Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – June 14



Thumbs-up to Daniel Hauersberger of Seymour for earning all A’s throughout his entire academic career from grade school through college. The son of Lenny and Maria Hauersperger, Daniel was named a Top 100 student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where he earned Bachelor of Science degrees in applied mathematics and health data science. He also finished with a minor in computer science.


Thumbs-up to members of the Hayden Elementary School Sharpshooters squad that captured first place in the fourth- and fifth-grade division at the National Archery in the Schools Program’s National Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky. A related thumbs-up to Hayden’s Brooke Nolan, who finished third overall among females in the competition, and Emma Maxie, who finished 15th overall month among females. Also, Seymour High School’s archery team had two teams at the national tournament for the first time.

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Earning honors

Thumbs-up to Seymour Middle School Students of the Month for May. They are Shannon McDole, Makayla Englehardt, Chloe Auleman, Cameron Wheeler, Olivia Reinhart, Jessica Hougland, Wyatt McKinney and Macey Davidson. A related thumbs-up to Sherri Holt-Price for being named Teacher of the Month for May.

Celebrating Crothersville

Thumbs-up to the members of the Crothersville Red, White and Blue Festival committee who retired after this year’s event conducted this past weekend. They are Cami Brumett, four years; Terry Prine, 43 years; Bobby Deal, 20 years; Sherry Bridges, 37 years; Marion Gill, 12 years; and Doris Kovener, 44 years. A related thumbs-up to all of the volunteers involved in the 44-year-old festival over the years, including Erica Gorbett, who will take over as director from Bridges.

Going nowhere

Thumbs-down to Duncan Robertson Inc. for its work on the $1 million-plus project to renovate the 143-year-old Shieldstown Covered Bridge. The Franklin company was awarded the contract in January 2015 and had until the summer of 2016 to complete the work. More than three years later, the work remains incomplete, although it sounds as if the end could be in sight after a recent meeting involving county and state officials along with subcontractors.

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