More Area High School Graduations On Tap; Collin Klein To Speak At Marysville

By Bruce Dierking – KNDY News

Another round of graduations is slated for this weekend, as Valley Heights commencement Saturday at 2 will include 22 seniors. Nemaha Central at Seneca has 52 graduates with commencement Sunday at 1:30.

Marysville High School will begin a new tradition with 58 for graduation inside the new activity center Sunday at 2:30. A Baccalaureate Service in the MHS auditorium Sunday at 1:30 will feature former Kansas State University football standout and Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein, whose visit was coordinated by the Marshall County Ministerial Alliance. Senior scholarship awards were presented Thursday, as class Salutatorian Raudy Latta, and Valedictorian Sierra Becker were announced, with the top ten percent of the graduating class.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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