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Laning named High School Heisman state finalist

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Nevada Daily Mail

As the competition narrows for the 2012 Wendy's High School Heisman Award program, 20 of Missouri's top scholar-athletes were announced Tuesday as state finalists for the prestigious award. These finalists are now in the running to become state winners, the next phase of the program as applicants advance to become National winners.

Of the 45,000 seniors who applied nationwide, 1,205 applicants came from Missouri and have been narrowed down to the state's 20 finalists. These finalists embody the Heisman spirit of hard work and dedication through their outstanding achievements in athletics, academics and community and school leadership.

On this year's list is a Sheldon High School athlete Chelsea Laning. Laning joins nine other female athletes from around the state made the first cut and will now await the naming of the 2012 Missouri state winners.

Just as the collegiate Heisman is known for being the highest award in college football, the Wendy's High School Heisman, now in its 19th year, is one of the most esteemed awards at the high school level. 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 most exceptional students are then selected to advance during extensive judging processes conducted at both state and national levels.

On Nov. 5, one male and one female finalist from each state will be named state winners. Of those state winners, 12 will be chosen as national finalists and will go on to compete for the national winner title in New York City on Dec. 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, a $500 gift certificate to Wendy's, and Wendy's will donate $10,000 to each winner's respective high school.

Additionally, the winners will be recognized during the collegiate Heisman Trophy broadcast on ESPN, Dec. 8.



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