WAKE FOREST — Richard Wade Halford’s family hasn’t talked much publicly about the single-vehicle accident that took the life of the promising 22-year-old in early fall 2011. Wade, a 2007 Franklinton High School graduate, had recently completed officers candidate school for the U.S. Marines and was preparing to graduate from N.C. State with a degree in mechanical engineering when he was killed.
Without any fanfare, the family has worked quietly behind the scenes to honor Wade’s memory and recognize in other Franklinton High School students the special drive that Wade possessed.
In considering what kind of award to make, Wade’s mother and also a teacher at Franklinton High, Maggie Halford, came across his personal statement he wrote his senior year.
In part, Wade described himself as “a hard working student” in the top 10 of his class.
Wade wrote, “I believe that education will allow you to succeed in the future. A hardworking attitude allows you to be able to learn and accomplish goals.”
After receiving recommendations from coaches and other teachers at the close of the boys soccer season, Maggie Halford chose Cory Halterman to receive the Wade Halford Spirit Award, “For remaining always faithful on and off the field.”
Maggie Halford said of Halterman, “He is an amazing student and person, all around. … He is extremely reflective and intelligent … I really have never been so impressed with a student as I am with Cory.”
She also noted, “In addition to his academic prowess, he really is an even-keeled, well-rounded individual who brings humor into the classroom. … Above and beyond all this, he is respectful and works to establish meaningful relationships with both his teachers and peers. … He is truly unique and completely deserves this award.”
Halterman graduated in June with high honors and as a N.C. Scholar. He will attend Appalachian State University in the fall.