Two Observer-area athletes were named N.C. Wendy’s High School Heisman award winners.
Northwest Cabarrus’ Kara Dunkle and East Lincoln’s Chazz Surratt will now advance to the next round of competition, where five boys and five girls will be chosen as national finalists. The national winners will be announced Dec. 11.
Dunkle is a cross-country and track athlete. Surratt plays football and basketball.
National Finalists will receive an invitation to the Wendy’s High School Heisman Weekend, in New York in December, and the eight finalists that do not go on to become National Winners will receive a gold medal, a Heisman patch, a $100 Wendy’s gift card and $2,000 school donation in the students’ name. The two National Winners will receive a Wendy’s High School Heisman Trophy, a Wendy's High School Heisman National Winner patch and a $500 Wendy’s gift card as well as a $5,000 donation to their high schools in their names.
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The High School Heisman Program honors and rewards high school seniors that are well-rounded students. Much like the collegiate Heisman Memorial Trophy, Wendy’s High School Heisman recognizes students that excel in the classroom, on the field and in the community. This partnership aims to inspire high school senior students to pursue their higher education goals.
Dunkle and Surratt were selected from a pool of 20 N.C. finalists. Several Observer-area student-athletes were finalists. They included: Hickory Ridge’s Megan Campany; Porter Ridge’s Amanda Conti; Mount Pleasant’s Brittany Stanley; Forest Hills’ Seth Whitley; and South Iredell’s Alex Gourley.