Jimmies News · Elkhart Kiwanis Club Honors Fall Student-Athletes of the Year

Pictured are (L-R); Isaac Daniels (Football, Soccer, CC), Liz Kallimani, Volleyball, MaKenna Betzer, Volleyball, Yvens Reisacher, Football
On Tuesday, November 10th, the Kiwanis Club of Elkhart honored outstanding student-athletes from Jimtown, Elkhart 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 outstanding senior athletes:  Liz Kallimani and Makenna Betzer.    On the boys side, we are pleased to honor Yvens Reisacher from football and Isaac Daniels from Football, Soccer and Cross-Country.
Congratulations Athletes!!

Elizabeth Kallimani—Volleyball and Cheerleading

  • 12th grader at Jimtown High School
  • Here today to represent both volleyball and cheerleading
  • Liz is also one of the many students at Jimtown that participate in multiple sports and activities
  • Our head volleyball coach picked Liz to be a Kiwanis student athlete of the season because she is an incredibly positive role model and player that you want others to be able to emulate.
  • Defensive Specialist, 75 Digs, 153 Serve receives
  • Lizzie played an integral part on the Jimtown Varsity Volleyball team.  Lizzie always put the team first and eagerly accepted any challenge she was offered. Her skill as a defense specialist, and coachable attitude made Lizzie the best choice to take over the Libero position for several weeks when COVID quarantine affected our team.  She played aggressively and came in second for digs and serve receives. Lizzie was a great role model for each member of the team. 
  • Liz also carries that same great attitude over into our cheerleading squad for which she has been a 4 year member.   Cheers for both football and basketball
  • Elizabeth is active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • She is member of our student council
  • Elizabeth has been very active in community service project at Jimtown including “Feed my Starving Children and Baugo Adopt a Family program
  • She is co-editor of the Jimtown Yearbook
  • Liz carries a ridiculous GPA of 4.115 at Jimtown.    The lowest grade on her transcript is an A- that she got in Dual College Credit Pre-Calculus.    She made up for it in the next semester by getting an A+ in College Level Trigonometry
  • Her academic focus at Jimtown has been in the biological and medical fields
  • Liz plans to attend IUSB next fall to major in nursing with hopes one day to become a pediatric nurse

Makenna Betzer—Volleyball

  • Senior at Jimtown High School
  • Makenna is here today to represent volleyball and cheerleading at Jimtown.
  • We have a lot of kids that participate in multiple sports and activities.
  • In addition to volleyball and cheerleading, she is a starter on our softball team
  • Volleyball Co-Captain, 31% Kill percentage, Highest number of Aces on the varsity team
  • Mckenna was chosen as a co-captain by her teammates. She came early to every practice ready to set the nets up.  She also volunteered as the  JV libero tracker for each game.  Mckenna always had a positive attitude and encouraging words.  She was a great team leader and was willing to make whatever change was necessary when team members became quarantined due to contact with COVID
  • Makenna is also one of the senior captains of the cheerleading squad at Jimtown.  She will represent us during football as well as basketball cheerleading
  • Makenna was named the Homecoming Queen this year at the Jimtown Homecoming
  • President of the senior class
  • Co-Editor for the Jimtown Yearbook
  • 10 year member of Jamestown 4-H Program
  • Active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter at Jimtown
  • Member of National Honor Society
  • She is active in her church, the Lighthouse Vineyard Church as an usher and helper with the children’s ministry.
  • Makenna was the winner of the SkillsUSA Regional Championship at the Elkhart Area Career Center in Dental Hygiene and qualified for state competition.
  • Was recently named the Elkhart Area Career Center’s dental careers student of the year.
  • She carries an impressive gpa at Jimtown of 4.051 and as many dual college credits on her transcript
  • Makenna plans on attending IUSB next fall and major in Dental Hygiene

