Family of Elyse Hunt selected as FHSU Family of the Year

The family of Elyse Hunt, a Spring Hill senior majoring in elementary education, was selected as Fort Hays State University's Family of the Year by the Office of Persistence and Retention and the Family Engagement Committee. Hunt and her family will be recognized at the Family Weekend Parents Recognition Brunch at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, in the Memorial Union's Fort Hays Ballroom.

Along with being a full-time virtual student, Hunt is also a home daycare provider. She described her family as a team, "We rally together to support and help each other, whether it be working my dad's cattle, getting our children to activities, planting flowers for my mom, or my husband doing all the household duties so I can study. We are a team and together we help each other reach our fullest potential."

Both her husband and mother have been certified in First Aid and CPR and have completed an Infant Safe Sleep SIDS course so they can substitute as daycare providers for Hunt if needed. Lilly, Hunt's 6-year-old daughter, asks for "Momma to have a good study."

Family members includes Seth Hunt, husband; Marsha Wingate, mother; Rick Wingate, father; Jasmine, daughter; and Lilly, daughter.

For more information, contact Alyssa Mustard, graduate assistant for family and transfer engagement, at

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