Wendy's Names Twelve Outstanding Scholar-Athletes Finalists For 2012 High School Heisman Program

  Wendy's Names Twelve Outstanding Scholar-Athletes Finalists For 2012 High
                            School Heisman Program

National Winners to be announced in December in New York City

PR Newswire

DUBLIN, Ohio, Nov. 26, 2012

DUBLIN, Ohio, Nov. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Out of 45,000 applicants, 12
exceptional high school seniors have been chosen as national finalists for the
19^th annual Wendy's^® High School Heisman^® Award. On December 7, Wendy's
will honor these students at the Wendy's High School Heisman Awards ceremony
at the Best Buy Theater in New York City, where one male and one female
student-athlete will be chosen as the national winners of the prestigious

The Wendy's High School Heisman celebrates the achievements of the nation's
top high school seniors both in and out of the classroom. Just as the
collegiate Heisman is known for being the highest award in college football,
the Wendy's High School Heisman award is recognized as the most esteemed award
in high school athletics because it encourages future leadership by
acknowledging well-rounded students.

"Wendy's High School Heisman rewards outstanding students that not only
outperform their competition in sports but strive for the highest standards of
excellence in all that they do," said Archie Griffin, two-time collegiate
Heisman Memorial Trophy winner. "These 12 young men and women are a direct
reflection of what the program represents, and we congratulate them on being
national finalists."

The 12 national finalists are listed below:

Student Name      Student High School       Hometown
Female Finalists
Tessa Brooks      Triway High School        Wooster, OH
Margaret Midkiff  Mount De Sales Academy    Macon, GA
Kaitlyn Kent      South Iredell High School Statesville, NC
Zoe Alaniz        W. B. Ray High School     Corpus Christi, TX
Avalon Frantz     Boulder City High School  Boulder City, NV
Casey Pearsall    Wilton High School        Wilton, CT
Male Finalists
Trent Hosick      Staley High School        Kansas City, MO
Samuel Prakel     Versailles High School    Versailles, OH
Tyler Hoffman     Farmington High School    Farmington, CT
Jack Twomey-Kozak Orange High School        Hillsborough, NC
Tyler Meidell     Damonte Ranch High School Reno, NV
Daniel Johnson    Ridgeland High School     Rossville, GA

The national finalists will be featured during the televised ceremony on
ESPN2^® on December 16 and will receive gold medals and $2,000 awards for
their high schools. One male and one female national winner will receive a
Wendy's High School Heisman Trophy and a $10,000 donation from Wendy's to each
winner's respective high school. Additionally, the winners will be recognized
during the collegiate Heisman Trophy broadcast on ESPN^®, December 8.

About the Wendy's High School Heisman Program
Created in 1994 by Wendy's and the Heisman Memorial Trust, the Wendy's High
School Heisman Award recognizes outstanding high-school seniors nationwide who
excel in athletics, academics and in the community. Students can nominate
themselves for the award online, in addition to being recommended by
principals, teachers, guidance counselors and coaches. The most exceptional
students are then selected to advance during extensive judging processes
conducted at both state and national levels.

About The Wendy's Company
The Wendy's Company is the world's third largest quick-service hamburger
company. The Wendy's system includes more than 6,500 franchise and company
restaurants in the U.S. and 27 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. For
more information visit www.wendys.com, or www.aboutwendys.com.

Christyne Muller
Ketchum Public Relations
(404) 879-9031

The Wendy's name and design, and the Wendy's High School Heisman and design
are trademarks of Oldemark LLC and are licensed to Wendy's International,
Inc. The Heisman Memorial Trophy, Heisman name and Heisman Trophy figure are
registered trademarks of the Heisman Trophy Trust, used with permission.

SOURCE Wendy's High School Heisman Program

Website: http://www.wendys.com
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