Jordy Nelson and two of his children, Royal and Adda Jo, ride their tractor through Leonardville during the antique tractor show at the Leonardville Hullabaloo on Saturday.

Since his retirement after 11 seasons in the NFL, former K-State football player and Leonardville native Jordy Nelson has stayed busy locally.

That will continue next month when he’ll be the 2019 K-State homecoming parade grand marshal, the K-State Alumni Association announced Thursday.

“Being named the grand marshal of this year’s homecoming parade is really exciting. I’m looking forward to seeing K-State fans this fall,” Nelson said. “My family and I are excited to be back in the Manhattan area to participate in K-State activities again.”

The parade on Oct. 25, will start at Manhattan Town Center and proceed through Aggieville, ending at City Park for the homecoming pep rally.

“Jordy Nelson personifies the core values we hold dear at K-State,” said Amy Button Renz, president and CEO of the association. “He is a great example of how the road to success is realized through commitment, dedication and a strong work ethic. The K-State family is so proud to have Jordy as a graduate and we are pleased to welcome him, (wife) Emily and their family back to Kansas.”

Nelson, a Riley County High School graduate, was a walk-on to the K-State football team, starting off as a defensive back.

Then-head football coach Bill Snyder moved him to wide receiver, where he excelled and earned consensus All-American honors in 2007.

Nelson set school records for 15 receptions in a game and 122 catches over a season, 214 receiving yards in a game and 1,606 in a season, and 133.9 average yards per game.

Nelson finished his college career with 206 catches for 2,822 yards and 20 scoring receptions.

Kansas Teacher

of the Year

Several area teachers will find out Saturday if they’ll move on to the finalist round of the Kansas Teacher of the Year awards.

Manhattan-Ogden school district nominees include Noah Busch of Manhattan High School and Kelly Carmody of Woodrow Wilson Elementary.

Other area nominees include Freedom Brass of Geary County’s Lincoln Elementary, Shawn Hornung of Wamego High School, Kim Marquardt of Wamego’s Central Elementary School, Sara Miller of Rock Creek Junior-Senior High School and Wendy Willi of St. George Elementary.

Teachers are nominated based on their expertise on guiding students of various backgrounds and abilities to success; collaboration with colleagues, students and families to create a school culture of respect and success; connecting the classroom to the community at large; leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom that embodies lifelong learning; and expression in an engaging and articulate way.

The nominees will be recognized at a ceremony Saturday in Salina, where state education officials will also announce the semifinalists and finalists for the Kansas Teacher of the Year awards.

Coffee with board members

Members of the public can meet with Manhattan-Ogden school board members Darell Edie and Karla Hagemeister Saturday morning.

The monthly informal meet-and-greet is intended to allow community members to get to know the school board members and ask them questions about district matters.

The session with Edie and Hagemeister is 9 a.m. at Radina’s Bakehouse at Blue Earth Plaza.

Donations, grants

The Manhattan-Ogden school board accepted $21,328 in donations and grants at its Sept. 4 meeting.

The Robinson Firm donated $1,500 to Manhattan High School for robotics event registrations.

The Frank Bergman PTO donated $1,465 to the elementary school for the school’s Reading Counts and RC/RI tech renewals.

Riley County Raising Riley granted $12,000 to College Hill Early Learning Center for reduced fees for families.

The Kansas Department of Education gave a $6,363 to the school district to purchase front entrance security cameras for Theodore Roosevelt, Ogden, Marlatt, Bluemont, Frank Bergman, Amanda Arnold and Northview elementary schools.

Education reporter for the Manhattan Mercury. Follow me on Twitter at @byRafaelGarcia.