Congratulations are in order for the following people and organizations who appeared in The Newton Kansan last week:?Walton 21st Century Rural Life Center, which established an endowment fund and is fund-raising to expand the charter school.Brian Stucky, Goessel High School art and photography teacher, was a speaker at the national convention for the Oregon-California Trails Association.Kansas Electric of Newton, which installed solar panales, “daylight harvesting,” and Geothermal heating and cooling units in an effort to use renewable energy sources.The Hesston College marketing and communications teams efforts over the past year were awarded with two national awards from the Awards for Publication Excellence. The awards are sponsored by Communications Concepts Inc. and the editors of “Writer’s Web Watch” and “Writing That Works Archives.”Kristin Goodheart, T-LMLP, who was added Prairie View’s clinical staff as psychologist privileged to treat adolescents, adults and older adults.? ?Storm Marler of Newton, who completed his second season with the Newton?Rebels of the Walter Johnson League.Sydney Ronan, who created a fund-raiser and supply drive to donate school supplies to the Harvey County Safe House.Mitchell Murphy of Newton who found vertebrae from a “Xiphactinus,” a type of fish that lived during the late Cretaceous period, during a 4-H?geology trip.The community of Halstead, which hosted the Old Settlers festival.Melynnie Williams of Newton is the director of the Wichita Chorus Sweet Adelines.Susan Wheeler,  who celebrated ordination to pastoral ministry. She serves as Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care at Bethel?College Mennonite Church.  BCMC is located at 2600 College Avenue in North Newton.Jim and Christene Toevs of Newton, who hosted a week for autogyron enthusiasts at the Newton City/County Airport.The Newton City/County Airport, which announced businesses at the facility employ more than 450 people.T.?Walton of Newton.. The incumbent Democrat picked up more than half of the GOP?write-in votes during the Republican primary.Johnnie Mathews of Newton, who at age 60 was the oldest competitor in the Bull Blowout at the Newton Saddle Club Arena — and likely the oldest to ever ride in the event.Randy Hague of Newton, who won the Republican primary for Harvey County Commission?District No. 2.Ron?Krehbiel of Burrton, who won the Republican primary for Harvey County?Commission District No. 3.Carolyn McGinn of Sedgwick, who won the Republican primary for Kansas Senate District 31.The Harvey County?Health?Department, which is pursuing a partnershi with the Kansas Children’s Service League and to promote the organization’s “Healthy Families” program.Leadership Newton, which grew from about 20 participants to nearly 30 between 2011 and 2012.