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

 

• Laura Van Bergeijk of Hesston, who participates in Hesston's Vex Robotics and Newton's RalieRobotics programs, and won a national award in Vex.

 

• Hesston High School's FCCLA program, which qualified 10 of 24 students for state competition.

 

• Stan and Marlene Smucker of North Newton, whose volunteer work including years at the Et Cetera shop were profiled in The Kansan's Giving Back Series.

 

•Brandon Johnson of Wichita, who was announced as the speaker for a meeting of the Harvey County Democrats.

 

• Rod Kreie of Newton, who was announced as speaker for the next community chat at Grand Central.

 

• The Newton Masonic Lodge, for hosting a pancake feed.

 

• Bethel musicians Elijah Brockway, Callie Ross and Kaho Yanagidaira, who announced senior recitals.

 

• Whitestone Mennonite Church of Hesston, which will host a tour stop for “The Walking Roots.”

 

• Wyatt Hendrickson and Nick Treaster of the Newton Wrestling Club, who won national titles.

 

• Grant Treaster of the Newton Wrestling Club, who earned All-American honors.

 

• The Newton Rebels, which will play two games at Eck Stadium at Wichtia State University this summer.

 

• Hesston College softball, for running the team's current win streak to 11 games.

 

• Sunset Elementary School of Newton, for being named a “Challenge Award” winner by the Confidence in Education Task Force.

 

• The Wheat State Chapter of the American Truck Historical Association, for hosting the 16th annual truck show at Newell Truck Plaza.

 

• The Newton High School Athletic Hall of Fame, for announcing the group is seeking nominatiions for the 2019 Hall of Fame class.

 

• The Newton Nitros, for announcing the return of a fund-raising golf tournament.

 

• Berean students who competed at a regional music festival.

 

• Ashton McGinn of Sedgwick and Madison Beckett of Halstead, who each were awarded a scholarship by Newton BPA.

 

• Newton High School baseball, for collecting the team's first win of the season.

 

• North Newton, which announced a forum for residents to discuss trash and recycling programs.

 

• KIPCOR, for hosting a screening of the film “This Little Light.”

 

• Newton Public Library, for hosting “Explore Outdoors” with KPTS.

 

• Newton High School, for hosting a prom open house and the annual prom.

 

• Area golfers who competed in league play.

 

• Hesston High School tennis, for appearing in the Kansas Tennis Coaches Association Prep Boys rankings.

 

• Bethel College Football, for hosting the annual spring game.

 

• Fox Ridge Golf Course, which is adding a fitness facility.

 

• Newton Medical Center, which is celebrating the 500th patient to be served by a robotic arm.

 

• Stefanie Knopp, who joined the staff at Newton Public Library.

 

• Breanna Burch who was named assistant manger at B&B Lumber of Newton.