College of Education and Behavioral Sciences News
WKU recognizes 2023 Family of the Year
- WKU News
- Saturday, September 9th, 2023
As part of Parent and Family Weekend, the family of WKU junior Sydney Windhorst of Crestwood, Ky., was recognized as WKU’s 2023 Family of the Year.
Windhorst, a second-year Spirit Master, who is majoring in International Affairs and Political Science, was joined by her parents and grandparents on the field Saturday night at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.
In her essay, Windhorst said, “As a third generation Hilltopper, it is impossible for me to separate my family from the Spirit of WKU.”
Windhorst continued, “The WKU encouragement and support I receive here is second only to the type I receive from my family, a trait I am certain they perfected due to their own time on the Hill.”
Windhorst is on track to graduate in 2025. She will become her family’s fourth WKU alumnus, joining her father, Stanley “Bud” Windhorst ('97); maternal grandfather, Walter McHugh ('67); and paternal grandfather, Stanley Windhorst ('69).
A selection committee of alumni and staff reviewed nearly 200 nominations for this year’s Family of the Year. The Windhorst family received a prize package including tickets to all weekend events and an $800 student scholarship for the 2024 spring semester.
Contact: Ginny Hensley, firstname.lastname@example.org
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