Wendy's High School Heisman

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The Wendy's High School Heisman Memorial Trophy Award (also known as the Wendy's High School Heisman), named after former college football player and coach John Heisman, is a prestigious award in American high-school athletics. It is sponsored by Wendy's Restaurants. The current spokesman is Archie Griffin, the only two-time Heisman Trophy recipient and current President/CEO of the Ohio State University Alumni Association.

Overview and history

In 1994, the Wendy's High School Heisman (WHSH) was created to honor high school student-athletes. Each fall, the program recognizes the nation's most esteemed high-school-senior men and women for excellence in academics, athletics, and community involvement.

Each school can nominate one male and one female student-athlete per year. To date, there have been more than 136,000 nominees. The field of nominees is narrowed to 1,020 State Finalists, 10 male and 10 female per state (plus the District of Columbia), who are announced in late October. In early November, the field is narrowed to 102 State Winners, one male and one female from each state.

In mid-November, a judging panel selects 12 National Finalists, one male and one female from each of six geographical regions. Two National Winners, one male and one female, are selected from the National Finalists and are honored during ESPN's national telecast of the college Heisman Memorial Trophy on December 9. Of all the nominees, 145 have progressed to the National Finalist level, with 24 (two per year, one male and one female) earning the designation of Wendy's High School Heisman National Award Winners. The annual awards show is telecast on ESPN2.


Each nominee must participate in at least one of 27 sports: badminton, baseball, basketball, bowling, canoeing, competitive spirit/cheerleading, competitive weight lifting, crew, cross country, equestrian, fencing, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, judo, lacrosse, skiing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, or wrestling.[1]

Past winners

The program was created in 1994, with more than 6,200 nominations submitted in the first year from high schools nationwide. Since then, more than 150,000 students have been nominated.

Year Male Winner School Hometown Female Winner School Hometown
1994 Barrett Robinson Chaminade-Julienne High School Dayton, Ohio Trisha Perry Mansfield High School Mansfield, Missouri
1995 Jeremy Royal The Altamont School Birmingham, Alabama Jill Aholt Linn High School Linn, Missouri
1996 Chris Kirchhoff Worthington Kilbourne High School Worthington, Ohio Erin Dromgoole Millbury High School Millbury, Massachusetts
1997 Blake Moore Ogden High School Ogden, Utah Sarah Edwards Sevier County High School Sevierville, Tennessee
1998 Anthony White Rosemead High School San Gabriel, California Kelly Landreth McDowell High School Marion, North Carolina
1999 Barrett Brandon Lake Country Christian School Fort Worth, Texas Abby Miller Green Valley High School Henderson, Nevada
2000 David Donaldson Walker High School Jasper, Alabama Kate O'Toole Villa Madonna Academy Crescent Springs, Kentucky
2001 Paul Corsello Pittsford Mendon High School Pittsford, New York Megan May Handley High School Roanoke, Alabama
2002 Robert Huefner McIntosh High School Peachtree City, Georgia Meghan O'Leary Episcopal High School Baton Rouge, Louisiana
2003 Chase Correia Galena High School Reno, Nevada Ashley Wolf Montville Township High School Montville, New Jersey
2004 Andy Bratten James M. Bennett High School Salisbury, Maryland Brenna Brucker Bethel Park High School Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
2005 William Jacobs James Monroe High School Fredericksburg, Virginia Katie Zaeh Governor Livingston High School Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
2006 Samuel Finlayson San Ramon Valley High School Alamo, California Kaylee Jamison St. Charles North High School St. Charles, Illinois
2007 Trevor Van Ackeren Liberty High School Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Angela Duckworth Desert Mountain High School Scottsdale, Arizona
2008 Brett Leibowitz The Meadows School Las Vegas, Nevada Kathy Kroeger Independence High School Franklin, Tennessee
2009 Kyle Pollock Wiggins High School Wiggins, Colorado Malia Cali Saint Thomas Aquinas High School Hammond, Louisiana
2010 Rex Woodbury Catalina Foothills High School Tucson, Arizona Gabrielle Badura Clover Hill High School Midlothian, Virginia
2011 Garrett Gosse The Meadows School Las Vegas, Nevada Selena Pasadyn Brunswick High School Brunswick, Ohio
2012 Samuel Prakel Versailles High School Versailles, Ohio Zoe Alaniz W.B. Ray High School Corpus Christi, Texas
2013 Andrew Miner East Greenwich High School East Greenwich, Rhode Island Emily Granger Saints Peter & Paul High School Easton, Maryland
2014 Nolan Henry Union High School Vancouver, Washington Lauren Van Vlierbergen Harry D. Jacobs High School Algonquin, Illinois

See also


  1. Eligibility and Judging Information webpage. Wendy's High School Heisman official website. Retrieved 2010-12-03.

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