Cloud Co. Comm. College Quiz Bowl Team Takes 3rd At State Finals

Members of Cloud County Community College’s quiz bowl team took third place at the Kansas Quiz Bowl State Championship this past weekend. Pictured, left to right, are: National Academic Quiz Tournament representative Chad Kubichek, James Allen, Belleville, Kan.; Hannah Owens, Winchester, Kan.; Joshua Tubbs, Longford, Kan.; and Benjamin Jacques, Mahaska, Kan.

Cloud County Community College’s quiz bowl team participated in the Kansas Collegiate Quiz Bowl State Championship April 12 and 13, and came away with a third place finish.

Members of Cloud’s team are James Allen (captain), Benjamin Jacques, Hannah Owens, and Joshua Tubbs.

The event was held at Salina Area Technical College, and consisted of nine community colleges from across the state. Those participating included Allen County, Coffeyville, Cowley College, Dodge City, Fort Scott, Garden City, Johnson County, Neosho County, and Cloud.

Cloud County’s James Allen won the first place individual award for answering the most toss-up questions correctly.

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.