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Wendy's Names Twelve Outstanding Scholar-Athletes Finalists For 2012 High School Heisman Program

National Winners to be announced in December in New York City

DUBLIN, Ohio, Nov. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Out of 45,000 applicants, 12 exceptional high school seniors have been chosen as national finalists for the 19th annual Wendy's® High School Heisman® Award. On December 7, Wendy's will honor these students at the Wendy's High School Heisman Awards ceremony at the Best Buy Theater in New York City, where one male and one female student-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.

"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," said Archie Griffin, two-time collegiate Heisman Memorial Trophy winner. "These 12 young men and women are a direct reflection of what the program represents, and we congratulate them on being national finalists."

The 12 national finalists are listed below:

Student Name

Student High School


Female Finalists

Tessa Brooks

Triway High School

Wooster, OH

Margaret Midkiff

Mount De Sales Academy

Macon, GA

Kaitlyn Kent

South Iredell High School

Statesville, NC

Zoe Alaniz

W. B. Ray High School

Corpus Christi, TX

Avalon Frantz

Boulder City High School

Boulder City, NV

Casey Pearsall

Wilton High School

Wilton, CT

Male Finalists

Trent Hosick

Staley High School

Kansas City, MO

Samuel Prakel

Versailles High School

Versailles, OH

Tyler Hoffman

Farmington High School

Farmington, CT

Jack Twomey-Kozak

Orange High School

Hillsborough, NC

Tyler Meidell

Damonte Ranch High School

Reno, NV

Daniel Johnson

Ridgeland High School

Rossville, GA

The national finalists will be featured during the televised ceremony on ESPN2® on December 16 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®, December 8. 

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 U.S. and 27 countries and U.S. territories worldwide.  For more information visit www.wendys.com, or www.aboutwendys.com.

Christyne Muller
Ketchum Public Relations
[email protected]
(404) 879-9031

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 Memorial Trophy, Heisman name and Heisman Trophy figure are registered trademarks of the Heisman Trophy Trust, used with permission.



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