Hernandez named High School Heisman finalist

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

As the competition narrows for the 2012 Wendy's High School Heisman Award program, 20 of Louisiana's top scholar-athletes were announced as state finalists for the prestigious award.

Kayla Hernandez of Donaldsonville High was named as one of the 20 finalist.

Hernandez and the rest of the finalists are now in the running to become state winners, the next phase of the program as applicants advance to become national winners.

Of the 45,000 seniors who applied nationwide, 991 applicants came from Louisiana and have been narrowed down to the state's 20 finalists. These finalists embody the Heisman spirit of hard work and dedication through their outstanding achievements in athletics, academics and community/school leadership.

Later today, one male and one female finalist from each state will be named state winners. Of those state winners, 12 will be chosen as national finalists and will go on to compete for the national winner title in New York City on Dec. 7. National finalists will be featured during a televised ceremony on ESPN networks and will receive gold medals and $2,000 awards for their high schools.

One male and one female national winner will receive a crystal Wendy's High School Heisman trophy, a $500 gift certificate to Wendy's, and Wendy's will donate $10,000 to each winner's respective high school. Additionally, the winners will be recognized during the collegiate Heisman Trophy broadcast on ESPN, Dec. 8.