Tuscola High School seniors Landon Henley and Sarah Swaim have both been named school winners of the 2018 Wendy’s High School Heisman Competition. From a total applicant pool of nearly 42,000 high school scholar-athletes graduating with the class of 2019, more than 7,500 have been named School Winners in Wendy’s annual scholarship competition.
Sarah Swaim is the daughter of Davis Swaim and Sherry Swaim. She has represented Tuscola High School regionally as a swimmer 2016-2018, and she serves as team captain. In both 2017 and 2018 she was named All-Conference and All-WNC in soccer, and she has been named Tuscola MVP and conference Defender of the Year, 2016-18. Outside of school she is active in club soccer, and she volunteers with Folkmoot, Asheville-Buncombe Youth Soccer Association, and Open Door Ministries & Second Blessing Thrift Shop. She is an active member of National Honor Society, Key Club International, and the Spirit Club. Sarah has a 4.4 GPA and is currently dually enrolled at Tuscola High School and Haywood Community College. She is planning to attend college in the fall.
Landon Henley is the son of Matt and Angie Henley. He has been named All-Conference and All-WNC in both basketball and baseball, as well as Basketball Player of the Year when he earned his 1000th point last season. He was also recognized as the 2018 runner-up Pitcher of the Year. In addition to athletics, Landon is a member of Tuscola’s Summit Show Choir, National Honor Society, and the Unified Sports program. Landon has a 4.2 GPA and is currently dually enrolled at both Tuscola High School and Haywood Community College. He is planning to attend college next fall.
School Winners continue to compete for the chance to become State Finalists, State Winners, National Finalists or National Winners. State Winners (announced November 7) receive a $500 college scholarship, National Finalists receive a $1,000 college scholarship and the male and female National Winners (announced November 9) receive a $5,000 college scholarship and trip to New York City to attend the Heisman Trophy Trust’s annual college Heisman award broadcast on Saturday, December 8, 2018.
Landon Henley has also been named a state finalist in the Wendy’s High School Heisman competition.
Like the Heisman Memorial Trophy®, Wendy’s believes in the pursuit of athletic and academic excellence with integrity. 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. Our partnership succeeds because we share a common set of values wherein going above and beyond is the norm. We want to honor students who do the same and profile their stories of perseverance to inspire the tomorrow’s senior class.
To apply, students must be graduating with the class of 2019, have a cumulative high school grade point average of a B (3.0) or better, participate in at least one of the 47 sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee and/or the National Federation of State High School Association and be a leader in his/her school and community.
About Wendy’s High School Heisman
The Wendy’s High School Heisman 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, Fla., 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-five 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®.
Wendy’s® was founded in 1969 by Dave Thomas in Columbus, Ohio. Dave built his business on the premise, “Quality is our Recipe®,” which remains the guidepost of the Wendy’s system. Wendy’s is best known for its made-to-order square hamburgers, using fresh, never frozen beef*, freshly-prepared salads with hand-chopped lettuce, and other signature items like chili, baked potatoes and the Frosty® dessert. The Wendy’s Company is committed to doing the right thing and making a positive difference in the lives of others. This is most visible through the Company’s support of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® and its signature Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program, which seeks to find every child in the North American foster care system a loving, forever home. Today, Wendy’s and its franchisees employ hundreds of thousands of people across more than 6,600 restaurants worldwide with a vision of becoming the world’s most thriving and beloved restaurant brand. Please visit www.wendys.com and www.squaredealblog.com for more information and connect with us on Twitter and Instagram using @wendys, and on Facebook www.facebook.com/wendys.