Commencement Exercises Scheduled For Area High Schools


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Area high school graduations are planned Saturday and Sunday. Axtell will graduate 16 seniors Saturday at 11, Centralia graduates 23 Saturday at 1:30. Valley Heights commencement is Saturday at 2, with 23 seniors, and Diller Odell graduates 31 on Saturday at 2.

Graduation at Frankfort is planned Saturday at 4:30, with 16 seniors, Southern at Wymore will graduate 39 Saturday at 5. On Sunday, commencement exercises begin at 1 for both Hanover and Linn high schools. Hanover salutes 21, and Linn 20 seniors. Washington County commencement is Sunday at 2, with 28 graduates.

Marysville High School graduation is next Sunday afternoon, May 21st.

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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 2021 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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