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

The Representative Payee Program, which was profiled as part of the Kansan's Giving Back series.

The High School Diploma Program at the Harvey County Jail, which graduated the first student from the program.

The Newton Panthers softball team, which qualified for the ASA 12U Class C State Tournament in Salina.

The Newton 10-year-old Cal Ripken Jr. Baseball Team, which qualified for the state tournament.

Participants in the second annual Headin' For Home 5K.

The Newton 13-year-old Prep Babe Ruth Baseball team, which qualified for the semi-finals of the district tournament.

The Newton Police Department, which made a pair of drug busts resulting in six arrests.

Gerald Green, who grows veggies not only for himself but the Salvation Army using a plot in a community garden.

Carriage Factory Gallery, which opened the exhibit “Vernon Rickman: A Kansan's Soulful Life in Art” highlighting the work of the Newton native who worked for the Smithsonian.

Harriel Mack of Newton, who part of the production “Don't Dress for Dinner” at Emporia State University.

The Hesston Senior Center, which announced a trip to the Smoky Mountains and Pigeon Forge.

Newton Public Library, which announced SPOKES, a group of Harvard and MIT students, will offer science workshops at the Library as part of the group's coast-to-coast bicycle tour.

Members of First Mennonite Church who went to Wakefield, Nebraska, to frame a home for a family which lost two houses to tragedy.

Second Missionary Baptist Church, which announced a celebration of “Men's and Women's” Sunday.

Allan Poe, a Peabody native, who shared his experience of living and working with German POWs in Peabody during the WWII era.

Newton Fire/EMS and Harvey County 911, which reported a drop in fireworks related calls during the week of Independence Day.

John Robb of Newton, who was speaker for “Informed Women of Harvey County.”

The Harvey County Commission, which advocating for the SHICK and SHIP programs — programs that are operated primarily by volunteers to help seniors make decisions about Medicare coverages.

The Summer Enrichment Activities for Kids program, which is serving about 40 children this summer.

Leah Mullins, a fifth-grader at Newton Bible Christian School, who placed first in the American Association of Christian Schools Short Story and Poetry Contest for elementary and junior high students.

Sara Stucky, a sixth-grader at Newton Bible Christian School, who placed first in the Kansas Association of Christian Schools Short Story and Poetry Contest.

Area students who earned Dean's List and Honor Roll honors from colleges.

Anson Long, a Newton High School graduate, who is a film student and was awarded the rights to make a film from a Stephen King script.

Beverly Olson Buller, Cindy Snider and Michael Scott who found unseen works by artist Vernon Rickman in Rickman's former home.

Ken Knepper, who was named Vice President of Business Development by Citizens State Bank.

Wesley McClellan, who was named manager of the Dillons branch of First Bank.

Nicole Tindall, who was promoted to assistant branch manager by First Bank.

Tracy Jones, who was named assistant branch manager by First Bank.

Dedra Beetch, Kristina Gomez, Kim Harris, Stepanie Rubio, Kiley Strawn and Chen-Er Wang who each joined the staff at Newton Medical Center.

Karan Stuchio, who was named the Chief Executive Officer of Kansas Christian Home.

Kristal Lang and katie Naccarato, who were named the 2016 recipients for the Justina D. Neufeld Scholarship.

Hesston College athletes who earned “The Pinnacle Award” for academic excellence: Abby Regier of Newton, Adrienne Derstine of Harleysville, Pa., Andry Stutzman of Harrisonburg, Va., Caleb Schrock-Hurst of Harrisonburg, Va., and Christina Swartzendruber of Shickley, Neb.

Hesston College athletes who earned “The Superior Academic Achievement Award” — Brooke Hershberger of Goshen, Ind., and Bryce Nitsche of Lincoln, Neb.

Hesston College athletes who earned “The Exemplary Academic Achievement Award” — Alyssa Graber of Wolford, N.D., Austin Braddock of Baldwin City, Karli Rodriguez of Harker Heights, Keegan LeFevre of Woodland Park, Colo., Meredith Spicher of Belleville, Pa., and Oliver Wisseman of Prineville, Ore.