DIXFIELD – Dirigo High School’s Matthew Smith and Melissa Harvey have been nominated for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. The program, held in conjunction with the collegiate Heisman, celebrates the achievements of the nation’s top high school seniors in and out of the classroom.

Principal Daniel Hart nominated the two leaders for their academic aptitude, athletic talent and exceptional commitment to their school and community.

“At Dirigo High School, we prepare our students for success by encouraging them to develop in all areas of their lives. Wendy’s High School Heisman is the ultimate award we can bestow on our students for their achievements throughout high school,” said Hart.

Harvey and Smith were nominated for the award based on grade point average, civic involvement, sports, awards, clubs and positions held.

“These students are the future community leaders,” said Archie Griffin, the only two-time winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy and Wendy’s High School Heisman program spokesman. “It gives me great pride to see young people strive for excellence on and off the field.”

For more information or to track a student’s progress in the competition, log on to www.wendysheisman.com or call 1-800-205-6367. All nominees are posted on the Wendy’s High School Heisman Web site.

The program consists of five phases – nomination, state finalists, state winners, national finalists and national winners. Entries are initially evaluated by ACT Assessment during the state finalist and state winner phases, then passed on to a panel of judges.

Twelve national finalists are invited to participate in the Heisman weekend festivities during an all-expense-paid trip to New York City on Dec. 8 to 10. ESPN2 will feature the 12 national finalists during the Wendy’s High School Heisman Awards Ceremony that airs on Dec. 10.

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