Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – June 3

Remembering

Thumbs-up to all who took the time on Memorial Day to remember those who died serving their country. Without the sacrifices of the men and women remembered on Memorial Day, we wouldn’t have the freedom to enjoy the family gatherings, picnics and other special activities we do on that day.

Top volunteers

Thumbs-up to the Brownstown Central High School Band of Braves for volunteering to perform during Medora High School’s commencement May 27. Funding cutbacks at Medora in recent years led to the loss of programs such as choir and band at the school.

State finalists

Thumbs-up to the three Jackson County girls who advanced to the 43rd annual Indiana High School Athletic Association girls track and field state finals with second-place performances in the Bloomington North Regional. They are Brownstown Central’s Trentity Vaught in the discus and Brooklyn Snodgrass in the 100-meter dash along with Trinity Lutheran’s Hailley Peters in the high jump. The state meet is today at Indiana University in Bloomington.

A similar thumbs-up goes to the four county athletes who advanced to the 113th annual IHSAA boys track and field state finals on Saturday at IU in Bloomington. That includes Brownstown Central’s Joseph Barnes, who won the shot put at the Bloomington North Regional and finished third in the discus. The other three advancing are Seymour’s Seth Ragon, who will be making his second straight trip to the state meet to compete in the high jump, and Brownstown Central’s Jake McCullough in the 800-meter run and Jacob Bollinger in the pole vault.

Sectional champs

Thumbs-up to the Trinity Lutheran softball team for winning the school’s first sectional title in that sport and thumbs-up to the Trinity Lutheran and Brownstown Central baseball squads for winning sectionals Monday.

Great grads

Thumbs-up to 18-year-old Brandon Defibaugh who recently received his certificate of completion from Crothersville High School. A related thumbs-up goes to everyone who made it possible for Defibaugh, who suffers from epileptic seizures and was unable to attend the school’s commencement Friday, to have a special graduation ceremony at the school May 23. They include Principal David Schill, Superintendent Terry Goodin, Defibaugh’s family members, police officers Christopher Cooper and Brent Turner and Defibaugh’s teacher, Lee Anne Hahn.