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:

Cherie Crisp and the entire Relay for Life team for ringing in Relay season with a party.

Trinidad and Doralinda Garcilazo and their entire family for becoming legal United States citizens, despite all the odds stacked against them.

Village Elementary School for being honored for the second year in a row as a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School.

Gwen and Nate Runde for taking over Brown-Bennett Alexander Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls from Susan Alexander.

Reading for its preparations as construction is scheduled to begin soon on its new wind farm.

Kari Adams, an ESU student with multiple sclerosis, for speaking on a panel at her school about her experiences with disability and accessibility.

Dirty Kanza Productions for hosting a successful Dirty Kanza Training Camp and those who took part in the camp for striving to stay physically fit for the upcoming gravel race.

The Teddy Bear Clinic for doing their best to help young children not be afraid of the doctor.

Lydia Kautz

Reporter

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