The Hesston school district was named the 2013 District of Character. Iola High School was the State School of Character. Anthony Elementary School in Leavenworth and the Kiowa County Elementary-Junior High School were recognized as Emerging Schools of Character. In addition, 12 schools and two school districts were presented with Promising Practice in Education Awards. Another 46 schools received recognition for specific activities aimed at reaching state standards for social, emotional and character development.