Area High School Graduations On Tap


By Bruce Dierking – KNDY News

Graduation for area high schools this weekend includes 20 at Centralia Saturday at 10:30, 12 at Axtell Saturday at 11, and 19 at Frankfort Saturday at 1:30. Diller-Odell will graduate 25 seniors Saturday at 2, and Southern at Wymore 24 on Saturday at 5.

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Hanover and Linn commencements are Sunday at 1, with Hanover graduating 19, and Linn 13. Finally, this weekend Washington County commencement is Sunday at 2, with 17 seniors.

Next weekend will be Valley Heights, Marysville, and Nemaha Central graduations.

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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