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West Rusk's Herron named Wendy's High School Heisman finalist

By Jack Stallard
Nov. 4, 2012 at 10 p.m.

Malorie Herron likes to keep busy, and her list of extracurricular activities at West Rusk High School doesn't allow for much free time.

If all goes well for Herron, she might be forced to free up some time in December to accept one of the nation's highest awards presented to high school athletes.

Herron was recently named as a state finalist - one of 20 - for the 2012 Wendy's High School Heisman Award. She and the other 20 scholar-athletes from Texas are in the running to become state winners (that will be announced today) and of those state winners 12 will be chosen as national finalists.

The national finalists will compete for the title of national winner, which will be announced on Dec. 7 in New York.

"I'm very excited and honored to find out I was one of the top 10 (10 males and 10 females were chosen in Texas), Herron said. "I've worked hard, and it's awesome to get this recognition."

Of the 45,000 seniors who applied nationwide, 2,633 were from Texas and that list was narrowed to the 20 state finalists. The finalists were selected based on their outstanding achievements in athletics, academics and community/school leadership.

The one male and one female national winner will receiver a crystal Wendy's High School Heisman trophy, a $500 gift certificate to Wendy's and Wendy's will donate $10,000 to each winner's respective high school.

Herron plays basketball, volleyball and softball at West Rusk, as well as competing in track, playing in the band and being a cheerleader. During volleyball season, her Friday nights meant playing her volleyball match, changing into her cheerleading uniform in the lockerroom, cheering for the football team and then marching with the band (she plays saxophone) at halftime.

"I'm just an active person. I like to stay busy all the time and just like always having something to do," she said.

Herron said her future plans are to Stephen F. Austin State University and "doing something in the medical field."

<em>(Follow Jack Stallard on Twitter: @lnjsports).</em>



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