KINGSFORD - Seniors Angela Tripp and Caleb Harrington have been named Kingsford High School nominees for the 2012 Wendy's High School Heisman Award, according to Kingsford High School principal Lyle Smithson.
"The Wendy's High School Heisman program believes in the pursuit of athletic and academic excellence with integrity," a Wendy's Heisman representative said. "In addition to honoring student accomplishments, the Wendy's High School Heisman Program inspires all future high school students to pursue their higher education goals."
Tripp, daughter of Joseph and Deborah Tripp of Kingsford, has earned seven varsity letters in cross country, soccer and basketball. The soccer team captain also received the most improved player award. In basketball, she earned Great Northern Conference honorable mention her sophomore year and was on the GNC second team as a junior.
Tripp has been on the High Honors Honor Roll throughout high school and has been active in many extra-curricular activities in school.
Harrington, son of Daniel and Cynthia Harrington of Kingsford, has collected varsity letters in football, basketball, and tennis.
He was named to the all-conference team in basketball in his junior year. In football, he was the team captain and was named to the all-conference team.
In tennis, Harrington played number three singles his sophomore year and number one singles his junior year. He was the tennis team's captain as well as most valuable player. He was a member of the all-conference and All-UP teams in both 2010 and 2011. In 2010, he was the GNC and U.P. champion, and member of the All-State team in 2011.
Harrington is a member of the National Honor Society and has been on the High Honors Honor Roll throughout high school.
"These students are an inspiration to those around them and will honorably represent their school in the next stage of Wendy's High School Heisman award judging," said Archie Griffin, the only two-time winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy and Wendy's High School Heisman program spokesperson. "I'm proud to be a part of a program that honors young men and women who embody the spirit of the Heisman tradition of hard work, dedication and an outstanding record both on and off the field."
One male and one female from each high school are selected as school winners from the nearly 48,000 applicants nationwide. From there, state finalists will be selected, then two state winners from each state. It then is narrowed down to 12 national finalists who will receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City where they will attend the Wendy's High School Heisman Award Ceremony.