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The Wows of 2013-14

June 05, 2014
By Perry R. Banse, Assistant Superintendent, Middle/High School Principal

Every school year is full of outstanding and memorable events, this year was no different. Now that the sports, concerts, awards, and graduations are all over it is a little easier to sit back and reflect on the accomplishments of the past school year. Our students have achieved so much more than I could reflect in a single blog. The following is a list of “wow” accomplishments as I see them from a principal’s point of view. I’m sure there are more and I apologize if I have missed your favorite one. If you have a notable “wow” moment you would like to share, please feel free to note it in the comment section at the bottom of the page. And remember, wow spelled backwards is still wow.

The football team stretched an 8-2 regular season record into a district championship, a regional championship, and a playoff run that resulted in the first Final Four finish in school history. Damian King and Theo Anderson were named First Team All-State.

Second grader Boden Devries won the nationwide Uncle Ben’s Beginning Cooking Contest that resulted in a $30,000 prize for our school.

For the past 14 years, the National Honor Society and the Junior National Honor Society have put together “Angel Boxes” for Pinellas County foster children. This year they raised approximately $10,000 and produced 160 boxes for area teens. As their goals have grown through the years, this makes over $107,000 raised for this project over the past 14 years.

The varsity cheer team won an incredible 7th straight Fellowship of Christian Cheerleaders (FCC) National Championship. Seniors Yarelis Rodriguez and Sara McBride were named FCC National Scholar Cheerleaders. The varsity team also won the FHSAA Class A state championship for the third time in the past four years (they got 2nd the other time).

In the face of personal challenges, sophomore Connor Allshouse wrestled his way to a District and Regional championship before finishing second in the FHSAA Class A state wrestling finals.

IRCS sent 185 students (76% of the high school student body) and 32 adults on overnight Mini-Mester mission trips to Alabama, Chicago, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Lakeland, Puerto Rico, and Tampa. Over the past 13 years, IRCS has sent 1879 students and 264 adults (2,134 total) to 22 different countries and 10 states on mission trips. Lives in each of these places were impacted as well as the lives of our students.

At the Florida Vocal Association’s North Florida competition for public and private schools from all over the state the High School Show Choir, Ladies Ensemble, three voice soloists, and one piano soloist all received superior ratings. Of all the contestants for the competition, seven performances are chosen at the end of the day for a special Honors Concert performance. IRCS was chosen for three of the seven spots as the Ladies Ensemble, soloist Elizabeth Toney, and piano soloist Jasmin Yu were all invited to perform.

Junior Bobbi LaBrant, daughter of Coach Bobby LaBrant won the FHSAA class A state championship for pole vault.

At the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Art Festival this year, eighth grader Eric Monson won the “Best of Show” award for his wooden fish sculpture.

Sixty-six students received the IRCS Scholar Athlete award. This award is given to athletes that play at least two sports while maintaining a 3.9 Grade Point Average.

Christopher Parish, the IRCS Valedictorian this year, was named one of the twelve male members of the FHSAA Academic All-State Team. There were twelve female members as well.

The Middle School Choir competed in the Music USA festival in Orlando. They received a superior rating and 1st place in the Middle School Concert Choir Category as well as winning the Middle School Grand Champion Award for Choral Music.

The IRCS class of 2014 featured 61 graduates. Six of the 61 were accepted to the University of Florida. That is an impressive 10%! An amazing 25% have chosen to go on to a Christian college or university. The class was offered almost 2 million dollars in scholarship money and has accepted $997,700.

Ian Fitzpatrick became the first IRCS student to be accepted to the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). They only accept 9 out of every 100 students that apply.

Teacher Rich Hayward was chosen by the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) for a fourth straight year to be an AP reader. This is a great honor for which to be selected and we congratulate Rich.

Karen Faller says:
June 09, 2014 12:02 PM CST

Wow is right!  Congrats to all teachers, staff and students for making IRC such a wonderful place to attend.  Proud to be a mother of 2 IRC Alumns and 2 current students.  Way to go IRC!