Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – April 5

Delivering the goods

Thumbs-up to Margaret R. Brown Elementary School second-grader Paisleigh Thurston, who recently baked cookies for a man who often helps people in her neighborhood and collected and delivered more than 120 canned goods items to Anchor House Family Assistance Center and Pantry in Seymour.

Outstanding senior

Thumbs-up to Seymour High School senior Carina Muñoz, who recently received the outstanding senior award during the 11th annual Jobs for America’s Graduates Career Development Conference on March 15 in Indianapolis. She received a certificate, a medallion and a $3,000 scholarship.

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Thumbs-up to Braden Sciarra, a 2011 Seymour High School graduate who recently was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, an honor society in the field of medicine. Sciarra graduated from Butler University in 2015 and will graduate from the Indiana University School of Medicine with a concentration in internal medicine and pediatrics in May.

Producing lots of corn

Thumbs-up to Brownstown farmer Taylor Wischmeier, who recently earned a first-place state yield awards in the 2018 National Corn Growers Association National Corn Yield Contest. Wischmeier was recognized as one of the top-yielding corn producers in the nation with a DEKALB DKC66-75RIB Brand Blend corn, yielding an impressive 297.73 bushels per acre in the No-Till/Strip-Till Irrigated category.

Feeding the hungry

Thumbs-up to everyone who participated in a meal-packing event March 20 at Brownstown Christian Church through Lifeline Christian Mission. Working at four stations, each staffed with 18 people, in the church’s fellowship hall, the volunteers packaged 7,000 meals for shipment to feed the hungry in Haiti. Associate Minister Doug Pogue said this was the church’s fourth time in recent years for conducting a meal-packing event.

No fooling

Thumbs-down to Mother Nature for the recent roller-coaster ride she has taken us on the past few weeks. It’s time for spring to arrive in a blaze of glory.