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HHS 2017 Graduation

Posted 5/18/2017

Record Staff

On Mothers Day, 51 Hesston High seniors turned their tassels and became graduates.  The Class of 2017, one of the smaller classes at Hesston High, was hailed for its diversity by Principal Ty Rhodes before presenting students with their diplomas.

Class speakers Paige Kauffman and Kitt Regier shared memories, laughs and the lesson that classmates should aspire to not let high school be “the time of their lives.”

With graduates going to all corners of the United States - Regier heading to the East Coast to continue his education at the United States Air Force Academy and Kauffman going to Azusa Pacific University on the West Coast - Swathers will be going far and wide.

Some students, like Lila Yang, said they will be staying closer to home, attending Wichita State and majoring in pharmacology. 

Brityne Rucker said she will be packing her bags and heading to K-State to study agriculture and communications.

Some students, like Davey Merchant, are taking a less traditional path, studying at Coffeville to become a machinist. 

Swathers said they will hold on to the memories they have made while they continue on their paths.

“My best memory...Probably the banana story I’m not supposed to tell,” said Yang.

Rucker, a four-year atheleate at Hesston, said she will hold her experiences dear.

“Walking out to the state championship at volleyball was my best memory this year,” she said.

Emily Shirley was hit with a wave of emotion as she performed for the last time as a Swather.

“It just really hit me. Singing at graduation made me cry,” she said.

However, some students are ready for the summer repreieve before heading off to their futures.

“I won’t miss the homework.” said Zach Ledford, who will be studying at Southwest College in the fall. 

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Summer Blockbusters In Your Back Yard

Posted 5/18/2017

Record Staff

This summer Hesstonians will have the opportunity to attend our very own outdoor theater.

On June 10, The Hesston Chamber, in cooperation with The Hesston Record and Excel Industries will be hosting a screening of the latest Disney hit, Moana in the grassy area behind Excel Industries.

Hesston Chamber Director Becky Galloway said, “We’re doing something fun for the community.”

Galloway said the movie nights, which are scheduled for June 10, June 24 and July 1, will feature the films Moana, StarWars Rogue One and Sing. All of the films are family-friendly. 

Hesston Record Publisher Robb Reeves said families can now have a night at the movies right in their home town.

“We are happy to work with the chamber in getting the word out about these movies. These will be fun evenings and provide it's a summer activity that is free and close to home,” he said.

Galloway requested, rather than charging admission to the movie nights, viewers bring one canned good per person to be donated to the Hesston Resource Center.

“A lot of the local food drives happen during the holidays, but they still have needs during the summer,” said Galloway.

Galloway added the Chamber is seeking sponsorships to underwrite the cost of each film, and to cover the cost of purchasing a $500 high-definition projector. Movie sponsorships are $350 per show.

In addition, local restaurants and organizations are welcome to serve as food vendors at the event.  Any concessions must be monitored by the restaurant or organization providing food or drinks.

“If a church group wants to do popcorn and pop, restaurants can sell food or give food away. It’s just another opportunity to add to the experience,” said Galloway.

Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring a movie, sponsoring the purchase of the projector or providing concessions can contact Galloway at the Chamber office at 620-327-4412 or email 

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Kauffman Hosting Book Drive

Posted 5/18/2017

Record Staff

In her role as Miss Kansas Outstanding Teen, Paige Kauffman is hosting a book drive at Faith and Life Bookstore to benefit Children’s Miracle Network. The drive continues through Thursday, May 25.  

The books will be donated to pediatric patients served by the Grant and Norma Davis Child Life Center and its Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, both at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis.

Children’s Miracle Network is connected to the Miss America organization and has been a beneficiary of pageant participants and functions.

Kauffman said the book drive will benefit not only children receiving treatment, but will provide pick-me-ups to family members.

“I visited Wichita’s CMN Hospital, Via Christi, last August shortly after winning my title. Seeing the facilities firsthand where the children were staying made a lasting impact. Another point mentioned to my during my tour was the siblings of the patients. A lot of them struggle with feeling left out and understanding their brother or sister’s illness and why their parents aren’t paying as much attention to them.

“Some of the books being collected for the book drive will go towards the patients and others will be given to their siblings,” she said.

Kauffman said during the drive, she would like to collect 100 books for children and families.

“The drive lasts 10 days, so if we could get 10 books donated per day that would be awesome,” she said.

Kauffman said as a child, her favorite book, “Silly Sally” by Audrey Woods, was a source of comfort.

“When people donate to a cause, they want to have direct contact with those they are helping. While they might not be able to visit sick children in the hospital, this is a very easy way to directly change their life for the better through a small act of generosity,” she said.

Kauffman said as a young woman she has learned small steps can have a profound impact on one’s community.

“What people don’t see is how something as small as buying a book can make a huge difference in the joy and attitude of a child. Kindness and positivity can sometimes affect the recovery process more than treatment can,” she said.

Kauffman’s mother, Lynda Kauffman, has been an employee of Faith and Life for eight years and Faith and Life Bookstore Manager Bethany Martin has been a long-time family friend.

“ Aside from those connections, Faith and Life is a great asset within our community and loves to support local causes,” said Kauffman.

Faith and Life is promoting the book drive by offering 25 percent off books purchased for donation.  Faith and Life is also hosting a raffle for a $25 gift certificate and other prizes. One entry is granted for every book donated.

Books for children of all ages, children through young adult, may be donated for the drive.





Purchase a kids' book at Faith & Life at 25% off, beginning May 15, or drop off a new book from anywhere else.  For every book donated you will be entered to win a $25 gift certificate and/or other great prizes.  


Books needed for kids infant-teenage years







Thursday, May 25  10:30 am

Read Aloud with Paige 

Plus other fun activities for kids of all ages


Paige will read books to the kids and share about the Children's Miracle Hospitals, which is the charity sponsored by the Miss Kansas Outstanding Teen organization.   There will be other fun activities for kids of all ages that morning, and we will be also be kicking off our Summer Reading Program at that time.

Paige is the reigning Miss Kansas' Outstanding Teen 2016 and she is the daughter of our very own Lynda Kauffman!




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