Kali Crome Receives 2019 Hoppenstedt Nursing Scholarship


MARYSVILLE – Kali Crome, Bremen, is the recipient of the 2019 Henry W. Hoppenstedt Nursing Scholarship from Community Memorial Healthcare (CMH). The scholarship amount is $2,000. Crome, a nursing student at Washburn University, Topeka, was a 2017 graduate of Marysville High School.

Crome was accepted into the Washington University nursing program beginning with the spring 2019 semester. She will received $1000 from the Hoppenstedt Trust Nursing Scholarship per semester in the 2019-2020 academic year.

In addition to maintaining a 3.56 GPA, Crome is very active at Washburn University. She participates in Love Your Melon (LYM), which is an organization dedicated to supplying beanies to children battling cancer, and Bod Squad, a student organization to spread school spirit (Washburn University’s mascot is the Ichabod). Upon completion of nursing school, she plans to work for a few years to gain more nursing experience, before specializing in a field that provides excellent care for patients. Crome has been gaining hands-on experience in the nursing field as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Community Memorial Healthcare since 2017.

The scholarship program is made possible through the Henry W. Hoppenstedt Trust and was created by his family 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 Mr. 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 Kali who are dedicating their careers to the nursing profession,” said Curtis R. Hawkinson, hospital administrator.

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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