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Wendy's High School Heisman picks 20 Marylanders as finalists

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Of the 20 Maryland finalists announced this week for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award, five come from schools in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

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 selected as finalists from among 619 Maryland student-athletes who applied.

About 48,000 high school seniors from around the country applied or were nominated for the award this year.

On Nov. 4, one male and one female finalist from each state will be named. Of those, 12 will be selected as national finalists and will be invited to participate in a televised ceremony in New York City on Dec. 13 that will air on ESPN.

All finalists receive gold medals and $2,000 awards for their high schools. The top male and female will receive a crystal Wendy's High School Heisman trophy, a $500 gift certificate to Wendy's and a $10,000 donation from Wendy's to the winners' schools.

The award, created in 1994, recognizes "outstanding high school seniors nationwide who excel in athletics, academics and community leadership." A list of state finalists is available here, and the full list of Maryland finalists appears below.

 

Student Name

Gender

Student High School

Hometown

Emily Granger

Female

Saints Peter and Paul High School

Grasonville

Jessica Zhao

Female

Meade Senior High School

Hanover

Laurie Kostecka

Female

Clarksburg High School

Germantown

Kendall Noel

Female

South Carroll High School

Mount Airy

Sydney Larkin

Female

Parkside High School

Salisbury

Margaret Sullivan

Female

Boonsboro High School

Hagerstown

Amber Donoway

Female

Snow Hill High School

Newark

Amaya Phillips

Female

Reservoir High School

Clarksville

Megan Mounts

Female

Walkersville High School

Walkersville

Tierra Jackson

Female

Woodstream Christian Academy

Bowie

Rico Lizbinski

Male

Richard Montgomery High School

Gaithersburg

Ross Bednar

Male

James M. Bennett High School

Hebron

Nolan McMahon

Male

Cambridge-South Dorchester High School

Woolford

Marwan Saleh

Male

Stephen Decatur High School

Ocean City

Ryan Pellegrino

Male

C. Milton Wright High School

Bel Air

Kyle Johnston

Male

Manchester Valley High School

Manchester

Alexander Shockley

Male

Snow Hill High School

Snow Hill

James Willey

Male

Parkside High School

Salisbury

Michael Scott

Male

Huntingtown High School

Chesapeake Beach

Kyle Geblein

Male

Smithsburg High School

Hagerstown

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