Soy is the only nominee or winner in Brevard County, one of only two in Florida and one of 99 students selected nationwide. Soy will receive a $500 college scholarship and will continue to compete for the chance to become a National Finalist or National Winner.

Soy is captain of Holy Trinity’s varsity golf team, serves as student body co-president and president of National Honor Society. She is a member of the Florida All-State Orchestra and Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra. She has been named a National Merit Semifinalist and AP National Scholar, and is a member of numerous other clubs and honor societies. To date, she has completed more than 700 volunteer service hours.

WHAT:             From a total applicant pool of nearly 42,000 high school scholar-athletes graduating with the class of 2019, 99 students have been named State Winners in Wendy’s annual scholarship competition.

State Winners will receive a $500 college scholarship and continue to compete for the chance to become National Finalists or National Winners. National Finalists receive a $1,000 college scholarship and the male and female National Winners receive a $5,000 college scholarship and trip to New York City to attend the Heisman Trophy Trust’s annual college Heisman award broadcast on Saturday, December 8, 2018.

A complete list of State Finalists can be found at

WHEN:            The complete 2018 Wendy’s High School Heisman Program Timeline can be found at

                        10.31.18:          School Winners Announced

                        11.1.18:            State Finalists Announced

                        11.7.18:            State Winners Announced

                        11.8.18:            National Finalists Announced

                        11.9.18:            National Winners Announced


WHERE:           Winner names will be released on


WHY:               Like the Heisman Memorial Trophy®, Wendy’s believes in the pursuit of athletic and academic excellence with integrity. 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. Our partnership succeeds because we share a common set of values wherein going above and beyond is the norm. We want to honor students who do the same and profile their stories of perseverance to inspire the tomorrow’s senior class.

                        To apply, students must be graduating with the class of 2019, have a cumulative high school grade point average of a B (3.0) or better, participate in at least one of the 47 sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee and/or the National Federation of State High School Association and be a leader in his/her school and community.

About Wendy’s High School Heisman

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 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and received his General Equivalency Diploma (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.

Twenty-five years later, Wendy’s High School Heisman has honored more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors who share Wendy’s values of giving back to their communities, treating people with respect, continuing education and excelling on the athletic field.

The Wendy’s High School Heisman is a joint program between Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust, host and custodians of the Heisman Memorial Trophy®.

(photo credit Sofia Muniz)