The Heisman Trophy is one of the top honors to be awarded in college football. That’s well known. What isn’t so known is that there’s also a Wendy’s High School Heisman (say that three times fast), which is awarded to students at the high school level.
Maui has three students who have just been named finalists. Congratulations are in order for Jade Chihara from Lahainaluna High School, Tiana Lee Camarillo from Seabury Hall and Kristen Raleigh from Kihei Charter School.
The Wendy’s High School Heisman had 45,000 seniors who applied, and out of that 190 applications came from Hawaii, which have been narrowed down to 19 that comprise the state’s finalists. Students recognized as finalists have embodied the Heisman attributes of hard work and dedication through achievements in athletics as well as academics and community and school leadership.
The High School Heisman has been around 19 years. On Nov. 5, one male and one female finalist from Hawaii will be chosen to represent the state. From all the state winners, there will 12 national finalists. These 12 will compete for the National Winner title on Dec. 7.
The National finalists get recognized in an ESPN televised Gold medal ceremony and each receive $2,000 for their school. But only one male and one female will be chosen for the top honor, and those students receive a $500 gift certificate to Wendy’s and a $10,000 donation from Wendy’s to their school. To view all the state finalists, go to WendysHeisman.com.