MCCOOL – Coleman Cogswell's senior year at McCool Junction is going out with a bang.
Cogswell is the one and only boy who will represent all of Nebraska at the next level in the prestigious Wendy's High School Heisman program.
The state winner for girls is Alyssa Frauendorfer of Humphrey High School.
Both will go on to compete for the national award that celebrates their hard work, dedication and exceptional success in athletics, academics and community leadership. Cogswell and Frauendorfer will compete against winners from other regions across the country for a chance to be named one of 12 national finalists in Wendy's annual quest to find the nation's top scholar-athletes. Once selected, the 12 national finalists go on to compete for the national title in New York City on Dec. 7. The 12 national finalists will be featured during a televised ceremony on ESPN and receive gold medals as well as $2,000 awards for their schools.
One male and one female will each receive a crystal Wendy's High School Heisman trophy, a $500 Wendy's gift card and a donation of $10,000 to their respective high schools. The winners will also be recognized during the collegiate Heisman Trophy broadcast Dec. 8 on ESPN2.
Academically, Cogswell carries a 3.94 GPA and was one of 48 NSAA Believers and Achievers chosen in Nebraska. He is a four-way NSAA Academic All-Stater in cross country, basketball, track and speech. He was named Lincoln Journal Star Academic All-State in 2011-2012.
In cross country he was a state medalist in 2011 (15th) and again in 2012 (11th) in addition to numerous in-season medalist performances.
Last season in basketball he was first-team All-CRC and York News-Times All-Area, as well as All-State honorable mention in both the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herald. Cogswell led his team in scoring and assists, and was a top-three Mustang rebounder.
In track and field he is a standout in the distance events.
School activities have included student council vice president, Honor Society, FFA, band and speech.
In the community he's known for his work with the Big Brother/Big Sister program, York County 4-H Council, First Lutheran Church Youth Group and as a 4-H Junior Superintendent.
“Colleges want well-rounded students and with admissions growing more selective, a national award like the Wendy's High School Heisman can really help students stand out,” said Archie Griffin, two-time collegiate Heisman Trophy winner. “Alyssa and Coleman are inspirations to others in their school and community, and we're honored to welcome them into the Heisman family.”
Frauendorfer and Cogswell were chosen from 45,000 applicants, surviving rounds that narrowed contenders to one male and one female winner from each school, then to Nebraska's group of 20 state finalists and finally to the two state winners.
Created in 1994 by Wendy's and the Heisman Memorial Trust, the award recognizes outstanding high school seniors nationwide who excel in athletics, academics and citizenship.