Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – March 20


Helping hands

Thumbs up to members of First Baptist Church in Seymour who are taking measures to help feed children and the elderly in the community who are impacted by school and store and restaurant closings. The church is providing breakfast and lunch packs to those in the community who are in need. Pickup is from 3 to 5 p.m. at the church or packs can be delivered by calling 812-522-1909.

A related thumbs up to members of Community Church of Brownstown, which is partnering with Double Down Outreach to provide free breakfast and lunches for children along with free WiFi hotspots for local students to do homework from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for the next two weeks.

Award-winning writers

Thumbs up to this year’s Dick Moren Agribusiness Committee Scholarship winners, Sydney Wiesehan and Lyra Claycamp, who were announced during the annual Seymour Chamber of Commerce Ag Breakfast on March 11 at American Legion Post 89. Wiesehan, a senior at Seymour High School, won a $1,000 scholarship, while Claycamp, who also is a senior at Seymour, received a $500 scholarship. As part of that scholarship process, students are asked to write a short essay. This year’s topic was “Why Agriculture Needs Advocates in Our Community Today.”

Youth of the Month

Thumbs up to Brownstown Central High School senior Lauren Wood who recently received the Brownstown Exchange Club’s February Youth of the Month award.

Braves of the Month

Thumbs up to the trio of girls who recently earned the honor of Brownstown Central Community School Corp. Student of the Month for February. The three recognized during the board of trustees meeting March 10 were senior Kiley Ratliff, seventh-grader Brynn Burton and kindergartner Layla Neidige.

Finishing first

Thumbs up to the Crothersville FFA chapter members who placed first in the District XI FFA leadership contest March 7 at Seymour High School. They were Elijah Plasse and Brayden Crater in the Discovery Degree demonstration; Karley Gillis in the extemporaneous public speaking contest; and Rebekah Cook in the traditional scrapbook contest.

Top weightlifters

Thumbs up to Brownstown Central High School’s winter weightlifting winners. They are Jayden Steinkamp, junior class, +70 pounds; Joe Wayt, sophomore class, +80 pounds; and Chandler Stahl, freshman class, +85 pounds. The winners were determined by how much they improved on their power club (three lifts combined — squat, clean and bench).

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