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

 

Barbara Bunting, whose work with the Board of Education was profiled in The Kansan's “Giving Back” series.

 

The Newton High School drama department, for staging an encore production of “The House of Usher” before performing the drama at the Kansas Thespian Festival.

 

Dyck Arboretum, which announced “Tea with Personality” featuring Bonnie Johnson as Susanna Salter, the first female mayor in the united States.

 

Safehope, which announced expansion plans for the 2018 year.

 

Celebrate Recovery, which found a new home at New Jerusalem Mission when RiverPoint Church announced it would move out of downtown to the outlet mall.

 

The Harvey County Health Department, which announced a “Cocoon Project” to help with vaccinations and the health of infants.

 

 

Taylor Antonowich of Newton High School track, volleyball and basketball, who was named the Newton Kansan Prep Girls Area Athlete of the Year.

 

Wyatt Hendrickson of Newton High School wrestling, ho was named the Newton Kansan Prep Boys Area Athlete of the Year.

 

Emily Hiebert and Abbie Lehman of Wichita State volleyball and Newton High School graduates, who was named the Newton Kansan College Women Area Athlete of the Year.

 

Julio Martines of Bethel College cross country, who was named the Newton Kansan College Men's Area Athlete of the Year.

 

Tad Remsburg of Newton High School track, who was named the Newton Kansan Prep Girls Area Coach of the Year.

 

Curtis Vermillion of Halstead High School cross country, who was named the Newton Kansan Prep Boys Area Coach of the Year.

 

Gerry Sieber of Hesston College cross country and Joseph Gogus of Bethel College competitive cheer, who were each named the Newton Kansan College Area Coach of the Year.

 

Newton first responders, who responded to and investigated a roll over accident Christmas Eve at the intersection of SE Fourth Street and Washington Road.

 

Joe and Carolee Flask of Halstead, who have spend decades collecting antique Christmas decorations.

 

Play-Mor Lanes of Newton, which hosted a family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration.

 

Jay's Place of Newton, which hosted live music for New Year's Eve.

 

Columbus Avenue Church of Christ, which hosted a New Year's Eve celebration.

 

Becky Fields, Harvey County Treasurer, who announced she will retire and will be honored with a reception Jan. 8.

 

Area students who earned scholarships from Kansas State University.

 

Area students who earned Dean's List and Honor Roll Honors from Kansas State University.

 

Moundridge Elementary Students who remolded crayons for patients at Wesley Children's Hospital.

 

The Newton High School four-speaker debate team, which qualified for the state championships in Emporia.

 

Neal Bever of Sedgwick High School football, who was named to the 2018 Kansas Shrine Bowl.

 

Reese Nebel of Halstead High School football, who was named to the 2018 Kansas Shrine Bowl.

 

Tyson Bauerle of Hesston high School football, who was named as an assistant coach for the 2018 Kansas Shrine Bowl.

 

Newton Medical Center, which announced plans for the Barrick and Kristi Wilson Terrace — a garden for the Generations Unit at the Hospital.

 

Newton Police, for completing Operation Blue Christmas — a program to help families in need with Christmas Present.s.

 

School resource officer Gary Littlejohn and Harvey County Sheriff's Office Captain mark Sheffler, who organized “Operation blue Christmas,” a food drive for the community at the holidays

 

Andrew Bolton, who will present at the Kauffman Museum this weekend as the final program for the WWI exhibit at the museum.

 

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, which hosted a blood drive.

 

Mark Kreider, who spoke about his time in the Andes Mountains at Newton Public Library.

 

Logan Treaster, a Newton High School graduate, who started his college wrestling career 6-2 while a member of the Navy wrestling team.

 

Jared Langley, a Newton High School graduate, who opened his college season 2-4 as a member of the Eastern Michigan University wrestling team.

 

Taylor Stahly, a Newton High School graduate, who is averaging 10.1 points per game in her first season at Louisiana Tech.

 

Brett Ashcraft and Cake Gautschi of Newton High School football, who were each named to the Topeka Capital-Journal All-State football team for class 5A.

 

Parker Roth, Cameron Cox and Reese Nebel of Hesston High School football, who were each named to the Topeka Capital-Journal All-State football team for class 3A.

 

David Shulte Jr., Dalton Kraus and Kaden Kraus of Halstead High School football, who were each named to the Topeka Capital-Journal All-State football team for class 3A.

 

Bradyen Francis, Neal Bever and Johnny Longbine of Sedgwick High School football, who were each named to the Topeka Capital-Journal All-State football team for class 2-1A.

 

Noah Eichelberger, Bryan Olsen and Damian Calderon of Moundridge High School football, who were each named to the Topeka Capital-Journal All-State football team for class 2-1A.

 

Grant Jantzen of Remington High School football, who were each named to the Topeka Capital-Journal All-State football team for class 2-1A.

 

The Bethel College Women's Soccer team, which assisted a refugee family from the Democratic Republic of Congo have a Christmas celebration.

 

Genova restaurant, which was named one of the top 20 restaurants in the state by Kansas Magazine.

 

Back Alley Pizza, which was named one of the top 20 restaurantsin the state by Kansas Magazine.