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A Look Back

June 10, 2015
By Perry R. Banse, Assistant Superintendent, Middle/High School Principal

As we close the book on the 2014-15 school year, it is always amazing to take a look back at the highlights that happened. Truly, there isn’t enough space to capture everything that went on this year, but here is one guy’s attempt to recap everything in one blog.

September

Cross Country – The cross country team hosted its first ever “on campus” meet. There were 14 teams and three races at the varsity girls took 2nd and the varsity boys finished 1st.

October

Saving Homecoming – Due to sickness at our opponent’s school, the homecoming game was cancelled. An outpouring of support from students, parents, and alumni helped save the night. The bleachers and sidelines were full of fans that still enjoyed the annual parade, the cheerleaders (with alumni), the Regiment and their performance of Daniel, Always Faithful, as well as the crowning of the King and Queen / Prince and Princess.

MS Football – The middle school football team completed an undefeated season.

Regiment – The Regiment placed first in the 2A category at Lakewood Ranch and took 3rd overall for the entire event.

November

Cross Country – The boys cross country team placed third in the State meet for their highest finish ever.

Regiment – Placed 12th in the State competition

December

Football – The football team achieved an undefeated regular season before advancing to the State finals in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando and finishing 2nd. In addition, Mark Buchanan was named 2A Coach of the Year.

All State Football – Jacquan Fuller, Theo Anderson, and Chris Licea were named First Team All State. Fisher Jones, Jake Ellis and Zeke McGaughy were named to the Second Team.

Kindergarten – The kindergarten classes went to Build-A-Bear and created teddy bears to be given out at All Children’s Hospital.

NHS / NJHS – The Honor Societies assembled 150 “Angel Boxes” for foster teens in Pinellas County.

Choir – The high school choir performed at EPCOT’s Candlelight Procession.

January

Cheerleading – The cheer team had an FHSAA State final four finish.

Girls Soccer – The girl’s soccer team reached the Region finals for the first time ever.

February

Bye Bye Birdie – The Fine Arts Department collaborated to produce three outstanding performances of Bye Bye Birdie.

Spelling Bee – Sixth grader Jimmy Moore won the ACSI Spelling Bee for Pinellas County. Kaitlyn Yu secured the spot at first alternate.

Science Fair – Freshman Eric Monson placed first at the Pinellas County Regional Science Fair and became the first student from IRCS to advance to the State Science Fair in Lakeland.

State Fair Art – Tiffany Byun, Katherine Cavonis, and McKinnley Malone were awarded first place ribbons at the State Fair art competition. Another 17 students brought home ribbons for placing.

FVA - At the Florida Vocal Association competition the show choir, high school ladies' ensemble, and three soloists: Rebecca Turngren, Sarah Abel, and Carly Faller all received superior ratings and qualified for the state competition

Accreditation – A joint Advanced Ed and Association of Christian Schools International peer review team gave IRCS high marks as we were awarded re-accreditation for another five years.

March

Wrestling – The wrestling team placed 8th in the state. Individual honors went to Jay Dugmore and Connor Allshouse who both placed 2nd and Michael Gingras who placed 3rd.

Mission Trips – IRCS sent 173 students and 27 adults on overnight mission trips.

April

Track – Students that placed at the state track meet were: Bobbi LaBrant – 3rd in pole vault, 5th in 800; the 4 X 800 Relay team of Josh Guzman, Sam Weller, Zach Trador, and Luke Boeche placed 5th; the 4 X 100 Relay team of Damian King, Jacquan Fuller, Tristin Denisac, and Theo Anderson placed 2nd matching the highest IRCS finish by a relay team at the State meet.

May

Handwriting – 3rd grade student, Liam Callahan, was the state of Florida winner for the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest.

Baseball – The baseball team set a record for the most wins in a season (24) and advanced to the Region finals for the first time in school history.

Class of 2015 – IRCS had 63 seniors graduate this year. They were offered over $2 million dollars in scholarship money and have accepted $1,167,720. Twenty percent of this year’s seniors will be attending a Christian college or university.

June

FHSAA – As a school, IRCS placed 6th in the state of all 3A schools in the Floyd E. Lay Sunshine Cup competition. This is a compilation of all sports factored in together for an overall score.

So all in all, we have a lot to celebrate from this past school year.