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It's Kind of a Big Deal

April 02, 2014
By Perry R. Banse, Assistant Superintendent, Middle/High School Principal
Photography by JudyB

On the Saturday that many of the students left on mission trips (don’t worry, this isn’t another missions blog), I arrived at 4:00am (yes, much to my chagrin 4:00 does come twice a day) as the El Salvador team was loading their bus for an early flight out of Tampa International. As I walked up I was greeted by Gary and Sabrina Fitzpatrick. They were very excited as they had just found out late the night before that their son Ian, a senior here at Indian Rocks Christian School, was accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (aka MIT). This is kind of a big deal.

Ian is the first student from IRCS to ever be accepted to this prestigious university. In the US News and World Report’s ranking of Best Universities MIT ranks #7 in the nation of the 1800 they profile. They have an acceptance rate of just 9%. In other words, only 9 out of every 100 applicants are accepted. They are best known for their Math, Science, and Engineering majors.

I usually write about athletic teams, big events, or Christian education issues in my blog but this is a case where I would like to take a little time and let you know about Ian and some of his accomplishments in his tenure here at Indian Rocks Christian School.

Ian has been named the Salutatorian for the IRCS Class of 2014. He carries a rigorous schedule of Honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Credit classes but has maintained a 4.3091 GPA in the process. In the recent National Merit Scholarship awards he won the National Achievement Scholar award. He has demonstrated his leadership as he is a member of the National Honor Society and serves on the Executive Board. As a sophomore, he was voted Class President and he also currently serves as the Design Editor for our yearbook, the Talon. For the past two seasons he has been the Band Captain – which is the highest student position in the Regiment.

Ian is also very talented. He plays several instruments (piano, flute, alto sax, and percussion) and has been a key component of the Regiment’s success over his time here. This year he received the Most Valuable Regiment Member award. At the Florida Band Association (FBA) he has twice received Superior ratings in piano. He has performed in the jazz band and the Battery as well. He has acted in our musicals Beauty and the Beast Jr., The Music Man Jr., and Flapper. He also sings in our choir.

Finally, Ian demonstrates his character through service. He has served many hours as a peer tutor to younger students in math. Through his high school career at IRCS he has participated in mission trips to Nicaragua, Malta, Bolivia, and El Salvador. He has also been the recipient of the Regiment’s “Servant Award.”

Indian Rocks Christian School sends out a big congratulations to Ian Fitzpatrick as well as his parents Gary and Sabrina. Job well done!

Kirsten Priest says:
April 02, 2014 02:08 PM CST

That is absolutely fantastic! Way to go Ian!!

Julie Cavonis says:
April 02, 2014 02:35 PM CST
Congratulations Ian! You are a shining example of what hard work, leadership and a Christian education can lead to. You will do amazing things and make us proud!
Rick Lawrence says:
April 02, 2014 03:40 PM CST

That's awesome to hear about a student at IRCS getting accepted at such a prestigious College. Congratulations Ian !!!  Go be the next NASA rocket scientist or he next Steve Jobs. Good Luck with your future.

Dovile says:
April 02, 2014 05:37 PM CST

Wonderful young man! IRCS is proud of you!

Anthony Battaglia says:
April 02, 2014 06:02 PM CST
What a great accomplishment. It solidifies all your long hours of studying and commitment. It also, shows to the younger students, like my son Connor, what is attainable by working hard and having a great Christian environment around you. Congratulations!!!
Sara Stoner says:
April 02, 2014 07:47 PM CST

Congratulations to Ian and his parents!  All the prayers, hard work, home work, and dedication has paid off!  You deserve it and we are so happy for you!

VIRGINIA THOMSEN says:
April 03, 2014 08:33 AM CST

Congratulations to one of the nicest young Christian men that has ever attended Indian Rocks Christian School.  He is a great example of the advantages of attending a Christian school.  We will be praying for the Lord to use you in a great way to impact this world.