CULVER — Culver Academies seniors Lauryn Robinson and Anthony McHugh are state finalists for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award, the school announced Thursday.
This is the second time Culver has had two finalists in the 19-year history of the program. Only 20 seniors are selected in Indiana, and The Academies is the only school in the state with two finalists.
Robinson helped lead the girls swim team to its first sectional title last spring. She won the 50 and 100 freestyle events and swam on Culver’s two record-setting relay teams that also took first. She has also been on the rowing team for four years and was a varsity cheerleader for four years. Robinson has held several leadership positions within Culver Girls Academy and served as senior prefect, the highest leadership post, for the first rotation of the school year. She is also a member of the Global Studies Institute.
McHugh has qualified for the Indiana state wrestling finals the past two years. He was the sectional and regional champ his junior year. He also plays on the Culver Military Academy baseball team. He is a member of The Ron Rubin School for the Entrepreneur and participates in the Math Forum and Model United Nations. McHugh has also served as a team captain and committee member for the Culver Relay For Life.
The Indiana list was narrowed to 20 from 1,466 original applicants. The finalists embody the Heisman spirit of hard work and dedication through their outstanding achievements in athletics, academics, and community/school leadership.
Just as the collegiate Heisman is known for being the highest award in college football, the Wendy’s High School Heisman is one of the most esteemed awards at the high school level.
On Nov. 5, one male and one female finalist from each state will be named State Winners. Of those State Winners, 12 will be chosen as National Finalists and will go on to compete for the National Winner title in New York City on Dec. 7. National Finalists will be featured during a televised ceremony on ESPN networks and will receive gold medals and $2,000 awards for their high schools.
One male and one female National Winner will receive a crystal Wendy’s High School Heisman trophy, a $500 gift certificate to Wendy’s, and Wendy’s will donate $10,000 to each winner’s respective high school. Additionally, the winners will be recognized during the collegiate Heisman Trophy broadcast on ESPN, Dec. 8.