By Brad Spencer
OPRF High School cross-country and track star Malachy Schrobilgen was recently selected a Wendy’s High School Heisman State Finalist.
Of the 48,000 seniors who applied for the award nationwide, Schrobilgen is one of 20 from a list of 1,167 applicants selected from Illinois.
The Wendy’s High School Heisman Award recognizes outstanding seniors nationwide who excel in athletics, academics and community leadership. 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.
One male and one female finalist from each state will be named state winners this Friday. The list will then be paired down to 12 National Finalists, who will compete for the National Winner in New York City on Dec. 9.
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 Wendy’s High School Heisman trophy 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. 10.