Girls Varsity Gymnastics - *2016 IHSAA State Champions*
There are some students who set the bar. They work harder, show more passion and lead by example—in the classroom, on the field and within the community. Thursday (Oct. 19), Wendy’s High School Heisman recognizes Claire Thompson of Columbus North High School and her dedication to never cutting corners by naming her a School Winner.
“Claire is known by her teachers and friends for her commitment to excellence. We are excited and honored that a program like Wendy’s High School Heisman is also recognizing her hard work,” said Sandy Freshour, Columbus North gymnastics coach.
Thompson, a senior, is a three-time state champion in gymnastics. She claimed individual titles in the uneven parallel bars and all-around as a sophomore in 2016 and the balance beam crown in 2017. She helped the Bull Dogs to the team state title in 2016 and a state runner-up effort in 2017. Thompson also is a varsity cheerleader in the fall and has competed in track and field.
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. This year, Wendy’s will celebrate the accomplishments of thousands of the best high school seniors, awarding winners in five phases.
School Winners will receive a School Winner certificate and a Wendy’s High School Heisman Patch. State Finalists will receive a bronze medal, a Wendy’s High School Heisman State Finalist patch and a $25 gift card. From the group of State Finalists, one senior male and female were selected from each state and announced as State Winners.
Hannah Ashby and Clayton Underhill, both of Washington Catholic High School, are the the state winners for Indiana. Those two were chosen from a group of State Finalists who included Dakota Caton of Sullivan, Kelsey Dugger of Southmont, Luke Dunn of Princeton, Nathan Ferguson of Turkey Run, Lizzy Frazier of Columbus East, Karmen Koch of Huntington North, Nicholas Leahy of Westfield, Luke Lushin of Western, Kristina Lynch of Penn, Caroline McClaskey of North Montgomery, Ty Mills of Brownburg, Alan Perry of Seymour, Matthew Schadler of Evansville Memorial, Katerinia Shuble of LaPorte, Alexiah Spence of Wapahani, Kyle Wade of Kokomo, Madeline Wilson of Castle and Elizabeth Wuertley of Marion.
For more information or to track a student’s progress through the competition, please visit www.WendysHeisman.com.
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-two 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®.
The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN) is the world's third largest quick-service hamburger restaurant chain. The Wendy's system includes more than 6,500 restaurants in 29 countries and U.S. territories. For more information, visit www.wendys.com.