CANDLER— Wendy’s has announced that Enka baseball/football player Chris Jones has been rewarded for his excellence, on and off the field, as he has been named a winner of the Wendy's High School Heisman for North Carolina.
Jones and female winner Schulyer Edmondson, of Hobgood Academy, were chosen from a pool of 48,000 applicants.
"The Wendy's High School Heisman Award celebrates high school seniors across the country who excel in academics, athletics and community service," said Archie Griffin, two-time collegiate Heisman Trophy winner. "James and Schuyler 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 18th year, has set the standard for high school student-athletes and gained tremendous prestige among universities and colleges nationwide.
Jones and Edmondson were chosen from 48,000 applicants, surviving rounds that narrowed contenders to one male and one female winner from each school, and then to North Carolina's respected group of 20 state finalists.
The two NC winners will compete against winners from other regions across the country for a chance to be named one of 12 national finalists.
Jones played linebacker and running back for the Enka football team this fall, but he is best known for baseball. The All-Mountain Athletic Conference outfielder batted .413 with 21 RBIs and eight home runs last spring.
Jones carries a weighted 4.8 grade point average and is involved in the Key Club, Math Club and Spanish Club.He said he might major in math or physics and hopes to study to become a doctor.