Area High Schools Hold Commencement Ceremonies; Honor Top Students


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Marysville High School graduated 49 seniors Sunday, including class Salutatorian Adam Lindhorst, and Valedictorian Megan Hill.

At Axtell High School, 16 graduated with Co-Valedictorians Anna Buessing, Patricia Heiman, Madeline Kuckelman, and Emily Ronnebaum.

At Centralia, 23 graduates included Salutatorian Jason Gore, and Co-Valedictorians Collin Holthaus and Nathaniel Steinlage.

Frankfort high graduated 16, with class Salutatorian Dylan Wentz, and Valedictorian Brenden Levi.

At Hanover, 21 graduated, with Salutatorian Will Bruna, and Valedictorian Adam Zarybnicky.

Linn graduated 20, with Salutatorian Kalen Richardson, and Valedictorian Allison Duensing.

At Valley Heights, 23 graduates included Salutatorian Emma Tryon, and Valedictorian William Yungeberg.

Washington County graduated 28, with Honor Students Levi Gauby and Christopher Wright.

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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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