Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – February 24


Thumbs-up to Owl Devin Ramsey for winning the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s Bloomington North Regional Diving title on Tuesday night with a 11-dive score of 432.60. The sophomore will compete in Saturday’s state meet at the Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Ramsey qualified for Tuesday’s regional by scoring 465.85 points on Feb. 18 at the Floyd Central Sectional. That score set pool and meet standards.

Thumbs-up to Seymour High School senior Jake Vance for winning the title in the 50-yard freestyle on Feb. 18 at the Floyd Central Sectional Vance’s career-best time of 22.31 also earned him a berth in the preliminaries of the state meet tonight in Indianapolis.

Thumbs-up to Seymour High School senior Hannah Kaufman for advancing to the Indiana High School Bowling State Finals at Fort Wayne on Feb. 18. The senior won the girls singles title in 2016.

Helping them home

Thumbs-up to Heather Chase of Seymour and others in the community who recently helped Lance find his way back to South Bend and a new family. The mutt had escaped from his handler with Homeward Bound, a South Bend shelter, who had stopped to eat in Seymour while moving the dog from a shelter in Tennessee to South Bend. Chase also helped reunite two lost St. Bernards with their Seymour family a year ago.

Jump Rope for Heart

Thumbs-up to the Cortland Elementary School students who raised $8,713.51 for the American Heart Association through school’s 12th annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. A related thumbs-up to the top three Heart Heroes, or students who raised the most money goes to fifth-grader Kylie Eglen, who brought in $3,225; third-grader Jenna Boknecht, who collected $506; and third-grader Nathan Fritsch, who raised $275. Forty-three of students raised at least $50.

Dancing the night away

Thumbs-up to all the dads who took their daughter or daughters to the Father-Daughter Dance on Feb. 18 at Girls Inc. at 956 N. O’Brien St. in Seymour. More than 250 dads or other role models showed up for this year’s dance. The first Father-Daughter Dance, sponsored by the East Jackson County Girls Scouts and what was then known as the Girls Club of Jackson County, was held Feb. 25, 1984.