IMSA’s 22nd class graduated in June 2010. Members of this class will always be special to me because we began our IMSA journey together in 2007 with a mixture of exhilaration and trepidation, pride and panic, hope and humility. We knew that we were privileged to join this innovative community, a distinguished international leader and exemplar in mathematics and science education. From day one, we understood that the words of the mission statement about “advancing the human condition” were meant for us, and we all had the formidable responsibility to make a tangible difference to our colleagues, friends and to others across our campus, community, state and nation.
I am proud to say that members of the Class of 2010 have developed and used their talents and skills to reach extraordinary heights of achievement. While their contributions are many, I will name a few. They helped to place IMSA among the top eight educational institutions in the world in the 12th annual international High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM) and won first place in the 30th annual Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics State Math Contest. They achieved honors in the Intel Science Talent Search and Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology. They presented their investigations at national and international forums. Members of this class contributed more than 31,000 hours to Illinois citizens by tutoring, mentoring, teaching and volunteering in medical centers, senior citizen and youth centers, food pantries, schools, libraries and museums. They developed “Shine On,” a series of events to create awareness about those affected by leukemia and lymphoma and raised nearly $9,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. As a graduation speaker, IMSA Senior Michael Mirski urged his classmates to keep developing and sharing their talents. “…Continue satisfying your intellectual curiosity,” Mirski said. “Keep igniting your creative minds. Advance the human condition.”
Excerpt: From the President
IMSA Fund, "IMSA360: Summer 2010" (2010). IMSA Fund Reports. 26.