Cleghorn named Wallace State’s Student of the Year

Wallace State President Dr. Vicki Karolewics, left, with Student of the Year Rayce Cleghorn and Teacher of the Year, Nursing instructor Heather Ashley. Both were recognized during the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce’s State of Education luncheon. (Courtesy photo)

ADDISON - Rayce Cleghorn, of Addison, has been named Wallace State Community College’s Student of the Year.
Cleghorn received his honor during the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce’s State of Education program Friday, April 21.  Cleghorn is the son of Derek and Carol Cleghorn, of Addison, both Wallace State alumni.  
Rayce has been a part of Wallace State’s fine and performing arts program since he was 10-years old.  He and his three older siblings - Tahauny, McCoy and Duke - have all attended Wallace State and performed in the college’s vocal and theater ensembles.
His first on-stage performance was in 2012, in the ensemble of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” with Tahauny and McCoy, when Tahauny was a Wallace State student. His next performance was in “Shrek” with both of his sisters and older brother Duke. He has been in almost every theater or vocal performance ever since.
This year, he added a performance in the Allegro Dance Theatre’s production of “The Nutcracker” to his resume.  He has also performed in other community theater productions and is a first-place winner in solo expressive interpretive movement at the International Youth and Discipleship’s Teen Talent competition.
“Rayce is very deserving of this honor,” said Ricky Burks, director of the Wallace State Fine and Performing Arts programs. “Along with being extremely talented, he’s also a polite, respectful and conscientious young man.”
“We are so blessed to have had Rayce and his siblings perform with our programs for more than a decade,” said Tiffany Richter, director of the Wallace State vocal ensembles. “To watch Rayce’s talents increase over those years has been a pleasure and I see a bright future ahead of him.”

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