New York, NY (Kiii Sports) -Zoe Alaniz of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Samuel Prakel of Versailles, Ohio, were proudly recognized this evening as the scholar-athletes to win the 19th annual Wendy's® High School Heisman® Award honoring high school seniors who excel in sports, academics and community involvement. These extraordinary students were chosen from more than 45,000 applicants.
The Wendy's High School Heisman Award, inspired by Wendy's founder Dave Thomas, honors the achievements of exceptional high school seniors and provides a platform for their continued growth and success. Since its inception in 1994, more than 415,000 students have been nominated for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award.
"The Wendy's High School Heisman honors student-athletes who embody the spirit of the Heisman tradition of hard work and dedication," said Archie Griffin, the only two-time winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy and a long-time spokesman of Wendy's High School Heisman. "Congratulations to Zoe and Samuel, and all of our 2012 National Finalists. Their achievements in the classroom, the playing fields, and in their communities, are truly inspiring."
As the Valedictorian of her class for four consecutive years, Zoe Alaniz is a top scholar and committed to excelling academically. She was also named the National Hispanic Program Scholar her senior year. In addition to her academic achievements, Alaniz is a standout performer in swimming and diving and holds a school, district and state scoring record of 534.30 for 11 dives in the 1 meter event. She plans to swim at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign next year.
- Christyne Muller