One of the most esteemed awards at the high school level is within the grasp of two of Juneau-Douglas High School’s most notable athletes and scholars.
Crimson Bears’ Jocelyn Cayce and Jackson Lehnhart are among 19 Alaska state finalists for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award program, according to information from the program.
One boy and one girl from Alaska will be chosen Nov. 5, and entered to be one of 12 national finalists for the 2012 Wendy’s High School Heisman. The national finalists will travel to New York City, and receive gold medals and $2,000 for their respective high schools, in addition to being featured in a ceremony televised on the ESPN networks. On Dec. 7, one boy and one girl both will be named national winners and 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 schools. The winners will also be recognized during the collegiate Heisman Trophy broadcast on ESPN, Dec. 8.
Alaska’s finalist are: Lehnhart and Cayce (JDHS), Alyson Walker and Taylor McLaren (Ketchikan), Tazia Wagner (Metlakatla), Delainey Stokes (Monroe High School, North Pole), Kelti Lorence (Glennallen), Christine Angell (Lathrop Hi, Fairbanks), McKenzie Barnett (Kodiak), Hanna Brewer and Matthew Tallman (Eielson Hi, North Pole), Karissa Carroll and Jared Miller (Nenana), Marina Koonooka (Apangalook Hi, Gambell), Blake Klaich (Nikolaevsk), Jeffery Buchanan (Seward), Darrian Parker (Bartlett Hi, Anchorage), and Hugh Sturgulewski (Lumen Christie Hi, Anchorage).
Of the 45,000 seniors who applied nationwide, 77 applicants came from Alaska and have been narrowed down to the state’s 19 finalists. These finalists embody the Heisman spirit of hard work and dedication through their outstanding achievements in athletics, academics and community/school leadership.