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Student Recognized as Wendy’s High School Heisman National Finalist


Recently, students from South Iredell High School gathered in the gymnasium to honor the Wendy’s High School Heisman representatives from their school.  Scott Miller was recognized as the winner in the male division and Kaitlyn Kent as the winner in the female division at South Iredell High.

“These students are special, not only because of their own achievements, but because they inspire their peers to achieve greatness,” explained assistant principal Chris Penley.  “As you already know, these students embody the Heisman ideals of excellence and truly deserve this honor.”

Penley continued by explaining to the audience that Kaitlyn Kent was not only one of South Iredell High’s most accomplished students, but has advanced to the state winner level of the competition.  Kaitlyn was recognized as North Carolina’s top female for the Wendy’s High School Heisman award.

As the family of Kaitlyn Kent joined her on stage, Jim Furman from Wendy’s approached the stage. 

After explaining some background about the Wendy’s High School Heisman program Mr. Furman stated, “From among our 102 state winners, the national judging panel has selected six males and six females as national finalists.  Kaitlyn doesn’t know it yet, but the real reason I’m here today is to tell her that she has been selected as one of those 12 students.”

Kent was still in shock as she learned that she will travel to New York City to participate in the collegiate Heisman weekend festivities where she will be presented with a gold medal, $100 Wendy’s gift card and a $2,000 donation to South Iredell High School.

One male and one female will be selected from among the 12 national finalists as the 2012 Wendy’s High School Heisman National Winners.  The announcement will be made on Sunday, December 9 during a Wendy’s High School Heisman television special that will air on ESPN2.

“I am so humbled by this entire experience,” stated Kent.  “I’m so blessed to have this amazing life and am proud to represent not only South Iredell High School, but North Carolina.”

Kent was also recently notified that she has been selected to attend the United States Air Force Academy. 

The Wendy’s High School Heisman Award was founded 17 years ago to recognize and motivate high school students to achieve excellence in all facets of life.  This year, more than 48,000 students across the United States applied for this prestigious high school award.

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