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Wendy’s high school Heisman finalists announced

Posted by on October 30, 2012 – 12:15 pm

The Wendy’s high school “Heisman” race is underway nationwide.

The pool is down to 20 among the Arizonans in contention for this national award which combines athletics, academics and community service.

Of the 45,000 seniors who applied nationwide, 727 applicants came from Arizona and have been narrowed down to the state’s 20 finalists.

A male and female finalist from each state will be named winners of their respective state on Nov. 5. Of those, 12 will be chosen as National Finalists and will go on to compete for the National Winner title in New York City on December 7.

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 receive a crystal Wendy’s High School Heisman trophy, and Wendy’s will donate $10,000 to each winner’s respective high school. The winners will be recognized during the NCAA Heisman Trophy broadcast on December 8.

Here are the Arizona finalists:

Males:  Afton Ballard (Fredonia), Rand Hawk (Campo Verde), Dallin Merrell (Snowflake), Wayne Newman (San Manuel), Weston Birtcher (Mountain View), Matti Groll (Desert Mountain), Brett Ray (Westwood), Connor Holbert (Greenway), Forest Redlin (Tempe Prep), Marcel Renteria (Nogales).

Females:  Monica Huston (Cibola), Taylor Hill (Joseph City), Justine Hodge (Cortez), Courtney Jackson (Higley), Marissa Rich (Tempe Prep), Nneka Uchendu (Willow Canyon), Bethanie Stephen (Mogollon), Rebeccas Lydford (Mountain View), Sarah Macdonald (Pusch Ridge Christian), Cristine Oropeza (Nogales).

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