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


Jennifer Vogts, who was named as a Newton Woman of the Year and featured in The Newton Kansan.


Moundridge High School FFA, which created “A Day on the Farm” to help expose children to farm life.


Kay Neff and her family, who created Neff Family Farm near Sedgwick which specializes in herbs and tomatoes.


Michele Ediger of Walton, who helped create “Revitalize Walton” to assist with home repairs and upkeep in Walton.


Members of the Newton branch of the National Guard, who will deploy to the Middle East.


The Barn of Burrton, China Inn of Newton, Casa Fiesta of Newton, Panda Kitchen of Hesston and Sonic of Newton which announced participation in “Dine Out 2 Donate,” a fund-raiser for New Hope Shelter.


Ashley Best of South Breeze Elementary, who was named an Amazing Teacher by The Newton Kansan and Kranz Family Inc.


Jerry Toews of Goessel, who has collected nearly 20 vehicles to be sold at the annual Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale in Hutchinson.


The Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association, which announced the availability of educational grants.


The Newton Area Chamber of Commerce, which announced the annual Chamber cookout will be May 4.


Seth Bontrager of Newton High School tennis, who reached the finals of the Newton High School invitational.


Newton High School girls' swimming, for collecting a sweep over Salina Central and Salina South while qualifying two more entries for the state championships.


The Hesston High School baseball team, which claimed their first two wins in school history with a double-header sweep of Lyons.



Tanner Duerksen of Newton High School, Makaiya Russell of Hesston High School, Jonathan Hinojos of Hesston High School, Magdalena McKee of Halstead High School and Caileen Walters of Halstead High School who will each be honored in the first Young Achievers Awards in Wichita.



Organizers of “A Small Town Family Fun Night,” which will host the event in Halstead.


David Williams of Newton High School, who was inducted into the West Kansas National Speech and Debate Association Hall of Fame.


Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, which announced the 20th annual FloraKansas sale at the arboretum.


The Newton High School FFA, which announced the annual plant sale.


Area students who were named to Wichita State honor rolls.


Avery Blank and Ashton McGinn of Sedgwick, who were each awarded scholarships from the Newton BPW organization.


Margaret Kraisinger of Halstead, who launched a four-part monthly column about the Chisholm Trail.


Halstead High School golf, for opening the season with a win at the Herington Invitational.


Owen Gartner of Sedgwick High School golf, who opened his season winning the individual medal at the Herington Invitational.


Veronica Ziegler of Hesston, who was named the Kansas Athletic Conference women's field athlete of the week while competing in track and field for Bethel College.


Austin Cheatham of Hesston, who was named the Kansas Athletic Conference men's field athlete of the week while competing in track and field for Tabor College.


Beckah Tonn of Newton, who announced she will transfer to Bethel College to play soccer.


Brittney Hiebert of Goessel, who signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Tabor College.


Matt Whitslitt of Hesston High School wrestling, who was named to first team all-academic team by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association.


Mark Geidel, who shot a hole-in-one at the Hesston Golf Course.


Hesston High School tennis, which was ranked fourth in class 3-2-1A in the Kansas Tennis Coaches Association poll.


Dr. Jim Yoder, who announced his retirement after 50 years of teaching at Hesston College.


The Harvey County United Way, which announced a location change for KidFEST and more booths than ever before.


Newton High School girls' track, which won the Newton Invitational.


The Newton High School girls' swim team, which qualified nine events for the state championships while winning the 18-team Wichita Heights Invitational to open the season.


Kyle Watson of Bethel College track and field, which earned a provisional qualifying standard for the NAIA championships.


Yoder's Ornamental Concrete in Burrton, which is celebrating the business' 35th anniversary.


Kauffman Museum and the Bethel College social work department, which are partnering to create a special workshop.