Rector's Jessica Hill is finalist in Heisman program
Jessica Hill of Rector was one of 20 Arkansas high school seniors honored recently at the Wendy's High School Heisman Awards Presentation held at the Alltel Arena in North Little Rock.
She is the daughter of Keith and Jan Hill of Rector.
Rick Schaeffer of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Mark Rushing, sports director at KARK-TV Channel 4, were the speakers for the event, which recognized some of the state's top students in scholastics, athletics and community service.
The Wendy's High School Heisman honorees also attended the University of Arkansas' basketball game against Jackson State after the banquet.
Sarah Mardanlou of Van Buren and Burt Hicks of Hot Springs were honored as the state winners of this year's program. Hicks also was named a national Heisman finalist and traveled to New York City for ceremonies on Dec. 12.
Also honored as state finalists were Nick Bahash of Shiloh Christian in Springdale, Michelle Eubanks of Manila, Laura Gaskins of Izard County, Sirron Guinn of Sheridan, James Halitzka of Acorn, Ashley Hufstedler of Walnut Ridge, Grant Jackson of Crossett, Blake Johnson of Watson Chapel, Blake Ligon of Marvel Academy, Lascelles Lyn-Cook of Little Rock Hall,
Keelen Newsom of Greene County Tech, Blake Perkins of Lynn, Rachel Rowe of Greene County Tech, Ashley Sherrill of Dumas, David Tipton of Drew Central, Ashley Wiechman of Valley View and Lauren Wilson of Carlisle.
"We are proud to honor the students who were selected as Wendy's High School Heisman state finalists in Arkansas," said Jeff Voskamp, chief operation officer of Fourjay, LLC, which owns the Wendy's restaurants in Arkansas. "Being named a state finalist in this program is a great honor.
The families, teachers, classmates and communities of this year's finalists should be very proud of them for this accomplishment."
Nominees must have at least a 3.0 grade point average, participate in at least one of 32 sports officially sanctioned by the National Federation of State High School Associations and be active in their community.