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Graves High student athletes recognized in 1st phase of Wendy's Heisman Awards

(Source: Paul Schaumburg, Graves Co. schools) (Source: Paul Schaumburg, Graves Co. schools)

Graves County High School senior student-athletes Mason Gargus and Ja’Nae Clapp posed with their school’s athletic director, Khristain Elliott, as they recently were named school winners for the prestigious Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.

It highlights exceptional high school seniors and their achievements in the classroom, on the field and in the community.

Gargus played football all four years of high school and started every game his senior year. He was one of the team’s leading tacklers and led the team in interceptions.

“Mason was a great leader for us this season,” said his head coach, Lance Gregory. “He worked very hard on the field as well as in the classroom. Mason is a great football player and an even better young man. He did a great job for us this year in the secondary and will be missed next season.”

Clapp has been a member of the school’s Co-Ed Competition Cheerleaders for the past three years and was named an All-American Cheerleader in 2013. She was a member of the 2015 state champion team that also finished third at the national competition of the Universal Cheerleading Association. She plans to major in biology at either Murray State University or Eastern Kentucky University.

“We are honored to have two of our students recognized as some of the country’s top student-athletes with the Wendy’s High School Heisman name,” Elliott said.

Wendy’s, in partnership with the Heisman Memorial Trophy, each year has recognized outstanding students and rewarded their commitment and achievements to academics, athletics and community on a national level.

Created by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas in 1994, the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award has honored more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors who have been a part of the program for the past 22 years. Since its inception, Wendy’s High School Heisman has been awarded to some 252 national finalists and 42 national winners.

The Wendy’s High School Heisman Award is a joint program between Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust, host and custodians of the Heisman Memorial Trophy. Nolan Henry of Camas, Wash., continues his heralded football career at Notre Dame and Lauren Van Vlierbergen of Algonquin, Ill., who is competing on the cross country and track and field teams at the University of Michigan, received the prestigious award last year.

For a complete list of past Wendy’s High School Heisman finalists and winners or more information about the program, students can visit

Participants also can “Like” and follow Wendy’s Heisman on Facebook and Twitter for any additional program details.

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