Jimmies News · Anna Pope Signs to Play Tennis at Bethel


Pictured above is Anna Pope (center). Her parents, Mark and Denise Pope (either side of Anna) and her Bethel Head Tennis Coach, John Natali

Anna Pope of Jimtown signed her college offer to continue her academic and athletic career next year at Bethel College right here in Michiana.  A brief signing ceremony was held in the Jimtown High School lobby on January 24th to honor Anna and this big moment in her life.

Anna has been an outstanding leader in our school both academically and athletically.  Anna has been a two-sport athlete in both volleyball and tennis during all 4 years at Jimtown.  Anna has played varsity tennis for the Jimmies for all 4 years of high school.   As a former All-Conference honoree, Anna has been part of our number 1 doubles team over the last 3 years.  There is an excellent chance that Anna will end up being our number 1 singles player this coming spring for the Lady Jimmies.   According to Head Jimtown Tennis Coach, Tim Courliss…”Anna has been and continues to be one of our top players”.  “She is a leader on our team in many, many ways”.  Jimtown would not have had near the success in Girls Tennis and won many of our matches over the last several years had it not been for Anna Pope.   She will be greatly missed after the end of this year as she heads off to play at the next level.

Academically, Anna is an incredible student at Jimtown.  She carries a GPA above 4.0 and is currently in the running to represent her class at the 2019 Commencement as one of the top 5 students in her class.  Anna has never received any grade in high school below an “A” (not even an A-).   This is an incredible accomplishment as she has been highly involved in many activities at Jimtown beyond the 2 sports seasons.  Anna has also been a participant in student leadership at Jimtown and was selected to attend the IHSAA Student Leadership Conference this past spring in representation of Jimtown at the state level.   Anna is also very involved in her church every Sunday.

Anna Pope is a young lady that is the very essence of what Education-Based Athletics is all about.  Not that she is one of the very best tennis players in the area (which she is) or incredibly gifted academically (which she is)….Anna is just a very nice Christian young lady and a great representative of Jimtown High School.

Thank you Anna for representing your family, school and community so well for 4 years.  We look forward to watching your continued growth, both academically, spiritually and athletically as you take your talents over the Mishawaka to represent the Pilots!!  Good luck in all that the future holds!!