The 12 national finalists will compete for the National Winner title in New York City on Dec. 7. National Finalists will be featured during a televised ceremony on ESPN® networks and will receive gold medals and $2,000 awards for their high schools.
One male and one female National Winner will receive a crystal Wendy’s High School Heisman trophy, a $500 gift certificate to Wendy’s, and Wendy’s will donate $10,000 to each winner’s respective high school. Additionally, the winners will be recognized during the collegiate Heisman Trophy broadcast on ESPN, Dec. 8.
An ESPN crew was on hand for the announcement in Versailles, following Sam through an ordinary day, which will be part of a future broadcast.
Just as the collegiate Heisman is known for being the highest award in college football, the Wendy’s High School Heisman, now in its 19th year, is one of the most esteemed awards at the high school level.
These finalists embody the Heisman spirit of hard work and dedication through their outstanding achievements in athletics, academics and community/school leadership.
Prakel, who carries a 4.0 GPA in advanced classes, posted the 2012 Cross Country State Meet Record and All-Division Course Record in 5000m (15:19.34) and the Conference Record in 5000m (15:28.27). He is a three-year cross country varsity letter winner selected as the team’s Most Valuable Player for three years, and was named All-State for three years.
Prakel is also a three year varsity letter winner in Track, named Most Valuable Player as a junior and All-State for three years. He holds the school records in the 1600m (4:10,33), 3200m (9:16.14), 800m (1:54.00), 4x400m (3:21.64) and a Conference Record in 1600m (4:13.33).
As a member of the Swimming and Diving Team, Prakel, a three-year varsity winner, was All-District as a sophomore and junior, and holds school records in 50 Yard Butterfly (26.81), 200 Yard Freestyle (1:34.80), 400 Yard Freestyle Relay (3:26.40), 200 Yard Medley Relay (1:43.57), 400 Yard Medley Relay (3:52.29).
Outside of sports, he is a three-year Class Representative, National Honors Society President as a Junior, President of Marching, Concert, and Jazz Band as a Junior, three year Member of French Club and Math and Science Club Member as a Sophomore and Junior.