Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – March 19


Starring role

Thumbs up to Trinity Lutheran senior Sydney Jaynes for being named to the 2021 IndyStar Indiana Girls All-Stars. Jaynes, who plans to play basketball for the Butler University Bulldogs in the fall, led the 20-5 Cougars to the Edinburgh Sectional title this season. The 6-foot-3 center is one of 14 players chosen for the Indiana All-Stars, who will face the Kentucky All-Stars in a traditional series of games in June. Jaynes also is the first Jackson County player selected as an Indiana All-Star since Seymour High School’s Amanda Moore in 2012.

Making a mark

Thumbs up to Trinity Lutheran senior Jack Marksberry, who finished with 21 points in the Cougars’ 63-38 loss to Barr-Reeve on Saturday in the Loogootee Regional. At the start of the game, Marksberry needed 18 points to reach 1,000 in career points in his last game. He is the sixth player in the county to join the exclusive 1,000-point club this season. That includes teammate Tyler Goecker, Crothersville’s Cable Spall, Brownstown Central’s Katherine Benter, Seymour’s Grace Meyer and Trinity’s Bailey Tabeling.

Braves of the Month

Thumbs up to Brownstown Elementary School fifth-grader Loralie West for being selected as the school’s Student of the Month for February. Other Students of the Month were Brownstown Central Middle School sixth-grader Eulah Beavers and Brownstown Central High School senior Evan Rohlfing. West also was Student of the Month a year ago as a fourth-grader.

Three-time winner

Thumbs up to the staff of Schneck Medical Center, which recently was named a 2021 Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. This is the third consecutive year Schneck has received the Top 100 designation, and the Seymour hospital is one of only five in Indiana to be selected.

Promoting inclusion

Thumbs up to the local schoolchildren who recently helped The Arc of Jackson County highlight March as Disability Awareness Month by coloring pictures of people showing what they can do despite their disability. The Arc decorated the window display with those pictures along with medical equipment provided by Family Drug at the Community Agency Building in downtown Seymour.

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