West­lake’s Moten named Wendy’s High School Heis­man na­tional fi­nal­ist

West­lake sprinter Moten named Wendy’s High School Heis­man na­tional fi­nal­ist

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

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.”

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

West­lake se­nior sprinter Will Moten was rec­og­nized as one of the 10 na­tional fi­nal­ists for the Wendy’s High School Heis­man Award.

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