Yvens Reisacher—Football

  • 12th grader at Jimtown High School
  • He is here today to represent our football team
  • 4 year participant in football at Jimtown—been a starter since his 10th grade year.   He has been playing football in our Jimtown feeder programs for 9 years.  
  • Yvens is a 3 sport athlete at Jimtown.  Yvens is also a very good 225 pound weight class wrestler.   He has also been asked to move up and wrestle in the 285 pound heavyweight division in the past (even though he is almost always outweighed by his opponent)
  • He also throws the shot and discus for our track and field team.  Has placed in the conference as a 10th grader (junior year got cancelled)
  • Football is where Yvens has had the most success as an athlete.   He has been an outstanding 2 way starter on both the offensive and defensive line for the Jimmies
  • Yvens is all-NIC and been voted as all-State as a lineman for the Jimmies
  • Yvens is also a 4 year member of the marching and concert bands at Jimtown
  • His patience and endurance have been noted by many as they see him forego the water break and halftime instruction at home football game as he is out in his uniform on the field at halftime playing the tuba in formation with the band.  He has done this for all 4 years
  • Yvens does not just participate in the band—he is excellent.  He received a gold Medal for sole and ensemble with ISSMA
  • Yvens participates in the Industrial Automation and Robotics program at the Elkhart Area Career Center 
  • He is member of the Technical National Honor Society and the regular National Honor Society.
  • He has received dual college credits from both Vincennes University and Ivy Tech for his work in Automation and Robotics.   He designed and programmed his own pneumatic pinball machine and automatic can crusher. 
  • Yvens carries a very impressive GPA of 3.5.  As he takes dual college credit courses such as “Quantitative Reasoning” ( I had to look it up)
  • His future plans are to attend college, but is yet undecided as to where.

Isaac Daniels—Football/Soccer and CC

  • 12th grade student at Jimtown High School
  • Isaac is here for 3 separate sports.  Last year and this year, Isaac was the first ever student athlete at Jimtown (to my knowledge) to participate in 3 sports in the SAME season.
  • Isaac’s main sport is soccer.   He has excelled in soccer and is recognized nationally in several  soccer events and tournaments, (well get to that in a second)
  • Since soccer is a new sport at Jimtown (just finished our 2nd year offering it) and football is the most popular sport, Isaac was asked to kick for the football team—which he excelled at.   Isaac’s uncle Travis (who he lives with) is an assistant coach for our football team.
  • Isaac was also asked to run on our CC team.
  • His daily schedule in getting to practices and games has been impressive to watch.
  • In soccer, Isaac was easily the best player.  He set the school record and the standard for soccer players to come by scoring 19 goals this season.  He was also named first-Team all-NIC which is a quite an ccoplishement in a conference that is very strong in soccer with Penn/St. Joe 
  • In football, Isaac was just as impactful.   He set the new school record by kicking a 48 yard FG (twice) and 2 47 yarders.   The previous record with Jimtown was a 47 yard FG by Robert Menchinger–but that was an indoor kick inside the Hoosier Dome in the 1998 state championship game
  • He attended a national football kicking camp this summer (Kohls National Scholarship Camp) at which he finished with the 19th best kickoff average nationally.
  • Isaac participates in several soccer clubs playing Futsal (indoor soccer).  His club team ‘SWAP Futsal” was 5th place in the National Tournament and was asked to participate in the World Tournament.   His team was also the 2X Regional Champions in Futsal
  • Isaac is a solid CC performer for the Jimmies, but long distance is really not his thing.  He did it to stay in shape for soccer.   His best running events are middle distance in track and field.  He was the anchor for or 4×4 team that qualified for indoor state.  He has received offers from Bethel and Muskingum University for track.   
  • Isaac is no sloucher in the classroom.  He carries an excellent GPA of 3.61 while taking many dual college credit courses and AP courses.
  • It is very easy to respect a young man such as Isaac Daniels who LOVES to participate.  He soaks it up and understands that you only get once in your life to be a high school athlete.  Why not make the most of it?