Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – February 7

Community contributors

Thumbs up to everyone who contributed to the Jackson County United Way’s annual campaign and to the volunteers who worked hard to make it successful. The 2019-20 campaign, led by Nate and Ann Tormoehlen, finished at $788,407, or 93% of the $850,000 goal. A related thumbs up to everyone who was recognized during the organization’s annual meeting Jan. 28 at the Knights of Columbus in downtown Seymour. The list includes the Brownstown Central High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which received the Power of We award; members of Valeo Take 10, who received the Volunteers of the Year award; Kendra Zumhingst, who won the JACSY Award; and Cummins Seymour Engine Plant, which led the list of companies contributing to the campaign.

Esteemed educator

Thumbs up to Roy Stuckwisch of Seymour who recently was selected to receive the national 2020 Distinguished Lutheran Early Childhood Administrator Award from the Lutheran Education Association for his leadership and continued support of students, staff and families at Zion Lutheran School. He presently is interim principal at the early childhood education facility in Seymour that serves around 140 area students in preschool through kindergarten. Among his administrative responsibilities, Stuckwisch oversees program development and marketing for the school and supervises class programs and staff development and performance.

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Top notch 

Thumbs up to Seymour High School wrestler Nate Banister who won a sectional championship for the first time in his high school career. The senior won at 132 pounds with a 10-8 decision over Switzerland County’s Jacob Wolf in the sectional title match at Jennings County High School. Banister leads eight Owl wrestlers into this Saturday’s Jeffersonville Regional.

Thumbs up to Seymour High School swimmer Trevor Layne who won the Hoosier Hills Conference title in the 100-yard breaststroke on Saturday at Bedford North Lawrence. His time of 1:00.43 was more than 2 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. The Owls finished fifth as a team with 121.5 points.

No invitation

Thumbs down to people who are canvassing area neighborhoods at night and stealing items from vehicles. Unlocked cars and trucks are not an invitation to a open a door and take what you please.