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Vikings up for Wendy's Heisman

May 24, 2001|By TIM YANNI, Sports Writer

Holtville High School students Mykell Johnston and Shea-Michael Anti, both 17-year-old juniors, have been nominated for the Wendy's Heisman Award that will be handed out in 2002.

The Wendy's Heisman honors the nation's top high school seniors who meet the criteria of being good scholars, citizens and athletes.

Johnston and Anti were selected by Holtville High because of accomplishments on the athletic field, in the classroom and in the community.

Johnson plays volleyball, basketball and softball for the Vikings while Anti is a football, soccer and baseball player.

"It makes a big difference to be known for both athletics and smarts," Anti said.

He added athletes are often stereotyped for not possessing classroom skills.

Johnston, who has a grade-point average of 4.7, said she is honored to be nominated.

"I think it'd be an honor to win," she said.

The award was created through Wendy's International, the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Downtown Athletic Club, which is the home of the Heisman Memorial Trophy.

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Students such as Johnston and Anti who meet the criteria are recognized across the country by the Wendy's Heisman program.

Wendy's awards money to schools that are state winners, national finalists or national winners. The awards are intended to thank the schools for contributing to the individual achievements of the students.

Johnston and Anti were nominated by several members of Holtville High's administration and both said they were surprised to hear of the honor.

"To be eligible to receive the award really makes you feel good," Anti explained.

Anti, who is an umpire for Little League baseball, a coach for flag football and a police Explorer, has a GPA of 4.3.

The Wendy's Heisman program has five phases of awards: nomination, state finalists, state winners, national finalists and national winners.

Twelve national finalists will be flown to New York City in December to participate in festivities that include a feature on ESPN2 that will air right before ESPN's live broadcast of the Heisman Trophy.

Anti said he would like to be one of the finalists and said it would be an honor to be at the Heisman Trophy presentation in New York.

The two have high aspirations for the future.

"I plan to become a major in aeronautical engineering and study law," Anti said, noting he is looking at attending college at the University of California, Los Angeles or UC Berkeley.

"I plan to go to college and play basketball," Johnston said.

She said she has not decided on a college yet but a basketball program is a must.

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