Krystal Harry and family are Family of the Year

Krystal Harry and familyThe Harry Family of Topeka. Left to right: Ichabod mascot, Kevin Harry, Stacey Harry, Kristian Harry, Krystal Harry and Susan Farley.The Harry Family of Topeka is the 2013 Washburn Honorary Family. The Harrys were recognized during halftime of the Family Day football game at Yager Stadium at Moore Bowl. The Ichabods defeated the University of Central Oklahoma 28-19 in the MIAA TV Game of the Week.

Krystal Harry, a junior studying music education, nominated her family because of their continuous support of Washburn over decades, of her personal goals and involvement at Washburn and her brother’s aspiration to attend the University upon high school graduation.

Included in Krystal’s nomination were her parents, Kevin and Stacey Harry, her 15-year-old brother, Kristian Harry, and her grandparents, Dennis (now deceased) and Sharon Harry. Without each of them, she wrote, she would not be where she is today.

“I grew up going to Washburn activities and games and have always felt like I belonged at Washburn,” she wrote. “Washburn University has been a big part of my family.”

Both her parents and grandparents attended Washburn, three of them earning degrees. She said she nominated them because she wanted them to be recognized for their support of Washburn, through its music programs, athletic programs and social activities.

Krystal’s parents, Kevin and Stacey Harry, both are dues-paid members of the Washburn Alumni Association and regularly attend home football and basketball games and musical performances. In addition, Stacey volunteers as color guard instructor at Washburn while Kevin occasionally plays in concerts with the University Band. Kevin earned a bachelor of music education in 1991. Stacey attended Washburn.

Her parents also influenced her decision to pursue music education. Kevin Harry is assistant band director at Topeka West High School and beginning band and strings teacher at Whitson and McClure elementary schools. Stacey works at a clinic full-time and volunteers to instruct the Topeka West colorguard as well as make and maintain its flags.

“I chose music education because I see how many lives my parents touch and inspire each and every day,” Krystal wrote.

Krystal included her grandparents, Dennis and Sharon Harry, because they, too, graduated from Washburn and shared their love for the institution with her. Both were longtime supporters of Washburn music programs through Friends of Music. Dennis graduated with a bachelor of business in accounting in 1965 and Sharon earned a bachelor of education in 1972.

Krystal is a member of several campus organizations, including Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, National Association for Music Education, Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity, piano and organ club, Marching Blues and pep band. Krystal also serves as principal oboe in the Washburn Wind Ensemble and Washburn Symphony Orchestra and is a student member of the Washburn Alumni Association.

In addition to recognition at halftime of the Family Day football game, the Harry family received tickets to the Family Day picnic and football game, a $200 gift card to the Ichabod Shop, a plaque and a framed photo from Family Day festivities.