Arete contrirbution submitted by Haley Mefford
Every year leading up to Parent and Family weekend, WKU allows students to nominate their family for Western Kentucky University’s Family of the Year. This year, Kenyana Boka nominated her family, and they were chosen for the honor of being the 2012 Family of the Year. Kenyana and her family were recognized during halftime at the football game Saturday, September 22nd.
Kenyana’s connection to WKU started in the late 1970’s, before she was even born. Her parents were international students from Iran who decided to stay in Bowling Green and start a family. After both parents and her two older siblings graduated from WKU, Kenyana followed suit and is currently a junior double majoring in Biology and Worksite Health in the Honors College Kenyana said that the Honors College was one of the things that attracted her to WKU. “I really enjoy the sense of community the Honors College offers,” Kenyana said. “There are many different ways to become involved with the Honors College, and the level of activity that is constantly going on is my favorite part.” Personally, she in involved in CE/T and FUSE research with Dr. Steve Huskey. She also works at Gatton Academy and serves as Executive Vice-President of the Student Government Association.
Through the Honors College, Kenyana was able to study abroad during the past summer in Turkey, where she chose to go because of her love for the Middle East.“I really enjoyed the two Honors Political Science classes I took at Yedetipe University in Istanbul,” she said. Kenyana stated that studying abroad is definitely a highlight of her college career. “I loved the excursions we took across the country, learning the Turkish language and customs, and the food!”
As Kenyana continues her college journey, her connection to the university and Honors College will grow even stronger, and her family’s rich heritage with WKU will be passed down to future generations.