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Alabama winners for Wendy's 'High School Heisman' award announced

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The Wendy's® High School Heisman® program honored two of Alabama's most outstanding high school seniors with the distinguished recognition as a State Winner of the 2013 Wendy's® High School Heisman® Award.  Madeline Held of Spain Park High School in Hoover and Will Freeman of Spain Park High School in Hoover will now advance to compete for the national award that celebrates their hard work, dedication in athletics, academics and community leadership.

"Madeline and Will 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 Award, 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.

Held and Freeman were chosen from 48,000 applicants, surviving rounds that narrowed contenders to one male and one female winner from each school, and then to Alabama's respected group of 20 State Finalists. 

Alabama's Wendy's High School Heisman Award State Finalists:

Student Name

Gender

Student High School

Hometown

Perri Gilbert

F

Haleyville High School

Haleyville

Mary Pittman

F

Homewood High School

Birmingham

Nellie Stallsmith

F

Walker High School

Parrish

Shykeya Wimberly

F

Smiths Station High School

Phenix City

Amy Anderson

F

Athens High School

Athens

Haven Campbell

F

Madison County High School

Gurley

Anna Claire Noblit

F

Covenant Christian School

Tuscumbia

Emily Woodruff

F

Albertville High School

Albertville

Anna Braswell

F

St. Paul's Episcopal School

Mobile

Madeline Held

F

Spain Park High School

Hoover

Tyler Boland

M

Vinemont High School

Vinemont

Ethan Boyd

M

Oneonta High School

Oneonta

Colin Edwards

M

Westbrook Christian School

Rainbow City

Gavin Sumrall

M

Kingwood Christian School

Maylene

Jacob Parker

M

Westminster Christian Academy

Meridianville

Steven Smith

M

Wilson High School

Florence

Trent Thrash

M

Fyffe High School

Fyffe

Daniel Adams

M

Conecuh Spring Christian School

Union Springs

Wesley Curles

M

Trinity Presbyterian School

Montgomery

Will Freeman

M

Spain Park High School

Hoover

Held and Freeman will 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 Wendy's High School Heisman Award 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.

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