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Outstanding Scholar-Athletes From Louisiana, Colorado Named 2009 Wendy’s High School Heisman National Winners


Two Seniors, Selected From Nearly 55,000 Applicants, Honored at 16th Annual Awards Ceremony

NEW YORK (Dec. 17, 2009) – Two celebrated high school student athletes from Louisiana and Colorado went for the gold at the Wendy’s High School Heisman awards ceremony in New York City. Malia Cali and Kyle Pollock were named national winners of the prestigious award, which honors exceptional students who bring excellence in academics, athletics and community service. The two winners were chosen from nearly 55,000 applicants – the highest entry pool in the award program’s 16 year history – across the country:

• Malia Cali, of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Hammond, La. is a three-year All State selection in track and field, cross-country and soccer, and commands the No. 1 academic ranking in her senior class.

• Kyle Pollock, of Wiggins High School in Wiggins, Colo. boasts a trifecta of athletic prowess having lettered in wrestling, football, and track and field. He’s ranked No. 1 in his class and has an active tenure in student government.
This year’s two national winners each received a crystal Wendy’s High School Heisman trophy, a $10,000 donation to their respective high schools and recognition during the collegiate Heisman ceremony in New York City on Saturday, Dec. 12.

“The Wendy’s High School Heisman award is committed to honoring outstanding high school student- athletes who continue to shine in the classroom, on the field, in their local communities,” said Archie Griffin, two-time collegiate Heisman Memorial Trophy winner. “We’re honored to have Malia and Kyle enter the esteemed ranks of Heisman greatness. I look forward to following their careers as they excel at the next level and inspire future high school Heisman candidates.”

Cali and Pollock were selected from an exceptional group of national finalists, made up of six male and six female students from six U.S. regions, representing a variety of sports and extracurricular activities. The other 10 Wendy’s Heisman national finalists who deserve recognition include: Kelly Curran, Joseph Harman, Kalle Jahn, Caroline Janssen, Alexander McCandless, Katelyn Rossick, William Sievern, Oliver Song, Kristabel Stark and Jessica Tonn.

Created in 1994 by Wendy’s and the Heisman Memorial Trust, the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award recognizes outstanding seniors nationwide who excel in athletics, academics and in the community. For more information, please visit


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