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

Jan Jones of Safehope, who was named the Advocate of the Year by the Kansas Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Violence.


The Chisholm Middle School PTO, for hosting the second annual Daddy/Daughter Dance.


The more than 200 dads who took their daughters to the second annual Daddy/Daughter Dance. Seriously, you guys are awesome.


Newton USD 373, which hosted a poverty simulation for school staff during an inservice day.


Karen Kaufman, whose work as director of transportation for Harvey County was highlighted in the Kansan's Giving Back Series.


Constance Gehring, who will host “Healthy Nutrition for Good Health” at Newton Public Library.


Newton Presbyterian Manor, which will host a workshop on the cost of senior living.


Anne Pitts of the Harvey County Kansas State Research and Extension office, who will host a workshop on dining with diabetes.


John Fullbright, who will perform as part of the Prairie Window Concert Series this week.


Jennifer Larsen of Wichita, whose exhibit “Vibrant Nature” opened in the Bethel College Art Gallery.


John K. Burchill, who will present “Cowboys and Clerics” during the Bethel College Life Enrichment Series this week.


Hesston College Theater, which announced five performances of “Hands On a Hardbody.”


Ted Swartz and Michelle Milne of Ted & Company TheaterWorks, who will present “Discovery: A Comic Lament” at Hesston Mennonite Church.


Kathy Wiens, a local author, who will offer the workshop “Beyond Good Touch/Bad Touch” at the MCC Center in North Newton.


Sue Godwin of McPherson, whose art exhibit “The Views Around Us” opened at Dyck Arboretum of Hesston.


Newton High School girls' basketball, for winning back-to-back games in league play.


Newton High School boys' basketball, for winning back-to-back games in league play.


The Bethel College women's cross country team, for earning the NAIA All-Academic Team honor.


Rylie Scudder of Bethel College softball, for earning pre-season all conference honors.


Taylor Edson, a Newton High School graduate, who finished her career with Butler County Community College soccer and signed a letter of intent to play for Bethel College.


Tony Hoops of Bethel College, who announced his resignation as men's basketball coach to concentrate on his duties of Athletic Director.


Hannah Thompson, who was named the director of the Harvey County Historical Museum.


Sylvia Kelly of North Newton, who spoke at Bethel College Life Enrichment about African-American history.


The Newton High School drama department, which staged “Brigadoon.”


The Newton Community Children's Choir, which hosted a fund-raising chili feed.


The Junior Railer Singers, who performed the national anthem at Winter Homecoming.


Esmeralda Hernandez and Jason Wong, both of Newton High School, who were named the queen and king of Winter Homecoming.


Area students who earned academic honors at colleges and universities.


Ethan Torres, Ryan Hirsh, James Tyrell, Creed Ekerberg, Seth Bongtrager, Henry Claassen, Jerum Phillips and Noah Massanari of Newton High School swimming, who have each qualified for the state swimming championships.


Bruce Regier, who will present “Scenic Harvey County” at Newton Public Library.


Newton High School, for hosting the second-annual “Newton Be Nice” event.


Asbury Park and Presbyterian Manor, which each announced regular meetings of Alzheimer's Association support groups.


Ethan Torres of Newton High School swimming, who won two league titles at the AV-CTL I Championships.


Javier Martinez of Remington High School wrestling, for winning his class at the Remington Bronco Invitational.


Kelsey Potter of Bethel College women's basketball, who tied the school record for three point goals in a game.


Jade Brown of Bethel College women's basketball, who was named the conference offensive player of the week.


Abby Schmidt of Bethel College women's basketball, who was named the conference defensive player of the week.


Brian Davis, who was named the sports director of the Newton Recreation Commission.


Friends of Kidron, who raised more than $12,000 for the Kidron Health Care Benevolent Fund.


Mike Lewis, owner of Mike Lewis Fitness, who announced plans to open “Under 701 Café” downtown.


The Hub of Peabody, which announced the reception of a grant from the Peabody Community Foundation, an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation.


Bethel College, which announced a cooperative agreement with Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas — a college in Mexico.