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

Members of the Gonzalez family, who told their story of 16 children sharing bedrooms and chores while living in the Ranchito

Dana Shifflett, whose work in civil service was highlighted in The Kansan’s Giving Back series.

Nick Platten, who is the first Australian student to attend Hesston College and play baseball at the school.

Hesston College, which announced a decade-high enrollment of 56 foreign students.

Dyck Arboretum and the Prairie Window Concert Series, which announced a concert by The Talbott Brothers.

KIPCOR, which announced the first film in an annual film series — "Healing Justice."

Jacob Miller of Bethel College, who took first in the 2017 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest.

Newton Christian Church, which announced a concert by Frankie Valens and his wife, Phyllis.

Grace Community Church and Trinity Heights United Methodist Church, which each announced a “Trunk or Treat” event for Halloween.

The Knights of Columbus, which hosted a dinner at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church to benefit the Lord’s Pantry.

Sedgwick High School football, which clinched a district championship with a win over rivals Whitewater-Remington.

Hesston high School football, clinched a spot in the playoffs a win over SE Saline.

Area bowlers who competed in league play.

Area golfers who competed in league play.

Newton High School soccer, for ending the regular season with a three game winning streak.

Seth Girton and Jenny Bowen of the Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts, who hosted a fund-raising recital.

The Women’s Community Foundation, which will host an annual meeting this week.

The Newton Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, which announced the annual “Best of Newton Photo Contest.”

Josh Krannawitter of Halstead, who has become a spray paint artist.

Walton Rural Life Center, which hosted tours of the building in preparation for a bond issue election.

Jonathan C. Gering, who was named president of Bethel College.

Newton High School volleyball, which ended the regular season with a sweep and champions of the AV-CTL Div. I.

Drew Johnson of Bethel College, who as women’s basketball coach faced the media for his first Kansas Collegiate Athletic League media day.

Wichita State golf, which won a conference preview tournament at Sand Creek Station of Newton.

Deb Hamm, superintendent of Newton USD 373, who hosted a “Railer Roundtable” discussion.

Newton Public Library, which announced a presentation by internationally recognized photographer Kirra Morris.

The Moundridge Historical Society, which hosted the Homestead Trail Celebration.

The Newton High School drama department, which produced “The Fall of the House of Usher.”

CASA: A Voice for Children, which hosted a fundraising art auction.

Valley Hope of Moundridge, which hosted the annual “Night of Hope.”

Fashion for the Cure, which will host an annual fundraiser at the Meridian Center.

The Carriage Factory Gallery, which hosted a concert by Doug and Jude Krehbiel for Third Thursday downtown.

Bethel College, which hosted the annual Fall Fest.

Hesston High School tennis, which claimed the top two spots in the doubles competition of Kansas High School Activities Association Class 3-2-1A State Tennis Championships.

Makaiya Russell and Ashley Hubbard of Hesston High School tennis, who won the KSHSAA Class 3-2-1A State Tennis title in doubles play.

Kylie and Michaela Martin of Hesston High School tennis, who earned a medal in doubles play at the KSHSAA Class 3-2-1A State Tennis Championships.

Rae Normai and Quinn Rhodes of Newton High School tennis, who earned a medal in doubles play at the KSHSAA Class 5A State Tennis Championships.

Kit Kinglsey of Newton high School golf, who qualified for the KSHSAA state championships.

Alaina Stucky of Newton High School, who won the AV-CTL Div. I Individual Girls Cross Country championship.

Newton High School cross country, which hosted the district cross-country meet last weekend.

Goessel High School volleyball, which won the Wheat State League tournament to end the season undefeated.

Hesston High School volleyball, which won the Clearwater Invitational.

Sandra Gough of Hesston, who is opening the “Burger Garage” in Hesston.

Gretchen Loganbill, who was named branch manager of Heartland Credit Union for the Newton location.

Members of the Harvey County contingent who represented the region at the recent National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention.

Cathy Rankin of Harvey County 911, who was honored for 40 years of service at the recent APCO conference at the Meridian Center.