Local scholar-athletes honored in first phase of Wendy’s High School Heisman

by | October 19, 2016 8:49 am

Last Updated: October 19, 2016 at 9:07 am


George Crosby and Brittney Risher (Colleton County High School), along with Nick Padgett and Haley Wilson (Colleton Prep Academy) were recently named School Winners for the prestigious Wendy’s® High School Heisman® Award which highlights exceptional high school seniors and their achievements in the classroom, on the field and in the community.

The four seniors will now move on for consideration in the next stage of the program, where they could be named a State Finalist. For 22 years, Wendy’s, in partnership with the Heisman Memorial Trophy®, has recognized outstanding students and rewarded their commitment and achievements to academics, athletics and community on a national level.

Crosby, Risher, Padgett and Wilson were selected as 2016 School Winners based on the following accomplishments:

Brittney Risher, CCHS

Brittney Risher, CCHS

Brittney Risher is a senior at Colleton County High School, where she plays volleyball and softball for the Lady Cougars. She is the daughter of Ray and Amy Risher of Walterboro. Her grandparents are Milton and Esther Jenkins along with the (late) Clarence and (late) Wanda Risher. Brittney is a member of the National Honor Society and was named to the USC Salkehatchie President’s List for fall of 2015. She has a 4.81 GPA.

Risher is a recipient of the following academic and athletic awards: Good Citizenship (2013-14), Perfect End-of-Course Scholar (2013-14) in the following: IBA1, Geometry, Art in Technology, Biology and Health Careers Academy Scholar. Softball – Varsity letter (2013-14, 2014-15), Marsha Coe PHD (2014). Volleyball – Varsity letter (2014-15, 2015-16), Best Defensive Specialist (2013), All-tournament player (2012).

Her top choices for college include University of South Carolina Beaufort, Anderson College and USC Upstate. She intends to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, work for a year, then return to become a Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

George Crosby is a senior at Colleton County High School, where he plays football and participates on the track and field team for the

George Crosby

George Crosby, CCHS

Cougars. He was recently selected to the prestigious 80th Annual Shrine Bowl to be held Saturday, December 17. Crosby is the son of Wayne and Susan Crosby of Walterboro. His grandparents are Ben and Judy Crosby and Ray and Mary Zeigler.

A recipient of the Golden Paw Award, one of the highest honors at CCHS, Crosby has earned numerous academic awards and athletic awards. He has a 4.37 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. He was named Cougar New Tech Student of the Year (2014) and serves as an Ambassador for Cougar New Tech. He has twice been named All-State in football. This past spring, he captured third place, earning a Bronze Medal, in the SCHSL 4-A State Championships in Shot Put. Crosby had a 51-04.00 throw, which bested his personal record.

Crosby has not made a final decision on where he will attend college, but has received an offer to play football at Charleston Southern University. He plans to pursue a career in medicine and hopes to become an orthopedic surgeon.

Nick Padgett, CPA

Nick Padgett, CPA

Senior, Nick Padgett attends Colleton Prep Academy, where he is a three-sport athlete for the War Hawks. He is the son of Stacey Padgett and Michelle Davis of Walterboro. His grandparents are Chris and Shirley Jones and Donald and Patsy Walker. Nick is a graduate of Leadership Colleton and is a member of the Student Council at CPA, where he has a 3.5 GPA.

Playing football, basketball and baseball, Nick has accumulated numerous athletic awards including Football- Special Team MVP, All-Region (2014, 2015); Basketball- All-Region (2014), Offensive MVP; Baseball: All-Region (2013 and 2014), SCISA Class A Baseball State Championship (2013).

Padgett is considering Clemson, University of South Carolina and the Citadel. He is interested in pursuing a career in biomedical engineering.

Haley Wilson is a senior at Colleton Prep Academy, where she plays volleyball and softball for the

Haley Wilson, CPA

Haley Wilson, CPA

Lady War Hawks. Haley is the daughter of Ken Wilson and Libby Wilson of Walterboro. Her grandparents are Billie and George Culler and James Wilson and Maryann Dannelly. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, and Youth Leadership Colleton and was a HOBY Junior Ambassador. She has a 4.84 GPA.

As a two-sport athlete, Wilson will earn four varsity letters in volleyball and softball. In volleyball, she received the Best Offense Award (2015, 2016), All-Region (2015, 2016) and All-State (2015). For her participation in softball, she was awarded All-Region (2015), All-State (2015), SCISA 1-A State Runner-Up (2015), SCISA 1-A State Champions (2014, 2016).

Wilson is considering Clemson University and the University of South Carolina. She intends on majoring in biology and would like to become a pediatrician.

The next announcement, November 2, will include the names of the State Finalists selected from every state and the District of Columbia. Following the State Finalists’ announcement, the names of the two State Winners, one male and one female, will be revealed before the field is narrowed down to 10 National Finalists. The 10 National Finalists, five males and five females, and their families will receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City to attend the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award Ceremony and the announcement of the two National Winners.

For more information or to track a student’s progress through the competition, visit www.WendysHighSchoolHeisman.com.

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