Congratulations are in order to the following people and organizations which appeared in The Newton Kansan last week:

Dr. Joseph Manickam, who took the position of president at Hesston College and became the first person of color to become president of a Mennonite Church USA college.

Mike Hull of Sedgwick, whose volunteer efforts within schools was profiled in The Kansan's Giving Back series.

Gary Denny, director of Harvey County Emergency Management, who spoke with The Kansan about Emergency Preparedness Month.

Glen Davis, city commissioner, who spoke at the Newton Recreation Commission about an ongoing discussion of the future of the municipal pool.

Charles Parker, a graduate of Newton High School, who became a professor of theater and was part of a production of “The Little Foxes” at the Wichita Scottish Rite Center Theatre.

Beth Hostetler of Hesston, who picked up multiple photography awards at the Kansas State Fair.

Jason Reynolds of Newton, who helped with hurricane recovery efforts by the Four Square Church following Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas.

Grace Hill Mennonite Church, which announced the church's annual hog roast.

The Offender/Victim Minstries' M-2 program, which announced volunteer training.

The Halstead Historical Society and community, which celebrated the 100th birthday of the train depot in Halstead. The depot is now a historical museum.

The Newton High School football team, which won their first game of the season when on the road at Goddard Eisenhower.

The Halstead High School football team, which collected their first win of the season at home against Kingman.

Bethel College athletics, which launched a new web site at

Goessel High School volleyball, which improved to 13-0 on the season.

Erin Topham of Berean Academy Cross Country, who won the girls' division of the Buhler Invitational.

Garrett Mick of Newton High School Cross Country, who was runner-up in the boys' division of the Buhler Invitational.

Area bowlers who competed in bowling leagues at Play-Mor and Eastgate Lanes.

Area golfers who competed in leagues at Wedegwood, Fox Ridge and Hesston Golf Course.

Deb Hamm, superintendent of Newton USD 373, who hosted an informational meeting about an upcoming bond issue.

Newton Presbyterian Manor, wich announced ”Living with Alzheimer's for Caregivers,” a series of informational meetings.

Megan Nagel of Newton, who is a finalist for Kansas Teacher of the Year.

Kathy Dowell of Newton, who spoke with The Kansan about her participation in the Older Pet Adoption Program — a joint program of Prairie View and Caring Hands Humane Society.

Slate Creek Elementary, which was named the winner of a national award by Active Schools.

Newton USD 373, which has started background checks for volunteers serving in the school system.

Spring Lake RV Resort, which announced a hog roast and concert by Walter Plant for this weekend.

Newton High School golf, which hosted the team's annual home tournament.

Kit Kingsley of Newton High School golf, who earned a medal at the Newton High School golf tournament.

Newton High School volleyball, which swept a home triangular meet.

Mike Estep of Newton Fire/EMS, who helped with water search and rescue after Hurricane Harvey struck Texas.

Byron Brittain of Newton, who was honored for 71 years of membership in the American Legion. Also honored were F.V. Daily (59 years), Larson Woelk (58 years), Ralph Weerts (52 years), Vernon Wonders (51 years), Dale Perkins (50 years) and Wayne Porter (50 years).

Katie Sowers of Hesston, who spoke about what it is like to be an assistant coach in the NFL. She is in her first year as coach with the San Francisco 49ers.

Julio Martinez and Jennifer Meysing of Bethel College cross country, who each set personal records at the Warrior Fest Invitational in Sterling.

Goessel High School volleyball, for winning the team's home tournament.

Hesston High School Tennis, which was ranked second in their class by the Kansas Tennis Coaches Association.

Area drivers who competed at the 81 Speedway.