Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – May 18

Above and beyond

Thumbs-up to Nikki Hercamp of Seymour who decided to adopt Alisa Rose and become a mother again at the age of 42. Alisa Rose was born four weeks early on Dec. 10, 2015, and she weighed in at just 4 pounds, 9 ounces. She was born addicted to opioids, and her mother wasn’t able to care for her. Hercamp, the mother of two adult children and a grandmother, initially planned to keep Alisa Rose until her biological parents got their lives together. One month quickly turned to six months, and then a year had passed, and Hercamp was eventually able to complete the adoption process Jan. 23 of the year after the child’s parents voluntarily terminated their parental rights.

State champs

Thumbs-up to the Trinity Lutheran High School interdisciplinary team of seniors Rachel Onken, Abby Moses and Emily Thompson and junior Nathaniel Bauman for winning the Indiana Academic Super Bowl title on May 5 in Purdue University’s Loeb Playhouse

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Promoting reading

Thumbs-up to members of the Seymour High School Latin Club for donating $500 to the Seymour Rotary Club’s annual “I like me” book project. This year, the Seymour Rotary Club presented more than 535 books to most kindergarten students in Jackson County. Each book is personalized with the student’s name, two friends’ names, their teacher, principal and school.The Rotary Club has been involved in the project for more than 15 years and several delivered the books to kindergarten classes. Some Rotarians also read through the books with the class.

Curing cancer

Thumbs-up to everyone who participated in the 21st annual Relay for Life. The five-hour fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, held May 11 in Seymour High School’s Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium, raised $33,000 and counting. The goal is $50,000 with the funds going to research and programs handled by the American Cancer Society.

Helping hand

A big thumbs-up to county Officer Jesse Hutchinson for his assistance with my wife’s flat tire. He went out of his way to help her in a time of need. Much appreciated and a well deserved thumbs-up.

Andy Davidson

Rejecting the roundabout

Thumbs-down to a roundabout at the intersection of East Fourth and North O’Brien Streets. The four way Save and closestop works for me!

Connie Gerth

Thumbs-down to Hoosier lawmakers failing to finish their work during this year regular session, which ended March 14. That failure led to the need for a special session, which had a price tag of $30,000 a day.