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BRUNSWICK ACADEMY SENIOR LEAVES IT ALL ON THE COURT AND BECOMES A WINNER IN WENDY’S HIGH SCHOOL HEISMAN SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

There are some students who set the bar.  They work harder, show more passion and lead by example – in the classroom, on the court and within the community.  Wendy’s High School Heisman recently recognized Brunswick Academy senior, Heather Dianne Thompson of Emporia for her dedication to never cutting corners by naming her a winner in the scholarship program. 

Since 1994, Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust have been running the same play to perfection; honoring more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed students.  This year, Wendy’s will celebrate the accomplishments of thousands of the best high school seniors. 

The Wendy’s High School Heisman was created by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas in 1994.  Dave Thomas dropped out of high school when he was 15 years old in order to work full-time and went on to become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in history.  While this nontraditional path led to his prosperity, it always worried Dave that others would follow in his footsteps and expect to achieve similar fame and wealth by not finishing high school or attending college. 

Faced with this dilemma, at 61 years old, Dave enrolled at Coconut Creek High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and received his GED.  Inspired by this moment and with a desire to celebrate the outstanding achievements of youth in America, he launched the Wendy’s High School Heisman program.

Heather Thompson is the daughter of Chris and Kristine Thompson of Emporia.  She has played JJV, JV and Varsity Basketball, JV and Varsity Volleyball, Varsity Soccer and JV softball while at Brunswick Academy.  She is a member of the National Honor Society, Jr. Beta Club, Student Council Organization, Honor Council and BA Latin Club.  She has been an active member of the BA Theatre program with many leading roles.  Heather has also participated in the Model General Assembly program and received the College of William and Mary Leadership award.  Congratulations Heather.

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