Thumbs up for April 6

Strong, smart and bold

Thumbs up to Tonja Couch of Seymour, who recently was recognized by Girls Inc. of Jackson County as its 2022 Girls Inc. Champion. The award goes to a woman for their contributions and support to Girls Inc. and the community. Couch, who started going to the club when she was in third grade, was executive director of Jackson County United Way for nine years. Past award winners are Dolores Olivarez, Joanna Myers, Amanda Dick, Marvina Lewis, Rexanne Ude, Deb Bedwell, Mary Anne Jordan, RaeAnn Mellencamp, Debbie Laitinen and Terrye Davidson.

Cleaning the county

Thumbs up to Delaney Davidson of Norman, who created the Clean Our County project to clean litter and trash along streets, roads and others of Jackson County in coordination with Earth Day on April 22. The goal of filling a large dumpster placed behind The Brooklyn Pizza Co. and The Seymour Brewing Co. was fulfilled through the project, and many others in the community were inspired to clean “their neck of the woods” by the actions of Davidson, her boyfriend, Hamilton Baker, and other family members and friends. The pizza shop and brewery along with The Home Depot, which donated the bags for the collection of trash and debris, also deserve a thumbs up.

Exercising their right

Thumbs up to everyone who took the time over the past few weeks or on Tuesday to visit a polling site to vote in the primary election despite the lack of local contests on the ballot. Voting is a right of every citizen of this nation and one that should be exercised often. A related thumbs up to all of the candidates who tossed their hats into the ring for township, county, state and federal races on Tuesday.

Super academics

Thumbs up to the members of the two teams from Jackson County high schools who advanced to the Indiana Academic Super Bowl state competition set for Saturday at Purdue University in West Lafayette. The teams advancing from the area competition on April 21 at Austin High School are the Crothersville High School English team of Kaylyn Holman, Destiny Lawrence, Elayna Ord, Kiarra Lakins and Cole Reed and the Trinity Lutheran High School science team of Simeon Bauman, Bradley Dyer, Benjamin Neawedde and Hannah Kerkhof.