SC’s Pease lands state Heisman Award
South Central’s Sarah Pease was named as the female state winner of the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award on Friday.
Cameron Smith of Noblesville was the boys’ winner.
The annual award celebrates high school seniors who excel in athletics, academics and community service.
Pease and Smith join two winners from each state and the District of Columbia. Each winner will receive a silver medal and compete in the next round of the national competition, where 12 national finalists ‘ a male and a female from six regions ‘ will be selected. National finalists will be announced mid-November and national winners will be named in December in conjunction with the collegiate Heisman presentation.
In addition to Indiana’s two state winners, nine males and females from the state were selected from more than 14,000 nominees nationwide as state finalists, and will receive a bronze medal.
Among those is Lanesville’s Allison Horton.
Both Horton and Pease will be honored during a banquet and pregame ceremony at Sunday’s Indianapolis Colts-Houston Texans game at the RCA Dome.
‘Winning the award is awesome, but I’m really looking forward to the football game, too,’ Pease said.
The first phase of the award process is nomination, which includes 14,020 students. The second phase is state finalist (1,020 students) and the third is a state winner (102 students).
The final two phases are national finalist (12 students) and national winner (two students).
As students progress, they are judged by a panel that includes past Wendy’s High School Heisman winners as well as leaders in education, business, athletics and community service.
By the end of November, the state winners will narrow to 12 national finalists, who will travel to New York City Dec. 9-11 to participate in the Heisman weekend festivities where the top male and female student-athletes will be named Wendy’s High School Heisman national winners.
This will take place during an honorary awards ceremony televised on ESPN2 on Dec. 11. The two winners will also be recognized during the live collegiate Heisman trophy presentation on ESPN on Dec. 10.