From an applicant pool of nearly 42,000 high school scholar-athletes graduating with the class of 2019, 10 students have been named National Finalists in the 25th year of Wendy’s annual scholarship competition. Two of those students — Myracle Lettries and Jashon Palmer — are from Aldine ISD.
Wendy’s High School Heisman was created by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas in 1994. Dave dropped out of high school when he was 15 years old 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 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. At 61 years old, Dave enrolled at Coconut Creek High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and received his General Equivalency Diploma. Inspired by this moment and with a desire to celebrate the outstanding achievements of youth in America, he launched Wendy’s High School Heisman.
Twenty-five years later, Wendy’s has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in college scholarships to students and more than a million dollars to high school academic and athletic programs across the country. Wendy’s High School Heisman has also celebrated more than 650,000 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.
To be considered, athletes have to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better as well as be proven leaders and role models within their school and community. Applicants 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.
Myracle Lettries has always had a strong desire to be who and what she wants to be, even if that is different from most of her peers. She grew up in a family that was very supportive, but did not have a lot of resources, requiring Myracle to gain independence at a young age. She matured very quickly and realized she would need to work even harder to achieve the future she envisioned for herself. Myracle has never let stereotypes stand in the way of her success. She sets the example on the court and field and in her communities. She serves as captain of her school’s volleyball and track and field teams. Between the two sports, she has set a total of seven school and 12 district records. She plans to play both sports at a Division I school in the fall. She serves on Student Council and helps lead several student organizations designed to help all students set goals and pursue their dreams. She’s active in community events and stepped up to support the Hurricane Harvey clean up. Myracle is always eager to help others who want to rise above their circumstance and set higher expectations for themselves.
“The joy I have knowing that I’m changing lives inspires me to continue giving my all,” said Myracle.
Jashon Palmer has worked hard to make each hour in his day count. He’s had to. He competes in four school sports, two of which he intends to play at Rice University in the fall. He maintains a 3.85 GPA, which has put him second in his class. And he volunteers to tutor other students and support neighborhood improvement projects. In order to do it all and do it well, Jashon makes choices every day to manage his time wisely. Jashon’s commitment to hard work and preparation helped him earn an internship in the Houston Mayor’s Office of Education. As one of his proudest achievements, the position allows him to connect with high-impact leaders and gain invaluable experience that will support his future career goals. Just as important to Jashon, the opportunity benefits those he cares most about — his parents. Jashon’s drive comes from seeing the sacrifices his parents make and the effort they put into giving him opportunities to succeed. He sees the toll that demanding work schedules take on both of them. He hopes his accomplishments will one day ease that burden and benefit his family as well as himself.
“Succeeding in life — on the field, off the field, in the classroom, and out the classroom — is the only way to fulfill that promise (to his parents),” said Jashon.
To learn more about the scholarship program, visit the Wendy’s High School Heisman website (click).
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