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Bearden’s Garrett McWhorter has been announced as a national finalist for the 2018 Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship.

McWhorter was named along with Camden Fairview’s Anna Dawson and Harmony Grove’s Sidney Pigott as State finalist last week.

McWhorter is an active student athlete excelling in the classroom as well as on the fields and the court.

He has maintained a 3.0 or better and is a proven leaders and role model within the Bearden school and community.

According to, the scholarship was created by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas in 1994.

Dave Thomas dropped out of high school when he was 15 years old in order to work full-time and went on to become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in history.

While this nontraditional path led to his prosperity, it always worried Dave that others would expect to achieve similar fame and wealth by not finishing high school or attending college.

Faced with this dilemma at 61 years old, Thomas took the required classes to earn his General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and was honored at a ceremony at Coconut Creek High School in Ft. Lauderdale, FL,.

Twenty-five years later, Wendy’s has honored more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors who share Wendy’s values of giving back to their communities, treating people with respect, continuing education and excelling on the athletic field.

Wendy’s High School Heisman is a joint program between Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust, host and custodians of the Heisman Memorial Trophy.

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