Thumbs up for April 21


Creating memories

Thumbs up to Sierra Jackson and Bruce Miller, who recently were recognized by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of State Parks for their commitment to conserve, manage and interpret resources while creating memorable experiences for visitors in 2022. Miller was recognized for contributing more than 2,500 hours of service to Starve Hollow State Recreation Area near Vallonia, while Jackson received the Intermittent Employee of the Year award for her work coordinating staff and volunteers for Halloween weekend and Christmas Lights in the Campground, creating two signature events for Starve Hollow.


Thumbs up to Roger Douglass, who has a goal of collecting 1,000 stuffed animals to give to Scheck Medical Center and Columbus Regional Health. Each hospital will receive 500 stuffed animals to distribute to kids admitted in the emergency room, outpatient surgery unit and pediatrics unit. The purpose of the 12-year-old Seymour Middle School’s Stuff the Love campaign is to provide comfort to kids. Douglass has enlisted the help of his fellow Seymour Young Marines to complete the project.


Thumbs up to Robin Perry, a business education teacher at Seymour High School, who is among the 19 winners of the President’s Award for Excellence in Dual Credit Instruction from Ivy Tech Community College. Perry is now up for the statewide honor, which will be announced June 14 during a recognition ceremony at Garment Factory in Franklin.

Enduring service

Thumbs up to Butch Stidam of Medora and his horse, Blue, who recently received the U.S. Forest Service’s Eastern Region Volunteer and Service Award for Enduring Service from Stacy Duke, recreation and wilderness program manager for the Hoosier National Forest. Stidam and Blue were honored for their more than five years and 1,000 hours each of volunteer service with the forest.


Thumbs up to Brownstown Central High School senior Camryn Thompson, who set the school record in the 300 hurdles with a time of 47.46. The previous top time was 47.7.


Thumbs up to Seymour Parks and Recreation Department administrative assistant Tracey Cole, who recently received the Superstar of the Quarter award. In 2020, the department’s board implemented an Employee of the Quarter program as a way to recognize park professionals who go above and beyond. Cole was nominated by her co-workers for her organization, attention to detail and overall positive attitude.

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