Choose the Arts Camp Offered in Marysville and Valley Heights

Registrations are being accepted for Choose the Arts, a weeklong summer camp that provides arts education for elementary students. The camp will be held at Valley Heights Junior-Senior High School May 22 through May 26; the camp will be repeated in Marysville May 30 through June 2.

The camp is sponsored by the Marshall County Arts Cooperative.

The camp starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. for students leaving first grade to those leaving sixth grade. In Valley Heights, the camp will be at the junior-senior high school, 2274 6th Road, Blue Rapids; in Marysville, the camp will be at Marysville High School, 1011 Walnut Street.

Campers will be immersed in arts activities by age group: visual arts, theater, instrumental music, movement and vocal music.

Instructors are Pat Breeding, drama; Catherine Kee, drama; Megan Kirkland, instrumental music; Hannah Malotte, music and movement; Julie Popejoy, vocal music; and April Spicer, visual arts.

All of the classes will involve hands-on activities.

Campers will be assigned to groups with high school and college-aged students as counselors to facilitate supervision and engagement.

Instruction will also be provided on the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse, as well as bullying prevention. Matt Simpson, Marysville chief of police, will teach these classes.

The fee for the Valley Heights camp is $75; the fee for the Marysville camp is $65. Scholarships are available. The fee includes a T-shirt.

The arts cooperative received a grant from Blue Valley Technologies and the Foundation for Rural Service to help sponsor the camp.

Registration forms are due May 15 and may be found on the arts cooperative’s website,

To request a registration form or to receive more information, call the arts cooperative at 785-859-4260.

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 2020 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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