West Coast Student-Athletes Named National Finalists For Wendy's® High School Heisman® Award

Students surprised with news during high school celebrations

Nov 15, 2013, 08:30 ET from The Wendy's Company

DUBLIN, Ohio, Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Of the 48,000 students who applied for this year's award, Justin Graham from Tumwater High School in Tumwater, WA, and Marisa Pia Kwiatkowski from Adrian C. Wilcox High School in Santa Clara, CA, were chosen as two of twelve National Finalists for the 2013 Wendy's® High School Heisman® Award. The award honors exceptional students who bring excellence in academics, athletics and community service.

The twelve National Finalists will travel to New York City where two National Winners – one male, one female – will be chosen and each will receive a crystal Wendy's High School Heisman trophy; $10,000 donation to their respective high schools; and recognition during the collegiate Heisman ceremony in New York City on Saturday, December 14, 2013.

Justin Graham, Tumwater High School
Justin Graham is a triple-threat student-athlete at Tumwater High School, where he has served as captain for the Football, Basketball and Baseball teams. He has led the school's Baseball team in all major categories and was named Most Valuable Player, All-Conference, All-District and All-State for his accomplishments on the team. Justin has achieved high honors in the classroom as well, having been named a four-time Academic State Champion and five-time Student of the Month. He is involved in his community through his work as a Puget Sound Blood Drive Coordinator.

Marisa Pia Kwiatkowski, Adrian C. Wilcox High School
Marisa Pia Kwiatkowski is a top scholar-athlete at Adrian C. Wilcox High School. She has excelled on the school's Cross Country team as well as the Track & Field team, for which she was named Most Valuable Player, All-Conference, All-District and All-State for the past three years. Marisa Pia has received the Award of Honor for AP Calculus, AP US History and AP English. She is involved in her community by serving as President of her school's Interact Club.

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 Award recognizes outstanding high-school seniors nationwide who excel in athletics, academics and in the community.  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 28 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. For more information, visit www.aboutwendys.com or www.wendys.com.

The Wendy's name and design, and the Wendy's High School Heisman and design are trademarks of Oldemark LLC and are licensed to Wendy's International, Inc. The Heisman name and Heisman Trophy statuette are registered trademarks of the Heisman Trophy Trust, used with permission.

Janna Chapman
Ketchum Public Relations
(404) 879-9159

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SOURCE The Wendy's Company