Two of our state's most outstanding high school seniors were honored as state winners of the 2012 Wendy's High School Heisman Award. Trevor DeRouen of Gueydan High School and Jade Moreau of Holy Savior Menard Central High School were chosen as the top overall male and female winners for Louisiana.
DeRouen and Moreau will now compete for the national award, which celebrates the hard work, dedication and exceptional records of each student-athlete's athletic and academic high school career as well as their involvement with community service. They were chosen from approximately 45,000 applicants and survived rounds that narrowed nominees to one male and one female winner from each school, and then to Louisiana's respected group of 20 state finalists.
The Wendy's High School Heisman, now in its 19th year, has set the bar for high school student-athletes and has received much respect from colleges and universities across the nation. As state winners, DeRouen and Moreau will compete against other winners in various regions for a chance to be named one of the 12 national finalists in Wendy's search for the nation's top scholar athletes. The top male and female national winner will each receive a crystal Wendy's High School Heisman trophy, a $500 Wendy's gift card and a dontation from Wendy's in the amount of $10,000 to their respective high school to be presented on Dec. 7 in New York City. In addition, the national winners will be acknowledged during the collegiate Heisman Trophy broadcast Saturday, Dec. 8 on ESPN.