Wendy's High School Heisman Announces Southeast Region's State Winners

DUBLIN, Ohio - Nov. 9, 2015 // PRNewswire // - Wendy's® High School Heisman® announced the male and female State Winners from the Southeast region. Now, these outstanding students are in the running to be named one of 10 National Finalists – five males and five females from across the country. National Winners will be announced during a ceremony in New York City on December 11.

Wendy's High School Heisman recognizes outstanding students across the country for their athletic prowess, academic achievement and leadership within their community. Like The Heisman Memorial Trophy®, Wendy's believes in the pursuit of athletic and academic excellence with integrity. Additionally, Wendy's High School Heisman is committed to inspire high school students to achieve his or her personal best and pursue their higher educational goals.

"These State Winners epitomize the Heisman ideals and embody the leadership to inspire other students to learn, perform and lead just like them," said Archie Griffin, Wendy's High School Heisman spokesperson and the two-time collegiate Heisman Trophy winner. "For more than twenty years, Wendy's High School Heisman has recognized outstanding students. As my friend Dave Thomas believed Wendy´s should have a higher purpose, I am proud to join Wendy´s in sharing with this year's Winners the prestigious Heisman name as well as celebrating their achievements."

Southeast Region's Wendy's High School Heisman State Winners:


  • Lacy Stafford, Basketball, Geneva County High School, Dothan
  • Jacob Adams, Cross Country, Walker High School, Jasper


  • Eleanor Henson, Tennis, Lake Hamilton High School, Hot Springs
  • Tye Brown, Football, Star City High School, Rison


  • Emma Rudman, Track & Field, Fort Walton Beach High School, Fort Walton
  • Tyler Colson, Basketball, Boone High School, Orlando


  • Ansley Heavern, Cross Country, Dunwoody High School, Dunwoody
  • Stockton McGuire, Football, Landmark Christian School, Douglasville


  • Cameron Cook, Basketball, Allen County-Scottsville High School, Scottsville
  • Shelby Stocker, Tennis, George Rogers Clark High School, Winchester


  • Samantha Hilburn, Cross Country, Captain Shreve High School, Shreveport
  • Matthew Myrtue, Cross Country, Fontainebleau High School, Covington


  • William Tingle, Cross Country, Gautier High School, Gautier
  • Amanda Kilduff, Tennis, Ocean Springs High School, Ocean Springs

North Carolina

  • Kara Dunkle, Cross Country, Northwest Cabarrus High School, Concord
  • Chazz Surratt, Basketball, East Lincoln High School, Stanley

South Carolina

  • Anna Stoddard, Cross Country, Greenwood High School, Greenwood
  • Brandon Sanders, Tennis, Marion High School, Marion


  • Katrina Eccles, Soccer, Jefferson County High School, Jefferson City
  • Luke Meade, Track & Field, Sullivan East High School, Bluff City


  • Antea Cooper, Tennis, Hayfield Secondary, Alexandria
  • John Blackwell, Lacrosse, Patrick Henry High School, Roanoke

Washington DC

  • Austin Ray, Football, McKinley Technology High School, District of Colombia
  • Samantha Mehring, Field Hockey, School Without Walls Senior High School, District of Colombia

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. Additionally, Wendy's will award a $1,000 donation to Winners school.

Wendy's will send 10 National Finalists and their families to New York City for Wendy's High School Heisman and Collegiate Heisman Memorial Trophy Weekend. One male and one female will be named 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 $5,000. Additionally, the National Winners will be recognized during the collegiate Heisman Trophy announcement in December 2015.

For more information, about Wendy's High School Heisman, visit www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com. Participants can also "Like" Wendy's Heisman on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/WendysHighSchoolHeisman or "Follow" the organization on Twitter at https://twitter.com/WendysHeisman for additional program details.

Wendy's High School Heisman Winners are Game Changers

Created by Wendy's founder Dave Thomas in 1994, the Wendy's High School Heisman Award has honored more than 600,000 of the nation's most esteemed high school seniors who have been a part of the program for the past 22 years. Since its inception, Wendy's High School Heisman Award has awarded 252 National Finalists and 42 National Winners.

The Wendy's High School Heisman Award is a joint program between Wendy's and the Heisman Trophy Trust, host and custodians of the Heisman Memorial Trophy®. Nolan Henry of Camas, WA, who has continued his heralded football career at Notre Dame, and Lauren Van Vlierbergen of Algonquin, IL, who is competing on the cross country and track and field teams at the University of Michigan, received the prestigious award last year.

For a complete list of past Wendy's Heisman finalists and winners or more information about the program, students can visit www.WendysHighSchoolHeisman.com. Participants can also "Like" and follow Wendy's Heisman on Facebook and Twitter for any additional program details.

About Wendy's

The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN) is the world's third largest quick-service hamburger restaurant chain. The Wendy's system includes more than 6,500 restaurants in 29 countries and U.S. territories. For more information, visit www.wendys.com.

The Wendy's name and design and the Wendy's High School Heisman and design are trademarks of Quality Is Our Recipe, LLC. The Heisman Memorial Trophy, Heisman name and Heisman Trophy figure are registered trademarks of the Heisman Trophy Trust, used with permission.

SOURCE Wendy's High School Heisman


Steven Coulombe
Ketchum Public Relations
(404) 879 - 9292


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