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CLeghorn siblings

It’s the end of an era for the Wallace State Community College’s Fine and Performing Arts programs. For more than 10 years, at least one member of the Cleghorn family has graced the stage during performances at the college. That will officially come to an end at the close of the Spring 2023 semester when the last sibling in the family performs as a student member of the Wallace State Concert Choir and Singers for the last time.

Rayce Cleghorn, who was recently named Wallace State’s Student of the Year at the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce’s State of Education luncheon, is the youngest of four siblings who have performed for Wallace State Fine and Performing Arts programs, starting with his oldest sister, Tahauny, and continuing with older brother Duke and older sister McCoy.

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Mary Beth Sellers

When Mary Beth Sellers graduated from Wallace State in 2012, she left with more than a diploma and credits transferring to Auburn University. She also carried with her relationships that have continued to this day.

Sellers said she had always planned to attend Wallace State. Her mother, father, uncle and grandfather all taught at Wallace State at some point. Her parents, Susan and Tom Sellers, and uncle, Lance Boyd, and grandfather, Jim Boyd, all taught math, she said. She also participated in events such as STEM and sports camps.

“It was always somewhere I had considered going first,” she said. That’s not to say she didn’t consider other options.

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riley voce

In the half-dozen years since he graduated from Wallace State with a degree in business administration and transferred to the University of Alabama, Riley Voce has become a successful business owner. He and his business partner will soon have 19 locations of Blenz Bowls, smoothie bowl cafes, located on 13 college campuses. He credits a lot of his success with the networking skills he learned at WSCC and honed at UA.

“That was the biggest take-away from college for me, was just learning to network and talk to people,” said Voce, who is a graduate of West Point High School.

Like many college freshmen, Voce said he didn’t have a concrete idea of what he wanted to do, and his dream job felt a little out of reach.

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Amber Robinson

When Amber Robinson, a Success Advisor in Wallace State Community College’s Center for Student Success, sits across her desk from an incoming or current student, she can identify with what they’re going through. She went through it herself as a former student of the college where she now works. 

Robinson began classes at Wallace State after she graduated from high school in 1999. She took classes for two semesters before transferring to the University of Alabama.

“I hated it,” she admits. “I did well grade-wise, but I just did not enjoy the atmosphere at all, so I came back home.”

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