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High school names local Wendy’s Heisman winners

Posted: Friday, Nov 9th, 2012

EVANSTON — Evanston High School is extending a special congratulations to Kortney Freeland and Wyatt Fuez, who were named school winners for the prestigious Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. To be eligible for this award, students must display academic aptitude, athletic talent and community leadership.

The Wendy’s High School Heisman 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. Just as the collegiate Heisman is known for being the top award in college football, the WHSH award is known for being the most prestigious award at the high school level. The award encourages future leadership by recognizing well-balanced lifestyles at an early age.

Kortney Freeland and Wyatt Fuez were selected as school winners based on the following accomplishments.

• Kortney Freeland maintains a 3.56 cumulative GPA at Evanston High School. She is active in National Honor Society, and has logged several hours of volunteer service. Freeland has earned a varsity letter since the ninth grade in volleyball, and was most valuable player her junior year. She led the state in kills her junior year, and was second in the state in blocks her sophomore year.

Freeland was all-conference and all-state in both 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, and was recently named 4A West player of the year. She has verbally committed to play volleyball at Western Wyoming Community College next year.

Freeland’s club team, High Country Volleyball, qualified and played for a national championship this summer in Columbus, Ohio. She also placed second in the 100-meter hurdles at the regional championships both in her sophomore and junior seasons.

• Wyatt Fuez is an involved athlete in cross country and track and field. He has participated in both sports all through high school, and has earned varsity letters in both sports the last three years.

He was the team captain for cross country this year, and set many personal records during the past season. He also ran the 800-meter, 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter during the track season.

Fuez is involved in the National Honor Society and the Boy Scouts, through which he has earned his Eagle Scout rank, 4-H and has been involved in his church in many leadership positions. Fuez has logged hundreds of hours of volunteer service through these organizations, and has maintained a 4.0 cumulative GPA through high school.

“Kortney Freeland and Wyatt Fuez are future leaders and will represent their school well in the next phase of judging,” said Archie Griffin, program spokesperson, the only two-time winner of the prestigious Heisman Memorial Trophy and Wendy’s High School Heisman. “I’m proud to be involved with an award that embodies the spirit of the Heisman tradition of hard work, dedication and an outstanding record both on and off the field.”

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