On Tuesday, October 31, the Kiwanis Club of Elkhart honored outstanding student-athletes from Jimtown, Memorial, Central and Concord. This annual Kiwanis program aims to spotlight those students in our area schools that are not only recognized for their excellence on the field or court, but also for their excellence in the classroom and leadership roles at school. The Kiwanis Club has this program near the end of each of the sports season and then has a year-end program at the end of the school year.
We are very thankful and appreciative of our local Kiwanis Club for putting on a program like this. It allows us to really shine a light on the important things in Education-Based Athletics (hint…it’s not about the scoreboard!!). THANKS SO MUCH!!
Jimtown decides it’s honorees through the nominations and input from the coaching staff of each of their sports. This fall…we are pleased to honor 2 young ladies and 2 young men that have been leaders at Jimtown both on and off the field.
From Volleyball this season, we are pleased to honor 2 of our senior athletes: Allie Woods and Taylor Konrath. Both Allie and Taylor have been 4 year letter winners in our volleyball program and both were starters for the last several years on varsity.
Allie Woods was the starting libero for both her junior and senior years in volleyball. One of the big stats for libero is “digs”. Being able to dig out a spike attempt by the opposition and give your team an opportunity to play the ball and go on offense are critical to any volleyball team’s success. Allie has accumulated 956 career digs for the Jimmies and 63 serving aces. Allie was named a 2nd team honorable mention for the Northern Indiana Conference in her junior year. Even though Allie was honored this week for volleyball, she is also an outstanding softball player and has started for the Jimmies in center field for the past 4 years. Academically, Allie is an outstanding student and is ranked in the top 10% of this senior class. She is currently a participant in an internship with Osceola Dental. She plans on attending IUSB next year to major in Pre-Dental Hygiene.
Taylor Konrath has also been a multi-year starter for our volleyball team. She has been the starting setter beginning midway through her sophomore year, continuing through the rest of this year. A huge stat for the setter on a volleyball team is “assists”. Setting the ball and getting it in exactly the right position for the attacks and kills to happen is another critical skill for the success of any volleyball team. Taylor has been a steadily improving setter over the years, culminating this year in her being named to 2nd team all-conference in the very tough NIC. This year, Taylor had an outstanding 791 assists with 2256 assists for her career. In the classroom, Taylor Konrath carries an outstanding GPA that also places her in the top 10% of the senior class. She is part of the internship program at Elkhart General Hospital and plans to attend IUSB next year to major in medical imaging. She wants to focus on ultra-sound imaging.
Great job Taylor and Allie!! Thanks for representing Jimtown well in both the classroom and the sports arena. We could not be prouder!!
From the Jimtown Tennis Team, we selected Holden Price and Ben Clarke. Our boys tennis team had an outstanding and historical season finishing at 19-5 and capturing the 2nd sectional in school history. This could not have happened without Ben Clarke and Holden Price.
Ben Clarke has been a 4 year tennis team participant and letter winner. He was the #2 singles player this year for Jimtown and set a record with the most wins at #2 in school history at 20. He was named as an honorable mention academic all-state tennis player and was an honorable mention player in the very tough NIC conference. He was named co-MVP this year of the tennis team. In school, Ben is President of the National Honor Society and is a participant in DECA. Ben was also voted Homecoming King this year at Jimtown. He carries an excellent GPA and is also ranked in the top 10% of his class. He plans on studying Pharmacy at Purdue University next fall.
Holden Price has also been a 4 year participant and letter winner in boys tennis. He has been the #1 singles player for Jimtown and is the current school record holder for number of wins at 69. He has been named co-MVP of the tennis team this year and has been an MVP for all of the other 3 years. He was the Team Captain this year. Holden has been named to the All-District team for 3 years and Honorable Mention All-State for 3 years. He is also an Honorable Mention Academic All-State. Speaking of Academics….Holden is ranked 2nd in the senior class with a GPA topping 4.0, (straight A’s). He has been on the honor roll at Jimtown at every possible grading period during high school and was a state qualifier in DECA (marketing). Holden plans on playing tennis in college…he just has not decided where yet—either Bethel, Grace or Trine.
Great Job, Ben and Holden. We are so proud of you, your accomplishments inside the classroom and out.
Thanks so much to all 4 of our Kiwanis Athlete of the Fall honorees. We are so very proud of the way that you represent our school, community and families with leadership-integrity-respect and responsibility.