Wendy’s High School Heisman Recognizes State Finalists

STATE — Twenty state finalists were announced today for the  2012 Wendy’s® High School Heisman® Award program. 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, 794 applicants came from New Jersey 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/school leadership.

The New Jersey state finalists are

  • Marie Moore, Brick Township Memorial High School
  • Carly Veenstra, Eastern Christian High School (North Haledon)
  • Ailis Clyne, Morris Hills High School (Rockaway)
  • Jessie Sharr, Belvidere High School
  • Gloria Rothenberg, Solomon Schechter Day School (Livingston)
  • Catherine McIntyre, Pope John XXIII Regl High School (Sparta)
  • Liana Ilutzi, Hanover Park High School (East Hanover)
  • Nina Golojuch, Livingston High School
  • Omolola Agabalogun, Egg Harbor Township High School
  • Megan Donnelly, Clearview Regional High School (Sewell)
  • Scott Davern, Manchester Township High School
  • Gregory Leeper, Morris Hills High School (Rockaway)
  • Justin Becker, Rahway High School
  • Stephen Mershon, Marine Acad Of Tech And Env School (Barnegat)
  • Ryan Kaplan, Franklin Township High School (Somerset)
  • Evan Abouaf, Leonia High School
  • Madison Price, Ranney School (Red Bank)
  • Benjamin Susskind, Solomon Schechter Day School (West Orange)
  • Jadaen Bernstein, Voorhees High School (Glen Gardner)
  • Derek Liu, High Technology High School (Holmdel)

Just as the collegiate Heisman is known for being the highest award in college football, the Wendy’s High School Heisman, now in its 19h year, is one of the most esteemed awards at the high school level.

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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