Industry News | December 5, 2011

Wendy's Announces High School Heismans

Out of 48,000 applicants, 12 outstanding high school seniors have been chosen as national finalists for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award.

On Dec. 9, Wendy's will honor these students at the Wendy's High School Heisman Awards ceremony in New York City where one male and one female athlete will be chosen as the national winners of the prestigious award.

The Wendy's High School Heisman celebrates the achievements of the nation's top high school seniors both in and out of the classroom.

Just as the collegiate Heisman is known for being the highest award in college football, the Wendy's High School Heisman award is recognized as the most esteemed award in high school athletics because it encourages future leadership by acknowledging well-rounded students.

"Similar to the collegiate Heisman Trophy, Wendy's High School Heisman rewards outstanding students that not only outperform their competition in sports but strive for the highest standards of excellence in all that they do," says Archie Griffin, two-time collegiate Heisman Memorial Trophy winner. 

The 12 national finalists are listed below:

Student Name

Student High School


Female Finalists

Cheyenne Becker

Pratt High School

Pratt, KS

Sarah Bennion

Saint Mary's School

Medford, OR

Danielle King

C Milton Wright High School

Bel Air, MD

Devin McDermott

Lakewood Ranch High School

Bradenton, FL

Jennifer Mears

Rockville High School

Vernon, CT

Selena Pasadyn

Brunswick High School

Brunswick, OH

Male Finalists

Garrett Adcock

Dallas Christian High School

Rowlett, TX

Garrett Gosse

The Meadows School

Las Vegas, NV

Nikolaos Kotoulas

Morris Knolls High School

Denville, NJ

Lucas Lambrecht

Sheboygan Falls High School

Sheboygan Falls, WI

Christopher Madaffari

Brien McMahon High School

Norwalk, CT

Collin Myrick

Freeport High School

Freeport, FL

The national finalists will be featured during the televised ceremony on ESPN networks and will receive gold medals and $2,000 awards for their high schools.

One male and one female national winner will receive a Wendy's High School Heisman Trophy and a $10,000 donation from Wendy's to each winner's respective high school. Additionally, the winners will be recognized during the collegiate Heisman Trophy broadcast on ESPN, Dec. 10. 

Created in 1994 by Wendy's and the Heisman Memorial Trust, the Wendy's High School Heisman Award recognizes outstanding high-school seniors nationwide who excel in athletics, academics and in the community.  

Wendy's is one of the world's most successful restaurant companies with more than 6,600 restaurants worldwide.  More information about The Wendy's Company is available at, or

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