2x Heisman Trophy Winner and Football Legend Archie Griffin Discusses What it Takes to Win a Wendy’s High School Heisman

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The Wendy’s High School Heisman celebrates the achievements of the nation’s top high school seniors both in and out of the classroom. Just as the collegiate Heisman is known for being the highest award in college football, the Wendy’s High School Heisman award is recognized as the most esteemed award in high school athletics because it encourages future leadership by acknowledging well-rounded students.

Two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin and 2012 Wendy’s High School Heisman finalists strike a pose.

Wendy’s High School Heisman rewards outstanding students that not only outperform their competition in sports but strive for the highest standards of excellence in all that they do.

Out of 45,000 applicants, 12 exceptional high school seniors were chosen as national finalists for the 19th annual Wendy’s® High School Heisman® Award. On December 7th, Wendy’s honored these students at the Wendy’s High School Heisman Awards ceremony at the Best Buy Theater in New York City, which will air on ESPN2® at 1 p.m., Eastern Standard Time on December 16.

Student-athletes Samuel Prakel of Versailles, Ohio and Zoe Alaniz of Corpus Christi, Texas were chosen as the national winners of the prestigious award, receiving a crystal Wendy’s High School Heisman Trophy, a $10,000 donation from Wendy’s to each of their respective high schools and a $500 Wendy’s gift card, along with an appearance on Saturday’s live Heisman Trophy broadcast on ESPN® at 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

The Wendy’s High School Heisman celebrates the achievements of the nation’s top high school seniors both in and out of the classroom. Just as the collegiate Heisman is known for being the highest award in college football, the Wendy’s High School Heisman award is recognized as the most esteemed award in high school athletics because it encourages future leadership by acknowledging well-rounded students.

“Wendy’s High School Heisman rewards outstanding students that not only outperform their competition in sports but strive for the highest standards of excellence in all that they do,” said Archie Griffin, two-time collegiate Heisman Memorial Trophy winner. “These 12 young men and women are a direct reflection of what the program represents, and we congratulate them on being national finalists.”

Griffin has proudly represented the WHSH program since its inception in 1994 and promotes the award as the premiere recognition for students who strive for excellence in all they do and put forth tremendous effort in the classroom, in sports and in their community. Griffin is a three time All-American (1973, 1974, 1975), member of the College National Football Foundation Hall of Fame, the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, the Ohio State University Sports Hall of Fame and the Columbus Public Schools Hall of Fame. Griffin is the 2nd player in history to win BIG TEN MVP two years in a row and he currently serves as President and CEO of the Ohio State University Alumni Association.

For downloadable images of the winners and a video of 2x Heisman Trophy Winner Archie Griffin, go to: http://www.magicbulletmedia.com/MNR/wendyshighschoolheisman2012/

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. To learn more about the Wendy's High School Heisman Program, visit http://www.wendysheisman.com

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