Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – March 4


A special night

Thumbs-up to all the dads, grandpas, stepdads, uncles, brothers and other men who took time out from their busy schedules to take the special young girls in their lives to the annual Father Daughter Dance at Girls Inc. in Seymour. It can be a meaningful night to all involved including the volunteers and staff at Girls Inc. who help make the special night happen each year.

Bowled over

Thumbs-up to all the participants in the annual Bowl for Kids Sake. The event is the largest fundraiser each year for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Indiana, an organization that offers three mentoring programs for children — one-to-one community mentoring; Lunch Buddies and High School Bigs. This year’s event, held Feb. 21 at Kingpins Bowl in Seymour, raised nearly $31,000 to help cover operating and programming costs.

Top swimmer

Thumbs-up to Seymour senior Noah Bullard for finishing 20th in the 200 individual medley and 26th in the 100 breaststroke at the state swimming meet on Feb. 26.

Conference leader

Thumbs-up to Seymour girls basketball coach Jason Longmeier for being named Hoosier Hills Conference Coach of the Year. Longmeier coached a team that won the conference title outright after finishing with a 7-0 HHC record.

100 and counting

Thumbs-up to Seymour resident Miriam EuDaly who celebrated her 100th birthday this past Sunday. The long-time educator reached a milestone very few people ever achieve.

Celebrating diversity

Thumbs-up to Seymour Middle School officials for organizing the school’s first Culture Night. The event showcased the diverse makeup of not only the school and school corporation, but the community as a whole. Overall, 15 different languages are spoken by students attending Seymour Community Schools, and they come from 50 different nations.

Freedom writers

Thumbs-up to Immanuel Lutheran School sixth-grader Kendrick Sterling for winning the Jackson County Sertoma Club’s annual Freedom Essay contest. A similar thumbs-up goes to Andrea Bair of Brownstown Central Middle School, who took second place, and Emma Klinge of St. John’s Sauers Lutheran School, who finished third, and the other winners, Sydney Stewart from St. Ambrose, Ella Passe from Crothersville, Brooklyn Baughman from Medora, Juleimy Alvarado from Seymour Christian Academy and Clayton Greenawalt from Seymour Middle School Sixth Grade Center.

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