Tuesday, May 22, 2018

High School Heisman by Jake Wallman

High School Heisman
By Jake Wallman        

The Wendy’s High School Heisman is an award given yearly across the entire United States. It was established by a man named Dave Thomas. A man who dropped out of high school at the age of 15.

Thomas went on to become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world. He created this award because he was afraid people could not obtain success and wealth without a college diploma. Wendy’s High School Heisman has awarded over 600,000 high school seniors since it began.
To become eligible for this award, applicants must have a 3.0 grade point average. The applicant must also be a proven leader and role model in their school and community, as well as competing in one of forty seven sports accepted by the National Federation of State High School Sports.
There are three different level of scholarships. State winners get $1,000, National finalists get $5,000 and the National winner gets a $10,000 scholarship. Class of 2019, can go to https://www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com/application/ to apply for this scholarship for next year.
Every high school has a winner on top of the other scholarship awards. Mooresville High School’s winner this year was Senior Jordyn Dinwiddie. Dinwiddie is a Volleyball player, Basketball player, and a Track athlete.

She has been on varsity for Volleyball all 4 years in high school. She has been a varsity basketball player for 3 years. She has also been a varsity track member for four seasons.
Jordyn is a member of our Champions of Character group at the High School. It is a group of athletes that go above and beyond on and off the field. Jordyn is a great example of a Champion of Character.
Being a varsity athlete for one year is a good achievement, but four years in two sports, and three in another sport shows her work ethic. Every season, Jordyn is playing some sport, representing our high school. That is all on top of her everyday school work.
“I felt like I was a good candidate for this award due to my GPA, being a three sport athlete, being involved in school clubs, and my community involvement,” Dinwiddie said.
The young players look up to her as a leader on the court. Junior basketball player Lauren Farb, is one of the players that Jordyn has helped on the court. Farb said, “Jordyn showed perseverance throughout the entire season, especially when things got tough for her. She kept a positive attitude through it all. It made me want to be more like her as a player.” That is exactly what a High School Heisman winner would do. They are are always there to help their team. They know how to be a good leader.
Senior Volleyball teammate, Elise Gregory said, “Playing sports with Jordyn is always fun because of her positive and encouraging attitude. She would also make sure all the younger girls felt welcome and included by giving them rides and just hangout out with them.”

On the court, Dinwiddie was the team’s point guard. Averaging almost two assists per game. In volleyball, Jordyn had a 94.4 serve percentage. In track, she holds the record on the 4X100 meter relay. Her athletic ability has given her the opportunity to be on the Indiana University rowing team next fall.