Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – March 30


Flying high

Thumbs-up to Brownstown Central High School’s Colton Ritz who won the pole vault Saturday in the small school division of the Hoosier State Relays at Indiana University’s Gladstein Fieldhouse. The senior cleared 14 feet, 3 inches — matching his school-record vault set in the outdoor season in 2017 — for first place.

Reaching the top

Thumbs-up to Cortland Elementary School fourth-grader Clinton Shepherd for winning the Indiana State Wrestling Association Folkstyle State Championship in the intermediate 80-pound class March 11 at Warren Central High School. Shepherd, who won all of his matches by decision, currently trains out of Invicta Wrestling Academy in New Albany. He also has won the Brownsburg Folkstyle Open and Carmel USA Dan Nelson Folkstyle this year while placing in the top three at both the Indy Nationals and Diesel City Championship.

A winner

Thumbs-up to Michael Claycamp for recently winning the Innovate Within regional competition with his business concept, Aquapon. By winning the competition at the Wilson Education Center in Charlestown, the Trinity Lutheran High School sophomore received $1,000 and a plaque and advanced to the state competition April 9 in Indianapolis. Unfortunately, that competition falls in the middle of the National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C., and the Cortland resident is one of just four Hoosier 4-H’ers earning a trip to the nation’s capital for that conference. Claycamp’s decison to go to Washington, D.C., instead of competing in the state Innovate Within contest gives the second-place regional team of seniors Sarah Rollins, Claycamp’s cousin, and Sophie Kreis from Brownstown Central High School the chance to compete.

Long-term romance

Thumbs-up to Thomas and Ruth Curry Fox of Norman who celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Monday. The couple, who have two sons, Larry (Darlene) Fox of Norman and Jerry (Shelley) Fox of Bedford, and eight grandchildren, were married March 26, 1948, in Brownstown. Seven decades is a milestone few ever reach, especially in this day and age.

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