Thumbs up for March 10

Letting her hair grow

Thumbs up to Ruth Myers of Seymour who decided to let her hair grow out and donated it to Children with Hair Loss. That nonprofit organization was established more than 20 years ago to provide human hair replacements at no cost to children and young adults facing medically related hair loss. In 2022, people’s hair donations helped more than 620 recipients, and since 2000, the organization has provided more than 7,620 hair replacement and care kits, according to

Sectional sensations

Thumbs up the Brownstown Central High School boys basketball squad who added a 21st sectional crown to the program Monday night by beating Southwestern (Hanover) 72-42 in the Class 2A sectional final in Hanover. Members of the 22-4 Braves squad are seniors Jakob Arthur and Carson Darlage, juniors Jack Benter, Parker Hehman, Caiden Gwin and Adam Stahl, sophomores Colby Hall, Chace Coomer, Gregory Hutcheson and Pierson Wheeler and freshmen Carter Covert, Lane Pendleton and Micah Sheffer. The sectional title was the second in a row for the Braves, who will face 9-17 Forest Park at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Southridge Regional. It also was coach Dave Benter’s 11th sectional title as coach along with the one he won in 1991 as a Brave.

State champions

Thumbs up to the St. John’s Sauers Lutheran School eighth grade boys basketball team for winning the Indiana Lutheran Schools Athletic Association state tournament in Fort Wayne. The roster consists of eighth-graders Bode Brooks, Hudson Lang, Isaac Darlage, Luke Schepman, Maddox Wallace, Logan Schepman and Isaiah Markel, seventh-graders Wyatt Wesner, Kade Schepman, Korbyn Bane, Will Hackman and Ross Bevers and sixth-graders Alex Hobson and Cole Brooks. The head coach is Adam Brooks, and the assistant coaches are Mark Wischmeier and Chase Klinge.

Music medalists

Thumbs up to the Seymour High School band members who earned medals on Feb. 25 during the Indiana State School Music Association State Solo and Ensemble Contest at North Central High School in Indianapolis. Earning a gold medal with distinction were soloists Anthony Benitez, tenor saxophone; Bryce Peters, Olivia Fowler, Keegan Jared and Dillan Cooper, trumpet quartet; and Samantha Fried, Savannah Easterday, Axel Arrona, Ty Stuckwisch and Brianna Gomez, percussion ensemble. The percussion ensemble received a perfect score. Other soloists earning gold medals were Makenna Greenawalt, oboe; Hannah Whitehead, clarinet; Abram Yee, marimba; Aria Massengale, trombone; Lucas Jablonski, French horn; Maria Ruiz, oboe; Daniela Rodriguez, clarinet; Jordan Stevens, tuba; and Joey Larison, alto saxophone.

Chamber champions

Thumbs up to those receiving awards during the Jackson County Chamber annual dinner and awards ceremony March 3 at Pewter Hall in Brownstown. The list includes the three Teacher of the Year award winners, Mendy Stahl, Brownstown Elementary School, Haley Davis, Seymour Middle School, and Matt Dennis, Seymour High School; Brittany Percival, Young Professional of the Year; and Ray Eakins, Spirit of the Chamber award. Other award winners were Business Hall of Fame honorees Skaggs Builders, small business division; Centra Credit Union, medium business division; and Covered Bridge Health Campus, large business division; and Leah Branaman, the chamber Committee Member of the Year honoree.

Showcasing leadership

Thumbs up to the Crothersville FFA members who placed first in the District XI FFA Leadership Contest on Saturday at Salem High School. They were Baron Riley, who won Freshman Extemporaneous Public Speaking and Multimedia Scrapbook, and Grace Smith, who finished first in Traditional Scrapbook.