Waterville Soldier To Receive Free Car From Manhattan Area Technical College


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Manhattan Area Technical College, 3136 Dickens Ave., will present a free car to the family of Kansas National Guardsman Staff Sgt. Michael Tryon and his wife, Arlene, on March 30 at 10 a.m. The presentation will take place at the college’s Automotive Collision Repair Shop.

Tryon, Waterville, is a Soldier with Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery. He just recently returned from deployment to Afghanistan with the unit. He previously deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a Multinational Force and Observers mission in Egypt

Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the adjutant general, appreciates the continuous support given to local Army and Air National Guard members by Kansas communities.

“We join the Kansas National Guard to serve our communities and our country. It is heart-warming to know that when one of our own has a need, there are people and organizations out there eager to step up and lend a hand in return,” said Tafanelli.

The car was donated by State Farm Insurance and repaired by the students of the Automotive Collision Repair Program at the college.

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Derek Nester
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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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