The Young Ramblers, and the Annual Pork Supper. The campus will be open all weekend for tours and for classes to meet. *Note a change – we will not be having a worship service Sunday morning. Instead, there will be a Hymn Sing in Celebration Hall Saturday at 7:30 PM (after the Pork Supper).
The Joetown Classic 5K run walk will take place on Saturday, October 14 at IMS. Go to iowamennonite.org/joetown-classic-2/ for details and to register.
Fall Music Concert October 15 at 3:00PM in Celebration Hall and following all 6th-8th graders and their families are invited to a Harvest Party with our FFA following the Fall Music Concert (around 4:30PM). There will be hot dogs, fun and games. Please RSVP at iowamennonite.org/party/.
Anne of Green Gables directed by Alisa Kandel and Michael Swartzendruber. There will be performances on November 4 & 5. Get your tickets by calling the office now! 319-656-2073
Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Green Gables is the story of an orphan girl, sent to an elderly brother and sister by mistake. Once there she charms her new home and community with her fiery spirit and imagination.
On November 4 & 5 IMS will present the fall musical, Anne of Green Gables, directed by Alisa Kandel and Michael Swartzendruber. Reserve your tickets today by calling the office at 319-656-2073. You can see a seating chart for Celebration Hall here. Adults $9.00, Students $5.00.
6th – 8th graders and transfer students are invited to meet the cast and have a backstage tour following Sunday’s performance. Contact Candi with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumni volleyball game
Alumni soccer game with 1997 State Championship Celebration
Food Fundraiser by the IMS PTO
Outdoor music by The Young Ramblers
Children’s Activities including a bouncy house
Time for reunions & tours of campus
Annual Pork Supper
Community Hymn Sing – Celebration Hall
To reserve rooms/tables for classes/classmates to eat together please contact the Office of Advancement.