Buda teen represents Air Force as Military Child of the Year

By Megan Wehring

BUDA — Nyah Gray, 17, is one of eight recipients to receive the Military Child of the Year award.

While experiences of military children vary, Gray will be representing the U.S. Air Force branch when receiving the award. Gray’s stepfather currently serves as an Air Force Civil Engineer; her biological father was killed in action in 2012.

Nyah Gray, 17, of Buda earns the Military Child of the Year Award, representing the Air Force branch. Courtesy photo.

Recipients were judged on scholarship, volunteerism, leadership, extracurricular involvement and other criteria as they face challenges of military family life. The COVID-19 pandemic brought its own array of obstacles as many schools were closed and everything went virtual.

An extended virtual celebration will be held beginning on April 8 followed by 10 days to recognize each awardee using its digital channels. Each awardee will receive a $10,000 grant, a laptop computer and more.

The Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch will have a detailed story in a few weeks.

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Megan Wehring graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Wehring is nearing one year at the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch, covering all things local. This includes city council meetings, town events, education and human interest stories. Previously, Wehring worked at KTSW FM-89.9 (Texas State University's official radio station) for two consecutive years. She was a news reporter, assistant news director and monthly segment producer during her time at KTSW. Wehring is passionate about the local reporter aspect. With a heart for storytelling, she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are most important to the community.

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