MONETTE - Ryan Wallace, a senior at Buffalo Island Central High School, was one of 20 Arkansas State finalists for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award.
The Wendy's Heisman honor is awarded to high school students who excel in athletics, academics and community service.
Wallace is a school leader on and off the field or court. He is a member of the BIC High School Basketball Team and the baseball team. Wallace plays pitcher and shortsatop positions. He keeps a busy schedule with his sports and schoolwork. He serves as President of the BIC Student Council, Vice President of the Senior Class, is a member of the Spanish Club, Art club and FFA and holds a 3.66 grade point average.
Wallace said he felt honored to be nominated but did not realize just what an honor it was until he attended the banquets. Wallace joined other Heisman award winners as guests at two banquets, one in Little Rock and one in Memphis. The young people were also special guests at a Redbirds game.
The finalists received a medallion, a glass trophy, t-shirt, gift bags and a catered meal.
Wallace said it was certainly a honor and a highlight of his senior year to be in the state finalists.
"Finishing this year in basketball the way we did was great. We won our District and Regional tournaments and went to the State Tournament. We have one of the best baseball records this year ever for BIC. We have a 19-5. We were the runner-ups in the County Tournament and the Raider Classic Tournament," Wallace said.
Wallace said his parents, Johnnie and Keith Wallace, have always been very supportive along with many of the faculty members at BIC.
"My parents always told me that if I was going to do something, to devote my time to it and do the best I can do and that is what I have tried to do," Wallace said. "That is the best advise I could give younger students to always try to do their best once they make a commitment."
Wallace has managed to work college hours into his busy schedule. He has taken English 1 and II. He is not sure which college he will choose to attend yet. He has been accepted to six. He does know that he wants to study pre-law and is looking forward to high school graduation
Coach Bill Taylor who has coached Wallace for the last four years said he was very deserving of this award.
"Ryan is a good competitor in baseball and basketball He has been an excellent representative of our school," Taylor said. "He is always willing to do what I have asked him to do. We will miss him in the program. He is an excellent pitcher and in the four years I have coached him he has never turned the ball down."
Wallace has been a part of the Buffalo Island School system since he was in kindergarten and been a part of the sports programs since he was in elementary school. Being named as a state finalist for the Wendy's Heisman Award will add to the memorable events Wallace will take with him when he goes on from high school to college and on to his future endeavors.