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

 

• Karen Fulk of Hesston, who has tagged more than 3,000 monarchs as a volunteer for Monarch Watch.

 

• Clarence and Gladys Niles of North Newton, whose volunteer work at the Warkentin House were profiled in the Kansan's Giving Back series.

 

• Bob Myers of the City of Newton, who testified in front of the Joint Legislative Transportation Vision Task Force at the Meridian Center.

 

• Sen. Carolyn McGinn (R-Sedgwick), who chaired the Joint Legislative Transportation Vision Task Force at the Meridian Center.

 

• Beryl Laswell of Newton, who celebrated her 100th birthday.

 

• Gene and Barbara Kristensen, who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

 

• Hesston College's Bel Canto Singers, who announced their first home concert of the year prior to a short tour.

 

• Rachel Epp Buller of North Newton, whose art exhibit “Listening Across Time” opened at the Bethel College Art Gallery.

 

• The Newton Area Chamber of Commerce, for hosting the annual Taste of Newton in downtown Newton.

 

• Schowalter Villa of Hesston, for hosting the 51st annual Villa Days.

 

• The Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association, for announcing their annual banquet.

 

•  Jeffery Sparks, who became pastor at St. Luke Evangelical Church.

 

• Area racers who competed at the 81 Speedway.

 

• Hesston High School girls' tennis, which qualified five of six varsity players fro the Kansas High School Activities Association Class 3-2-1A State Tennis Championships.

 

• Halstead city staff, which have created “The Adventures of Lamb Chop” to reunite a stuffed toy lamb with its owner.

 

• Bethel College, for hosting the annual Fall Fest.

 

• Author Judi Kirk, who will host an event at Newton Public Library to discuss former gas station workers and the history of gas stations in Kansas.

 

• Scott Eckert of Newton, who wrote his 1,000th column for The Newton Kansan as a Kansas State Research and Extension Agent for Harvey County.

 

• Area high school seniors who will be honored by the Kansas Honor Scholar Program.

 

• Students from St. Mary Catholic School, who attended the Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty reenactment,.

 

• The Bethel College Drama department, for producing the musical version of “Little Women.”

 

• Addie Regier, Ellie Bradley and Matthew Garber of Newton, for performing as part of the cast of Bethel College's production of “Little Women”

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• Kendrick Weaver and Kelly Habeggar of Hesston, for being part of the cast and crew of Bethel College's production of “Little Women.”

 

• Jessie Thomas of Sedgwick, for performing as part of the cast of Bethel College's production of “Little Women.”

 

• Nathaniel Schmucker and Jerrod Kauffman of Moundridge, for performing as part of the cast of Bethel College's production of “Little Women.”

 

• Newton High School volleyball, for collecting a sweep on senior night.

 

• Toria Thaw of Newton High School gymnastics, who won the all-around title at the Olathe South quad.

 

• Hesston High School volleyball, for being ranked No. 5 in Class 4A by the Kansas Volleyball Association.

 

• Sedgwick High School volleyball, for being ranked No. 3 in Class 3A by the Kansas Volleyball Association.

 

• Hesston High School cross country, for winning the Berean Academy Invitational at Harvey County East Park.

 

• The Newton USD 373 Anti-Bullying Task Force, for hosting a “Newton Be Nice” event.

 

• Mike Southern of Newton, who debuted his new food truck, Taco Mike's, at the Taste of Newton.

 

• Harvey County United Way, for hosting the annual chili cook-off.

 

• Logan Wulf of Moundridge, who took eighth place in the national pedal tractor pull at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota.

 

• Teresa Soyez, who was named the Newton Business Professional Women Woman of the Year.

 

• Amanda and Dave Balzer, for opening “The Barn at Grace Hill” wedding venue.

 

• Halstead High School volleyball, for winning the Canton-Galva Invitational.

 

• Newton High School cross country, for hosting the Newton Invitational.