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Jordan Roper, (class of 2012), during his career at Irmo, he played Varsity Basketball under the direction of Coach Tim Whipple. His many career accolades include: Winning the 2010-2011 State championship, accumulating 1,698 points, 386 assists, and 243 steals second only to Irmo great B.J. Mckie. Jordan graduated from Irmo High School and then accepted a basketball scholarship to attend Clemson University. Jordan graduated from Clemson University in 3 and a half years all while maintaining a dean's list GPA. During his career at Clemson, he nearly amassed 1,000 career points and set the single season record for assist-turnover ratio at 3.0. He became just the eighth player in the program history to compile at least 900 points, 200 assists, 125 threes, and 100 steals in a career. He was also Co-ACC Player of the Week, and was named to the All-ACC Academic team 3 times. Jordan currently serves as a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch in Columbia, South Carolina.
Region 4-AAAA Player-Of-The-Year, Midlands 4-AAAA Player-of-the-Year, McDonald's All-America Nominee, 3x First-Team All State Selection, 2010-2011 South Carolina Mr. Basketball, Carolinas All-Star Classic MVP, 3x All-ACC Academic Team member, 2016 Cecil Huey Award, 2015 Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Recognition, Weaver-James-Corrigan ACC Postgraduate Scholarship Award, 2016 Inductee to Clemson Athletic's Academic Hall of Fame
Jordan currently serves as a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch in Columbia, South Carolina.
Advice for current IHS students: If you have the opportunity to play this game of life you need to appreciate every moment. A lot of people don't appreciate the moment until it's passed.
Sarah Beth Kreidler, (class of 2014), honors graduate of Irmo High School. Upon graduation, she decided to follow her family ties back to Kentucky and attend the University of Kentucky to study Kinesiology and Health Promotion. She is currently a Junior at UK and a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority where she holds the office of Vice President of Social Standards and Chairman of Honor Board. Last year Sarah Beth was awarded the title of Miss Kentucky All-Star United States 2016. She represented the state at the national pageant in Savannah, GA where she won the national title and was crowned Miss AllStar United States 2016. She has been participating in pageants for the past 8 years and has volunteered over 1,000 hours towards philanthropic activities and her personal platform of Autism Awareness: Finding a Cause and a Cure. She is the author of a children’s book titled, My Friend Sam. The book was inspired by her personal story of meeting her 1st grade classmate, Sam, discovering he has autism and how she became his friend. The book has helped many young children understand autism and proceeds from the book were donated to the Autism Academy of South Carolina. During her time at IHS, she was Miss Black and Gold 2014; President, Vice-President and Public Relations Coordinator of the Junior Civitan Club; Co-Founder and Vice-President of the Pep-Club, Vice President of Beta Club, Vice- President of the American Sign Language Club and a member of the National Honor Society. She worked with people with special needs as a peer mentor for the Be A Fan Club, a volunteer for the Special Olympics and a student assistant in the autism class at IHS. Community service and volunteering has been a large part of her life and she continues to enjoy serving the community by volunteering for the Kentucky Children's Hospital Ronald McDonald House, participating in 5 Ks and other fundraising events for charities such as Sight for Service, the Lion’s Club, Children’s Miracle Network and Autism Speaks. As she reigns as the 2016 Miss All-Star United States she travels across the United States honoring our Veterans and promoting the pageant through their sponsored charities, the USO and the American Cancer Society. You can follow her journey on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/missallstarunitedstates/ and Facebook.
She is currently attending the University of Kentucky. Pursuing a BS in Education with a focus on Kinesiology (Exercise Science) with a minor in Health Promotion. The following awards have been award to Miss Kreidler: Miss All-Star United States 2016 Miss Kentucky All-Star United States 2016 Silver and Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Silver and Bronze President's Volunteer Service Award
Eric Bringley, (class of 2012) believes the best way he can change the world is through science. The senior in the South Carolina Honors College will take another step toward that goal next fall in the U.K. after being awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship –one of the world’s most prestigious international scholarships. Bringley will pursue a doctorate in chemical engineering focused in theoretical chemistry and stochastic modeling at the University of Cambridge.
William Cousins, (class of 2009), after graduating from Pepperdine University in 2009, he earned his Ph.D. at North Carolina State in 2013, where he developed tools to help understand the properties of blood flow in the human brain. He was employed at MIT as a Postdoctoral Associate from 2013-2015, where he taught classes, supervised students on their research, and, in collaboration with the U.S. Navy, developed tools to help understand and predict rogue ocean waves. Since 2015, he has worked as an analyst for the Tampa Bay Rays professional baseball team, where he builds analytical tools to help the Rays with player evaluation and in-game decision making.
Mr Cousins was award the Rose-Winton Award, NC State University, 2013 (award given annually to one outstanding graduate student in the math department) NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellow, 2010 (Awarded fellowship to work at the Centre for Bioengineering at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand)
Brigadier Jay Burks - Brig. Gen. James J. “Jay” Burks is the Director, Manpower, Personnel and Resources, and Chief of the Medical Service Corps, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General, Falls Church, Virginia. As Director of Manpower, Personnel and Resources, he advises the Air Force Surgeon General on all aspects of planning, programming, budgeting, and execution for a $42 billion Defense Health Program portfolio, and a $6.2 billion annual budget supporting 2.6 million patients and 75 military treatment facilities worldwide. He is also responsible for personnel policy, force development and staffing requirements for 43,000 active-duty officer, enlisted and civilian personnel and is responsible for all Air Force medical education and training worldwide. As the Medical Service Corps Chief, General Burks is the senior healthcare administrator in the Air Force and responsible for accessions, development and management of 960 healthcare administrative professionals in the corps.
Jessica Eddins, (Class of 1997) who represented North Charleston, wore the crown of Miss South Carolina 2003.
Leeza Kim Gibbons (Class of 1975) is an American talk show host. She is best known as a correspondent and co-host for Entertainment Tonight (1984–2000) as well as for having her own syndicated daytime talk show, Leeza (1993–2000). In 2013, her book 'Take 2' became a New York Times bestseller and she won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Host in a Lifestyle or Travel program for the PBS show, 'My Generation'. On February 16, 2015, Leeza was named the winner of Celebrity Apprentice, having raised $714,000 for her charity Leeza's Care Connection (Source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leeza_Gibbons)