Westlake’s Moten named Wendy’s High School Heisman national finalist
Westlake sprinter Moten named Wendy’s High School Heisman national finalist
Will Moten got quite a surprise on Monday morning.
The Westlake High School senior sprinter on the track and field team was selected as one of the 10 national finalists for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.
After receiving the big sur- prise from a schoolwide announcement, Moten was in awe as representatives with the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award recognized him with the huge honor.
Moten was one of two win- ners in the state of Maryland of the Northeast region to be selected. Competing against hundreds of student-athletes from across their region, Moten embodied the Wendy’s High School Heisman values and was recognized for his hard work, dedication to the school, sport and community and was a proven leader and role model.
Moten will be among national finalists who will attend New York City on Dec. 9 for the Wendy’s High School Heisman
award ceremony where two finalists will be announced and take the stage with the collegiate Heisman winners.
After Monday’s an- nouncement, Moten gathered with his parents Sylvia Bryant and William Moten, Westlake High School Principal Michael Meiser, Wolverines head track and field coach Beth Shook along with West- lake teammates and administration and represen- tatives from Wendy’s.
“This is pretty big for me. I didn’t even expect to be a national finalist,” said Moten, who maintains a 3.3 GPA. “I knew I was a state winner at first, but for them to come tell me I was one of the student-athletes selected nationwide was a shock. Going to New York will be exciting as well, I’m really looking forward to that.”
Wendy’s High School Heisman will award Moten with a $5,000 col- lege scholarship in addition to a silver medal, a Wendy’s High School Heisman State Winner patch and a $50 Wendy’s gift card.
Since 1994, Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust have honored more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed students.
“This is exactly what we need to show the types of students that we have inside these walls,” said Meiser. “It’s all about doing things outside the walls in the community as well as athletically and academi- cally. Will is well-rounded and exemplifies that.”
This year, Wendy’s will celebrate the accomplish- ments of thousands of the best high school seniors, awarding winners in five phases.
“Dave Thomas had a vision to recognize high school students because they have an impact on society with their peers and certainly with athletics and academics,” said Richard Borchers, the President of DavCo Restaurants for Wendy’s. “From the criteria that is needed for this award, he is a special person.”
After attending North Point as a freshman, Moten exploded onto the indoor and outdoor track and field scene as a sophomore at Westlake has been the one of the state’s best since then.
Since his sophomore season, Moten has led the Westlake boys to backto-back Class 2A outdoor state titles and is a twotime state champion in the 100-meter dash and is a state champion in the 200.
Indoors, Moten is a state champion in the 300 and has finished runner-up in the 55 dash, also leading the boys to a state title as a junior.
“Will is very dedicated and the great part about him in what we stress to our kids is that he is humble,” Shook said. “He had no idea that he was going to be a national finalist, it is just exciting. He’s been working hard on his own in the offseason to get ready for indoor and outdoor seasons coming up.”
Westlake senior sprinter Will Moten was recognized as one of the 10 national finalists for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.