Two of Rhode Island’s most outstanding high school seniors were honored with distinguished recognition as State Winners of the 2012 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. Priscilla Dunphy of La Salle Academy and Zachary Mitsmenn of Saint Raphael Academy will now go on to compete for the national award that celebrates their hard work, dedication and exceptional records in athletics, academics and community leadership.
“Colleges want well-rounded students and with admissions growing more selective, a national award like the Wendy’s High School Heisman can really help students stand out,” said Archie Griffin, two-time collegiate Heisman Trophy winner. “Priscilla and Zachary are inspirations to others in their school and community, and we’re honored to welcome them into the Heisman family.”
Awarded in conjunction with the collegiate Heisman, the Wendy’s High School Heisman, now in its 19th year, has set the standard for high school student-athletes and gained tremendous prestige among universities and colleges nationwide.
Dunphy and Mitsmenn were chosen from 45,000 applicants, surviving rounds that narrowed contenders to one male and one female winner from each school, and then to Rhode Island’s respected group of 20 State Finalists. Bishop Hendricken’s Matthew Ciocola was one of the 20 state finalists.