DUBLIN, Ohio, Nov. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Wendy's® High School Heisman® Program announced the names of the male and female high school student-athletes from the Midwest region as State Winners. These students are all in contention to be named one of 12 National Finalists – six males and six females – of the Wendy's High School Heisman Program. From this group, one male and one female will be announced as the National Winners at a ceremony in New York City on December 12.
The Wendy's High School Heisman Program recognizes outstanding students across the country for their athletic prowess, academic achievement and leadership within their community. The Wendy's High School Heisman Program honors exceptionally well-rounded students to help them pursue their passions.
"The State Winners are distinguished student-athletes in their own communities, and because of their desire to get better every day as students, athletes and leaders, the Wendy's High School Heisman Program applauds their success by honoring them as State Winners," said Archie Griffin, Wendy's High School Heisman Program spokesperson and the two-time collegiate Heisman Trophy winner. "Wendy's High School Heisman has been a platform for exemplary students to be recognized for more than twenty years, and I'm proud to help Wendy's honor those students' achievements."
Midwest Region's Wendy's High School Heisman State Winners:
- Lauren Van Vlierbergen, Female, Harry D Jacobs High School, Algonquin
- Aiden Chang, Male, Aquin Central Catholic Jr-Sr High School, Freeport
- Haley Harrell, Female, Plymouth High School, Plymouth
- Syrus Fletcher, Male, Greenfield Central High School, Wilkinson
- Bryce Holmgren, Female, Roland-Story High School, Roland
- Kyle Verdon, Male, West High School, Davenport
- Keiryn Swenson, Female, Maize High School, Wichita
- Dalton Schoen, Male, Blue Valley Northwest High School, Overland Park
- Natalie Vizard, Female, Portage Northern High School, Portage
- Matthew Thomas, Male, Port Huron Northern High School, Fort Gratiot
- Megan Felthous, Female, Pine River-Backus High School, Backus
- Noah Kuehn, Male, Eagan High School, Eagan
- Kerigan Wessing, Female, Pilot Grove C-4 High School, Pilot Grove
- Jaden Barr, Male, California High School, California
- Braska Patterson, Female, Stanton Community School, Stanton
- Jacob Kittle, Male, Aurora High School, Aurora
- Fallyn Freije, Female, Edmore Public School, Edmore
- Noah Krebs, Male, Saint Mary's Central High School, Bismarck
- Sarah Kanney, Female, Coldwater High School, Coldwater
- Luke Sommer, Male, Sandy Valley High School, Magnolia
- Emily Person, Female, Stevens High School, Rapid City
- Turner Blasius, Male, Kimball High School, Kimball
- Kristy Terp, Female, Two Rivers High, Two Rivers
- Matthew Bemis, Male, Greendale Senior High School, Greendale
Each State Winner will receive a silver medal, Heisman patch, and a $50 Wendy's gift card, and will move on to compete against winners from other regions across the country for a chance to be named a National Finalist. Wendy's will send 12 National Finalists and their families to New York City for the Wendy's High School Heisman Program and Collegiate Heisman Memorial Trophy Weekend. One male and one female will be named as National Winners and will each receive a crystal Wendy's High School Heisman trophy, a $500 Wendy's gift card and a donation from Wendy's to their high school in the amount of $10,000. Additionally, the National Winners will be recognized during the collegiate Heisman Trophy announcement in December 2014.
For more information about the Wendy's High School Heisman program and to view all the State Winners and Finalists, visit www.WendysHeisman.com.
About the Wendy's High School Heisman Program
Created in 1994 by Wendy's and the Heisman Memorial Trust, the Wendy's High School Heisman Program recognizes outstanding high school seniors nationwide who excel in athletics, academics and community leadership. Students can nominate themselves for the award online, in addition to being recommended by principals, teachers, guidance counselors and coaches. The most exceptional students are then selected to advance during extensive judging processes conducted at both state and national levels.
About The Wendy's Company
The Wendy's Company is the world's third largest quick-service hamburger company. The Wendy's system includes more than 6,500 franchise and Company restaurants in the United States and 29 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. For more information, visit www.aboutwendys.com or www.wendys.com.
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