Tommer Receives 2018 Hoppenstedt Nursing Scholarship


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MARYSVILLE – Mikael Tommer, a nursing student at Benedictine College, Atchison, is the recipient of the 2018 Henry W. Hoppenstedt Nursing Scholarship from Community Memorial Healthcare (CMH). The scholarship amount is $2,000. Tommer is a 2016 graduate of Frankfort High School.

Tommer has long been interested in the healthcare field; she has served as a certified Emergency Medical Technician with the Frankfort Ambulance Service since 2017, and has been working at CMH as a Patient Care Assistant. “I have a passion for serving others in the medical setting,” Tommer said. “I love when I am able to give myself to those in need and pour myself out in service to them.”

Tommer was accepted into the Benedictine College nursing program beginning with the fall 2018 semester. She will receive $1,000 from the Hoppenstedt Trust Nursing Scholarship per semester in the 2018-2019 academic year.

The scholarship program is made possible through the Henry W. Hoppenstedt Trust and was created in 2006 to advance nursing and nursing education. Hoppenstedt, born and raised near Herkimer, spent his life farming and raising livestock. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. A patient of Community Memorial Healthcare, Hoppenstedt was especially fond of nursing staff members who cared for him during his stays at the hospital.

“Awarding the Scholarship reflects Hoppenstedt’s high regard for our nurses and is an important way in which CMH can address today’s nursing shortage and assist those individuals like Mikael who are dedicating their careers to the nursing profession,” said Curtis R. Hawkinson, hospital administrator.

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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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