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Dupo’s McDonald a finalist for Wendy’s High School Heisman

By on October 31, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Pictured is Dupo’s Matthew McDonald during the 2011 track & field season. (Mark Hodapp photo)

Dupo High School senior track and field standout Matthew McDonald was announced as one of the top 20 Illinois scholar-athletes nominated for the 2012 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award on Wednesday.

Of the 45,000 seniors who applied nationwide, 1,451 applicants came from Illinois and have been narrowed down to the state’s 20 finalists. The finalists are chosen based on achievements in athletics, academics and community/school leadership.

As a junior, McDonald qualified for state in the long jump, triple jump and high jump in 2011. He finished fifth in the state of Illinois in the high jump event.

McDonald now hopes to move on to the next phase of the national competition. On Nov. 5, they will announce one male and one female finalist from each state. Of those State Winners, 12 will be chosen as National Finalists and will go on to compete for the National Winner title in New York City on December 7. National Finalists will be featured during a televised ceremony on ESPN networks and will receive gold medals and $2,000 awards for their high schools. One male and one female National Winner will receive a $500 gift certificate to Wendy’s, and Wendy’s will donate $10,000 to each winner’s respective high school. Additionally, the winners will be recognized during the collegiate Heisman Trophy broadcast on ESPN, December 8.

Teryn Schaefer

Teryn was born and raised in Waterloo, growing up watching local sports and Mon-Clair baseball. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School and loves cheering on her Tigers any chance she gets.