Southeast Student-Athletes Named National Finalists For Wendy's® High School Heisman® Award
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Southeast Student-Athletes Named National Finalists For Wendy's® High School Heisman® Award

Students Surprised with News during High School Celebrations

DUBLIN, Ohio - Nov. 20, 2013 // PRNewswire // - Of the 48,000 students who applied for this year's award, Elizabeth Kroeger from Independence High School in Thompson's Station, TN, and Will Freeman from Spain Park High School in Hoover, AL, were chosen as two of twelve National Finalists for the 2013 Wendy's® High School Heisman® Award. The award honors exceptional students who bring excellence in academics, athletics and community service.

The twelve National Finalists will travel to New York City where two National Winners – one male, one female – will be chosen and each will receive a crystal Wendy's High School Heisman trophy; $10,000 donation to their respective high schools; and recognition during the collegiate Heisman ceremony in New York City on Saturday, December 14, 2013.

Elizabeth Kroeger, Independence High School

Elizabeth Kroeger is a triple-threat student-athlete at Independence High School, where she has lettered in Swimming & Diving, Cross Country and Track & Field. She has won the Most Valuable Player award for the school's Cross Country and Track & Field teams and has also made the All-District, All-Conference and All-State teams for both sports. Elizabeth was given Independence High School "Soaring Eagle" Award for academic success and being a well-rounded student. She is involved in her community through Volunteer Girls State, a leadership program organized by the American Legion Auxiliary.

Will Freeman, Spain Park High School

Will Freeman is a top scholar-athlete at Spain Park High School. He is a three-year letter winner on the school's Swimming & Diving team for which he has been named Most Valuable Player and All-State each year. He is the state champion in the State Champion in 200 Freestyle and has set several school, league and state records. Will has excelled in the classroom as well, being named Spain Park's Student of the Year his junior year and receiving the Outstanding Student Award in several classes. He is involved in his community through his Eagle Scout leadership service work.

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 28 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. For more information, visit or


Janna Chapman
Ketchum Public Relations
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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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