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Vermont high school athletes move closer to national honors

Megan Blais, of Mount Saint Joseph Academy, is a resident of Mount Holly.

Megan Blais, of Mount Saint Joseph Academy, is a resident of Mount Holly.

— Two of Vermont’s most outstanding high school seniors were honored with distinguished recognition as State Winners of the 2012 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.

Megan Blais of Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Mount Holly and Thomas Roberts of Otter Valley Union High School in Brandon will now go on to compete for the national award that celebrates their hard work, dedication and exceptional records in athletics, academics and community leadership.

“Colleges want well-rounded students and with admissions growing more selective, a national award like the Wendy’s High School Heisman can really help students stand out,” said Archie Griffin, two-time collegiate Heisman Trophy winner. “Megan and Thomas are inspirations to others in their school and community, and we’re honored to welcome them into the Heisman family.”

Awarded in conjunction with the collegiate Heisman, the Wendy’s High School Heisman, now in its nineteenth year, has set the standard for high school student-athletes and gained tremendous prestige among universities and colleges nationwide.

Blais and Roberts were chosen from 45,000 applicants, surviving rounds that narrowed contenders to one male and one female winner from each school, and then to Vermont’s group of 13 state finalists.

Jenna Olson

Rutland High School

Rutland

Megan Blais

Mount Saint Joseph Academy

Mount Holly

Madeleine DiIonno

Mill River Union High School

Wallingford

Thomas Roberts

Otter Valley Union High School

Brandon

Jefferey Harte

Rutland High School

Castleton

Daniel Warnecke

Poultney High School

Poultney

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