SCC Ag Student From Oketo Attends National Convention; Receives FFA Degree


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Beatrice, NE (Nov. 5, 2020) – A number of Southeast Community College students from the Beatrice Campus attended the Virtual National FFA Convention and received an American Degree last week.

“For a student to earn the American Degree, members put in a lot of time and effort,” said Travis Pralle, SCC Ag Instructor. “The National FFA Organization has specific requirements for students to accomplish in order to be considered for this premier degree recognition. A few examples of those requirements include; outstanding leadership, community involvement and a passion for agriculture.”

Students received a certificate and the American FFA degree key in honor of their accomplishments. The following SCC students received the degree:

  • Connor Bartels, Tecumseh.
  • Rachel Buehler, Adams.
  • Kane Hasselbring, Fairbury.
  • Tanner Kauk, Alma.
  • Angela Prebyl, Oketo, KS.
  • Elle Schmaderer, Stuart.
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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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