PDT Staff Writer
Wendy’s held its annual High School Heisman celebration Wednesday at Buffalo Wild Wings in Portsmouth.
The event honored 59 student-athletes from 32 school districts. The students were chosen as their school’s winners of the Wendy’s High School Heisman.
“There are 48,000 (student) athletes in the United States that take part in this each year (Wendy’s High School Heisman),” said Scott Schmidt, franchise owner of several Wendy’s and other restaurants throughout Ohio and West Virginia. “Everyone from every school does not get selected. Just because you turn in an application does not mean you will be selected,”
Schmidt said a student has to meet the qualifications to be given this title.
“To be chosen as a Wendy’s High School Heisman recipient you have to be a scholar, you have to be a good citizen and you have to participate in athletics,” Schmidt said.
According to released information, “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 community leadership. Students can nominate themselves for the award online, in addition to being recommended by principals, teachers, guidance counselors and coaches. The exceptional students are then selected to advance during extensive judging conducted at both state and national levels.
The keynote speaker for this years event was Jim “Snuffy” Smith, a local sports celebrity.
Smith told those in attendance he was humbled to be asked to address those in attendance. Throughout his speech to those in attendance Smith offered advice.
“There are people in positions of authority who have looked at you, who have evaluated you, thought about you and said this is the person who should represent our school,” Smith said. “Someone in your school and your community recognizes that your special. The question the becomes, what are you going to do about it.”
Each year Schmidt offers a Wendy’s High School Heisman scholarship to Shawnee State University. Only students who are a school winner and planning to attend Shawnee State University are eligible for the scholarship.
Among those honored locally include Clay’s Jessica Moore and Mark Shaffer, Eastern’s Cassidy Roney and Justin Fultz, Green’s Jessica Patrick and Trenton Marcum, Ironton’s Saige Fields and David Furguson, Minford’s Kylie Berry and Jared McCray, Northwest’s Paige Simon and Matthew Penix, Notre Dame’s Katie Stevenson and Jack Kayser, Oak Hill’s Kelsey Hoskins and Mason Waugh, Piketon’s Kalen Jenkins and Jacob Neal, Portsmouth’s Ali Miller and Jacob Albrecht, South Webster’s Haley Potters and Denver Fuller, Symmes Valley’s Megan Johnson and James Rowe, Valley’s Taylor High and Nathan Arnett, Waverly’s Hannah Martin and Alexander Brown, West’s Katie Bragdon and Steve Matthews along with Wheelersburg’s Sarah Willis and Dylan Miller.
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