12 student athletes named High School Heisman finalists

Updated: December 12, 2008, 6:00 PM ET

From a highly selective field of nearly 34,000 applicants nationwide, Wendy's brought 12 finalists to New York City to reveal the two national winners for the 2008 Wendy's High School Heisman Award. Each finalist embodies the Heisman spirit of hard work and dedication in academics, athletics and in the community.

The 12 national finalists were chosen by a judging panel composed of representatives from education, sports and business, as well as former Heisman Trophy recipients.

Wendy's High School Heisman Finalists
Name Gender High School City, State
Kathy Kroeger F Independence High School Franklin, Tenn.
Lauren Kuhn F Weatherwax High School Aberdeen, Wash.
Melanie Thompson F Voorhees High School High Bridge, N.J.
Laura Bellamy F Denfeld High School Duluth, Minn.
Irene Kalbian F Cheshire High School Cheshire, Conn.
Elizabeth Marden F Olathe East High School Overland Park, Kan.
Brett Leibowitz M The Meadows School Las Vegas
Joseph Tipton M Maryville High School Maryville, Tenn.
Daniel Jones M Goddard Senior High School Wichita, Kan.
Joseph Rigby M Suffield High School Suffield, Conn.