Monticello student wins Utah Heisman award
Devin Wright, a senior at Monticello High School, is the State Winner of the 2010 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. Wright and girls Heisman winner Tracie Nelson of Enterprise High School, will now go on to compete for the national award that celebrates their hard work, dedication and an exceptional record in athletics, academics and community leadership.
Devin Wright is involved in a wide variety of activities at Monticello High School, including all state quarterback of the football team, honorable mention all state guard on the basketball team and state champion in the javelin, all as a junior. He serves as the student body president and his grade point average is at the top of the class. He is the son of Lisa and Doug Wright.
Nelson and Wright were chosen from 55,000 applicants, surviving rounds that narrowed contenders to one male and one female winner from each school, and then to Utah’s respected group of 19 State Finalists.
The state finalists include Katie Hiatt, a senior at San Juan High School.
Awarded in conjunction with the collegiate Heisman, the Wendy’s High School Heisman, now in its 17th year, has set the standard for high school student-athletes and gained tremendous prestige among universities and colleges nationwide.
The Wendy’s High School Heisman is a prestigious award that showcases a commitment to higher achievement and making positive contributions both on and off the field,” said Archie Griffin, two-time collegiate Heisman Trophy winner. “Tracie and Devin are inspirations to others in their school and community and we’re honored to welcome them into the Heisman family.”
The competition continues for the 2010 State Winners. Nelson and Wright will compete against winners from other states 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 10.
National Finalists will be featured during a televised ceremony on an ESPN network, and will receive a gold medal and $2,000 award for their high schools. One male and one female National Winner will receive a Wendy’s High School Heisman trophy 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, December 11.
For more information about the Heisman program and to view all the state finalists, visit www.WendysHeisman.com.