Senior Albert Zhang was named a State Winner by the Wendy's High School Heisman Scholarship for excelling on the field and inspiring his classmates and community.
Created in 1994 by Wendy's founder Dave Thomas, the program has honored more than 600,000 of the nation's most esteemed high school seniors who value giving back to their communities, treating people with respect, continuing education, and excelling on the athletic field.
Albert is captain of the cross country team, a member of the Upper School Service Corps, founded the Student Table Tennis Activists Foundation, and is the head editor of The Westminster Bi-Line.
State winners are the third round of finalists in the program, following school winners and state finalists. Wendy's will begin announcing national finalists and national winners on Monday, November 6.
Wendy's founder Dave Thomas launched the program to celebrate the outstanding achievements of youth in America. Thomas dropped out of high school 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 Thomas that others would expect to achieve similar fame and wealth by not finishing high school or attending college.
Faced with this dilemma, at 61 years old, Thomas took the required classes to earn his General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and was honored at a ceremony at Coconut Creek High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The senior class of 1993 embraced their honorary classmate by inviting Dave and his wife Lorraine to the senior prom and voting him “Most Likely to Succeed.” Inspired by a desire to support youth in America, he launched the Heisman program for high school students.