November 7, 2002

Moore Named Finalsit In National High School Heisman Race

Chase Moore of Memphis was one of the three Missouri high school seniors to receive national recognition when the Missouri Wendy's High School Heisman winners were unveiled November 4th during a ceremony in Dublin, OH.

Moore a senior at Scotland County R-I High School, April Miller of Worth County High School in Grant City and Lucas Null of St. Pius X in Festus, were among the 107 winners selected from states across the nation to advance to the national competition.

The Wendy's Heisman award honors male and female high school athletes who are leaders on their teams and in their classrooms and communities. The award was created in 1994 in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Heisman Memorial Trust.

Moore, Miller and Null will all receive silver medals and will move on to compete with other students from across the country (two from each state and the district of Columbia) for a spot as a National Finalist in the competition.

"These students have been singled out as some of the most remarkable and inspiring seniors across the country," said Tom Mueller, president and chief operating officer Wendy's North America. "We are pleased to recognize them for their outstanding achievements."

Moore is a member of the National Honor Society as well as the local Teens Against Tobacco Use group. He has served as the team captain for the SCR-I golf team and was a state qualifier. He also is a varsity letter winner in football and basketball. Moore served as youth basketball camp counselor at Culver Stockton College and also was co-coordinator for a local NHS beautification project. Chase is a winner of the Danforth "I Dare You" Award as well as academic awards from the school in foreign language, chemistry and English.

Miller was the junior class president as well as president of the NHS chapter and the student council at Worth County. She served as captain of the basketball and softball teams and also earned a varsity letter in track. She serves as a teen alderman for Grant City and also worked as an officer for the Adopt-A-Family program and as president of the Habitat for Humanity Involvement group there. She is a Grand River Conference academic award winner and also has earned student council academic awards and participated in the science Olympiad.

Null, also served as a class officer and a member of the student council and NHS. He was captain of his school's baseball and basketball teams while also earning a letter in football. Null served as a coach in the grade school soccer and basketball programs. He is co-founder and president of X-Factor, a school spirit club and also has worked on local food drives while serving as a mentor to youth. He has earned scholar athlete honors as well as the Gold Renaissance Award and Student of the Month honors.

"Successfully balancing academics and after-school activities can truly be a difficult task," said Dr. Gerald Tirozzi, executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. "These young people have done an extraordinary job of remaining committed to both their studies and their athletic programs. They are to be commended for their talent and dedication."

Moore and his fellow state winners have journeyed through a long process, which began with approximately 13,500 nominees at the state level. The field is narrowed to state finalists with approximately 20 students per state outlasting the first cut.

The field is then narrowed further when state winners are announced, leaving roughly 100 students to vie for the national honors. The field will then be narrowed to 12 national finalists before the national winners, one male and one female student athlete, will be announced.

The 12 national finalists will participate in the Heisman weekend festivities from December 13-15 in New York City. ESPN2 will feature all 12 national finalists during the Wendy's High School Heisman Awards Ceremony. Ultimately Mueller, Tirozzi and Archie Griffin, program spokesperson, will present the 2002 awards.

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