EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week, The Gazette salutes those who make Emporia and the surrounding area a better place to live and work. The following folks deserve a pat on the back...

Carlos and Amy Garate for taking their grief and turning it into good for the community by planning to make the Ace It Up 5K an annual event.

John Pringle, American Legion baseball player, for having a game-winning hit against Ottawa in a recent matchup.

Casey Cagle of Prairie Earth Tours, for receiving the Huck Boyd Leader of the Year Award.

Robin Boyle, Christine Dutton and other descendants of T.C. Hill for doing 17 years of DNA and ancestry research and planning a trip to Americus to see their family’s ancestral home and to Great Bend to see Hill’s grave 102 years to the day he was buried there.

Mason, Emma, and Payton Harmon, siblings all serving as lifeguards at Jones Aquatic Center this summer, for carrying on a tradition and working well together.

Emporia High School theater students Christina Noble-Speedie, Eddie Lee, and Neri Gonzales-Salem for expanding their horizons by attending the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska this summer and Instructor Kacie Hastings for taking them there.

Hunter Groh, Legion baseball player, for getting three hits against Newton in a Tuesday night game in Soden’s Grove.

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