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

Raymond Olais of Newton, who announced his retirement after decades as an art teacher at Newton High School.

Carole Schlender and Margaret Goering with the Harvey County Farm Bureau, who went to elementary schools in Newton and Burrton with a small wheat grinder to show students how flour is made from wheat.

Nancy Stucky of Newton, whose work to maintain butterfly gardens at Bethesda Home in Goessel was profiled in The Kansan's Giving Back series.

The city of Newton, which announced a maintenance project for the Sand Creek Trail.

The Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series, which announced VOCE8 as the next concert in the series.

Photographers Jim Griggs and Jeff Heidel, who will give a visual tour of Kansas as part of a Kansas Day Celebration at the Carriage Factory Gallery.

Hesston College, which announced the next session of the Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series Conference.

St. Mary Catholic School students, who attended a rally at the State Capitol in Topeka.

Hesston College, which announced a trip to Thailand for alumni.

Karen Andres, who was recognized as the 2017 Older Adult Pet Adoption program Volunteer of the Year.

Area bowlers who competed in league play.

Newton High School, for hosting the 42nd Annual Newton Invitational Tournament.

Newton High School girls basketball, for earning a spot in the Newton Invitational Tournament championship.

Berean and Halstead High School Girls Basketball, for earning spots in the finals of the 51st Eli J. Walter Invitational girls' basketball tournament in Elbing.

Sedgwick High school girls basketball, for earning a spot in the finals of the Shepherd Invitational.

Bishop Carroll, Garden City, Kapun Mt. Carmel, Dodge City, Andover Central and Garden City girls basketball teams, for playing in the Newton Invitational.

Chris Smith of Newton, who organized the first Newton Indoor Putting League for disc golfers at Lindley Hall.

The Bethel College Concert Choir, for hosting a home concert after a tour of Europe.

Prairie View, which announced “A Beautiful View” art auction and fund-raiser.

Grand Central, which hosted a soup lunch as a fundraiser for HVAC renovations at the senior center.

Sarah Stucky and Payton Anderson of Berean Academy who qualified for the Association of Christian Schools International District Spelling Bee in Dallas, Texas.

Eli Nord of Berean Academy, who won his grade level at the Association of Christian Schools International Regional Spelling Bee.

St. Mary Catholic School, which competed in Science Olympiad for the first time this year.

Students from St. Mary Catholic School and Hesston High School who earned honor roll honors.

Goessel High School girls basketball, which won their first round game at the Eli J. Walter Invitational Girls basketball tournament in Elbing.

Moundridge High School girls' basketball for winning their first round game at the Hilltop Classic at Barton Community College in Great Bend.

The Newton Babe Ruth Baseball Organization and Newton Baseball Club, which have merged into one organization called the Newton Baseball Club.

Carolyn McGinn (R-Sedgwick), who hosted a discussion of passenger rail as chair of the Kansas Senate Ways and Means Committee.

Area churches that partnered to create a fundraising dinner for 11-year-old Caleb Hoshaw who has undergone treatment for several healthcare issues.

The Public Building Commission, which approved plans for a new restroom/concession/press box facility at Centennial Park.

The Harvey County Conservation District, which announced the annual awards event.

Newton High School boys baseball, which closed play at the Bluestem Classic with win over El Dorado.

Julio Martinez of Bethel College track, who set a school record in the 1,000 meter indoor at the Cavalier Nigh Relays at Johnson County Community College.

Robert Graham of Bethel College track, who set a school record in the 135 pound weight throw at the Cavalier Nigh Relays at Johnson County Community College.

Amondr'e Street of Bethel College track, who set a school record in the 60 meter indoor at the Cavalier Nigh Relays at Johnson County Community College.

Berean Academy boys basketball, which won the Burrton Invitational title.

Paul Mullet of Hesston, who retired from his post as Chief Executive Officer of Excel Industries.

Joseph C. Wright, who was named Chief Executive Officer of Excel Industries.

Fawn R. Berger, Sylvia Bartel and Michele Ediger, who were each named to the Harvey County Habitat for Humanity Board.

Park Aerospace, which announced a new manufacturing focus.