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Katie Wesler in Singin' in the Rain.

CCM Senior Katie Wesler Receives UC's 2014 Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence

CCM Musical Theatre major Katie Wesler.

Senior Musical Theatre major Katie Wesler is one of five outstanding graduates selected to receive the University of Cincinnati's highest award for undergraduates next month. She and her fellow Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence recipients wil be introduced at the All University Recognition Ceremony at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, in the Great Hall of Tangeman University Center (TUC).

A UC tradition since 2002, the recipients of the Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence are selected for their academic excellence, their commitment to co-curricular activities, their citizenship in support of the university’s goals and values, their dedication to diversity and their potential for future success and achievement. The finalists for the award were reviewed by a UC committee represented by faculty, staff and student leaders.

Wesler is from Birmingham, Ala., and is a graduate (and valedictorian) of Shades Valley High School. The University Honors student is graduating from CCM this spring with a bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theatre.

Katie Wesler, center, in CCM's fall 2013 production of "Singin' in the Rain."

She played the role of Kathy Selden last fall in CCM’s acclaimed adaptation of the musical comedy, Singin’ in the Rain, and has appeared in six Mainstage Series productions in addition to numerous Studio Series shows.

Wesler has dedicated hundreds of hours of community service at UC, including creating and presenting a series of “Disney Loves Broadway” shows for young hospital patients in partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She also created a program highlighting the classic songs of Broadway to perform for nursing home residents, and created musical workshops for children in the inner city.

Her study abroad experience includes a trip to Japan to explore aspects of theatre unique to Japanese culture.

She is a recipient of the prestigious Kurt Weill Foundation for Music Emerging Artist Award, as well as the Actors’ Equity Association Roger Sturtevant Musical Theatre Award. She is also a recipient of the Amanda May Memorial Award for Musical Theatre for outstanding dedication in dance.

Her professional experiences include performances in theatres spanning Wichita, Kan.; Springfield, Mo.; Birmingham, Ala.; and Mount Carroll, Ill. She belongs to the following college honoraries: Cincinnati Honors Association; Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society; Golden Key International Honour Society; and National Society of Leadership and Success.

She also works as a fitness instructor at UC’s Campus Recreation Center.

Wesler is pursuing a career performing in New York City in Broadway musicals or touring with a national or international tour of a Broadway production.

Learn more about UC's other 2014 Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence recipients at

- Story by Dawn Fuller