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Senior receives Heisman Award

The stress that arises from both struggling in the classroom to accomplish straight As and hitting tennis balls during practice has finally paid off for Michelle Smith, ’04.

The Wendy’s High School Heisman Award recognizes the top seniors for their GPA, civic involvement, sports, awards, clubs, positions held and other extra-curricular activities. The restaurant Wendys has given 24,000 high schools the privilege of choosing a senior with outstanding involvement in school. Jon Endicott, vice principal, chose Smith to be this year’s campus nominee.

“I chose Michelle because she is an outstanding scholar and athlete among this year’s senior class,” Endicott said. “Most of all, it was her GPA that influenced me.”

Endicott expressed his approval towards Smith’s achievements in and outside of the classroom. Her hard work and dedication brought helpful benefits such as the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.

“I am proud of Michelle. She represents our school very well,” Endicott said. “Her handwork, perseverance and integrity is being recognized through this award. This campus is proud to have her as an outstanding student and athlete!”

Smith holds a 4.05 GPA and has won three consecutive Most Valuable Player awards for tennis. Smith also participates in soccer and softball, and is team leader.

“I was surprised and honored to have been nominated for an award like this one,” said Smith. “I feel proud to represent the school in such a way as this.”

The perspective of Principal Gary Schultz shows proof of Smith’s positive affects on this campus. She stands out of the crowd as a true contender in more than one facet of life.

“If she wins, that would be fantastic,” Principal Schultz said. “It’s an unbelievable honor that she went out of her way to go through the trouble of the application. I am proud and in this campus’ eyes she is already a winner.”

ESPN will feature the 12 finalists on December 13. For more information or to check up on the nominee’s current position of the award go to

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