Emily Granger, a three-sport athlete at Saints Peter and Paul in Easton, was named the female winner of the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award on Friday.
Granger, who plays basketball, lacrosse and soccer, was selected last month as Maryland’s female finalist for the award and was chosen as one of 11 national finalists.
“It’s just such an amazing feeling,” Granger said. “Not even getting the award, but just to be recognized among all these amazing people is the greatest feeling in the world. ... I was completely taken by surprise.”
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The award, created in 1994, recognizes “outstanding high school seniors nationwide who excel in athletics, academics and community leadership.”
Andrew Miner, a baseball and football player at East Greenwich High School in East Greenwich, R.I., was the male national winner.
Granger and Miner won a $10,000 donation to their high school, a crystal Wendy’s High School Heisman trophy and a $500 Wendy’s gift card. Both were also scheduled to appear on ESPN’s Heisman Trophy broadcast on Saturday.
Of the 619 Maryland student-athletes who applied this year, 20 were selected as state finalists. Locally, Meade's Jessica Zhao, South Carroll's Kendall Noel, Reservoir's Amaya Phillips, C. Milton Wright's Ryan Pellegrino and Manchester Valley's Kyle Johnston were chosen.
Rico Lizbinski, of Richard Montgomery in Rockville, was Maryland’s male finalist.
About 48,000 high school seniors from around the country applied or were nominated for the award this year.