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High school heisman


The Wendy’s® High School Heisman® Scholarship was created by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas in 1994. Dave Thomas dropped out of high school when he was 15 years old in order to work full-time and went on to become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in history. While this nontraditional path led to his prosperity, it always worried Dave that others would expect to achieve similar fame and wealth by not finishing high school or attending college.

Faced with this dilemma, at 61 years old, Dave took the required classes to earn his General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and was honored at a ceremony at Coconut Creek High School in Ft. Lauderdale, FL,. The senior class of 1993 embraced their honorary classmate by inviting Dave and his wife Lorraine to the senior prom and voting him “Most Likely to Succeed.” Inspired by his desire to celebrate the outstanding achievements of youth in America, he launched the Wendy’s High School Heisman program.

Twenty-two years later, Wendy’s has honored more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors who share Wendy’s values of giving back to their communities, treating people with respect, continuing education and excelling on the athletic field.

Wendy’s High School Heisman is a joint program between Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust, host and custodians of the Heisman Memorial Trophy®.

2017 Wendy’s High School Heisman School Winners were recognized on Friday, December 1st at an event hosted by GCWen Management Corp at the Wendy’s restaurant located at 555 Rt. 70 in Brick. The Heisman Memorial Trophy was on loan to Franchisee’s Gaspar & Christina Giordano who  were delighted to provide a great big gift baskets of Heisman swag, Heisman- themed cake and Wendy’s gift cards to honorees Joseph Guerra, Brick Township HS; David Yanovsky, Brick Memorial HS; Kylee Kells, Pt. Pleasant Beach HS, Rachel Pausz, Pt. Pleasant Borough HS. Not present but also recognized were Maya Font, Brick Township HS and Deanna Martin, Manchester, HS. Individual Proceeds Nights will soon be held in each award winners honor.  All were thrilled to receive the recognition and were excited about the Heisman Trophy photo op!

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