(Nov. 16, 2018) Stephen Decatur senior Brett Berquist advanced to the state finalist round of the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.
“I’m humbled to be among the talented student-athletes who have been recognized as Wendy’s High School Heisman school winners and state finalists,” he said. “I’m so appreciative of the support of my family, teammates and coaches. It’s really an honor to represent Stephen Decatur High School.”
Thousands of students from all over the country apply for the annual award. Students are judged on their academic achievements, community service, leadership and athletic accomplishments.
Applicants must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better and be proven leaders and role models within their school and community. They must also perform in at least one of the 47 school-sponsored sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Associations.
School winners were announced on Oct. 31. Berquist and senior Allison Hunter were the winners for Decatur.
A few days later, on Nov. 1, Berquist found out he was chosen as one of 19 state finalists.
The state winners were announced on Nov. 7. Alex Barnes of Winters Mill High School in Westminster and Juliana Lynch of Sparrows Point High School in Sparrows Point, were named the male and female state winners.
Berquist is a three-sport athlete at Decatur, playing goalie for the soccer team, in the outfield for the baseball team and at the guard position in basketball.
He is also a member of the National Honor Society and on the Dean’s List as a dual enrollee at Wor-Wic Community College.