League of Kansas Municipalities Honors “My City, My Home” Contest Winners


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(Topeka) – On January 26, the League of Kansas Municipalities held their annual Local Government Day event. Over 200 local city and county government officials, both elected and appointed, attended the event to discuss legislative priorities for cities. The League also uses this event as an opportunity to recognize six 7th graders for their participation in the League’s annual “My City, My Home” essay contest. This year, the League recognized Blaire Beougher, a 7th grade student at Quinter Jr/Sr. High School, as the statewide winner. Blaire’s essay represented the northwest region of Kansas. It is also interesting to note that this is the third year a student from Quinter won the statewide award. Mr. Ed Mense, an English teacher at Quinter, has consistently supported his students’ participation in this essay program.

Every year, the League hosts a statewide competition for all seventh-grade students. The students are asked to explain why their city is “home” and what they like about their community.

Hundreds of students participated in the contest and five regional winners along with one overall winner was selected.

Blaire’s essay focused on how her community of Quinter holds events that bring residents together to support each other. She also highlights the natural landscape that provides recreation and picturesque scenery.

The video of the statewide winner’s essay and photos of each regional winner are now available at the League’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/LeagueofKansasMunicipalities.

The League presented awards to six regional award winners and the statewide winner this week:

Name Region School City
Blaire Beougher Overall Winner & Northwest Quinter Jr/Sr. High School Quinter
Katelyn Binder North Central Beloit Jr./Sr. High


Olivia Richardson Northeast Marysville Jr./Sr.

High School

Jayden Renfro Southwest Fowler High School Fowler
Faith Magruder Southeast Augusta Middle


Jax Jacobs South Central Colwich Elementary




Established by municipal officials in 1910, the League of Kansas Municipalities is a voluntary, nonpartisan organization of over 500 Kansas cities. The League works for its member cities through advocacy, legal advice, education and other services. Follow the League of Kansas Municipalities on Facebook or Twitter

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Derek Nester
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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.

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