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History is Made

January 25, 2017
By Perry R. Banse, Assistant Superintendent, Middle/High School Principal

Every once in a while something will come down the pike that hasn’t ever happened before. You would think that after all of the years we would get to a point where there would be no surprises. Fat chance. The biggest question is whether it will be a good surprise or a bad surprise. We get both. This past week we were able to experience an IRCS first, and it was a good surprise.

This year IRCS will celebrate its 23rd graduating class. The school started in 1984 with a pre-school, kindergarten and first grade. They then added a grade each year until its first graduating class came through in 1995. When our 62 seniors of the class of 2017 don caps and gowns on May 19, IRCS will have had 1,154 students walk the aisle to receive our diploma. For the first time in our history, we have a three-way tie for the Valedictorian honor. We have had a two-way tie before for both the Valedictorian and the Salutatorian spots, but never a three-way tie for either.

Congratulations to Kristi Byun, Joshua Guzman, and Shannon Jones (in alphabetical order) for achieving and sharing this incredible honor each with a 4.459 grade point average (GPA). Our handbook states that a student must attend IRCS for at least their junior and senior year to qualify for this award, but these students go way beyond that. Shannon and Kristi have transcript entries from Kindergarten and Joshua’s begins with first grade. We would need to go back that far to find a difference in the grades for these three. (Fortunately the honor is only based on their 26 credits required for graduation.) I think it is safe to say that these three are definitely our product.

So you may be wondering how this whole thing works, I’m glad you asked. Our high school grading scale is a 4.0 system. An “A” in a class gets 4 points for their average, a “B” 3 points, a “C” 2 points, etc. Additionally, it awards higher grade points for more challenging classes. Thus, if a student takes an Advanced Placement (AP) class, they are awarded 5.0 points for an “A”. They also get one full extra point (or 5.0) per semester for Dual Credit (DC) classes taken in the areas of English, Math, or Science. All three of these students took the exact same number of 5.0 level classes. Honors classes in our grading scale are awarded 4.5 for an “A” or an extra .5 point per class per semester. Again, all three had the exact same number of Honors level classes. And of course, they all three got “A’s” in everything. What are the chances? The classes for each student are then hand figured to come up with final average. That is when we discovered the tie.

This year our senior class had seven students that were all within hundredths of a point of each other. So in a very close race, our Salutatorian honor goes to Lukas Miranda. Lukas currently has a 4.438. All four of these students have earned the honor of speaking at our graduation ceremony this May. You will want to be sure to put that on your calendar as it is always an incredible time of celebrating and honoring the graduates. It takes place May 19, at 7:00 pm in the Worship Center. Hope to see you there.

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