Family, football, fun WSC Family

Weekend brings students’ loved ones to campus


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Wayne State College Student Caitlyn Molczyk celebrates Family Weekend with Jennie and Annie Trotter, both of Columbus.

Amanda Krehbiel, Staff Writer

Children running everywhere and parents browsing the campus.

Coloring stations, balloon animals and bouncy houses.

These aren’t sights the students at Wayne State College see every
day—although surely a petition could be made for a year-round bouncy

Families came from various locations on Friday and Saturday to see
their students and enjoy spending time together on the campus.

“Family Weekend” was composed of activities for the kids and parents—
a movie, a trivia game, brunch and athletic events—and time for
the families to experience the place their college students now call home.

“I was glad I got to see where my sister lives,” Sarah Krehbiel, 13,
said. Her twin, Noah, agreed. “We had an awesome time watching the
football game and doing the activities Wayne State had planned for us.”

The twins enjoyed a tour of the planetarium, and they weren’t the only
ones who had a blast at the game.

“Beautiful day, nice field,” Stephanie Cornelius commented. She said
the family had enjoyed the day, getting to see their son, Jordan Cornelius,
a freshman this year at WSC.

Jordan’s 12-year-old brother, Corbin, admitted that seeing his big
brother was his favorite part of the weekend.

“It’s nice to have a day when your parents come down to visit you,”
Jordan said. And when he says “down,” he means it literally: his family
drove four hours from South Dakota to visit.

It’s a different story for the Larson family. Freshman Sam Larson’s
younger brother and parents have been able to visit almost every weekend,
according to mother Cindy.

“It’s nice seeing the families together,” Cindy said. “I like seeing
moms and dads and the kids and everything.” She said that the weekend
“makes [Wayne State] a very family-focused kind of college, and so
that’s important to us.”

For the younger ones, sidewalk chalk, balloon animals, games, crafts
and the aforementioned bouncy houses were just some of the activities
at their fingertips.

Little one Andrew Korth said that he liked “playing games and watching
the football game,” and ten-year-old Eli Larson mentioned that he
liked, very specifically, “all the stuff you can do.”

Saying goodbye once again to parents and siblings wasn’t easy, but
it’s safe to assume that most students—admittedly or secretly—were
glad to see their families.