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

 

John Higgs, whose work as a mentor to the RaileRobotics program was featured in The Kansan's Giving Back series.

 

The Harvey County Road and Bridge Department, which is creating a plan to repair the banks of the Little Arkansas River.

 

Melinda E. Berry of Goshen, Indiana, who was selected as the 2018 Staley Lecturer at Bethel College.

 

Kelson Graber of Newton, who wrote the song “This I Pray” which was recorded by Buhler High School students and went viral online.

 

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

 

Tyler Swalley of Newton High School, who is in in charge of the IT Networking pathway at the school.

 

Rev. Kathryn Goering Reid, who was announced as speaker for the Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association annual meeting.

 

The Public Building Commission, which was founded in 2003 and has provided for several new facilities while paying for renovations to older facilities and making sure the turf at Fischer Field in Athletic Park is replaced every 10 years.

 

Grant Treaster, Wyatt Hendrickson and Cyle Gautschi of Newton High School Wrestling, who each qualified for the finals of the Kansas High School Activities Class 5A State Wrestling Championships.

 

Sawyer Mock, Boone Roberson, Josh Edon and Dante Harper of Newton High School wrestling, who each qualified for the state tournament and moved through day one to wrestle on day two.

 

Jennifer Andres of Newton, who qualified for the NAIA National Indoor Track and Field Championships in the women's 60 meter dash as a member of the Bethel College Track and Field team.

 

Javier Martinez of Bethel College, who qualified for the NAIA National Indoor Track and Field Championships in the 1,000 meter run.

 

Merle Schlabaugh, who announced his retirement from the position of Bethel College Faculty Athletic Representative.

 

Jacob Hille, Caleb Farmer and Javier Martinez of Remington High School wrestling, who each qualified for the KSHAA Class 3-2-1A State Wrestling Championships.

 

Jason Hect and Matt Whitsitt of Hesston High School wrestling, who each qualified for the KSHAA Class 3-2-1A State Wrestling Championships.

 

Newton High School girls basketball, who finished the regular season with four straight wins.

 

Harvey County Emergency Management and the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce, for hosting a Hot Topic Luncheon dealing with active shooters.

 

Students at Chisholm Middle School, for creating “Pride Time News,” a news broadcast for the school.

 

The Carriage Factory Gallery, which hosted the annual “Love Your Gallery” fundraiser.

 

Stephanie Brown of Newton, who was named a “Teacher of Promise” by the Kansas Department of Education.

 

Jon Gering of North Newton, who will deliver a lecture at the Dyck Arboretum Winter Lecture Series.

 

The Santa Fe Singers, who sang the National Anthem at a Wichita Thunder Hockey Game.

 

Jordan Weaver, Caitlyn Rohaus and Lauren Bender of Berean Academy, who each qualified for KMEA choir.

 

Grace Neal, Shannon Busenitz and Darin Stephens of Berean Academy, who each qualified for KMEA band.

 

Safehope, which announced the acquisition of grant funds for a resiliency project tied to the Feb. 25, 2016, mass shooting in Harvey County.

 

Abby Schmidt of Newton, who as a member of the Bethel College women's basketball team was named to the KCAC All Conference Teams.

 

Cami Richardson of Hesston, who as a member of the McPherson College women's basketball team was named to the KCAC All Conference Teams.

 

Chase Banister of Bethel College, who was named to the KCAC Men's All Conference Teams.

 

Sister Mary Kolich of the University of Saint Mary, who is leading a book discussion at Newton Public Library.

 

Bethel College Students who helped act, direct and produce a play with inmates at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility.

 

Harvey County, which has fewer bridges, by percentage, than the state of Kansas in need of immediate repair.

 

Karen Wall, who presented “Voices of Freedom: The Story of the McWorter Family” at Newton Public Library.

 

Constance Gehring, who spoke on nutrition and health at Newton Public Library.

 

Ethan Torres of Newton High School swimming, who earned a medal in the 100 yard butterfly at the state championships.

 

Bethel College competitive cheer, which finished second at the KCAC championships.

 

Bethel College softball, which opened the home portion of their schedule with a pair of wins.

 

Bluestem Communities, which announced an expansion of Kidron Bethel Village.

 

Knudsen and Monroe, which announced ownership of 512 N. Main.