Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – November 8


Headed to the top

Thumbs up to the members of the volleyball squads from Trinity Lutheran High School and Brownstown Central High School for winning their respective semistates and advancing to the state finals Saturday at Ball State University’s Worthen Arena in Muncie. The No. 1-ranked Cougars, who are 30-5, face 29-4 Cowan at 11 a.m. for the Class A final, while the 32-5 and No. 3-ranked Braves will meet 25-10 Bellmont at 3 p.m. for the Class 3A crown. Fox Sports Indiana will carry the games live, and they also can be seen on or

Dodging drugs

Thumbs up to the team of 10 students in Robin Perry’s principles of business management class at Brownstown Central High School. The team, known as the Drug Dodgers, recently organized a dodgeball tournament for students and teachers as a fundraiser for Amethyst House, a Bloomington-based not-for-profit United Way agency that provides residential and outpatient services for people with drug and alcohol addiction and problem gambling issues. The Draft Dodgers exceeded their goal of $250 by raising more than $300.

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An experience

Thumbs up to senior Emma Johnson and sophomore Kaitlynn Robinson who represented Brownstown Central High School in the inaugural Indiana All-State Show Choir Experience Oct. 24 through 26 at Stewart Center’s Loeb Playhouse on the Purdue University campus in West Lafayette. The two girls were among 41 choral students from 11 different schools around the state chosen to perform with the choir.


Thumbs up to the 400-plus students from the Seymour Middle School School Sixth Grade Center who took a pledge to say no to drugs as part of Red Ribbon Week activities. The students also participated in the school’s Walk-Tober event, which fit in with the national Red Ribbon Week theme of "Send a message. Stay drug-free." The event also served as a fundraiser, bringing in $3,019.57. That money will go toward student activities. The week was observed Oct. 23 through 31 at schools around the country.

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