The 2014 Application Opens Soon! What You Need to Know

The 2014 Wendy’s High School Heisman application opens within the next two weeks! We’re looking forward to another season of honoring the country’s most esteemed high school seniors for their contributions in athletics, academics, and service to both their school systems and communities. Here are some quick tips to help you get ready for when the application opens on June 9th, as well as what you need to know about the program.


Get Reminded: This year’s application opens on June 9th. Sign up to have an email reminder sent to you as soon as the application is open.

Select a Reviewer: After you’ve completed your application, it will need to be reviewed by a school official. It’s important to select a reviewer far enough in advance to ensure you have someone qualified to review your application. We will also be sending them an email with instructions on their role in the review process.

Collect Important Information: Now’s the time to be gathering important information you will need as you complete your Wendy’s High School Heisman application. Gathering the following information in advance will make the application process easier on your end:

  • Name and address of your high school and full name of your principal
  • Full name and email address of your reviewer
  • Your high school’s sports division or class
  • Graduation class size and your rank in your class
  • Complete transcript and GPA for grades 9-11
  • ACT and/or SAT test scores and dates
  • Information on Honors, AP, IB or College Credit Courses offered by your school
  • Details of your academic honors, athletic activities and records set, school activities, employment, volunteer activities and community club or organization participation during grades 9-11


Every School With Applicants Will Have a High School Heisman. The first stage of the Wendy’s High School Heisman program recognizes winners at the school level. Every school that has applicants will have both a male and female High School Heisman School Winner. School Winners will continue on in the program with the chance to go all the way and be named on of the two (male and female) National Winners. Learn more about the program stages and awards.

Results Begin in October. The first stage of winners for the 2014 program will be announced October 20th. After School Winners are announced, State Finalist, State Winners and National Finalists will be announced weekly. In December, the 12 National Finalists will be invited to New York City where the two National Winners will be announced during Heisman Weekend and broadcast nationally on ESPN2. Learn more about the full program timeline.

Early Applications Get Rewarded. If you are one of the first 25,000 students to complete your application, you will receive a $10 Wendy’s gift card to get your favorites from Wendy’s.


The Application Deadline is Almost Here!

The Wendy’s High School Heisman application deadline is right around the corner on October 2nd. So, how’s your application coming along? We recommend submitting your application as soon as possible to give your reviewer time to review and submit your application.

As a reminder, below is an outline of the program timeline and program stages and awards.

Program Timeline:

Application Deadline – October 2, 2013; 5:00 p.m. Central Time
School Official Review Deadline – October 4, 2013; 5:00 p.m. Central Time
School Winners Announced – October 23, 2013
State Finalists Announced – October 28, 2013
State Winners Announced – November 4, 2013
National Finalists Announced – November 4-15, 2013
Heisman Weekend in New York City – Weekend of December 13, 2013

Stages & Awards:

Applicants – If you are one of our first 25,000 applicants you will receive a Wendy’s gift card worth $10 – $50.

School Winners – One male and one female from every school will be selected as a school winner and will receive a certificate and a Heisman letterman patch.

State Finalists – 1,020 state finalists will be made up of 20 finalists (10 males and 10 females), from every state and the District of Columbia. State Finalists will receive a bronze medal, a Heisman letterman patch, and a $25 Wendy’s gift card.

State Winners – 102 state winners will be made up of one male and one female from each state and the District of Columbia. State Winners will receive a silver medal, a Heisman letterman patch, and a $50 Wendy’s gift card.

National Finalists – 12 national finalists will include one male and one female from each of the six geographic Heisman regions. National Finalists will receive an invitation to the Heisman Memorial Trophy Weekend, including the National Awards Banquet in New York City on December 13th, a gold medal, a Heisman letterman patch, a $2,000 donation to the winners’ high school, and a $100 Wendy’s gift card.

National Winners – Two national winners will be made up of one male and one female from the 12 National Finalists. National Winners will receive national recognition during ESPN’s college Heisman Trophy Presentation, a Wendy’s High School Heisman Trophy, a Heisman letterman patch, a $10,000 donation to winners’ high school, and a $500 Wendy’s gift card. National Winners will be announced nationally on ESPN2.

Who’s Judging:

ACT, Inc. will score applicants and determine School Winners, State Finalists, and State Winners. After State Winners are selected, a distinguished panel of judges takes over. Program judges include representatives from the areas of education, business, and sports along with former college Heisman Memorial Trophy Award winners and former national Wendy’s High School Heisman winners. The judges carefully review nomination forms and vote on the National Finalists and National Winners.

If you have any questions about the application process you can email our customer center or call 800-205-6367.

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Tips For Effective Team Leadership

A few months ago we shared a post on how athletic leadership can prepare you for leadership in the workplace. Stemming from that, below are some key points to remember to help you maximize your effectiveness as a team leader.

Lead by Example. Part of being a team leader is setting an example for others to follow. It means showing dedication to your sport by arriving early, staying late, and giving 110% of your effort during practice. It also means helping your teammates who may be struggling by spending time with them during or after practice. You can also set an example for your teammates by asking your coach what you can be working on off the court. Doing this can motivate your teammates to do the same; leading to a better overall team. Leading by example also applies to your time off the court.

Manage Stress. Managing your own stress is important so you can be there to support your teammates. When you manage your own stress you’re able to keep calm and talk your teammates through problems or setbacks. As a leader, your teammates will look up to you to get them through tough or stressful situations. By having your own stress in check, you can be there for your team to propose solutions to get your team through whatever adversity they may be facing.

Be Assertive. As a team leader, you need to be able to speak up for your teammates and your team as a whole. Show your passion for your sport and your team by speaking up when the time calls for it. However, being assertive is a delicate balance between leading without being overbearing or taking control of every situation. Part of being a good leader is allowing others to step up to the plate and shine.

Be Ethical. Being an ethical leader is important to winning the respect of your teammates and coaches. Ethics should be integrated into everything you do as an athlete, from following through on commitments, playing with good sportsmanship and practicing integrity when you’re off the court. A team leader can lose credibility if winning is achieved unethically.

Be Optimistic. Being optimistic and motivating your teammates is a major role of a team leader. Whether it’s getting through a tough practice, preparing for the rival game or overcoming the loss of an integral teammate, being optimistic will uplift your teammates and give them the motivation they need to give their all and go out and win.

Take Responsibility. As a leader, it is important to take responsibility for your actions. Showing that you can take responsibility for your actions will help your teammates to do the same. This also includes not talking badly about teammates, coaches or situations. In addition, it’s also important to delegate responsibility to other teammates and make sure they follow through on their responsibilities.

Focus on your Team. As a leader, you can quickly lose the respect of your teammates if everything you do is for your own benefit. Be careful not to put yourself first, but to make your team priority. This kind of selfless leadership leads to a stronger overall team.

Communicate. Communication is key when you are a team leader. You need to be able to give clear direction to your teammates and get everyone on the same page.  It is also important to be able to communicate effectively with coaches. Remember, communication is a two-way street. Part of being a good communicator is being a good listener.

To close, here’s a quote from legendary football coach, Vince Lombardi:
“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”

What are some other tips that have helped you become an effective team leader? Share them below.

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