Editor’s Note: 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:

United Way of the Flint Hills for raising $555,415 — more than the stated campaign goal of $555,000.

The Northern Heights girls’ basketball team and North Lyon County Quiz Bowl Team for winning the Flint Hills League Championship.

NLC students Danielle McElfresh and Kami Miller for stepping up to help an injured staff member.

Glendo for receiving a tax abatement from the city which will help with an upcoming expansion by the company.

Drew Baker for signing a letter of intent to wrestle for Labette Community College and Carli Lupkes for signing a letter of intent to play softball at Dodge City Community College.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters for making a difference in the lives of the children they serve.

Sarah Henley, who lost her son Christian Risner to cancer in 2017 when he was 3 years old, for holding a blood drive in his honor on what would have been his birthday.

All of Emporia High School’s girl wrestling team for breaking barriers and blazing trails for others such as themselves who might not have had the courage to be among the first.

Harold and Irene Trusler for making a difference even though they’re no longer here, by leaving a legacy dedicated to caring for others.

Lydia Kautz

Reporter

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