State Winners In Southeast Region For Wendy's® High School Heisman® Announced

Exceptional High School Seniors Advance One Step Closer to National Honors

DUBLIN, Ohio - Nov. 4, 2013 // PRNewswire // - Wendy's® High School Heisman® honored outstanding high school seniors with the distinguished recognition of State Winner in the states of the Southeast region. States of the Southeast region include: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. These recognized students will now advance to compete for the national award that celebrates their hard work, dedication in athletics, academics and community leadership.

"State Winners are exceptional examples of well-rounded students who excel academically, lead and serve others with the passion and persistence of a Heisman winner," said Archie Griffin, two-time collegiate Heisman Trophy winner. "While these students are recognized as leaders in their communities, the Wendy's High School Heisman award gives them the national recognition their achievements have earned."

The Wendy's High School Heisman, now in its 20th year, is awarded in conjunction with the collegiate Heisman. The award has set the standard for high school student-athletes and has gained tremendous prestige among universities and colleges nationwide.

The selected 2013 State Winners were chosen from 48,000 applicants, surviving rounds that narrowed contenders to one male and one female winner from each school, and then to each state's respected group of 20 State Finalists.

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

Alabama

  • Madeline Held, Female, Spain Park High School, Hoover
  • Will Freeman, Male, Spain Park High School, Hoover

Arkansas

  • Sabrina Rivas, Female, De Queen High School, De Queen
  • Anthony Farnam, Male, Lake Hamilton High School, Pearcy

Florida

  • Chenelle Walker, Female, Riverdale High SchoolFort Myers
  • Gabriel Moore, Male, Freeport High School, Freeport

Georgia

  • Tiffany Pate, Female, Briarwood Academy, Thomson
  • Colin Humble, Male, George Walton High School, Marietta

Kentucky

  • Whitney O'Bryan, Female, Daviess County High School, Owensboro
  • Brett Seymore, Male, Caldwell County Senior High School, Princeton

Louisiana

  • Carley Boyce, Female, St. Scholastica Academy, Covington
  • Zachary Albright, Male, The Saint Paul's School, Covington

Mississippi

  • Mary Cockrell, Female, Tupelo Christian Preparatory School, Belden
  • Ahmed El-Sadek, Male, Terry High School, Terry

North Carolina

  • Callie Wynn, Female, West Davidson High School, Lexington
  • Keion Crossen, Jr., Male, Northampton County High School East, Garysburg

South Carolina

  • Sarah Gwinn, Female, Aiken High School, Ridge Spring
  • Riley League, Male, Northwestern High School, Rock Hill

Tennessee

  • Elizabeth Kroeger, Female, Independence High School, Thompson's Station
  • Tyler Rhoton, Male, Franklin County High School, Winchester

Virginia

  • Darby McPhail, Female, William Byrd High SchoolRoanoke
  • Gregory Neatrour, Male, Ocean Lakes High School, Virginia Beach

These students will go on to compete against winners from other regions across the country for a chance to be named one of 12 National Finalists in Wendy's annual quest to find the nation's top scholar-athletes. These 12 outstanding students will go on to compete for the National Winner title in New York City on December 13. National Finalists will be featured during a televised ceremony on ESPN® networks and will receive gold medals and $2,000 awards for their high schools. One male and one female National Winner will each receive a crystal Wendy's High School Heisman trophy, a $500 Wendy's gift card, and a donation from Wendy's in the amount of $10,000 to their respective high school. Additionally, the winners will be recognized during the collegiate Heisman Trophy announcement on December 14.

For more information about the High School Heisman program and to view all the state winners and finalists, visit www.WendysHeisman.com.

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

Contact:

Janna Chapman
Ketchum Public Relations
(404) 879-9159
Janna.Chapman@ketchum.com

NOTE: For a list of your state winners' achievements or to find out more about the program, please call Janna Chapman at (404) 879-9159.

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.

SOURCE The Wendy's Company

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