Thumbs up for Nov. 25

Record breaker

Thumbs up to Trinity Lutheran senior Bailey Tabeling, who became the all-time leading scorer in school history on Nov. 15 in the Cougars’ season opener against Brownstown Central. The record was 1,598 points, and Tabeling now has 1,640 career points just three games into this season. Tabeling is third all-time among Jackson County girls. She is 25 points behind Crothersville’s Katrina Christian and 47 points behind Seymour’s Amanda Moore.

Top technologist

Thumbs up to Seymour’s Brian Rodman, who recently was named the Hoosier Educational Computer Coordinator’s Technology Director of the Year. Each year, the organization honors one individual in K-12 education for demonstrating a commitment to leadership with technology and learning for students and staff. Rodman started working for Seymour Community School Corp. in August 1997 as the technology director and has held that position ever since.

Dancing for a cause

Thumbs up to students at Seymour High School who raised more than $30,000 on Saturday night during the annual Riley Dance Marathon. Over the past eight years, Seymour students have raised nearly $140,000 through the event and multiple related fundraisers leading up to it each year. Riley Dance Marathons are student-run organizations that support Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis through year-round fundraising efforts.

Feeding a need

Thumbs up to the volunteers with several churches and other organizations who provide free traditional Thanksgiving meals to those in need of a meal. The list includes Community Church Brownstown and New Life Missionary Baptist Church in Brownstown, Medora Christian Church in Medora and The Alley in Seymour.

Aiming to help

Thumbs up to members of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education Indiana Region 7 Jackson County who recently donated $4,000 to provide Christmas gifts for 60 Jackson County Guardian ad Litem/Court Appointed Special Advocates and other children this year. ABATE is a not-for-profit safety, educational, charitable and advocacy motorcyclist organization that aims to promote safety, protect rights and help others.

Bowled away

Thumbs up to the nine Jackson County athletes who qualified for the Special Olympics Indiana bowling state tournament by medaling at the Area 2 tournament on Nov. 5 at Blackiston Bowl in Clarksville. Gold medalists were Alysha Sandlin and Zack Campbell, silver medalists were Tim Ashburn, Josh Beals, Owen Law and Rob Smith and bronze medalist were Kayla Kriete, David Perrin and Darrell Stevens. The state tournament will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 3 at Western Bowl in Indianapolis.

Top Hornets

Thumbs up to the Medora R.E.D. Hornets of the Month for September, Haylee Sons, Kiari Kinser and Hollin Gorbett, and the Medora R.E.D. Hornets of the Month for October, Kacie Inscoe, Eli Murphin and Bobby Baughman. The initiative is designed to recognize students who are responsible, empathetic and determined.