Thumbs up for Dec. 10

Celebrating the season

Thumbs up to the organizers of the Medora Christmas Festival in Medora and Christmas at Crossroads in Seymour this past weekend and all of the other community celebrations this holiday season.

Owls of the Month

Thumbs up to the Seymour High School Renaissance’s Owls of the Month for October and November. They are Alexandria Woodard and Hannah Reedy, agriculture; Aryana Bishop and Averie Linville, business; Enrique Morales Vidales and Chloe Long, English; Axel Arrona Olvera and Karsen Reasoner, family and consumer sciences; Brooke Crank and Bladen Underwood, health; Kinsley Folsom and Yari Carrera, math; Stevie Sedam and Liza Stuckwisch, music; Carson Carpenter and John Brown, physical education; Kimmy Garcia Velazquez and Paul Montgomery, science; Gabriela Luna and Ryan Collins, social studies; Isaac Hernandez and Elizabeth Carreto, technology; Evah Snyder and Ashley Vallecillo Cartagena, visual arts; McKenzie Wirtz and David Vogel, weight conditioning; Skyler Shouse and Hannah Napier, world languages; and Olivia Gerth, Zac Croquart, Wendi Garcia Gaspar and Anthony Arroyo, principal’s choice.

Top firefighters

Thumbs up to the Crothersville-Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department personnel who were recognized Saturday during the department’s yearly celebration. They are Donald Crater, EMT of the Year for 2020; Lt. Chris Seal, Firefighter of the Year for 2020; and Mikey Blair, Firefighter of the Year for 2021.

Enduring

Thumbs up to Donna Sullivan of Seymour for being recognized among the inaugural honorees of the John Wooden Legacy Coaching Award presented by the National High School Basketball Coaches Association. Besides being the girls basketball coach at Seymour High School from 1970 to 2001, Sullivan spent 12 years as an assistant coach at Waldron High School and is in her sixth season as an assistant coach at Trinity Lutheran High School in Seymour. The award honors scholastic basketball coaches from around the country who are educators and have achieved excellence on the floor, in the classroom and in the community that further embody the characteristics and legacy of the late John Wooden. The criteria for the award are rooted in the ideals of education, longevity, character, service and excellence.

All-state honors

Thumbs up to the three Brownstown Central High School football players named to the Indiana Football Coaches Association all-state teams on Monday. The three, who helped lead the Braves to an 11-1 season this year, are Kiernan Tiemeyer and Eli Wischmeier, who earned spots on the Class 3A senior all-state team, and Carson Darlage, who earned a spot on the Class 3A junior all-state team.