The Western Kansas Knights of Columbus Spinelli Agency announced Justin “J.J.” Deges, FICF, CLTC, MDRT, has been recognized as field agent of the year in 2015. It is the fifth time Deges has won the award in the agency and fifth time to finish as top agent in the state of Kansas. Order-wide, Deges finished 20th out of 1,340 Knights of Columbus field agents. Additionally, he qualified for the Supreme Knights Club Award for the eighth time. Since June 2006, he has served the northwest Kansas area, servicing the Damar, Hays-Immaculate Heart of Mary, Hays-FHSU, Hill City, Leoville, New Almelo, Plainville, Selden, St. Peter and WaKeeney councils. Deges and his wife, Susan, reside in Bogue, along with their five children. His office is in Hill City.

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Jesse Morgan reached 20 years of service with Nex-Tech on Dec. 15. He is the video solutions coordinator at the Hays office.

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GVM announced the addition of Simpson Farm Enterprises Inc. to its expanding dealer network. As a large and well-respected sprayer dealer, Simpson stood out from the rest during the selection process of possible dealers for GVM’s latest product, the Mako. Simpson is headquartered in Hays and has three additional store locations in Beloit, Great Bend and Ransom. In addition to the distribution of the Mako, Simpson also will function as a service facility for the full line of GVM equipment and handle both warranty and non-warranty service leads. The GVM Mako 400HC is the smallest self-propelled sprayer in the marketplace. It was designed for farmers and applicators looking for a light footprint who need to get in the field early, regardless of soil moisture. Small, stable and nimble, the Mako features a 400-gallon product tank with multiple boom options, 46 inches of crop clearance, a light footprint and a tight turning radius.

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Topeka-Seaman Superintendent Mike Mathes was honored with the Distinguished Service Award at the recent Kansas School Superintendents Association annual luncheon in Topeka. Mathes is a graduate of Fort Hays State University, began teaching in central Kansas and Nebraska before starting in the Seaman school district in 1993 as an assistant principal at Seaman High School. He later moved to Logan Junior High as principal in 1995. In 2000, he moved to the district office as assistant superintendent and took the reins as superintendent in 2002. Mathes will be retiring from his post as superintendent at the conclusion of the 2015-16 school year.

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