Jackson County is indeed fortunate to have a multitude of good athletes. What is even more important, is the number of those athletes who excel off the field, court, and diamond and into the classroom and community. Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust look at all aspects of the candidates they choose for their Heisman Trophy Trust. Jackson County is proud to have three student athletes chosen as Wendy’s Heisman winners. From Malone High School, Jesse Wayne ‘JDub’ Harris, Marianna High’s Alyson James, and Sneads High’s Taylor Roberts are all Wendy’s High School Heisman Award winners for their school.
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 School Winner certificate and a Wendy’s High School Heisman Patch.
The Wendy’s High School Heisman Award was created by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas in 1994. Dave 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 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 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®.