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.

The award is in no way affiliated with college football's Heisman Trophy.

Overview and history[edit]

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, and wrestling.[1]

Past winners[edit]

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 and 26 have joined the prestigious Heisman family.

YearMale WinnerSchoolHometownFemale WinnerSchoolHometown
1994Barrett RobinsonChaminade-Julienne High SchoolDayton, OhioTrisha PerryMansfield High SchoolMansfield, Missouri
1995Jeremy RoyalThe Altamont SchoolBirmingham, AlabamaJill AholtLinn High SchoolLinn, Missouri
1996Chris KirchhoffWorthington Kilbourne High SchoolWorthington, OhioErin DromgooleMillbury High SchoolMillbury, Massachusetts
1997Blake MooreOgden High SchoolOgden, UtahSarah EdwardsSevier County High SchoolSevierville, Tennessee
1998Anthony WhiteRosemead High SchoolSan Gabriel, CaliforniaKelly LandrethMcDowell High SchoolMarion, North Carolina
1999Barrett BrandonLake Country Christian SchoolFort Worth, TexasAbby MillerGreen Valley High SchoolHenderson, Nevada
2000David DonaldsonWalker High SchoolJasper, AlabamaKate O'TooleVilla Madonna AcademyCrescent Springs, Kentucky
2001Paul CorselloPittsford Mendon High SchoolPittsford, New YorkMegan MayHandley High SchoolRoanoke, Alabama
2002Robert HuefnerMcIntosh High SchoolPeachtree City, GeorgiaMeghan O'LearyEpiscopal High SchoolBaton Rouge, Louisiana
2003Chase CorreiaGalena High SchoolReno, NevadaAshley WolfMontville Township High SchoolMontville, New Jersey
2004Andy BrattenJames M. Bennett High SchoolSalisbury, MarylandBrenna BruckerBethel Park High SchoolBethel Park, Pennsylvania
2005William JacobsJames Monroe High SchoolFredericksburg, VirginiaKatie ZaehGovernor Livingston High SchoolBerkeley Heights, New Jersey
2006Samuel FinlaysonSan Ramon Valley High SchoolAlamo, CaliforniaKaylee JamisonSt. Charles North High SchoolSt. Charles, Illinois
2007Trevor Van AckerenLiberty High SchoolBethlehem, PennsylvaniaAngela DuckworthDesert Mountain High SchoolScottsdale, Arizona
2008Brett LeibowitzThe Meadows SchoolLas Vegas, NevadaKathy KroegerIndependence High SchoolFranklin, Tennessee
2009Kyle PollockWiggins High SchoolWiggins, ColoradoMalia CaliSaint Thomas Aquinas High SchoolHammond, Louisiana
2010Rex WoodburyCatalina Foothills High SchoolTucson, ArizonaGabrielle BaduraClover Hill High SchoolMidlothian, Virginia
2011Garrett GosseThe Meadows SchoolLas Vegas, NevadaSelena PasadynBrunswick High SchoolBrunswick, Ohio
2012Samuel PrakelVersailles High SchoolVersailles, OhioZoe AlanizW.B. Ray High SchoolCorpus Christi, Texas
2013Andrew MinerEast Greenwich High SchoolEast Greenwich, Rhode IslandEmily GrangerSaints Peter & Paul High SchoolEaston, Maryland

See also[edit]


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

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