Two nominated for Wendy’s Heisman Award

Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School’s Janelle Gifford and Ryan Pimental, both from Acushnet, have been honored with a nomination for the prestigious Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. The program, awarded in conjunction with the collegiate Heisman, celebrates the achievements of the nation’s top high school seniors both in and out of the classroom.

Assistant Superintendent/Principal, Gary Brown, nominated these two promising leaders for their academic aptitude, athletic talent, and exceptional commitment to their school and communities.

“These students are the future community leaders,” said Archie Griffin, the only two-time winner of the prestigious Heisman Memorial Trophy and Wendy’s High School Heisman program spokesperson. “It gives me great pride to see young people strive for excellence on and off the field.”

For more information or to track a student’s progress in the competition, please log on to or call 1-800-205-6367. All nominees will be posted on theWendy’s High School Heisman website in early October of this year.

Created in 1994, the Wendy’s High School Heisman program, has been celebrating youth excellence for 13 years. The program consists of five phases – Nomination, State Finalists, State Winners, National Finalists, and National Winners. Entries are initially evaluated by ACT Assessment during the State Finalist and State Winner phases and then passed on to a distinguished panel of judges.

Twelve National Finalists are invited to participate in the Heisman weekend festivities during an all-expense paid trip to New York City on Dec. 8-10. ESPN2 will feature all 12 National Finalists during the Wendy’s High School Heisman Awards Ceremony that airs on Dec. 10, 2006.

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Leave your options open. Apply today and make your decision in March. 8th grade students from Acushnet, Carver, Lakeville, Mattapoisett, and Rochester are invited to begin the application process at

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