Ian Smetona, Class of 2001
Since 1973, CVCS has sent out thousands of graduates to live out the mission of our school. At our core, we pride ourselves on preparing students for life and leadership. One such leader is 2001 graduate Mr. Ian Smetona. During Ian’s time at CVCS, he participated in basketball and football. After graduating from CVCS in 2001, he played one year at Saddleback Community College where he was the starting long snapper as well a backup tight end. At the end of his first season, Texas Tech offered a scholarship opportunity for his three remaining seasons of eligibility. In 2005, he graduated from Texas Tech with his final game in the Cotton Bowl against Alabama in 2006.
Today Ian works for Limoneira, one of the largest provider of lemons and avocados in the United States. As an agricultural company, Limoneira is also a community builder with a focus on sustainability. Not only does sustainability address many environmental and social concerns, it offers innovative and economically viable opportunities for Limoneira, other growers, community planners, laborers, consumers and policy makers. The company has over 11,000 acres of land in four growing regions in California, Arizona, and Chile and has strategic alliances in Argentina, Mexico, and South Africa. Limoneira citrus is provided to grocery and food service companies around the world.
Ian looks back on his time at CVCS fondly and credits the school with preparing him both professionally, personally, and spiritually to influence the world around him. “I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to grow up in a Christian school like CVCS. It taught me that faith isn’t something you can just talk about, there must be action behind it. The teachers, coaches, and friends I had the honor of getting know over the course of seven years shaped who I am as a husband, father, and Christian today.”
He and his wife Andrea met in 2005 before his senior year at Texas Tech. They married in 2010 and have two children—Quintus (6) and Adler (4).
CVCS is excited to have Ian visit our garden and speak to our students this year as part of our farm to table ecology and culinary arts program in the junior high school. “We are excited to partner with an alumnus and industry leader to talk with our students about a new way of approaching agriculture, business, and social responsibility,” said Junior High Principal Mr. Ryan Kloostra.
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