Award is presented to athletes that excel on and off the field

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Seymour High School’s William Joseph Heaton and Brittany Rhea Mikels have been honored with a nomination for the coveted Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.
The High School Heisman is awarded in conjunction with the collegiate Heisman and celebrates the nation’s top high school seniors who best exemplify a well-rounded “citizen-scholar-athlete.”
Mikels and Heaton were nominated for their academic aptitude, athletic talent and exceptional commitment to their communities.
“Both of these young people are not only fine athletes, they’re also excellent students and exemplify fine character not only on the athletic field but also in the classroom,” said SHS Principal Greg Clark.
Created in 1994 through a partnership between Wendy’s and the Heisman Memorial Trophy, the Wendy’s High School Heisman program has rewarded youth excellence for 12 years. Mikels and Heaton were nominated for the program based on the following accomplishments: grade point average, civic involvement, sports, awards, clubs and leadership positions.
“It’s a real honor to be looked at as a student athlete and not just an athlete,” said Mikels, who stars on the SHS volleyball and basketball teams. “It’s nice to be thought of as a role model for the entire school.”
Heaton, who will begin his fourth season on the SHS soccer team in early 2006, is familiar with the Heisman Memorial Trophy given each year to the nation’s top college football player and considers it an honor to be nominated.
“It’s a real privilege,” said Heaton. “To be honored above everyone else that might have deserved this. I know that the real Heisman is like the best of the best and it’s an honor to be associated with that.”
The Wendy’s High School Heisman Program is comprised of five phases—nominations, state finalist, state winners, national finalists and national winners. Entries are initially by ACT Assessment during the state finalist and state winner phases and then passed on to a distinguished panel of judges to elect the national finalists and national winners.
Twelve national finalists are invited for an all-expense paid trip to New York on Dec. 9-11 to participate in the Heisman weekend festivities. ESPN2 will feature all 12 national finalists during the Wendy’s High School Heisman Awards Ceremony that will air on Dec. 11.

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