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SHS Student Named Wendy's Heisman Scholar Athlete for Arkansas


Student athletes should always be commended for their dedication to their sports but also to their commitment to academics.  In order to participate in school athletics, students must find a balance between classroom and extra-curricular. One Searcy High School student not only finds a balance, but she shines in both.


In 1994, Wendy’s developed the Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholar Athlete Award.  The purpose was to “help the nation’s youth pursue their passions and realize their dreams.”  Searcy High School senior Tori Sanders, daughter of Jerry and Stacy Sanders, was chosen as one of Arkansas’ top ten female finalists out of ninety-eight students across the state.


Tori’s well-roundedness through classroom performance, school and community involvement, and athletic accomplishments made her an exceptional candidate for this prestigious award. Following the finalist selection, she and her family were notified that she was named the state female winner for Arkansas.   Tori has consistently boasted a 4.0 grade point average, and she works as hard academically as she does on the basketball court, track, and soccer field.   “I work really hard to keep my grades up and participate in as many sports as I can.  God has blessed me with my ability, and I’m thankful for that.  It’s wonderful to know that my hard work has paid off,” says Sanders.  Searcy High School women’s basketball coach is proud of her player and believes she was the perfect candidate for the Heisman Scholar Award. “Tori is a great role model on and off the floor. Her high morals and dedication make her a great asset to our team.  She is deserving of this honor because she not only plays three sports, but she excels at each of them.” 


Tori is active at Searcy High School in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, FCCLA, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, Beta Club, and Spanish Honorary. She enjoys her anatomy class at SHS, and she hopes to attend either Mississippi State University or Harding University. 


We at Searcy School District congratulate Tori Sanders for this outstanding accomplishment. She represents her school and community positively, and we wish her the best during the remainder of her senior year academically and in her athletic endeavors. For more information on the national competition and the Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholar Athlete Program, access