Local student athletes award finalists

Two local students are among 20 state finalists for the 2012 Wendy’s High School Heisman award, which recognizes outstanding student athletes, according to a news release.

Tom McCormick of Oregon High School and Cassandra Reiley of Prophetstown High School are in the running to become state winners. They were selected from nearly 1,500 applicants from Illinois.

State winners will be announced Monday, then 12 of those student athletes will be chosen as national finalists and will go on to compete to become one of two national winners, one male and one female, Dec. 7 in New York City.

National finalists will be featured during a televised ceremony on ESPN networks and will receive gold medals and $2,000 for their schools. National winners will receive a crystal Wendy’s High School Heisman award and a $500 gift certificate to Wendy’s, and Wendy’s will donate $10,000 to each winner’s school. National winners also will be recognized during the collegiate Heisman Trophy broadcast Dec. 8 on ESPN.

The Wendy’s High School Heisman award was created in 1994 and recognizes outstanding high school seniors who excel in athletics, academics and community leadership, according to the release.