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DUBLIN, Ohio -- The field for the best high school athletes just got a little smaller as the Wendy's High School Heisman® names the Top Ten Scholar-Athletes in the U.S. These National Finalists, young men and women selected from five different regions, will now compete for the most prestigious award in high school scholar-athletics: the Wendy's High School Heisman National Winner.
"To even be considered for the Heisman®, you have to be the best. Not just once or every so often—all the time," said Eddie George, Wendy's Heisman ambassador and Heisman Trophy winner. "It's an award that honors a player's ability to shoulder responsibility and achieve success under the most pressure-packed situations. The students who have been selected as Wendy's Heisman National Finalists clearly possess these abilities and are worthy bearers of the Heisman name."
The Wendy's Heisman celebrates scholar-athletes in high schools throughout the U.S. who give back to their community and never settle, dig deeper and reach higher. One hundred students will receive a total of $150,000 in scholarships, with National Finalist each receiving $5,000 and the National Winners receiving $10,000.
The 2016 Wendy's High School Heisman National Finalists are:
- Frelicia Tucker, Aiken High School, Aiken, South Carolina
- Kiara Mickens, Springfield High School, Springfield, Massachusetts
- Cortney VanLiew, Columbus East High School, Columbus, Indiana
- Rebekah Lescenski, Faith Lutheran Junior/Senior High School, Las Vegas, Nevada
- Jordan Rudd, Veterans Memorial High School, Brownsville, Texas
- Will Moten, Westlake High School, Waldorf, Maryland
- Rohan Angadi, Clovis High School, Clovis, New Mexico
- Daniel Orcutt, Fort Walton Beach High School, Fort Walton Beach, Florida
- Joseph Pavlak, Wadsworth High School, Wadsworth, Ohio
- Davis Dubbert, St. John's Catholic School, Beloit, Kansas
"Dave Thomas, Wendy's® founder, believed in giving people opportunities and helping them follow their dreams," said Liliana Esposito, Wendy's Chief Communications Officer. "We're excited to celebrate the best high school athletes in the country, who do more than excel on the field and in the classroom. They believe in making the world a better place and giving back to their communities. These are values Dave Thomas believed in and we're proud to continue his legacy of recognizing outstanding high school students who give back to their communities, treat people with respect, and pursue life-long learning."
The ten National Finalists, five female and five male high school seniors, will receive an all-expense paid trip to the Wendy's Heisman Weekend, including the National Awards Banquet in New York City, a gold medal, and a Wendy's High School Heisman National Finalist Heisman patch. The eight National Finalists who do not qualify as National Winner will walk away with a $100 Wendy's gift card and a $5,000 college scholarship. The two National Winners, who will receive a Wendy's High School Heisman Trophy, a National Winner patch, a $500 Wendy's gift card and a $10,000 college scholarship, will be announced on December 9 and recognized during ESPN's national telecast of the college Heisman Memorial Trophy presentation.
For more information, about Wendy's High School Heisman, visit www.wendysheisman.com.