Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – February 2

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Award winning

Thumbs-up to Lucero Martinez Mendez, a St. Ambrose Catholic School fifth-grader who recently wrote the first-place essay in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education annual contest. The contest featured 475 students from five Seymour Community Schools elementaries, two classes at Immanuel Lutheran School and one at St. Ambrose this year. They wrote about what lessons they have learned from DARE and what they like about the 14-week program that begins in August and ends in mid-December each year. A related thumbs-up goes to Emma Woodard, a fifth-grader at Immanuel Lutheran School, who finished second; and Claire Sanders, a fifth-grader at Seymour-Jackson Elementary School, who was third.

Sectional champs

Thumbs-up to Seymour High School juniors Alejandro Sachinas (182) and Kevin Corrales (195) for winning their respective weight classes in Saturday’s Jennings County wrestling sectional. The two and seven other Owls advanced to the Jeffersonville Regional set for Saturday. A related thumbs-up to the others who advanced. They are Isaiah Pichardo, who finished second at 106; Zechariah Newton, who finished third at 160; and fourth-place finishers Owen Chandler at 113, Brandon Penegar at 145, Jake Kriete at 152, Jake Rotert at 170 and Gabe Ramirez at 285. The Owls finished third overall in the sectional.

The best of the best

Thumbs-up to the Seymour girls gymnastics team for winning the Bloomington South Invitational on Saturday. Members of the team include Shelby Scott, Ali DeHart, Kellsye Warner, Brett Kleber, Grace Furlow, Avery DeHart, Jailyn Aynes, Nicole Elmore, Ivy Brown and Larssyn Maisel. Coaches are Angie Mellencamp and Liz Copeland.

Chex this out

Thumbs-up to St. John’s Lutheran School-Sauers for collecting 539 boxes of cereal for Anchor House Family Assistance Center & Food Pantry in Seymour. That’s seven boxes per student and 102 more boxes than they collected a year ago.

Celebrating Lutheran schools

Thumbs-up to the students of Trinity Lutheran High School for serving as mentors for the more than 800 elementary and middle school students from area Lutheran schools during a celebration Jan. 26 at the Seymour school. That celebration brought an end to National Lutheran Schools Week.

Completely stop

Thumbs-down to motorists who fail to come to a complete stop at an intersection. Rolling through a stop sign is a practice too many of us do, but it could lead to a wreck.

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