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

Pam Stevens of the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce, Brian Palmer of the Newton City/County Airport, Rep. Ron Estes (R-Kan.) and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) who spoke about the possible effects of privatization of air traffic control

Lauren Mitchell, a senior at Newton High School, who spearheaded a “Drug Take Back Day” effort with Sheriff Chad Gay.

Moundridge High School drama, which will stage “You Can't Take it With You.”

Peabody-Burns High School drama, which will stage “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Berean Academy drama, which will stage “Wind in the Willows.”

Burrton High School drama, which will stage “Oliver.”

Goessel High School drama, which will stage “Alice in Wonderland.”

Halstead High School drama, which will stage “The Sound of Music.”

Hesston High School drama, which will stage “The Music Man.”

Sedgwick High School drama, which will stage “Oklahoma.”

Remington High School drama, which will stage “Twelve Angry Jurors.”

Newton Presbyterian Manor, which announced a veteran's breakfast.

Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, who will give a recital on the Bethel College pipe organ.

The Bethel College Concert Choir, women's chorus and men's ensemble which performed “Bethel Sings.”

The Harvey County Historical Society, which will host a Kansas Humanities Council presentation about the Harvey Girls.

Newton High School FFA, which will offer an “Ag Camp” at the high school.

Newton Lions Club, which will host the 71st annual pancake feed.

Fifth-graders at St. Mary's Catholic School, which hosted a “Saints Wax Museum.”

MCC Central States, which will host a “lunch and learn” with a member of the MCC United Nations office.

St. Mary Altar Society, which will host a Festival Fall Fair.

Newton Area Chamber of Commerce, which will host “The Taste of Christmas.”

Organizers of Moundridge Match Day, which hosted an event that met fund-rasing goals.

Deb Hamm, superintendent of Newton Schools, who will speak on Title IX during a meeting of Newton Area AAUW.

Abby Schmidt, a Newton High School graduate, who scored 25 points and collected 13 rebounds in Bethel College's women's basketball's win over Haskell Indian Nations.

Hesston College's women's basketball team, which won the team's season opener.

Hesston College's men's basketball team, which won the team's first two games.

Anglea Becker, Jennifer Budde, Andy Harder, Mallory Morton, David Oller and Toby Tyner, who each are running for the Newton USD 373 Board of Education.

Joe Rushing of Bethel College basketball, who was named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference defensive player of the week.

Taylor Buessing of Bethel College Volleyball, who collected her 1,000th career kill.

Eden Hiebert, Leah Booton, Savanna Wuest, Brittney Hiebert and Cierra Nolte, who were named to the Heart of America League all-league teams.

Crysta Guhr, coach of Goessel High School volleyball, who was named the HOAL coach of the year.

Sage Westerfield of Remington High School Volleyball, who was named to the HOAL all-league teams.

Sydney Hillard, Grace Thompson, Bailey Zerger and Kylie Charles of Sedgwick High School Volleyball, who was named to the HOAL all-league teams.

Ellen Durst, Bethany Stucky and Keiera Sebrant of Moundridge High School Volleyball, who was named to the HOAL all-league teams.

Alaina Dunlavy, Kailey Ince and Mia Loganbill of Hesston High School Volleyball, who were named to the Kansas Volleyball Association Class 3A All-State Teams.

Eden Hiebert and Savana Wuest of Goessel High School Volleyball, who were each named to the KVA Class 2A All-State Teams.

Libby Albers, Glen Davis, Ron Eggert, Leroy Koehn, Craig Simons and Kathy Valentine who are each running for city commission.

Hesston Mennonite Church, which hosted Polish organist Karol Mossakowski.

Newton Christian Church, which hosted a concert by Frankie and Phyliis Valens.

MCC Central States, which hosted the MCC Meat Canner project.

The Newton Lions Club, which hosted the annual Halloween Safe Walk.

Grace Community Church and Trinity Heights United Methodist Church, which hosted “Trunk or Treat” events.

First Christian Church, Zion Lutheran Church, First United Methodist Church, Salem United Methodist Church and Trinity Heights United Methodist Church, which each hosted an annual Christmas Bazaar.

The Halstead High School boys' cross country team, which won the Kansas High School Activities Association Class 3A State Championship for the third time in four years.

Goessel High School volleyball, which finished as runner-up at the KSHSAA Class 2A State Volleyball Championships.

Hesston High School volleyball, which finished third at the KSHSAA Class 3A State Volleyball Championships.

Berean Academy's girls cross country team, which finished third at the KSHSAA Class 2A State Cross Country Championships.

Newton High School boys cross country, which qualified for the KSHSAA Class 5A State Cross Country Championships.