Louisville, Ky. – Two of Kentucky’s most outstanding high school seniors were honored with distinguished recognition as State Winners of the 2011 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. Claire Virgin of Fairview High School in Ashland and Charles Elrod of Monroe County High School in Tompkinsville will now go on to compete for the national award that celebrates their hard work, dedication and exceptional records in athletics, academics and community leadership.
“The Wendy’s High School Heisman Award celebrates high school seniors across the country who excel in academics, athletics and community service,” said Archie Griffin, two-time collegiate Heisman Trophy winner. “Claire and Charles are inspirations to others in their school and community, and we’re honored to welcome them into the Heisman family.”
Awarded in conjunction with the collegiate Heisman, the Wendy’s High School Heisman, now in its 18th year, has set the standard for high school student-athletes and gained tremendous prestige among universities and colleges nationwide.
Virgin and Elrod were chosen from 48,000 applicants, surviving rounds that narrowed contenders to one male and one female winner from each school, and then to Kentucky’s respected group of 20 State Finalists.
Kentucky’s Wendy’s High School Heisman State Finalists:
Student Name Gender Student High School Hometown
Claire Virgin F Fairview High School Kitts Hill, OH
Charles Elrod M Monroe County High School Gamaliel
Virgin and Elrod 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 9. 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 Wendy’s High School Heisman trophy 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 broadcast December 10 on ESPN.
For more information about the High School Heisman 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 Wendy’s International, Inc.
Wendy's is one of the world's most successful restaurant companies with more than 6,600 restaurants worldwide. More information about The Wendy’s Company is available at www.wendys.com, or www.aboutwendys.com.