Two Rock Hills FBLA Members Ear Top National Awards

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Rock Hills Senior Katie Reinert has earned the top Business Achievement Award, the America award.

In order to achieve this award, Reinert had to earn the previous three levels during her freshman, sophomore, and junior years, and then complete 20 different projects/tasks this year. She is just the second Rock Hills member to earn this award since the program was started and will receive her pin this summer after being recognized at the virtual National Leadership Conference.

Senior Sam Underwood will also be recognized during the National Leadership Conference for earning the 500+ hour “Achievement” community service award. Underwood is the first member of the Rock Hills chapter to earn the award which is based on accumulated hours of community service since freshman year.

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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.