Thumbs-Up, Thumbs-Down – May 26

Four stars

Thumbs-up to the student, teachers and staff at Trinity Lutheran High School, which recently was named the only Four Star School high school in the state by the Indiana Department of Education. This is the fourth time in five years Trinity has made the list.Silent rideThumbs-up to the 25 people who silently rode bicycles through Seymour on May 17 to make a loud statement about safety and to encourage motorists to be more aware of cyclists on the road. The annual Ride of Silence is organized by B2 Bikes and Boards in Seymour and also serves as a tribute to cyclists who have been injured or died while riding.

A salute to nurses

Thumbs-up to the more than 300 nurses at Schneck Medical Center for demonstrating compassion, skill and knowledge in the simplest task to the most complex procedure. A special thumbs-up to the four nurses who received special awards May 11 during a special recognition ceremony as part of National Nurses Week. The are Donna Foster, Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year; Amber Easterling, Licensed Practical Nurse of the Year; Crista Turmail, Registered Nurse of the Year; and Alyssa Gentry, Nurse Leader of the Year.

Still No. 1

Thumbs-up to George Hoffman. The Seymour Middle School custodian may not have won the national title of Janitor of the Year or the $10,000 prize to go with it, but he is still No. 1. On May 8, teachers and staff surprised Hoffman with a special reception celebration in the school library. Two representatives from Cintas’ Columbus office, Jenna Justus and Casey Paswater, presented Hoffman with a $500 check and a $1,000 prize package of Rubbermaid cleaning products.

Teaching English

Thumbs-up to the local volunteers who have taught an English as a Second Language Class for seven years at Zion Lutheran Church in Seymour. The class allows learners to practice their English and take in American culture from local volunteers teachers and babysitters for the program including Darlene Cooley, Maggie Schneider, Ruth Ann Rebber, Mae Krumme, Cheryl Vierling, Bea Hercamp, Mike Read, Yoko Huff and Takako Hirose.


Thumbs-down to the many motorists who think they’re driving in The Indianapolis Motor Speedway every May.