There are some students who set the bar. They work harder, show more passion and lead by example in the classroom, on the field and within the community.
Wendy’s High School Heisman recently recognized Alanna Alfonso, a graduating senior in Cutler Bay Senior High School’s Cutler Bay Ocean Academy of Science and Technology (COAST) and her dedication to never cutting corners by naming her a school winner.
“These students are known by their teachers and friends for their commitment to excellence. We are excited and honored that a program like Wendy’s High School Heisman is also recognizing their hard work,” said Lucas De La Torre, principal at Cutler Bay High.
Since 1994, Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust have been running the same play to perfection — honoring more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed students. This year, Wendy’s will celebrate the accomplishments of thousands of the best high school seniors, awarding winners in five phases.
School winners will receive a certificate and a Wendy’s High School Heisman Patch.
The Wendy’s High School Heisman was created b Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas in 1994. Thomas dropped out of high school when he was 15 years old in order to work full-time and went on to become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in history. While this nontraditional path led to his prosperity, it always worried Dave that others would follow in his footsteps and expect to achieve similar fame and wealth by not finishing high school or attending college.
Faced with this dilemma, at 61 years old, Dave enrolled at Coconut Creek High School in Fort Lauderdale and received his General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Inspired by this moment and with a desire to celebrate the outstanding achievements of youth in America, he launched the Wendy’s High School Heisman program.
Twenty-two years later, Wendy’s High School Heisman has honored more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors who share Wendy’s values of giving back to their communities, treating people with respect, continuing education and excelling on the athletic field.
The Wendy’s High School Heisman is a joint program between Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust, host and custodians of the Heisman Memorial Trophy.