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

 

Martin Swart, who shared a day in the life of being a Kansas Highway Patrol officer with The Newton Kansan.

 

Jon Adkins of the Newton Police Department and James and Heather Barringer, owners of the Newton Bike Shop, who teamed up to give away bike helmets and bike safety checks to kids.

 

James Wenger, whose volunteer work with Circles of Hope was profiled in the Kansan's Giving Back series.

 

Libby Albers, Glen Davis, Ron Eggert and Leroy Koehn, who have each filed for election to the Newton City Commission.

 

Aaron Austin of Bethel College, who was announced as commencement speaker at the school.

 

Newton High School girls track, which won the AV-CTL I league title at Derby.

 

Max Karst and Jordan Singh of Newton High School tennis, who advanced in the medal round of the Kansas High School Activities Association Class 5A Boys Tennis State Championships.

 

Logan Gamble of Hesston High School tennis, who advanced in the medal round of the KSHAA Class 3A Boys Tennis State Championships.

 

Dick Koontz, who will be speaker for the Grand Central Community Chat in June.

 

The Harvey County Parks Department, which hosted the second annual “Off the Hook” Food Truck Festival that included a full day of activities.

 

Moundridge High School, which produced the melodrama “The Pony Expresso, or The Villain Came to a Grinding Halt!”

 

Open Road and Woven, singing groups at Bethel College which closed out their seasons with concerts on campus.

 

Judy Carroll and Collette Richenberger, who will host a book signing at Faith and Life Bookstore in Newton.

 

Koerner Heights Church, which announced a partnership with Right Now Media, an online video streaming service.

 

Graduates from area high schools.

 

Hesston College men's cross country, which was named the top academic team in the country by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

 

Landon Moore of Newton High School, who was offered an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy and will play football for the school this fall.

 

Rylie Scudder and Trista Rich of Bethel College Softball, who were each named to the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference all conference teams.

 

Santa Fe Middle School Students in the “Fit Club,” who created the “Gold Rush” 5K race with obstacles.

 

Fourth-graders from Newton Schools who participated in the second annual conservation conference at the Harvey County Fairgrounds.

 

Kate Becker, a Newton native, who was recognized as the Bethel College Young Alumnus award winner.

 

The Harvey County Farmers Market, which announced opening May 20.

 

Community members who organized “Bark in the Park,” a fundraiser for the Centennial Dog Park.

 

The Newton Public Library, which launched and hosted the first meetings of the “Adulting 101” series.

 

Bethel College steel drum bands, which hosted their first concerts.

 

Students at Newton High School who hosted “Market Day.”

 

Laura Tran, who was awarded a scholarship by the Shelter Foundation and local agent John Hosford.

 

Breta Alstrom of Halstead, who was earned an Outstanding Student Engagement award from Kansas State University.

 

Organizers of the annual Black Kettle Festival in Moundridge, which announced the festival will expand.

 

Members of the Newton USD 373 Community Visioning Team, which presented their recommendation for facility upgrades to the Board of Education.

 

The Goessel Community Foundtion, which awarded grants to organizations in the community.

 

Brock Herman of Newton, who was named product manager for Bunting Magnetics.

 

Drew and Keli Hansen, owners of Guerrilla Marketing, who are creating a “T-Shirt Bar” in the Cedar Village shopping center.

 

Book Reviews of Newton, which donated some of the store's proceeds to Prairie View.