BIC students vie for Heisman Award

Thursday, October 12, 2006
Brannah Barrett and Garrett Qualls

Buffalo Island Central High School's Garrett Qualls and Brannah Barrett have been honored with a nomination for the prestigious Wendy's High School Heisman Award. The program, awarded in conjunction with the collegiate Heisman, celebrates the achievements of the nation's top high school seniors both in and out of the classroom.

Principal Homer Craig nominated these two promising leaders for their academic aptitude, athletic talent and exceptional commitment to their school and communities.

"At Buffalo Island Central, we prepare our students for success by encouraging them to develop in all areas of their lives. Wendy's High School Heisman is the ultimate award we can bestow on our students for their achievements throughout high school," Mr. Craig said.

Brannah and Garrett were nominated for this award based on the following accomplishments:

Garrett is a dual athlete excelling in both basketball and baseball (four year team member) with a 3.2 GPA. He is the 2006-07 president of the Buffalo Island Central Student Council and serves as captain of both the basketball and baseball sports teams. He was selected as All Conference (basketball) his freshman year. During his high school career he has been active in the following clubs and organizations: FBLA -- four years, serving as treasurer one year; FFA -- three years, serving as reporter one year; National Honor Society and Renaissance; Student Council -- four years, serving as vice president and representative; and FCCLA. His community service contributions have included projects to help the March of Dimes and the Good Fellows.

Brannah has excelled in cheerleading, golf, and softball at BIC. During her high school career she was honored five times as a National Cheerleader Association (NCA) All American cheerleader and twice as the Top All American Cheerleader. She was honored in summer 2006 with the NCA Leadership Award as well. Brannah was a 2006 Golf Medalist and has earned a 3.36 GPA. She is the captain of the 2006-07 Senior High School Cheerleaders. During her high school career her individual cheerleading awards have been on the school, state and national levels and are too numerous to list individually; her highlighted awards include having performed at the Orange bowl in Miami, Fla., being invited to join the NCA staff as an instructor and being named the 2003 Arkansas State all-Star Best Female Cheerleader. At Buffalo Island Central High School she has been on the Homecoming court (three years), and honored in both 2004 and 2005 as Who's Who -- Best School Spirit. She is also a two year honoree by Who's Who Among American high School Students. Her involvement in school organizations has included: school choir (earning 2003 All Region Honors); Campus connection (secretary); student council (secretary); Renaissance and National Honor society; FCCLA (vice president); Drama Club (historian and vice president); Girls State Delegate; and FBLA -- (four years) serving as vice president, president (earning multiple public speaking awards at both District and State levels.) Her community service contributions have included projects to help the March of Dimes, Good Fellows, Hurricane Relief Efforts, Relay for Life, and church Puppet Ministries.

"These students are the future community leaders," Archie Griffin, the only two-time winner of the prestigious Heisman Memorial Trophy and Wendy's High School Heisman program spokesperson, said. "It gives me great pride to see young people strive for excellence on and off the field."

For more information or to track a student's progress in the competition, log on to or call 1-800-205-6367. All nominees will be posted on the Wendy's High School Heisman Web site in early October of this year.

Created in 1994, the Wendy's High School Heisman program, has been celebrating youth excellence for 13 years. The program consists of five phases -- nomination, state finalists, state winners, national finalists, and national winners. Entries are initially evaluated by ACT Assessment during the state finalist and state winner and then passed on to a distinguished panel of judges.

Twelve national finalists are invited to participate in the Heisman weekend festivities during an all-expense paid trip to New York City on Dec. 8-10. ESPN2 will feature all 12 national finalists during the Wendy's High School Heisman Awards Ceremony that airs on Dec. 10.

Founded in November 1969 in Columbus, Ohio, Wendy's International, Inc. is one of the world's largest restaurants operating and franchising companies with three quality brands -- Wendy's, Tim Horton's, and Baja Fresh. There are more than 6,600 Wendy's restaurants in the U.S., Canada, and international markets.

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