||Mary Winn, a senior in the College of Education and Psychology,
and Lauren, a freshman in the College of Engineering, say their
family's blood runs red & white. Mary Winn and Lauren, sisters
at NC State, wrote their essay together honoring their parents,
Ray & Judy Killough. Ray Killough is a member of the Class
of 1970 and a graduate of the College of Engineering. Judy Killough
graduated from East Carolina University. Mary Winn and Lauren
tell us that, although their mom gradauted a Pirate, she is now
a big Wolkpack fan. The Killoughs live on their 4th generation
family farm in Indian Trail, NC.
Mary Winn's & Lauren's Essay
NCSU FAMILY OF THE YEAR
Mary Winn: Have you ever heard
Wolfpack fans say they "bleed red AND white?" Well that describes
our family…Hard core WOLFPACK. Our dad was a proud '70 graduate
of State, and our mom, who went to ECU, was quickly converted.
Lauren: I often heard Dad tell people that you
can get an education anywhere, but you can get a good job after
going to NCSU.
Mary Winn: Lauren and I would
rout for State in football and basketball (We would pull for
every team in the ACC when they weren't playing our team, that
is, every team but Carolina). Now that I am at State, I enjoy
these games even more in person!
Lauren: Our dad has always been a hard worker
and has tried to bestow these values in us. Every Saturday while
other kids were watching cartoons, we would be helping Mom and
Dad on our farm.
Mary Winn: Farming, my Dad's
hobby and "stress relief" from his job, also happened to be our "family
time." During these times Dad often stressed the importance of
an education and how we needed to take school seriously so we
wouldn't have to farm for an living. It definitely convinced
Lauren: Our parents stressed that there was no
limit to what we could accomplish with an education and hard
work. Dutifully we worked hard on the farm, at school, and in
everything we did.
Mary Winn: My senior year
in high school I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, although I
knew I wanted to go to State. My parents told me I could go anywhere,
and study whatever, as long as I did not choose UNC. I was up
for some scholarships, including the Morehead. I will never forget
my dad jokingly telling me that he hoped I won it so that I could
turn it down. (I didn't get that honor.) Fortunately, I got the
Teaching Fellows scholarship and got the opportunity to come
to State, where I am now a senior studying Marketing Education.
This is not a typical NCSU major, but I am where I want to be,
and where I belong. Looking back, I'm so grateful to our parents.
They were, and are, always there for us-never pushing us or telling
us what to do, but always there to support!
Lauren: Ever since I was young, I have known
I would end up a State. I have always been vocal about my feelings
for MY team, so it was no surprise to anyone when I made my decision
to go to State… I did not even bother applying anywhere else.
Some of the highlights of my childhood were when my parents took
us to visit NCSU's campus. Then, it looked like a huge place
with lots of bricks…now it looks like my home. Even though I
have been here for only two weeks, I have found this is the place
where I belong. Currently my major is in Chemical Engineering,
a tough major, but I know that with the good work ethics and
the morals that my parents have taught me, I will be successful.
Mary Winn: I'm jealous of
Lauren. I'm going to miss it here next year, and she still has
3 wonderful years left! I'm so glad that she decided to come
here though and share the experience at State.
Lauren: NC State has not
only become a place of higher learning to our family, but it
has become a source of pride for us. You can see our dad's
eyes light up as he tells friends, "Both of my girls go to
State! Mary Winn and I appreciate the opportunity we have been
granted to attend school here, but above all, we appreciate
the love, support, and wisdom our parents have given us. We
know that the legacy will live on as we strive to lay the foundation,
and pass on Wolfpack pride to our children, because after all…it's
in the blood!