Just two days after placing second at the state 2A cross country finals and leading her team to the state championship, Hotchkiss senior Natalie Anderson was one of two high school students in the state to win the Wendy's High School Heisman award.
Each year, Wendy's awards one male and one female senior from each of the 50 states with the Heisman.
Students are judged based on academic and athletic accomplishments, leadership in the community, and involvement in high school extracurricular activities.
Two other Delta County students, Dustin Ownbey, of Delta High School, and Carson Pipher of Paonia, were among 20 state finalists for the award.
Pipher is a National Honor Society member, an all-conference player in basketball and a member of the 2013 state champion girls' track team. She is a two-time state qualifier in volleyball and will play this weekend at the Colorado Coaches of Girls' Sports all-state volleyball games in Arvada.
Ownbey is a member of the Key Club, National Honor Society and the Leo Club. He also recently earned his Eagle Scout honors. A distance runner, he is also a four-year, three-time state qualifier for the cross country team and a member of the track team.
In 2012, Conner Beard of Hotchkiss was a state finalist for the award.
Anderson is student body vice president and has served on student council since sixth grade. She has been involved in numerous clubs and organizations and established a SADD (Students Against Destructive Driving) chapter at HHS. She has a long list of volunteer services throughout the school and the community, and has been an active member of 4-H for 12 years.
She is also a three-sport athlete and has been named all-state in track and cross country, and all-conference in basketball.
Anderson, along with Colorado male winner Ayodeji Sanusi of Vista PEAK 9-12 Preparatory in Aurora, will receive a $50 Wendy's gift card. Both are eligible to become one of 12 national finalists and receive a trip to New York City for the annual award banquet. The 12 finalists will be announced this week.
The award also recognizes HHS for its excellence in the classroom, on the field, and in the community, according to the website. The schools of all 12 national finalists will receive $2,000 in the student's name, with the two national winners' schools receiving $10,000. National winners will be announced in December on ESPN2.blog comments powered by Disqus